Friday, September 4, 2015

Review: The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin

A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis--a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? 

(Blade of the Destroyer--dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature).

About the Book:

The 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? 

Book Details:

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer
Author: Andy Peloquin
Official Launch Date: August 21st, 2015
Publication Date: July 11th, 2015
Paperback Price: $15.99
Digital Price: $3.99
Pages: 298
ISBN: 1515038955

My Review:

The Hunter is a ruthless, killer-for-hire of unknown origins.  He is highly regarded for his ability to track down any prey and extinguish it - for a fee, of course.  The Hunter is also a highly feared mystery.  He appears and disappears quickly, heals way too fast to be ordinary, and has a weapon that thirsts for the blood on the other end of the contract.  His origins are also a mystery to himself.

When The Hunter is contracted to kill man accused of sullying the reputation of his granddaughter, he finds himself inexplicably thrust into a dangerous game.  The opponents are part of a criminal organization known as the Bloody Hand and The Hunter gets more than he bargains for.

After a  torture session with members of the Bloody Hand, The Hunter is rescued and taken to The House of Need, with whom he has unfortunate ties.  Instead of killing The Hunter, it is decided that his services are required.  Here, The Hunter learns that he has a past that he's unaware of and so begins the journey of discovering who a Bucelarii is how The Hunter fits into the picture.

In order to stay alive, The Hunter is then coerced into killing his own.

Blade of the Destroyer is a dark, dark fantasy of epic proportions.  The main character is the epitome of the antihero.  He is not a conventional savior or superhero.  He's immortal but has no memory of where he came from until he's rescued and brought back from the brink of death in The House of Need.

The writing is wonderful. The plot is captivating, flows, and engages. I was only able to read the book on my lunch break at work and when it was time to go back to my desk I truly didn't want to. I didn't want to have to stop reading. The Hunter is a mysterious and feared man. No one wants to be on the contract end with him as the assassin. He's merciless, unwavering and always finds his prey.

He's not all murderer and unfeeling, however. The Hunter is a hired assassin yet has a soft spot for the poor and homeless.  Andy Peloquin does an excellent job giving this dark and twisted character a true shot of humanity. It's there and runs through his immortal veins as seen with his interaction with children, widows, and homeless.  His opposing attitudes (assassin vs. compassion) will captivate audiences and keep them engaged and coming back for more.

The imagery and world building is masterfully crafted.  The reader will be drawn into the dark corners, bloody battles, and torture chambers as though they are part of the book.  The emotions run high and will resonate with the reader.  We may not be able to relate to The Hunter as an immortal assassin but those with feelings, empathy, and compassion will be drawn into the relationships he has with those who dwell around him.

I highly recommend this novel for those who love suspenseful and dark epic fantasy novels.

Review copy courtesy of the author, at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.

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Meet the Author:

Andy Peloquin--a third culture kid to the core--has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.

When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn't looked back since.

Andy's first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.

Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.

His website ( is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings--along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.

He can also be found on his social media pages, such as:

10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I'm a head taller than the average person (I'm 6' 6")
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez and Five Finger Death Punch are both in my playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it's self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

"Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark...fantasy addicts will love it!" -- Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates --

"The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you." - Eve A Floriste, author of Fresh Cut

"From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished…his character is very well-defined even if his past is a mystery. Root for an assassin? Oh, yes, one must!" -- Carol Conley, for InDTale Magazine

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