Review: Captive of the Orcs by Benjamin Epstein (4 stars)
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Captive of the Orcs by Benjamin Epstein
Publisher: Center One Publishing
Published: November 13th, 2012
Dallet departed on a long journey, leaving behind his family, home, and his love. He planned to travel to the City of Brass Gates, and enter the priesthood of the Divine, the deity of the Luminean Exiles.
Torak was a young Orc, raised to pursue honor and victory. His tribe captured a trading caravan, and Torak enslaves a fleeing Luminean Exile.
Human and Orc, slave and master, bound by fate, must now adventure across the face of Codytha. One seeks revenge, the other freedom. And each is an enigma to his companion.
The dual plots in CAPTIVE OF THE ORCS are expertly intertwined. Dallet is captured by an orc on the way to begin his training as a Luminean Exile. Torak tracks down a human for capture only to discover that his entire raiding party has been slain/captured besides him. Each character has a very solid plot and what one character does in their own plot influences the plot of the other one.
The characters are complete opposites in beliefs and values, yet share a deep respect for one another. It’s amusing to see the difference of culture between human and orc. There honestly needs to be more orc books, as they’re one of my favorite fantasy creatures. I like the politics of the orcs and how tiny details make a ripple later on in the story.
By the very end of the story, I was nervous that it would end in a cliffhanger and nothing would be resolved until a surprise sequel comes out. But that’s not the case. I can’t say that I was surprised by the ending, however I do like how the resolution happened. Both Dallet and Torak reach a satisfying ending by the last few pages. I’m in awe at the amount of growth both characters exhibited throughout the course of the novel.
There are some minor proofreading errors (quotations) near the end, but nothing that that inhibits your ability to enjoy the story. At first, I didn’t like the dialogue and the voices seemed too generic, but as the book progressed and I really started connecting with the characters, either the dialogue got better or I was too sucked into the story to notice otherwise.
(I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion)