"Waiting On" Wednesday: Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Scourge of the Betrayer by Jeff Salyards

Many tales are told of the Syldoon Empire and its fearsome soldiers, who are known throughout the world for their treachery and atrocities. Some say that the Syldoon eat virgins and babies-or perhaps their own mothers. Arkamondos, a bookish young scribe, suspects that the Syldoon's dire reputation may have grown in the retelling, but he's about to find out for himself.&nbsp

Hired to chronicle the exploits of a band of rugged Syldoon warriors, Arki finds himself both frightened and fascinated by the men's enigmatic leader, Captain Braylar Killcoin. A secretive, mercurial figure haunted by the memories of those he's killed with his deadly flail, Braylar has already disposed of at least one impertinent scribe . . . and Arki might be next. Archiving the mundane doings of millers and merchants was tedious, but at least it was safe. As Arki heads off on a mysterious mission into parts unknown, in the company of the coarse, bloody-minded Syldoon, he is promised a chance to finally record an historic adventure well worth the telling, but first he must survive the experience! 

A gripping military fantasy in the tradition of Glen Cook, Scourge of the Betrayer explores the brutal politics of Empire-and the searing impact of violence and dark magic on a man's soul. (May 1, 2012)

I haven't heard much advance buzz surrounding this one, but the cover looks great, and there's just something about the cover blurb that really appeals to me. Looking forward to a new author discovery.


  1. Ha! You and I picked the same book!

  2. Haven't heard of this one! Hope you love it once you read it!

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  3. The cover reminds of me of Gladiator. I only hope the book will be that epic too :D

  4. Wow is right--I'm thrilled that I'm making your list! And I'm sure the publisher will be happy the cover and copy are generating some buzz. Thanks.

    Jeff Salyards

  5. Never heard of this book, but it sounds really good! Thanks for sharing, will be adding this to my tbr list!

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  6. Whew! I totally agree with you! The cover looks really grasping, and the plot summary makes it seem like such a captivating and exciting read! Hope you'll enjoy it if you check it out!

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