'Bloodstorm' is the second installment in the tale of dark elf Malus Darkblade, the first being 'The Daemon's Curse'. While 'Bloodstorm' could stand alone, I highly recommend picking up 'The Daemon's Curse' first.
Malus has returned to Hag Graef and his father, the Vaulkhar Lurhan, once again in shame. Now possessed by the daemon Tz'arkan, who insinuated himself inside Malus the moment he touched the treasure found in Tz'arkan's Temple. Malus has brought back the Octagon Of Praan, a relic of great power, but cannot rid himself of the daemon unless he finds four more relics within one year's time. The Octagon, and his plans, he cannot reveal to his family.
The Vaulkhar finds Malus out, though, and tortures him brutally. After enduring torture beyond any ever met out by Lurhan, kept alive by Tz'arkan, Malus is nursed back to health by his sister Nagaira. Nagaira has more plans for Malus, but Malus has plans of his own.
Now Malus must find the next relic, the Idol Of Kolkuth, which is said to reside on a hidden island deep in the territory of the Skinriders, a savage people who worship a god of decay. For this, Nagaira is useless to him, but not so his older brothers Bruglir The Reaver and Urial The Forsaken.
Through blood, treachery, murder, torture, blackmail, and horrifically brutal rituals, Malus gains Urial's support and forces Bruglir's fleet to take him through the dangerous waters of the Skinriders to find the Idol of Kolkuth. The Skinriders are a great addition to the series, their bodies literally rotting, their skin sloughing away, from their worship of the god of decay. Yuck!
'Bloodstorm' is the second bloodbath ... er ... book in this series, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Comparable to Salvatore's awesome 'War Of The Spider Queen' series, the tales of Malus Darkblade are a feast worth dining on for any lover of dark elves. Don't skip over these books because they have ties to a popular video game, they are well written, stand alone tales that will leave you thirsty for more. Enjoy!