REVIEW: SCOURGE OF THE BETRAYER by Jeff Salyards #giveaway

scourge-of-the-betrayer-jeff-salyardsI picked up SCOURGE OF THE BETRAYER by Jeff Salyards back when it came out in 2012, at the suggestion of a friend (Which friend? Come on, people, I can’t even remember who said what YESTERDAY). Always a fan of the darker side of fantasy, the cover intrigued me. “All Empires crumble. All Kingdoms die.” I mean, to me, that just screams, “Woo, summer beach reading, baby!”

The novel is told from the point of view of Arkamondos, Arki for short, a scribe who has been hired to follow and chronicle the happenings of Captain Braylar Killcoin. Braylar is a member of the Syldoon Empire, a people who have quite the reputation in the world (eating babies and all that). Braylar and his band are rough and vulgar, and Arki provides a nice contrast to them. I really enjoyed seeing the world from his eyes. His point of view provided a fresh outlook that would not have been possible from another’s. It was fun going on this adventure with him, learning about the world as he did, experiencing his first attack, meeting new people. Most of all, we as readers learn things as he does, so the mission Braylar and his men are on remains a mystery that we can puzzle out, making the story even more interesting. 

I really enjoyed the characters in this book, both good and bad. Braylar is written in such a way that he is a dark guy, he has a terrible secret about him, yet through Arki’s eyes we see him as a human being. There are several situations where we can see he is a tough person with a lot of blood on his hands, yet he has a heart and a code. Salyards did a great job making him multi-faceted. Another favorite character is Lloi. I loved reading her interactions with Arki, and learning about her story. She seems to be one of those characters that could be a friend. She helps, teases, and is there for one in a pinch.

17318676I admired the way Salyards built tension in this book. It is an adventure story, but at the same time, by building characters the way he did and making them sympathetic (even the roughest guys, by the end, seemed like people I’d like to hang out with…in certain circumstances ;)), he takes readers on an emotional ride as well. Bastard made me cry near the end, and it’s not many books that can do that.

I highly suggest this book to any fantasy reader. There are some awesome lines in it that made me laugh out loud, situations that made me cry, and fights that made me cheer. I can’t wait until I can get my hands on the sequel, VEIL OF THE DESERTERS, available in early June! There is still so much to learn about these characters and the world they live in!

GIVEAWAY!!!! I have a paperback copy of SCOURGE OF THE BETRAYER to give to one lucky reader!! How can you win? Just leave a comment here.

Buy your copy today!

SCOURGE OF THE BETRAYER

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See what Jeff Salyards is up to at his website, www.jeffsalyards.com

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21 thoughts on “REVIEW: SCOURGE OF THE BETRAYER by Jeff Salyards #giveaway

  1. Scourge of the Betrayer was one of my favorite books read in 2013, and I re-read it recently to prepare for Veil of the Deserter. I have such high hopes for this author and am so looking forward to Veil and whatever comes after!

  2. This book is freaking awesome! I have the sequel sitting next to me, begging to be read! (If only I could convince it that I have a few other books that need to come first. It isn’t being very understanding right now. :p)

  3. Loved Scourge! I’m not normally much of a fantasy reader, but I could read dialogue like that all day long. I already have HC and Kindle copies, so I could use a PB to round out my collection. Jeff Salyards is a freaking genius! GENIUS!

  4. I don’t know if I can make a wise-ass comment with my mouth full but this book is going on my list. (If I win it it will go directly to my TBR shelf, and then to my face.) 🙂

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