Blade Of The Destroyer - Andy Peloquin 4/5
I received Blade Of The Destroyer in exchange for an honest review and I have to admit that I didn't realize that it was a fantasy novel. I'm more of a horror/bizarro guy so I was a bit worried. I can't even tell you the last time a read a fantasy novel. I do have an open mind though and have been known to genre hop from time to time. I'm the kind of reader that likes a good story regardless of what genre it's in. It's quite nice to sometimes step outside of your comfort zone and see what other books are out there. As I started this I was instantly hooked. Blade is an often violent novel about a guy called the Hunter. This is one bad ass dude but unlike a lot of other novels Andy gives this guy some depth and it's the Hunter himself that fuels this novel.
Blade is the start of a new series and what I like is that the story moves quickly and unlike a lot of other novels you aren't mired into a lot of set up. It all runs smoothly and as the story progresses so you learn exactly who and what the Hunter is and the blood shed and violence balance out the tale nicely. As a horror fan I wasn't sure what to expect but what I enjoyed here is Andy's eye for detail. You almost feel as if you're right there with these characters and not just observing. This a book that you instantly become absorbed in and it becomes impossible to put down.
The one thing I can't do is compare it to other fantasy novels. This is not a genre that I read, but as I finished Destroyer I knew that I would read the next book in the series just to see how the story evolves. Andy is a talented writer and you can tell that he put a lot of effort into this novel to make it flow as well as it does. This is a book that not only grabs your attention, but holds it hostage. Fantasy fans will enjoy the hell out of this and even non fantasy fans should check this one out for the simple fact that it's a great story. I couldn't help but imagine this huge power metal soundtrack playing during the battle scenes. As I write this I have Sinbreed playing and it fits this novel well. Death to false metal, and hail Blood Hunger!!!