Book Review: Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin

Title: Blade of the Destroyer
Author: Andy Peloquin
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Amazon rating: 4.5

Blade of the DestroyerThe Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin:

Ruthless, Unrelenting, Immortal.

Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death. When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

Reviewed by: Stacy Overby

The Review:

Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin is a dark fantasy story set in a medieval style world.  The Hunter wanders his city not realizing he is lost until events force him to take a good hard look at his life.  What he finds and the choices he makes lead him on a blood soaked mission to make changes.

Likes

Another piece I loved about Blade of the Destroyer is that Peloquin did an excellent job with the pacing.  To me, it is an easy trap to fall into when putting as much effort into the details as Peloquin did, but he does a nice job of keeping the pacing to the story on point.  Events roll along quickly, but not out of control.

Finally, I also enjoyed the multiple layers to the story.  What seemed like a straight forward story became a complex and dynamic story.  Peloquin leaves tantalizing hints about what’s to come without giving much of his hand away.  Plus, this is the first book in the series, which means not all of the hints are resolved by the end of the book.  Even so, Peloquin did a good job of wrapping up the story arc in this novel while leaving the larger arc open for the next book.

Dislikes

The other thing I didn’t like as much, and is probably more of a snobby nitpick than a true flaw in the book, is the end.  The bad guy, and no I’m not going to ruin the surprise, ends up giving this monologue about The Hunter and how bad The Hunter screwed up, etc.  Now, to be fair, it is not a straight monologue.  Peloquin did break it up some.  To me, though, it still felt like the bad guy monologue trope that is wearing thin.  It would have been nice to see that worked in a little more than it was.

Conclusion

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Stacy Overby works as a substance abuse counselor for teenage boys by day and a writer by night.Her day job provides inspiration for many of her stories including her short stories "The Trial of Summer," "Karma Incarnate," and "Only Emma" released in 2016.She also has several pieces featured in OWS Inked, an up and coming literary journal. Her favorite writing genres range from high fantasy to dark urban fantasy, and an occasional speculative fiction or science fiction piece thrown in.When not at work or writing, she is playing with her son, hiking, camping, or involved in other outdoor activities – as long as it is not too cold.
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