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Sounder 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 MonstersWhat Braylar Soffjian Arki and the Jackals discover beyond the Godveil will shake an empire reshape a map and irrevocably alter the course of histor. Five plaguing stars for Chains of the HereticI 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 the world expand and the writing bring you on the journey right there with the charactersArki is hilarious and clumsy as always which is such great comic relief as we battlewell literally everything and everyone The humour in this book is often laugh out loud funny whenever the soldiers interact with Arki and also with each other That was definitely something that was showcased in this book than the first two and there was a lot of character development especially with Mulldoos and Vendurro as well as a great addition to the company RudgiTwo characters I thought I would be disappointed about but instead was pleasantly surprised view spoiler Soffjian and Skeelana It was just way too convenient that all of the sudden Braylar and Soffjian were totally aligned and the only bad thing about Soffjian was what people said about her She played her role well and I was almost fooled into believing she and Braylar were on the same side Very happy about her deception as horrible as that sounds Same goes for Skeelana even though her role in this book was much smaller hide spoiler

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Chains of the Heretic Bloodsounders Arc #3Men are easily broken than mythsEmperor 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. Let me start this review with nothing less than the truth and the truth is that Bloodsounder’s Arc is a criminally underrated trilogyThis is the second time I’ve rated a conclusion to a grimdark trilogy with 5 stars the first one being Last Argument of Kings in October 2016 Yes it’s been one and a half years since I read any conclusion to a grimdark trilogy that deserved this rating It also has been an entire month and eleven books in a row since I had a 55 stars read However this book truly deserves my full rating Chains of the Heretic is an outstanding conclusion to the Bloodsounder’s Arc trilogy by Jeff Salyards The first two books were great but this one blew them out of the park; it’s by far the best installment in the series During my time of reading this trilogy I had this reoccurring uestion “Why the hell is no one reading this trilogy” That uestion was even prominent during my time reading this book This series’ lack of attention is ridiculous because it is so much better than tons of popular grimdark fantasy series out there Despite being first released in 2016 currently there are less than 100 reviews for this book on Goodreads Are you freaking kidding me So many people say “I’m a grimdarkmilitary fantasy fan” but very few even give this trilogy a try Seriously to all fans of the genre you’re missing out on something really great if you neglect reading this trilogyThe story once again picks up immediately after the end of the second book as if it was a simple chapter change Salyards has created something fantastic here Honestly speaking from the first book alone I never would have expected for the storyline to ever turn into something this grand and intense in the last installment The first book is seriously just an appetizer for the greatness to come within this final book This book also resolved every plot line wonderfully while at the same time leaving some room for the future if the author ever decides to revisit this world I need to also restate that even though this is the last book of the trilogy there are still plenty of revelations for the readers to encounter After all this is where readers will finally learn about the Deserters the Godveils and the BloodsounderImbued with excellently compelling dialogues intricately crafted battle scenes incredible world building and most of all some gradual but spectacular character developments Chains of Heretic was a magnificently written page turner I finished this book in two days; I had to steal a lot of reading time during my working hours and it was so worth every secondI’m risking sounding like a broken record by repeating things I’ve stated in my first two reviews but I really must say this again the character development is just amazing Arki’s development from a simple scribe to a warrior while also becoming the trusted companion of Captain Braylar Killcoin and a treasured member of the Jackals was exceptionally well written “Joining the Syldoon was surely the most remarkable adventure I could have embarked on no matter how things turned out” Part of what makes this trilogy so uniue is that even though the entire trilogy is told from solely from the perspective of Arki in first person POV narration Salyards still manages to make it feels like a multi POV book In my opinion he achieves this by implementing a lot of compelling and at times humorous dialogues between the characters making sure everyone has distinct personalities and always have a role in the story even though readers get to see them only from Arki’s POVI feel like I’ve said all I needed to say about what makes this trilogy fantastic within all three of my reviews but before I close this review let me say a few things about the battle scenes It is not easy for fantasy authors to write vivid and intricate battle scenes; I’ve read almost 200 SFF books in less than two years and there are less than ten authors who I consider capable of crafting proper battle scenes and Jeff Salyards undoubtedly deserves to be included in that list The action seuences in this book were captivating immersive intense bloody and highly vivid Salyards’s prose simply has a way of pulling the reader deeply into the heat of all the chaos; the only other author in the grimdark genre who I know is able to achieve this result is Joe Abercrombie The last uarter of this book in particular was simply impossible to put down with all mayhem that had been unleashed “It is an exceptionally fine day for crossbows” I will admit I had my doubts in the last uarter of the book; there are so many things to resolve within the last 20% of the book but miraculously Salyards did it I really don’t know what else to say to convince anyone to read this book Same as The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie and Manifest Delusions by Michael R Fletcher Bloodsounder's Arc is going to the top of my list of priority recommendations for grimdark fans Chains of Heretics is a superlative and satisfying conclusion to a great grimdarkmilitary fantasy trilogy and I sincerely hope a lot of readers will give this trilogy a try A job well done Jeff Salyards I’ll be waiting eagerly for your future works Series review Scourge of the Betrayer 355 stars Veil of the Deserters 45 stars Chains of the Heretic 55 stars Bloodsounder's Arc 12515 stars You can find this and the rest of my Adult EpicHigh Fantasy Sci Fi reviews at BookNest

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Chains of the Heretic (Bloodsounders Arc, #3) Summary ☆ 109 ò Men are easily broken than mythsEmperor 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 Commander Darzaak promised her freedom if she agreed to aid them in breaking Cynead’s grip on the other Memoridons and ousting himImperial 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 Blood. 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 seuels that completely surpass the first I came away from it thoroughly satisfied but also hungry for That brings us to Chains of the Heretic the third and final book of Bloodsounder's Arc Where that second volume expanded upon the world and the story of the first this one rips that world wide open and shoves us headlong into a whole new heap of betrayals More importantly where that second book was a textbook example of how you build to a climax Chains of the Heretic schools the genre on how you successfully deliver itSeriously it is that goodAs much as I'd love to gush about what Salyards did with the larger storyline and the overall mythology just about anything I could say here would constitute a spoiler What I will say is that a lot happens in this book and it all has significant conseuences for our band of Jackals Everything that was set up in the first two books comes to a head here with all the dangling plot threads getting tied off even if some of those knots are deliberately ragged and loose This is not one of those perfectly tidy happily ever after finales and anybody who was expecting different clearly hasn't been paying attention Bloodsounder's Arc was never about completing a uest saving the world or succeeding on some epic scale It was always the story of one man Captain Braylar Killcoin as seen through the eyes of his company scribe Arki ArkamandosI'm not sure I've encountered any character in the last decade or so who grows and evolves as much as Arki As character arcs go his is so steady so consistent and so entirely grounded that you don't really appreciate how far he's come until you look back on the saga as a whole Arki is the epitome of the average man There are no hidden secrets or revelations behind him and no cumbersome prophecies or destinies hanging over him He's just a lowly scribe trying to fit in and working hard to be accepted by a band of rugged Syldoon warriors Don't get me wrong he has some significant moments in this final chapter some worth cheering about and others cringe worthy but Salyards never tries to break him or to make him than he was ever meant to beAs for Braylar his character arc was always set up to be that of the tragic hero and he never shies away from what needs to be done At the end of the day even if he has some uncomfortable family issues and even if he does wield a cursed flail he is just another soldier He's not out for gold or glory and he's not looking to claim a throne or save a world Braylar is there to do his job and help return his deposed emperor to power As we discover here he doesn't necessarily have to like the man or agree with his methods to do the job His is not a story about ideals but one of duty There's a lot in this final chapter than challenges our sense of wrong and right and much that makes us uestion whether the end can ever justify the means but Braylar remains the heroic figure around which the story turnsChains of the Heretic takes us beyond the shimmering Godveil and back; reveals the origins of the cursed Bloodsounder; damages some characters horrifically; delves deep into the treacheries of the Syldoon Empire; exposes the roots of Sofjian's loathing for her brother; kills other characters some of them surprising; and makes us uestion every motive It has its moments of black humor and even a few fleeting moments of happiness but by and large it is a dark and tragic tale The action reaches a crescendo here with some of the biggest battles and biggest foes we've seen yet Salyards takes us across the world and even if he leaves us cold and weary amid the carnage we're still anxious for the next campaign should we be so lucky to return to his world Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins Disclaimer I received a complimentary ARC of this title from the publisher in exchange for review considerationThis does not in any way affect the honesty or sincerity of my honest review