Review of Blade of the Destroyer

Posted on: August 21, 2015
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Blade of the Destroyer by Andy Peloquin
 
 
Reviewed by Rocky Reichman, Editor-in-Chief
 
 
 
 
 
 

Can an assassin inspire people to lead meaningful lives? To get back up when they have fallen down?

 
 

There are many types of people who can inspire resilience and hope. They include first responders and human rights workers, soldiers and therapists, physicians and nurses, scientists and religious leaders. They can be entrepreneurs, they can be teachers. Which is why if an author wishes to create a character that inspires these traits, it is easy to see why they might choose one that works in one of the professions listed above.

 
 

But in Blade of the Destroyer, author Andy Peloquin does something more challenging. He builds an inspiring character who does not save lives or help people for a living, but who does virtually the opposite. The protagonist given to readers in his dark fantasy novel, known as the “Hunter,” is an assassin who murders guilty and innocent targets alike. And he does it for not for justice or vengeance or even anger, but for gold. Not an easy character to empathize with. And certainly not an easy character to make inspiring. Which is one of the many facets of this novel that makes Peloquin’s character so fascinating: despite the Hunter’s murderous, monetarily-motivated characteristics, the author of this novel still manages to transform this character into someone that readers can look up to. In Blade of the Destroyer, Peloquin creates an assassin that inspires readers to be persistent and hopeful when faced with everyday adversity.

 
 

Social support. Optimism. Purpose. Validation. All of these are evidence-based factors for building psychological resilience. And all of them are illustrated in Blade of the Destroyer, at some point or another. The novel goes so far as to touch upon human grief, and the importance of moving on; it shows the danger of self-critical or overly optimistic patterns of thinking; and, it demonstrates social support by illustrating how difficult traumatic events can be when an individual faces them alone instead of with friends or family by their side. Overall, Blade of the Destroyer is highly recommended for anyone interested in stories about “bouncing back.” Especially if the main character is none other than a magical-powered, monetarily-motivated assassin whose takes pleasure in life from both taking—and saving–the lives of others.

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