Chains of the Heretic

Chains of the Heretic Men are easily broken than myths Emperor Cynead has usurped command of the Memoridons Tower controlled memory witches and consolidated his reign over the Syldoonian Empire After escaping the capital c

  • Title: Chains of the Heretic
  • Author: Jeff Salyards
  • ISBN: 9781597805971
  • Page: 486
  • Format: ebook
  • Men are easily broken than myths.Emperor Cynead has usurped command of the Memoridons Tower controlled memory witches and consolidated his reign over the Syldoonian Empire After escaping the capital city of Sunwrack, Captain Braylar Killcoin and his Jackal company evade pursuit across Urglovia, tasked with reaching deposed emperor Thumarr and helping him recapture thMen are easily broken than myths.Emperor Cynead has usurped command of the Memoridons Tower controlled memory witches and consolidated his reign over the Syldoonian Empire After escaping the capital city of Sunwrack, Captain Braylar Killcoin and his Jackal company evade pursuit across Urglovia, tasked with reaching deposed emperor Thumarr and helping him recapture the throne Braylar s sister, Soffjian, rejoins the Jackals and reveals that Commander Darzaak promised her freedom if she agreed to aid them in breaking Cynead s grip on the other Memoridons and ousting him.Imperial forces attempt to intercept Braylar s company before they can reach Thumarr The Jackals fight through Cynead s battalions but find themselves trapped along the Godveil Outmaneuvered and outnumbered, Braylar gambles on some obscure passages that Arki has translated and uses his cursed flail, Bloodsounder, to part the Godveil, leading the Jackals to the other side There, they encounter the ruins of human civilization, but they also learn that the Deserters who abandoned humanity a millennium ago and created the Veil in their wake are still very much alive But are they gods Demons Monsters What Braylar, Soffjian, Arki, and the Jackals discover beyond the Godveil will shake an empire, reshape a map, and irrevocably alter the course of history.

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    1. This arrived on my doormat today.It prompted me to this blog post on the cost of promotionrk---lawrenceEDIT: And now I've read it!I liked the first two books in this trilogy quite a lot. I had some reservations, but they were good reads. Book three is a great read and my reservations are gone. I'm not entirely sure what changed. I think it's down to several factors.i) The characters have won me over, I buy the relationships, and our 'hero' Arki is more focused and develops more swiftly. Also the [...]

    2. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths4.5 stars. Let me explain why.As the concluding chapter of Bloodsounder’s Arc, Chains of the Heretic is a rousing and fitting finale; one which thunders out of the gate, determined to shed light upon every shadowy mystery and to resolve every plot line. This journey of Arki from naive scribe to trusted member of Captain Killcoin’s Syldoon company ending the only way it could: with both tears and optimism for a new beginning. But, wait, I’m getting ahead of [...]

    3. 5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/02/08/bI am stunned on so many levels. To call Chains of the Heretic one of the finest pieces of dark fantasy I have ever read would be a gross understatement. It is simply phenomenal, an incredible masterpiece and outstanding achievement for Jeff Salyards. There’s also no doubt about it, this series has come a long way since the author’s debut novel Scourge of the Betrayer, the first Bloodsounder’s Arc book that started us on this epic [...]

    4. While I enjoyed Scourge of the Betrayer, the first book of Bloodsounder's Arc, it was Veil of the Deserters that really opened my eyes to what Jeff Salyards was capable of. Not only did it overcome the dreaded middle-book curse, it actually proved to be one of those rare sequels that completely surpass the first. I came away from it thoroughly satisfied, but also hungry for more.That brings us to Chains of the Heretic, the third and final book of Bloodsounder's Arc. Where that second volume expa [...]

    5. Captain Killcoin hadn’t predicted what had come to pass in Sunwrack, but he had been absolutely right about one thing—I’d seen things so far beyond the pale they made me dizzy to think about. Joining the Syldoon was surely the most remarkable adventure I could have embarked on, no matter how things turned out.Well if the first book was good and second even better – this one is a blast. Nonstop action, fights, adventure, twists one after another – intense and breathtaking start to finis [...]

    6. I've been keeping a list in my head of the best books I've read (regardless of publication year) in 2016. I've read a bunch of great books this year but these are books that really left a mark. Up until now I've had D.G. Valdron's The Mermaid's Tale, and Anthony Ryan's The Waking Fire on that very short list. I have now added a third book. Actually, an entire series (I think I read all of 'em in 2016).It is a good day for crossbows, Syldoon. A very good day.

    7. An exceptional finale to a very fine military Fantasy trilogy. One I'll add to my personal all-time favorites shelf. And a trilogy I just cannot recommend highly enough. Fantasy of the highest quality. Last month, Jan. 2016 I finally got around to reading Joe Abercrombie's FIRST LAW trilogy for the first time. It blew me away. I found it to be just about the greatest fantasy tale I'd ever read. I never expected that that reading experience would be topped or topped so soon. No, not topped exactl [...]

    8. Chains of the Heretic is the longest and best book of a trilogy that has continually made me root for Jeff Salyards to become my favorite fantasy author. He has so much going for him: his dialogue is hilarious in ways unmatched by the piers I've read; his action is top notch, and continues to improve with each book; and his worldbuilding with the bloodsounder weapon, the Godsveil, memorandums, etcThis is my new favorite fantasy trilogy. Chains of the Heretic is the best book yet, probably the mo [...]

    9. Five plaguing stars!!! Epic conclusion to the series, fantastic characters, worldbuilding and writing.Jeff Salyards welcome to my favorite authors list!

    10. I realized I still haven't reviewed this book and that is complete junk because this book deserves to get reviewed by everyone on the whole site. Salyards is such an underrated talent who is easily up there with Abercrombie and Lynch. I always have a difficult time with reviews for the last in a series/trilogy. This is no different. There's no way to do it without spoiling some stuff, but I refuse to hide the whole review for that reason because it's the third in a series. I think we all get th [...]

    11. FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG, TOTAL INABILITY TO CONNECTWarning: Review to contain minor spoilers.E-ARC Provided by author and publisher in return for reviewIn 2014, I called Jeff's Veil of the Deserters one of my top 5 books, schmoozing with fantasy genre juggernauts such as Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson. The debut in the series, Scourge of the Betrayer, captivated me - it was short and to the point, yet incredibly interesting. It left me wanting a lot more, and Veil delivered that to me. The inc [...]

    12. Five plaguing stars for Chains of the Heretic.I originally read Scourge of the Betrayer as a group read and it was really great. In fact, it was awesome enough to continue with the second and now here I am, reviewing the final book of the series. That in itself is an accomplishment for those of you who know I give up on series pretty easily. However, that's not all. The first two books of Bloodsounder's Arc were good. Solid 4 stars for both, but this last book was just epic. You can really see t [...]

    13. Full review here: thequeenofblades.uThis series is fantastic, and the last installment is, by far, the best. It has all the things you come to expect from Salyards, great worldbuilding, superb characters, and most of all that authentic dialogue. Plus some added extras. What's the extras I hear you cry? Well, the mystery is solved! Not just any old mystery, the mystery. I was so afraid the conclusion would not live up to the build-up, but I was (gladly) proven wrong. What started out as a small c [...]

    14. The Bloodsounder's Arc is a Dark Military Fantasy through and through, yet the world author Jeff Salyards crafted to go with the brutal battles is no slouch. Seldom do fantasy worlds feel as enticing as this. We learned just enough to leave us flabbergasted by the world, but little enough to leave us wanting more. I hope to see a return to this world and its characters again one day! Kudos to Jeff for a great trilogy that feels like one long book with the perfect amount of pay off in the end.

    15. Great finish to even greater series! Hats off to Mr. Salyards for writing such thrilling and fantastic conclusion. Loved every moment of it. Can't wait for his next book.

    16. A great conclusion to an engrossing series. I loved how Arki became a part of the troop and he really grew as a character through the series. The ending made complete sense and was a fitting ending for our characters. Salyards created a real mix of characters that were essential to the story and each enriched the story in their own way. Whether is was the rough speaking Mulldoos or Ven and his obsession with eating eggs.A trilogy well worth giving a go.

    17. Fantastic book! Fantastic trilogy! Of all the books I've read this series is one of my all time favorites. I've grown to love the characters, and finishing this last book, I am so sad to leave them behind. (to Salyard: sure we can't get rid of that trilogy word? I'd read another ten of these) If you've read the prior books you know much what to expect, save for a host of truly epic, in scale and awesomeness, and breath catching events. Great action, great characters, great plot, great pacing, an [...]

    18. As with each book in this series the one word that comes to mind is unpredictable. And while that is a huge asset, it also held me back from giving this 5 stars. There were many situations and characters (and their relationships) that I thought should have been explained and explored more thoroughly throughout this book. Still, I highly recommend this trilogy! I really enjoyed it and will miss these characters now that it is over.

    19. "The years cool passions for some men, neutralize poison, soften the edges of grief and rage and prejudice. But for others, they hold on even tighter to the things that burn their insides out regardless of the passage of time, or even in spite of it, as if to curse the very world itself."

    20. REVIEW SUMMARY: Bloodsounder’s Arc reaches its apogee with Chains of the Heretic RATING: 4.5 stars BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The ultimate coup sends Arki, Captain Killcoin, and the Syldoon soldiers of Jackal Tower fleeing into the unknown where they will confront their own legends REVIEWPROS: Excellent character progression, unexpected twists and turns, relentless action, bittersweet goodbyesNS: A little more time spent learning about the Deserters would have been welcome and the final battle could have [...]

    21. Ana amazing finale to the series. It builds upon the tension and ends the only way it possibly could: with a bang. Fantastic read that I recommend to everyone.

    22. Jeff Salyards has conjured up a remarkable world in his debut series. I was delighted that my unsubtle badgering yielded an ARC of the final instalment of the "Bloodsounder's Arc" trilogy. While this review will eschew spoilers for Chains of Heretic, the whole work is such an interlocked series that there will inevitably be spoilers to the preceding two volumes. So, if you have not yet met Braylar Killcoin and his band of cussed and cursing warriors then look away now. Or still better, look at m [...]

    23. This review contains spoilers.( in the last paragraph)I am so mad at myself for being lazy and refusing to write a review when i finished reading this book 3 weeks ago. now i can't remember the details i liked so much. well i guess now i know why people who actually take the time to write are called writers and us lazy beings are called readersyway, moving on.Jeff Salyards, i like u a lot. u must be a combination of both Arki & Braylar to have been able to switch easily between these two. th [...]

    24. In short, gripping. This review is for the series as a whole. I picked up the first of the series and whistled through it pretty quickly. It was an interesting narrative concept that had been done before but there's nothing wrong with that. The first book was short but left enough interest that I'd want to look the next one up. The next two held me very well and I was very impressed. I thought that the best thing about the whole series is the characters. The sheer variation of personalities from [...]

    25. NO SPOILER REVIEW. I was happy to receive an ARC of this book as I'm a huge fan of the series and wanted to find out how Arki and his adopted Jackals would close out. At first I was a little hesitant to become too excited about it as it seemed like most of the core themes had been played out: the rough housing by Mulldoos and the rest of the Jackals, the epic battles, and Arki's awkwardness. I held out hope that the Arki's scribblings would turn up something that would take Captain Killcoin and [...]

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