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Fantasy author David Dalglish continues his series of the half-orc brothers, whose struggles have released demon fire across the land of Dezrel… ------ Book Description: The portal is open, and war demons pour into the world of Dezrel, with every intention of burning the land to ash. Harruq Tun leads the survivors of the broken kingdom of Neldar, hoping to find safety in the w Fantasy author David Dalglish continues his series of the half-orc brothers, whose struggles have released demon fire across the land of Dezrel… ------ Book Description: The portal is open, and war demons pour into the world of Dezrel, with every intention of burning the land to ash. Harruq Tun leads the survivors of the broken kingdom of Neldar, hoping to find safety in the west. But it will take the aid of his wife and friends to hold back the army of his brother, Qurrah, that gives chase. The dark god Karak nears his total victory and release, and the fate of the world will be decided by Harruq's strength as the vile army of demons, priests, and undead nears. THE SHADOWS OF GRACE by David Dalglish The fate of the world rests on a single act of faith...


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Fantasy author David Dalglish continues his series of the half-orc brothers, whose struggles have released demon fire across the land of Dezrel… ------ Book Description: The portal is open, and war demons pour into the world of Dezrel, with every intention of burning the land to ash. Harruq Tun leads the survivors of the broken kingdom of Neldar, hoping to find safety in the w Fantasy author David Dalglish continues his series of the half-orc brothers, whose struggles have released demon fire across the land of Dezrel… ------ Book Description: The portal is open, and war demons pour into the world of Dezrel, with every intention of burning the land to ash. Harruq Tun leads the survivors of the broken kingdom of Neldar, hoping to find safety in the west. But it will take the aid of his wife and friends to hold back the army of his brother, Qurrah, that gives chase. The dark god Karak nears his total victory and release, and the fate of the world will be decided by Harruq's strength as the vile army of demons, priests, and undead nears. THE SHADOWS OF GRACE by David Dalglish The fate of the world rests on a single act of faith...

30 review for The Shadows of Grace

  1. 5 out of 5

    The Shayne-Train

    Ok, so this is gonna be tricky. I went off camping for a week, with no access to internet/wi-fi. Whilst camping with my lovely wife, a rainy-ass day kept us both under shelter, and resulted in 12+ hours of straight reading. So I basically read #3, #4, and #5 of this series back to back in one day. Doing so, a lot of the details are blurred together, and I can't really remember what parts were in what book. I spent the entire day with the half-orc brothers and their friends, and the stories were Ok, so this is gonna be tricky. I went off camping for a week, with no access to internet/wi-fi. Whilst camping with my lovely wife, a rainy-ass day kept us both under shelter, and resulted in 12+ hours of straight reading. So I basically read #3, #4, and #5 of this series back to back in one day. Doing so, a lot of the details are blurred together, and I can't really remember what parts were in what book. I spent the entire day with the half-orc brothers and their friends, and the stories were an epic build-up to a world-shaking clash of armies and demons and monsters and magic. So that also keeps me from distinguishing what books held what. So you know what? I'm gonna just copy & paste the following for all three books: THESE BOOKS ARE AWESOME, AND I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS GRIM, OFTEN DEPRESSING, SOMETIMES HILARIOUS, AND USUALLY BLOOD-SOAKED SERIES TO ALL FANS OF DARK SWORD & SORCERY-TYPE FANTASY. (mic drop)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robert Duperre

    Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Would you sacrifice your child for the world? Questions. Life, many times, comes down to having the strength to ask oneself the correct ones, leaving the answers almost secondary. In literature, we judge characters, especially those who’ve fallen from grace, by their actions. And yet those actions are often a direct reflection of not having the intestinal fortitude to look past the shiny veneer of their unfortunate circumstances and ask, “Is what has happened to me my own faul Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Would you sacrifice your child for the world? Questions. Life, many times, comes down to having the strength to ask oneself the correct ones, leaving the answers almost secondary. In literature, we judge characters, especially those who’ve fallen from grace, by their actions. And yet those actions are often a direct reflection of not having the intestinal fortitude to look past the shiny veneer of their unfortunate circumstances and ask, “Is what has happened to me my own fault?” A great example of this would be Humbert Humbert from Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. He is a character who is obsessed with an underage girl, and throughout the novel he questions not what depravity lies within himself that causes him to fall for (and run off with) this “nymphette”, but the societal pressures and breakdowns that force him to do so. He hates his life and his actions yet takes no action to remedy – or understand – them. In the end, he dies the same way he lived – ignorant and afraid of asking the right questions. In The Shadows of Grace, the fourth book in David Dalglish’s fantastic and captivating Half-Orc series, the questions come to the forefront. No longer are the brothers and heart of the story, Harruq and Qurrah, slogging through life letting events guide their actions. They make choices, they contemplate their place in the world. Qurrah, for his part, finally begins asking questions of himself – only he’s not asking the right ones. The line at the beginning of this review is his. However, he has it all wrong. For any parent, for any being living in any form of society, the real question should be “Would I sacrifice myself for my child?” However, the simple fact that he asks that question shows a change in his character. He’s learning, pondering his station in life and looking inward rather than reacting to the horrors that have always surrounded him, for the first time. Harruq is on a different path. He’s asking the right questions for someone in his situation. He’s led his people, folks he’s learned to love and appreciate, to safety. And yet he fights the inner battle of regret. He had a chance to kill his brother in the past and couldn’t do it. Should he have? Is the price of his love for his brother worth the thousands who’ve died by his hand, not the least of which being his own beloved daughter? Is Qurrah worthy of forgiveness for his sins? Does that even matter? The answer to this is complicated. It’s both a resounding NO and a heartfelt YES! The brothers are a metaphor for choice and faith in one’s abilities. They are a fable of sorts. Think of two inner-city siblings, raised in a culture of violence and fear. One overcomes his upbringing, goes off to school, and becomes a productive and admirable member of society. The other takes the easy way out. He falls prey to the corruption that surrounds him, joins gangs, lives a life of aggression and brutality. The first example we put on a pedestal, idolizing for his ability to rise above. The latter is vilified, looked at as a lost cause and written off. Should he be? If we are able to commend the successful brother for overcoming the trials and tribulations of a rough childhood, shouldn’t we also feel pity for those who aren’t able to triumph? Shouldn’t we try to place ourselves in his situation and ask, “If that were me, would I have the strength to be the better man?” Most times, we don’t. Just look at the headlines of any local newspaper if you require proof of this. Are they worthy of redemption? Some would say no. But they are. It’s hard to look at the horrors they’ve committed and see a soul worth saving. It is the great among us, those with an almost mystical amount of compassion, who have the ability to forgive. Not forget, forgive. And in this particular book, it is Harruq who encapsulates this. He has no reason to forgive his brother. Qurrah has given him nothing but pain. And yet he does. He sees through the veneer of hatred and revenge and bestows upon his brother the greatest gift he can – a clean slate. It’s a beautiful occurrence, and the scene at the end of the book where this happens is a stunning piece of writing. The Shadows of Grace is a very, very deep book. Besides the aforementioned plotlines involving Harruq and Qurrah’s path to redemption, there is political intrigue, huge battles, and emotional threads that run throughout most every word on the page. We are reunited with old friends, watch some of these friends give up their lives for the greater good, and are given a fresh perspective on matters of faith and self-sacrifice. Harruq and the Eschaton, along with King Antonil, lead the survivors from Velderan into the city of Mordeina, where they find peace and rest after heading off to warn neighboring towns of the approaching armies of orc and undead. Ultimately, truces are made between warring factions and battles are fought. Long-held prejudices are put aside. Before too long, we end up back in Mordeina, where a siege of the great city is under way. The war demons brought through the portal held open by Qurrah and Velixar are ready to exterminate all life. This scene, in particular, is written spectacularly. It delves even further into Harruq’s growing sense of honor and grace (there’s that word again) and the violence that follows his epiphany on the state of his life and faith is almost a foregone conclusion…though there is a particularly unexpected occurrence that helps swing the almost impossible odds against our heroes back in their favor. I won’t discuss it much, because it’s a bit of a spoiler, but I will say that some might find it to be a deus ex machina. It’s not. If you sit back and think about the plot, of where Dalglish is taking this tale, it makes perfect sense. These points are interesting, but this book really finds its legs in the aforesaid growth of Harruq and Qurrah and the overall message I think the author has presented to us. And it is this message, the parable that the storyline of all the books have combined to now reveal, that is the most wonderful aspect of all. What we have here is an allegory – or a critique, if you will – of Christianity. It’s brilliant, and I never thought of it, never noticed the events occurring could be discerned in this way before. There are three factions at odds with each other, in the form of the gods the author has created: Karak, Ashhur and Celestia. Karak is the personification of the Old Testament; demanding of obedience and order, self-sacrifice, and complete devotion. Ashhur reflects the New Testament; he demands only love and forgiveness, and all who worship him hold the promise that they will one day be blessed by a lifetime in the golden afterlife. Celestia is the universe itself, a deity devoted to balance. She refuses to let the scales tip too far in one direction or the other – in other words, cause and effect, or every action has an equal or opposite reaction. The three of them combine to form its own holy trinity of sorts, the three-become-one. I might think that if all the particulars sat down and thought about it for a second, they might find that they’ve been fighting the wrong war all along. Just like the gods, the major characters have biblical counterparts. Qurrah is Abraham, the man asked to forgo everything, even his beloved child, for the sake of a God that seems outwardly cruel and remorseless. His faith is constantly tested, and just as often as not, he fails those tests. Harruq is Saint Peter, the loyal ruffian who denied Jesus yet, in the end, was the one charged with bringing His church to the people. And Tessanna, Qurrah’s lover, is paganism made flesh, all blood magic, sacred runes, and without a singular frame of reference to base her sanity upon. They form their own trinity, as well, and I have no doubt that, come the fifth and final book, it will be the interplay between these six differing yet similar characters that will form the crux of both the outcome and its message. This was a fantastic book. It was my favorite of the author’s, actually, until the last fifty or so pages. There, I had two issues. One is with a character that emerges toward that point, a great servant of Karak named Melorak. The way he came into being seemed…convoluted somehow. It was hard for me to relate to or care about him. Secondly, after the battle of Mordeina, Dalglish seemed to rush the proceedings, as if he couldn’t wait to get to the final confrontation. I can’t blame him, as that concluding scene is beautifully written, possibly the greatest of the entire series, full of both sorrow and a morose sort of joy. If I’m being honest, it didn’t really bother me – the story is too good to be thrown off by something such as this – but still feel I must mention it, and it did prevent me from placing this tome ahead of its only emotional equal, The Cost of Betrayal. That being said, this is a special story. All of the threads Dalglish has created are coming to a head. There is a battle brewing in the future, and the soul of everyone in Neldar is at stake. Come take the journey, get lost in it. Cry with the characters, feel their joy and pain, let them into your heart. You’ll be glad you did. Trust me on this. Plot - 10 Characters - 8 Voice - 10 Execution - 9 Personal Enjoyment – 10 Overall – 47/50 (4.7/5)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Colin Rowlands

    I have enjoyed all the books in this series so far and this one is no exception and the performance by the narrator is up to his usual high standards too. One thing I like about this series is the way that while our two leads have had very different paths and goals, you feel like it has been a natural or organic kind of progression for them to both get to where they are now. With some of the earlier books in the series I have found that my enthusiasm flagged a little in places, but this one did no I have enjoyed all the books in this series so far and this one is no exception and the performance by the narrator is up to his usual high standards too. One thing I like about this series is the way that while our two leads have had very different paths and goals, you feel like it has been a natural or organic kind of progression for them to both get to where they are now. With some of the earlier books in the series I have found that my enthusiasm flagged a little in places, but this one did not have that issue even at the beginning, despite the ongoing escalation in the story this one had a better mix of the large-scale action and the more personal level than the previous book and was stronger for having that balance. Overall, I think that anyone who has enjoyed earlier books in the series will find this one just as good or even better for them than the previous ones. [Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.] You are the author of this review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Is there any Redemption for Qurrah? This book continues almost right after the third. There is more fantasy, action, and heartbreak. Overall, an intriguing read. C.J. McAllister did well with the narration. Note: "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marcela

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. "The Shadows of Grace" is the 4th in the five book series "The Half-Orcs" by David Dalglish. Not my favorite, but a great audiobook.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    When I had the opportunity to read this book, I stopped the book I was reading and started it right away. The characters and the plot are continually changing, adding to the suspense of the story. It is worth reading. This series will be added to my favourites list.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stamen Stoev

    Много силна! Цялата поредица е такава. Обрати, напрежение и много, много жертви (някои по два пъти). Не можеш да им хванеш бройката. Красота!

  8. 5 out of 5

    keith cooley

    Awesome book! Great and entertaining! Onto the next! Thanks to the Author for creating great characters and plot twists. I can’t stop reading!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    The Shadows of Grace by David Dalglish is the fourth book in the Half-Orcs series. I'm glad to see that the author got back on track with this book. With Death of Promises, the book was just way to action oriented for my liking. It was just battle after battle with fireballs and lightning strikes thrown every where. In other words, I felt the balance was a bit off. Here though, I feel that the author graciously redeems himself. Of course, I'm writing this review after the series has completed so The Shadows of Grace by David Dalglish is the fourth book in the Half-Orcs series. I'm glad to see that the author got back on track with this book. With Death of Promises, the book was just way to action oriented for my liking. It was just battle after battle with fireballs and lightning strikes thrown every where. In other words, I felt the balance was a bit off. Here though, I feel that the author graciously redeems himself. Of course, I'm writing this review after the series has completed so I doubt the author took anything I had to say under consideration but I just can't help thinking that other readers told him of the similar issues I've had. Things are much more well rounded in The Shadows of Grace and the story telling element is pushed back to the front. However, you've still got crazy battle scenes mixed in here and there as well as it should be. That's what drew me in to this series and to the author in general in the first place. Well, what can I say? If you've been with this series up to this point, then you already should know what the deal is! Picking up where the last book left off, all hell has been unleashed upon the world and demons have been coming forth from other worlds to conquer and sow chaos. As far as characters go, I'm glad to see a little more emotion out of Qurruh. You can feel his guilt and shame because you keep believing that there is a sliver of hope for redemption for the half-orc. He isn't completely turned to the dark side but his actions isn't helping him either. All he does is for love for his soon to be born child with Tessana. What I am most happy about is the author also putting more effort into Haern. In the last book, he really felt like an afterthought and was pretty much only relevant once the fighting got started. Here, we see a more emotional side of him and while he isn't the main focal point, his actions in the book still plays a factor in the overall story. Hurruq will always be Hurruq. Nothing's changed there. Where his brother is the darkness, he has seen the light and tries to find redemption although that is harder than it seems at times. What I like most about this book is the overall story. A lot of things happen yet you don't feel lost for one bit. Well okay, I lied a bit there. I did wish that the author explained a bit more in detail just why the heck the war is being fought! I get that the Gods have warred against each other and that one of them has imprisoned the other but again, it would have been great if the author spent more time going over some of these details. In fact, I really don't remember him writing anything at all about this. We have an opened portal, demons are coming through, Velixar is the bad guy but yet there seems to be other priests that challenges him and the whole nine yards and yet I didn't really remember the bigger overall picture. All I remembered was that it had something to do with Celestia and Karak. Also, the bit about the whole Melorak thing was kinda weird. We had Preston and something happened to him which turned him to Melorak and then you had the fake Melorak and then you had some other priests claiming the same thing. Anyways, it was kind of weird. Overall, events here really do set a good stage for the final book in the series and I can't wait to read it. Will the half-orc brothers find redemption? What will happen to Tessana and Qurruh? Is Velixar even the real baddie here or is someone or something more sinister at play? I'm sure all of these will be answered in A Sliver of Redemption. The title of the fifth book does kind of give things away but I'm sure the author will make it worth our time!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I just finished Book 4 and I'm wondering if I should wait to do this review. I'm still a little speechless :-) Let me start by saying that if you have NOT read previous books in the series you need to start with Book 1. These books are not stand-alone and you'll want to start at the beginning. That said, it's worth the journey - I can't wait for the final book - book 5. *** WARNING: Some Book 3 spoilers ahead. *** So, on to talking about The Shadows of Grace. Things looked pretty grim at the end o I just finished Book 4 and I'm wondering if I should wait to do this review. I'm still a little speechless :-) Let me start by saying that if you have NOT read previous books in the series you need to start with Book 1. These books are not stand-alone and you'll want to start at the beginning. That said, it's worth the journey - I can't wait for the final book - book 5. *** WARNING: Some Book 3 spoilers ahead. *** So, on to talking about The Shadows of Grace. Things looked pretty grim at the end of Book 3. The city had been routed, the refugees were fleeing for their lives, and, as the icing on the cake, a portal to let even MORE nasty into the world was now open. This is where Book 4 picks up. As with the previous books, the fight scenes are very well-written - some of the best I've read. At the same time, if you've followed the books from the beginning, you can see the growth of the writer - characters are more fleshed out, dialog is smoother, the work as a whole is just one step better. Perhaps that's just my perception since I've watched the characters from the beginning, so to speak, but I don't think so. Even supporting characters are vibrant. Queen Annabelle, for example, even though we don't see a lot of her, she makes a big impact and even in her limited "stage time" you get a good idea of what sort of person she is. The Shadows of Grace will not disappoint - it's a beautiful work of fantasy and it continues what was started back in The Weight of Blood. We've moved one step further along in the story but so much further, at the same time. This series will be a classic in the fantasy genre and I can't wait for the finale.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joy

    I've finally figured out the timeline with these books. This series comes after all the action with master swordsman, "The Watcher" in the city of Veldaren, which has more books to yet be published. I enjoy those more than these epic battle stories between the followers of Gods. The author isn't shy about killing off major characters either. The details of the huge battles is very good and if I were playing a tabletop RPG game and had characters invested in the battle I would be very excited. How I've finally figured out the timeline with these books. This series comes after all the action with master swordsman, "The Watcher" in the city of Veldaren, which has more books to yet be published. I enjoy those more than these epic battle stories between the followers of Gods. The author isn't shy about killing off major characters either. The details of the huge battles is very good and if I were playing a tabletop RPG game and had characters invested in the battle I would be very excited. However, I just have never found READING about battles that engaging. Since you don't have any input in the outcome; like a dice role, they just get tedious.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Aditya /

    This is a dark series. That I can live with, but I did not like the way the characters behaved in this book. I suffered through it hoping that I would be glad I finished the series and not regretting it. It was better to finish the series than to stop at this book, but this book was unpleasant for me to read, since I spent a lot of time hating the characters whom I had liked previously.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Good battle scenes, Harruq evolves as a character quite a bit and Jerico has an interesting issue. Read the author note at the end. It somewhat explains the growth of Qurrah. I like the play on Harruq and Qurrah and Tess and Mira. The mirror thing is very interesting. Especially after finishing this book in the series. Moving on to book 5!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kaleb Murphy

    Things get crazy Very fun read with some great drama, sadness, joy, redemption, and horror. About as good as fiction gets if you like the human condition explored at the same time alongside a healthy dose of fun and adventure.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    Another enjoyable entry in the series. Shame there's only 1 more to go.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Freddy Fly

    Read all the books and found it a great way to spend some time on the different journeys

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bob Hinton

    Great book!

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Baird

    action, action and more action. loved it from start to finish

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jonny Illuminati

    They just keep getting better, even with the death of one of my all time favorite characters in all of his series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jesse Estes

    I think that it is amazing how this story is progressing. I like the religious aspects to these stories as well.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Towns

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dan Story

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ramsey Hong

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Codd

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mark

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Foster

  28. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Ocasio

  29. 4 out of 5

    Philip

  30. 5 out of 5

    Johnni

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