A very simple read. Not a bad thing in and of itself, but when combined with some clear editing mistakes, it does detract from the overall quality of the book.
While the characters, storyline and setting are entertaining, it is for the same reasons they were when Tolkien wrote them. That is to say, they are very cliched. The whole idea of orcs being brutal, as well as inherently bad seems a little old-fashioned, and overdone. At the same time, the portrayal of elves as being at one with nature -as well as all being aryan archers- is a similarly well-used idea in modern fantasy. This however, is just my personal opinion, and I know that other people like it.
Alongside this however, I did finish the book, and in only a week or so. The plot kept up at a decent pace throughout, such that when combined with its simple writing, the book is very readable. That said, I probably won’t buy the next in the series.
‘The Weight of Blood’ by David Dalglish is the first book in The Half-Orcs Series.