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The Last Bucelarii (Book 3): Gateway to the Past

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A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (The Last Bucelarii–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

 

Book Blurb:

The Last Bucelarii (Book 3): Gateway to the Past

The Hunter, legendary assassin of Voramis, has a purpose: protect Hailen, the boy he rescued from a demon in Malandria.

He joins a caravan in the hope of safe passage across the Advanat Desert. Yet he cannot outrun his enemies: the Illusionist Cleric on a holy mission to capture him, the bloodthirsty raiders out for blood and gold, and the Abiarazi, demons who masquerade as humans.

Every step north reveals who he was before becoming the Hunter, unlocking the truth about the woman who haunts his memories.

Fans of Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, and Brent Weeks will love the Hunter…

 

Book Info:

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 3): Gateway to the Past

Author: Andy Peloquin

Publication Date: March 31st, 2017

Paperback Price: 15.99

Digital Price: 3.99

Pages: 400

ISBN:

 

 

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Bio:

Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious

I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle–it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!

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10 Things You Need to Know About Me:

  1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
  2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
  3. I’m a head taller than the average person (I’m 6′ 6″)
  4. Marvel > DC
  5. I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
  6. Selena Gomez, Skrillex, Simon & Garfunkel, Celine Dion, and Five Finger Death Punch are all in my writing playlist.
  7. Aliens are real, but it’s self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
  8. Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
  9. I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
  10. I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

 

A Few of My Favorite Things

Favorite Books: The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch, The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson, Sherlock Holmes by A.C. Doyle, Warlord of Mars by E.R. Burroughs

Favorite Songs: Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch, Prayer by Disturbed, I’m an Albatraoz by AronChupa, Look Down from Les Miserables, Shatter Me by Lindsay Sterling and Lizzi Hale

Favorite Movies: 300, Red Cliff, Shoot Em Up, Love Actually, Princess Bride

Favorite Comics: Anything with Deadpool, Wolverine or Doop in it

Favorite Foods: Hot Wings, Meat-Lover’s Salad, A good sandwich (made by me), Yaki Soba, Sushi

Favorite TV Shows: The Flash, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawaii Five-0, Brooklyn 99, Firefly (too soon!), The Last Ship, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones

 

Reviews:

“Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark…fantasy addicts will love it!” — Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates — http://peterjstory.com/

“The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you.” – Eve A Floriste, author of Fresh Cut

“From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished…his character is very well-defined even if his past is a mystery. Root for an assassin? Oh, yes, one must!” — Carol Conley, for InDTale Magazine

“Oh the carnage! Fantastic bloodthirsty carnage! The fight scenes in this book were fast-paced, detailed and thrilling. I love a good sword fight and there is plenty of that here.” — Ami L. Hart

“One could get lost in this novel for its twisting plots, seemingly endless imagination, dark yet irresistible characters, or the mind-numbing paradox of its simultaneously dark and romantic world. One could follow the long and winding road of the dusky, fierce protagonist and fight tooth and nail not to sympathize with him. One could dance in the dizzying, intricate circles of Peloquin’s neo-mythology, or even basque in the black sunlight of a well-crafted gothic novel that both entertains and enlightens.” — Jesse G. Christiansen

 

 

Book 1 Info

Book Blurb:

The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.

When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

 

Book Info:

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

Author: Andy Peloquin

Official Launch Date: August 21st, 2015

Publication Date: July 11th, 2015

Paperback Price: $15.99

Digital Price: $3.99

Pages: 298

ISBN: 1515038955

 

Buy Links:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book-ebook/dp/B012EI9M4A/

Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book/dp/1515038955/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25269614-blade-of-the-destroyer

 

Book 2 Info

 

Book Blurb:

The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen

The Hunter of Voramis is no more.

Alone with the bloodthirsty voices in his head, fleeing the pain of loss, he has one objective: travel north to find Her, the mystery woman who plagues his dreams and haunts his memories.

When he stumbles upon a bandit attack, something within urges him to help. His actions set him at odds with the warrior priests commanded to hunt down the Bucelarii.

Left for dead, the Hunter must travel to Malandria to recover his stolen birthright. There, he is inexorably drawn into direct conflict with the Order of Midas, the faceless, nameless group of magicians that holds the city in a grip of terror. All while struggling to silence the ever-louder voice in his mind that drives him to kill.

From feared assassin to wretched outcast, the Hunter’s journey leads him to truths about his forgotten past and the Abiarazi he has pledged to hunt. His discoveries will shed light on who he really is…what he really is.

Fans of Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, and Brent Weeks will love the Hunter…

 

Book Info:

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen

Author: Andy Peloquin

Official Launch Date: August 19th, 2016

Publication Date: July 21, 2016

Paperback Price: 15.99

Digital Price: 3.99

Pages: 340

ISBN: 1535388668

 

Buy Links:

Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Bucelarii-Book-Lament-Fallen-ebook/dp/B01JJ5CKOU/

Amazon Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Bucelarii-Book-Lament-Fallen/dp/1535388668/

Amazon Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Last-Bucelarii-Book-Lament-Fallen-ebook/dp/B01JJ5CKOU/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30973111-lament-of-the-fallen

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Author Interview with Andy Peloquin

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Tell us a little about yourself and your background.

I was born and raised in Japan, where I lived until the age of 14. I lived a fairly isolated life in a missionary compound in a small town a few hours south of the capital, but when I moved to Mexico at the age of 14, all that changed.

All of the experiences I have had (both in Japan and Mexico) have influenced my writing–in my opinion, given me a better understanding of the world around me.

When did you realize, writing was what you wanted to do?

I realized I had a talent for writing at the age of 10 or 11. I had a teacher passionate about literature, and he instilled in me a love of reading and writing.

I dabbled a bit during my teenage years, but nothing serious until the age of 17 or 18. That’s when I started competing (in small online competitions) and writing more regularly. I started In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent at the age of 18, but stopped writing a couple of years later. I didn’t finish it until 2014, which is about the time I started taking writing VERY seriously.

What do you want to achieve with your writing?

I want to make people think. I want to force them to see things in a new way, things they may be accustomed to, desensitized to, or never thought to question. If I can shake things up and twist the world upside down–even for one person–I will be happy.

What are you currently working on right now? Or plan to work on in the future?

I have just launched Book 1 in the dark fantasy series The Last Bucelarii. This book, Blade of the Destroyer, is the first book in the series about the Hunter, a half-demon assassin. The story will span 5 or 6 books, and it will tell the story of the Hunter’s search for answers about his forgotten past. He will find his place in a world that has no place for him and his kind, and the story will be about his growth as a character. Plenty of plot, plenty of action, but definitely a character-driven series.

What is your writing structure like?

I’ll sketch out a rough plot of the book I’m writing–at least the first half. I’ll usually come up with the ending as I write, and the plot details will sort themselves out as I go.

I’ll write a rough draft (just to get the story down), let it sit for a couple of months, then come back to do a first draft to send to beta readers. Once I get the comments and feedback, I incorporate the changes, print out the book, and do a final edit on paper before sending it to the editor/publisher.

How do you write (handwrite, computer, typewriter, voice recorder, etc.)?

Computer, always! I tried writing with Dragon Naturally Speaking (voice to text), but my brain doesn’t work well when my mouth is running. Heh!

What is the toughest thing about writing your current work? What’s the easiest?

The hardest part of writing this work is trying to get the balance of personality just right. The Hunter is this legendary, immortal killer, but he’s also fairly human in his flaws. It’s a very fine line to walk!

Who are your favorite authors?

Scott Lynch’s Gentlemen Bastards series is probably my favorite book series of all time. I’ll read anything Brandon Sanderson writes, and I love the Riyira books by Michael J. Sullivan.

What’s your favorite reading platform (e-book, paperback, hard cover, audio)?

I’m a total sucker for a good hardcover book, and paperback is a close second. But I’ve discovered that the right audiobook can make a good book great. For example, I have never “read” the Scott Lynch books (on paper or digital), but I have only listened to the audiobooks. The voice talent who recorded those books (Michael Page) did such an amazing job! I love audiobooks, as they allow me to read while I drive, sit in traffic, work out at the gym, walk on the beach, etc.

Tell us about your upcoming release.

Here’s what you need to know:

A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past.  The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether? (Blade of the Destroyer–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.

When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

Do you have any advice for other authors when it comes to writing, marketing, publishing, etc.?

Start NOW! I made the mistake of publishing In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent before I had a decent-sized following. The book never really got any traction, and I never saw the sales I would have liked.

To stand a better chance of success in this highly competitive market, authors need to start reaching out to people, making friends, connecting with other authors, and finding potential readers NOW–well before their books are launched!

How do you relax?

I love to read comic books, though I admit I’m a bit behind due to a lack of time. I’ll download all the latest digital comic books and read them (not enough space in my house for physical books).

I also love to watch TV, hit the gym, spend time with my four active children, hang out with friends, and read. I’m a simple man who loves the simpler things in life!

Which famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet and why?

I think Edgar Rice Burroughs could have been a fascinating man to meet! I would have loved to talk to him about the John Carter of Mars books, and pick his brain for his creativity.

How long does it take you to write your novels?

I’ll get through 100,000 to 120,000 words of pure writing in about 2 months, so considering all the work that goes into writing a novel (polishing, drafting, editing, etc.), a book takes me about six months of solid work to complete.

Are any of your characters based off of real people in your life? If so, do they know?

I have based a few minor characters off people that I know or people I have met, but I am not going to tell the people I based them off of. They’ll try to get a cut of the proceeds!

Blade the Destroyer Book Review

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Blade the Destroyer: The Last Bucelarii Book I (Volume 1)
Andy Peloquin

Book Synopsis:

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin:

Ruthless, Unrelenting, Immortal.

Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.

When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

My Review:
Five Stars

Blade the Destroyer is a gruesome tale of how we all fall into what society makes us out to be. The Hunter was made out to be a vile, murderous being and he fit that description well. But there was always that sense that he was lacking something. That a part of him longed for something more out of the existence he called his life. Like most, The Hunter wasn’t satisfied with the course his life had taken. And for someone that is immortal it’s hard to change something that you’ve always ever known to do.

The Hunter is one of these characters that you find yourself confused about how you feel about him. One minute you absolutely hate him, then you see his humility and you love him, then it goes right back to dislike. My feelings for The Hunter changed often while reading Blade the Destroyer. But in the end I had a newfound love for The Hunter and really hoped he figured it all out. It’s not very fun going through life not knowing who you are and ultimately feeling alone along the way.

I will admit that some parts of Blade the Destroyer really grossed me out. There’s quite a lot of violence that goes on, some vengeful other’s just ruthless killing. The violent scenes are done flawlessly and you can tell that Andy really did his research when it came down to it.

My heart ached for The Hunter in the end when he was in the situation that he was. And so I don’t give anything away I won’t say what that was. But my heart broke for him and this is really when my love for The Hunter came racing back in. Every ounce of me hated The Dark Hierarchs and The Bloody Hand. Every ounce of me was yelling the last few chapters because of what occurred in their brutal pages.

The Hunter may have made a lot of mistakes but in the end it seems he gets a chance to start anew and figure out who/what he really is. He gets a chance to start over and I think his reaction to it all makes him appear more human than animal. He gets a second chance and in the end we all deserve that.

I can’t wait for the next installment of this amazing series. Keep up the brilliant writing Andy.