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Separated and miserable, Thanquil Darkheart and Jezzet Vel’urn both have their reasons for wanting to leave the Dragon Empire. Jezzet flees from the wrathful fury of an Empress scorned while accompanied by the ever insidious Drake Morrass, and Thanquil sets out to find and judge his one heretical loose end.THE PRICE OF FAITH is the third book of the The Ties that Bind trilSeparated and miserable, Thanquil Darkheart and Jezzet Vel’urn both have their reasons for wanting to leave the Dragon Empire. Jezzet flees from the wrathful fury of an Empress scorned while accompanied by the ever insidious Drake Morrass, and Thanquil sets out to find and judge his one heretical loose end.THE PRICE OF FAITH is the third book of the The Ties that Bind trilogy by Rob J. Hayes....

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  • Mihir
    2019-04-04 19:34

    Overall rating = 4.5 starsFull review over at Fantasy Book Critic CLASSIFICATION: The Ties that Bind is a dark fantasy trilogy with terrific characterization and a twisted plot that is very reminiscent of the works by Joe Abercrombie, Mark Lawrence and Scott Lynch. ANALYSIS: This book has been re-released by the author after he got his rights back from Ragnarok Publications and readers can read more about that in this interview and over on the author's site. I'm reposting my review with a few edits and to espouse the brand, new cover and re-release of the entire trilogy. I've been a big fan of Rob J. Hayes since I first got my hands on his debut book The Heresy Within. However it was The Colour Of Vengeance, which simply blew my mind and convinced me of the awesomeness of this trilogy and the author. With this book, I was waiting to see how the author would end his trilogy. This volume also featured the return of Jezzet and Thanquil who were conspicuously missing from the second volume. A warning to readers, I'lll be discussing certain things which can be considered spoilers for the preceding titles so be forewarned.The Price Of Faith begins once again with Thanquil who now finds him being hunted. His prey now has turned predator and the witch stalks Thanquil in his dreams as well as the awakened stage. Thanquil is still bitter about his parting with Jezzet who now finds herself as the court of the Dragon Empire and a friend to the Dragon Empress. A stranger in a strange land, Jezzet finds herself drawn to the weird customs and a certain dark and dangerous pirate who also happens to be the paramour of the Dragon Empress. Drake Morass is feared by everyone and for good reason. His antics in Chade haven’t gone unnoticed however he has a bigger game in mind. Lastly there’s Betrim “Black Thorn” Thorne who now finds himself as the head of a new crew of deadly misfits and a drunken sot named Anders. Betrim still hungers for revenge for the events that befell him at the end of the first book and just maybe he might find the person who bested him. However can the Black Thorn best those far deadlier than him and his crew. These are the many questions posed in this final volume. However this story is about our three leads introduced in the first book, they all have changed. Jezzet was a killer however by the end of the first book became a true blademaster. Betrim was a scoundrel and murderer however he became a deadlier leader and now leads the motley crew of Henry, Pern, Ben Six Cities, Anders and Riley. This third volume is about the change that befalls Thanquil. We get to learn how he acquired the sobriquet of Darkheart that has followed him around since his initiations as an arbiter. We get to see what really happened in his childhood and how he was “saved” by Arbiter Prin. We get to see his connection with the Templar Jacob Lee as well learn why the Emperor chose him for the furtive mission. All of this and more is laid bare, in this ending volume. As is the case with the preceding two volumes, characterization once again is the author’s forte. We get all our main POV characters back however once again it’s the side character cast who make the read that much more rewarding. Last time around we got to know Henry, Pern and Anders and while they are back, it’s pirate captain Drake Morass who steals the show every time he graces the pages. Oozing menace and charm in equal measure; Drake Morass is a charmer who is poison to those he opposes. He however also steals scenes whenever he appears and confounds our POV characters as much as he does the readers. I believe the author is setting him up for something pivotal in the future and he will be playing a major role in the books to come. Not that he doesn’t play any less of a significant one in this one as well. The action sequences are no less exciting than the preceding volume, however this time around; there are pirates, dragons and demons involved. All the threads introduced so far come to an exciting, action-filled climax which answers some pretty fundamental questions about the nature of reality of the world, the aspect of calling upon a god’s power and also concept of avatar-hood. All the characters from the previous two volumes make an appearance (at least the ones left alive) and there are a few new ones to hook the reader’s interest. There’s also the character arc, with this book it’s Thanquil who gets the treatment and we get a peek into his madness. This book makes him even more sympathetic and a little crazy. He’s been pushed to the end of his wits due to the fact that Jezzet is somewhere and needs his help. Thanquil’s background and powers are laid bare and as a reader it was good to read what makes such a complex character tick. Going on to the drawbacks of the book, one factor going against is that not all threads are completely closed. In fact the epilogue alone puts a whole new spin on the entire story that has happened within the space of three books. Also there’s the aspect of character deaths and particularly a couple of characters meet untimely ends. This on a whole kept the story exciting however on a personal note, I was just saddened by it. Lastly the only other thing that might cause heartache for readers is the fact there’s a resolution provided but that might not be what they expect. To some it might be underwhelming in a way. I think that was the author’s intent to undercut expectations and it will be up to each reader to gauge how successful the author was. CONCLUSION: The Price Of Faith brings to an explosive end to a trilogy that while being self-published can be safely considered as a superb dark fantasy trilogy. It will have its detractors but the fans outnumber them sharply. The Price Of Faith is indeed about the faith that the characters have invested and the price it extracts when their conventions are challenged. Simply put this is a fantastic end to a great trilogy and a terrific beginning to Rob J. Hayes’ career.

  • Fiona Vincent
    2019-04-08 18:22

    Amazing final book in an excellent trilogy.The characterisation is fascinating. I found myself liking characters that at first I didn't like and not liking characters that at first I did like amid a fast paced story line. The book twists and turns with beautifully descriptive prose.I recommend the whole trilogy.

  • Férial
    2019-04-20 19:35

    4 stars. Not 5. Because I'm angry with you Mr Hayes. Angry for killing...ah, you know who.4 stars because I cannot get rid of the lump in my throat.Just because of that.Weren't it for it, I'd have rated this book 5 stars.Unfortunately, I'm too angry and too sad just now.

  • C.T. Phipps
    2019-04-14 15:47

    The Ties That Bind series is a Sword and Sorcery series by Rob J. Hayes. It is an adult fantasy, contrasted to dark fantasy, which contains foul-mouthed antiheroes who live in a world of slavery as well as causal violence. Jezzet Vel'urn, Inquisitor Thanquil Darkheart, and the Black Thorn are all objectively terrible people but they're perhaps slightly less terrible than many of the people around them. They also make each other better. The previous book followed the adventures of the Black Thorn after the events of The Ties that Bind novel and this book follows up with Jezzet and Thanquil. They have taken up service in the Dragon Empire, which is Sword and Sorcery China. Thanquil is continuing his hunting of witches, regardless of their morality, while Jezzet is the unwilling BFF of the Empress. We also get the thoroughly punchable smug snake Drake Morass, quite possibly the least likable lovable rogue in the history of fiction. But he's meant to be that way. I think. The price gives an insight into a very unusual sort of character in Sword and Sorcery: a man of faith. Thanquil Darkheart has a number of terrible qualities, including the willingness to murder the innocent for the greater good. However, on a basic level, he truly does believe in his God-Emperor and that what he's doing is the best road for humanity. Given the world he inhabits is so cynical, it's interesting to see Thanquil's piety is played straight despite the obvious corruption of the Inquisition. Jezzet is also trying to deal with something she never expected in her burgeoning conscience. I like the character development she has of actually starting to care about people and the world's unfairness due to Thanquil's influence. It's hilarious, in a really morbidly dark sort of way, that a religious fanatic capable of great atrocities starts to open Jezzet up to the wonders of helping others. This being grimdark fantasy, it doesn't entirely work out for her. The book resolves many of the outstanding plots from the previous two books while also setting up the next arc in the series. For three books we've been dealing with the traitors in the Inquisition and their plans to create an army of demon-possessed humans. Here, we get an understanding as to why they are pursuing this insane course of action and what has gotten them so frightened. There's a lot of surprisingly insightful bits about the arbitrary nature of power, shifting nature of morality, and the peculiar yet ever present power of faith. Thanquil Darkheart believes in the God Emperor in spite of several logical inconsistencies yet still manages to make it look better than Drake Morass' belief in nothing. While perhaps a bit stereotypical in its depiction of fantasy China, the Dragon Empire avoids orientalist tropes and manages to adapt the setting to his world with a minimum of fuss. The Dragon Empire is as dark and seedy in its own way as Sarth and other cities we've dealt with. I would have been interested in more stories set there with Jezzet and Thanquil dealing with the various cultural differences we see them run into separately. I also find the fact Jezzet challenges cultural assumptions by her very existence intriguing as well as the fact they can be a patriarchal society despite a absolute monarch Empress. I would be remiss in my review if I didn't mention that this book has a very controversial ending which has already had quite a few detractors amongst his fandom. Rob J. Hayes makes a choice to do something which George R.R. Martin would approve of. I'm, honestly, a bit iffy about it since I think the people involved were some of the most developed in the series with their loss diminishing the story rather than strengthening it. The fact it didn't immediately end with the hunting down and exterminating of the character responsible for it also irritated me tremendously. There's a couple of other dropped plot threads like the Prince's witch-wife that I thought could have been handled better.Despite this, I'm a big fan of The Price of Faith. I liked the depiction of the main characters, enjoyed their reunion with the Black Thorn, and thought everyone was likable (including the villain) except for Drake Morass. Given the previous volumes had some truly reprehensible people in it, it's surprising how entertaining and sympathetic nearly everyone is. I'm still mad about the ending as I think it disrupts the dynamics of the characters too much and there was a lot more room for the characters involved to develop but it doesn't kill my interest in the series.9/10

  • Shawn
    2019-03-29 14:46

    Wrapped up the trilogy quite nicely, with plenty of open room to continue, minus a few characters of course.All the awesome characters you know from the first 2 books return. Relationships grow and alter course. There's love and heartache, sometimes one turning into the other. There's loss of body parts. An ancient sword crafted from a God that houses a demon...yeah, that shit is cool. Some big twists were made in this one, and they were great!This series has it all, even dragons (I wouldn't mind them getting more 'screen time' sometime though), and I look forward to more. Rob Hayes is an author you should be following if you aren't already--big things are bound to happen.

  • Jon Adams
    2019-04-13 15:39

    This series needs some good proofreading, but overall it's great. Read it.

  • Paul Nelson
    2019-04-04 15:51

    The Price of Faith is the final book in The Ties That Bind Trilogy, while the second book The Colour of Vengeance was devoted to the Black Thorn and events occurring around him, the final book is largely centred on the Arbitar Thanquil Darkheart and Jezzet Vel'urn the blademaster. Both have travelled to the Dragon Empire but are currently separated as Thanquil tracks the powerful witch who escaped him in the first book, a difficult task as she is protected by a dragon prince. Jezzet is working as a sellsword and is a favourite of the young woman who rules the empire.The first two thirds of the book feature only their stories and it is not till this point that the Black Thorn and his crew, Jacob the Templar and all the chief protagonists come together for the final battle with Kessick and his demon enhanced army. What we do get however is flashbacks into Thanquil and Jezzet's past which were interesting and bought you closer to these well defined characters.I must admit I didn't enjoy this as much as the previous novel but I do count that as one of the best I've read, while Thanquil and Jezzet are great characters, they don't have the charisma of the Black Thorn and his crew but it was certainly a satisfactory conclusion with plenty of twists and turns. An epic final battle that follows the traits of other major dark fantasy series in that not all of the main characters survive and a happy ending is guaranteed not to happen for all. There are also plot threads left that mean there could be further stories to tell in this world and I would definitely like to read more of the Black Thorn and his crew who now operate as bounty hunters. The pirate Drake Morrass also has a significant role to play in this book, a very clever adversary who's scheming is not entirely evident till the end. In conclusion a highly recommended series and I can't wait for the next offering from this author.

  • Andru
    2019-03-28 11:33

    What can I say, the end of a promising trilogy was a non sense. So many lose ends at the finale and also a lot of things that add no value or have no reason .(view spoiler)[What is with the prophet that appear at the in the Epilogue or the fact the arbiter faith is not know like for any other person? etc. But what really annoyed me was killing of the main Heroine stupidly and without any purpose.She just cut her hand to take out the charm and moments before succeeding she dies? Really? This was it?This is why I read 3 books with her character development just to have her killed stupidly? And when Thanquil has the chance to save her, the love of his life for which ignored even Inquisition he does nothing? The demon offer to save her and he says no? He choose to make a contract with the demons to never come in this world. Like the God that Thanquil was serving wasn't smart enough to think of that so he just chained the demons. When Thanquil offered the terms of the contract to the demon he couldn't put a phrase in the contract "Save Jezzet Vel'urn and never come back in this world"? Like demons will say "Well you know we want to be free but the fact that you want us to save Jez that we already offered to save is a no deal for us". (hide spoiler)] Anyway when I read a book I expect to make sense in the end, to be convincing. In The Price of Faith the end doesn't make sense. I feel like I lost my time reading 3 books, I feel cheated of a good finale for no reason...whatever

  • Nico
    2019-04-15 15:51

    German Review on GosuReviewsSatisfying ending to the The Ties That Bind trilogy. Thanquil and Jezzet are back in the action and we get to see more about their past and background. I am a bit unsure of what to think about the first part of the story, it felt like a little setup for later stories, because a number of plot strands were left open, but it was still enjoyable. In the second part we get to see our three friends back together and the conclusion to the main plot with an epic end battle.All in all a great grimdark fantasy trilogy and a must read for fans of this genre. I'm excited for the next books! PS: Rob please invest in commissioning a map for your world, I think it would be a great help to get a better orientation.

  • Reader73
    2019-04-10 12:36

    what an awesome trilogy, i really enjoyed it

  • Charles
    2019-04-10 14:44

    For this last book in the Ties That Bind series, the author kept on pace with the previous books (no rambling on and on like some authors), threw in some twists, and brought the different story threads together to brilliant conclusion. I've spent most of 2017 looking for something off the beaten path of normal fantasy - I'm a bit tired of the coming of age and cookie cutter / copy-cat Lord of the Rings type books. I searched for 2 things: a dark world with evil beings, magic, and characters who weren't purely good as the protagonists, and second, I wanted a top-notch narrator for the audio book version. I found a few books would fit one or another, but this series fit both for me, and the author, with a stellar narrator, created a world and characters that I will miss hearing about on my drives to and from work. If an author makes me miss his characters when it's over, that's 5 stars.

  • Sandra
    2019-04-15 19:35

    rating: 4.5

  • Heath Brown
    2019-04-06 15:40

    Yes, I read the three books in this series fast. They are that good. Couldn't put it down in fact. Great characters, fantastic world building, and grimdark all the way.

  • Jett/Adelina
    2019-04-11 15:48

    My new favorite trilogy and author concludes an epic trilogy with an epic ending, and we are set up for more adventures in the future.Great book, great characters.

  • Paca Sad
    2019-04-17 18:40

    Loved it. forget the grammar and spelling mistakes. Enthralling and well told saga

  • Mr A J Hay
    2019-04-14 19:45

    Another excellent instalmentAnother excellent instalment. Characters continue to develop. And the plotline evolve. Well worth reading and look forward to future episodes

  • Riki
    2019-04-07 15:32

    This was a fitting ending to an awesome trilogy. I'm always concerned about how a series will end, because it generally makes or breaks whether I end up reading any of the author's other works, and the final confrontation of this one, along with the final ending itself, honestly had me holding my breath. At one point I had to pause because I realized I hadn't moved, not even to breathe.THE GOODThis was a thoroughly enjoyable read from beginning to end. The plotting of this entire series is intricate and Hayes masterfully unthreaded everything perfectly. I won't go so far as to spoil whether everything is wrapped up or if anything is left open-ended, but I will say that I was highly satisfied with how Hayes pulled off the ending. I can't speak about the GOOD stuff without spoiling things, but this book had everything. It has twists, tragedy, happiness, sadness, drunkeness, cleverness, stupidity, vulgarity, charm, a duel, a brawl, maiming, scarring, and so goddamn much more, and best of all it was all fucking well-deserved. And it was all covered with that same grimy dirty gutter tone that's the mark of the series.One thing I'd like to mention that I'll cover with a spoiler tag:(view spoiler)[Thanquil and Jez, goddamn those two, seriously. Jez, I mainly couldn't stand her because she... gods, wtf, she was going to cheat on her "love" to fuck some guy that literally let a group of pirates try to rape her. I suppose the body wants what the body wants, but goddamn did that make it hard to like her. Thanquil, on the other hand, fuck that guy. Anyone who shoots a little kid at point blank just to hold some sort of goddamn precious secret for some mumbo jumbo religious belief that's meant to be a force for GOOD, needed to live life tormented. The only way this book could've ended better is if Thanquil had to re-live that nightmare over and over again and suffer for it as long as he lives. That's the anti-theist in me ranting, but yes, I'm glad Thanquil fucking suffered. I DO wonder why he didn't ask for Jezzet to be saved AND for the demons to go away, and I filed it away as it was just too much to ask for, but it seemed like such a minor thing. Anyway, whatever, I'm glad the fucker is suffering! I know he didn't seem to be suffering that badly any more by the end, but I'd like to think he was still crying himself to sleep every night. Fucker. (hide spoiler)]THE EHI was never a big fan of Thanquil or Jezzet, so the fact that this book was pretty much about them for a good 60%+ was somewhat of a downer to me. BUT, that's basically just my way of saying that I loved Black Thorn so much that I wish I could've read more about himI liked how Hayes had the confidence to stick to specific characters in both the second and this third book, and I fully trusted him the whole way, comfortable with the knowledge that I was in good hands. While I don't particularly like those characters, that doesn't mean that I didn't like reading about them. I enjoy reading about characters that are fully fleshed out, and you really can't ask more than that from an author, so this was awesome.One minor thing, this book needs an editor who can spot homonyms. I highlighted so many of them in my Kindle version.THE BADNow that I'm done reading it, it's no longer new :(Only real bad thing I can say is directed mainly at the publisher: for the love of Volmar and the demons of the void, please make chapters as actual break points in the ebooks (specifically, Kindle). It's extremely annoying to have to flip page-by-page if I wanted to go check something from two chapters ago. Most books, you can just go to the table of contents and select the chapter, but not this one (or any of the ones in the series), because the books are broken up by the Parts, not Chapters.TL;DRZOMG BUY THIS BOOK NOW!

  • Tom Loock
    2019-04-09 18:45

    Highest possible recommendation. If you like Rothfuss, Lynch, Abercrombie etc, you will love this.The Price of Faith is an excellent conclusion to an outstanding fantasy trilogy. I will eagerly look out for future novels by Rob J. Hayes, which will hopefully take place in this fascinating universe. Seeing just how good this last book is and how much he improved over the course of just one trilogy (which started out very good), I am convinced he will become a major force in the fantasy field.(Disclaimer: I do not have any connection to this author whatsoever and I do not favour from this recommendation in any way.

  • Iain Entwistle
    2019-03-30 13:25

    Going on holiday has always made me take books and I am glad I picked this series up. I found the first few parts a bit slow with only having one perception at a time. I was happy to see the Blademaster back although I found myself in the early stages missing The Black Thorn.Storyline was brilliant although I found the meeting of two main characters a bit of a hash and thrown together for the sake of it; It didn't really seem to fit but still it was expected.I am glad more points were tied up, still felt a little like Game of Thrones with the bodyguard and certainly some place names. I can't fault the author for this book, it was a nice sequal and I just hope with the cliffhanger ended, as with all three books, is further explained in another book.The series has been all that I wanted and more, like any reader of a good fantasy; I want more!

  • Matt Braymiller
    2019-04-11 13:37

    The Monty Python reference at the beginning of this book makes me think that Rob Hayes is my kind of nerd. This conclusion(?) to the Ties That Bind trilogy finishes unraveling the knot of who is using whom begun in book one. As with the other two volumes, this one could have used the attentions of an editor, but the story really made up for the few quibbles I have in that regard. Jez, Thorn, Thanquil and the supporting cast face an impossible task. I thought this book showed the better side of each of the main characters. You find the principles thinking in terms of friendship and love. The ties that binds these unlikely allies together have grown past necessity, and I found the growth satisfying.If you can look past the rough edges, and you enjoyed the First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie, you'll probably enjoy these books as well.

  • Vinay Badri
    2019-03-29 11:30

    A brutal action packed to a fantastic trilogy. We are reunited with some of our older characters from book 1 as well as the cast from book 2. While the focus is initially on Arbiter Thanduil and Jez to compensate for their absence from book 2, the characters have their own arc. A bit of character development is sacrificed as the plot rockets along through various manipulations. The ending is however both heartwrenching while at the same time a bit incomplete as even though the trilogy ends, there are enough open threads left open for other books that will carry on.Overall a great trilogy, fantastic set of characters, wonderfully grim dark and a great pace. Try it

  • Jo Randall
    2019-03-21 16:39

    Absolutely loved this book, although it did earn me a few strange looks as I burst into tears on the train home.Thoroughly enjoyed the whole series, enough to leave my first ever Goodreads review.Would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the "grimdark" genre.Can't wait to read more from this very talented author!

  • Sheila L
    2019-04-12 13:29

    Omg (spoiler alert)Ok,this was a whole lot raunchier than I usually care to read, and I mean a lot! - but what a fantastic story - I'm fairly certain there is more coming with the way it ended and I'm looking forward to it-just miss jazz and can't see how it goes without her. This series is just too good

  • Lavender
    2019-04-05 12:49

    I very much enjoyed the 3rd book in this series. The main story-line was wrapped up nicely and you could see how the characters grew throughout the series. I see enough untied loose ends and openings where more could be written within this world. Looking forward to what comes next!

  • Alice Bridgwater
    2019-03-25 15:31

    Non perfetto, ma vale la pena di leggerlo.Personaggi ben costruiti (alcuni davvero outstanding!) e storia avvincente.Buon esemplare di fantasy eroico alla Abercrombie.

  • Torill Mortensen
    2019-04-06 16:33

    The horrible thing is that I know I have read this book, but I can't remember it! So - not particularly impressive, obviously.

  • Eric
    2019-03-28 18:40

    Great series, hope there are more books coming.

  • Jahve
    2019-03-21 11:23

    Well this series went downhill fast.

  • Jim Lewis
    2019-04-20 19:30

    Great story, sad about Jez