The Weight of Blood, (The Half-Orcs, Book 1) by David Dalglish

The Weight of Blood, (The Half-Orcs, Book 1)

By David Dalglish

  • Release Date: 2010-02-16
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4
From 1,122 Ratings
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When half-bloods Harruq and Qurrah Tun pledged their lives to the death prophet Velixar, they sought only escape from their squalid beginnings. Instead, they become his greatest disciples, charged with leading his army of undead.

While they prepare, Harruq trains with an elf named Aurelia, to whom he owes his life. She is a window into a better world, but as war spreads between the races their friendship takes a dire turn.

Velixar orders them to fight alongside the humans, changing Aurelia from friend to foe. To protect her, Harruq must turn against his brother and fight the killing nature of his orcish heritage.

THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD by David Dalglish
To side with one means to turn on another. No matter Harruq’s decision, someone he loves will die.


About the Author:

David Dalglish currently lives in rural Missouri with his wife Samantha, daughter Morgan, and his bearded dragon. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 with a degree in Mathematics. He spends his free time watching PBS and Spongebob Squarepants with his daughter.


  • The Weight of Blood

    By vgubala
    The note from author mentioned some reviews thought it too dark, understandable, given the atrocities committed by the main characters. I feel it gives depth to the story that sets it apart from others. To see them on a path that may lead to redemption even after those events is compelling. I've done many things others and myself have found disgraceful, yet found away to offer and make amends. It's a look into the making of the villain (or hero) I've not seen before.
  • Well Written.

    By Warnabgul
    It was better than I expected for a free book. I wouldn't recommend this story to someone who is sensitive or has an aversion to graphic stories.
  • Lots of Potential

    By JRR enthusiast
    As others have said, this book is quite dark. Almost inexcusably so. The first several chapters are by far it's weakest points, choosing gritty action over world building and hauling the reader along at breakneck speed when it really isn't appropriate. However... Dalglish redeems himself in the later chapters with a character torn between his moral compasses and his fleshly passions. Building up to a masterful ending, The Weight of Blood promises a thrilling series of adventures to come.
  • Super good!

    By Obergon
    Any lover of fantasy will greatly enjoy this book! The worst part is it is over way too fast!
  • The weight of blood

    By Alex.fitzsimmons
    This is the best book I've ever read in my life I really like the plot and the characters and how the world of the half orcs was introduced to the reader I would recommend this book to many people I love the story and all the action and fantasy my favorite character personally is hurraq because of his amazing talent and all the action that he is evolved in torn between good and bad velixer and aurila and his own brother I think it was an amazing book and I will read it many times
  • The Wieght of Blood

    By Vanarkel
    Great read! Would recommend to friends. It would make a great movie if Holly Wood could stick to the script! If you love medieval fantasy you've got to read it!
  • Good read.

    By Milocinia
    The characters are a little cliche'd but much darker than most would be used to. Bad childhood made them strong. What is different is how the characters end up being more on the side of evil rather than good like most high fantasy. Nice to read a book about the evil side of a high fantasy setting.
  • The half orcs story part 1

    By Thosp1twob
    This book is a must own i loved it I'm 13 and I hate reading it takes me 3 months to read a book it took me 3 weeks to read its a must own try the whole series I still have to read them but get this one it's awesome.
  • Great story!

    By Devilsreject420
    Has me hooked
  • Great book!

    By Hockey guy 55
    Overall I thought it was a fantastic book, once I started reading I couldn't stop. I gave it a 4 because it can be a bit gory,dark, and disturbing, but overall it was good and I look forward to reading the next one!