The Ghoul King

E Books The Ghoul King Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths After loving Guy Haley s first Dreaming Cities novella Th

E-Books The Ghoul King Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.After loving Guy Haley’s first Dreaming Cities novella, The Emperor's Railroad, I have to admit being beyond excited to get my hands on The Ghoul King. The post-apocalyptic setting, zombies, Angels, dragons, guns, and mysterious yet relatable Knight Quinn mixed to create the perfect kind of genre blending speculative fiction which I adore. Hell, even Haley’s narrative style of allowing an elderly man named Abney to relate his adventure in the wilds of the Kingdom of Virginia as a young boy with Quinn, Knight of Atlantis, worked wonderfully, adding such a mysterious tone to the story that I had to know more.In The Ghoul King, the author actually begins the tale by focusing on the mythical Angels of Pittsburgh, which we heard tidbits about in the first installment but never truly understood. This opening section told from these “divine” beings point of view, giving a reader so many delectable morsels of knowledge about who and what these creatures might be. Their true nature not totally revealed, but enough of the curtain pulled away to make it clear that the common people’s belief in them as representatives of an angry god might not be exactly true.As the story continues, Mr. Haley continues to use third persons to relate the continued adventures (or trials) of Knight Quinn. This time we follow along behind Jaxon. This middle-aged man is an intellectual for his time, less in star-struck awe of Quinn than the boy Abney from The Emperor’s Railroad, willing to analyze the knight’s motives, and better understands what Quinn might truly be. Jaxon’s maturity and insight (He has knowledge of the Gone Before times and lived through the Angel Wars where the Dreaming City of Columbus was destroyed.) allowing a reader to gain a different perspective on the mysterious Quinn, transforming him into an even more compelling person.After a rather slow beginning spent on introducing the new characters and setting up the reasons for a dangerous mission, The Ghoul King begins to pick up speed quickly. Jaxon and his associates (a group of technophiles led by the charismatic rebel leader Rachel) adding Quinn to their crew, tagging along behind the knight as they head into the shattered remnants of the Dreaming City of Columbus. Their mission and his are not quite the same however, but they all are somewhat aware of the ancient technology they will inevitably find in the ruins – though Rachel’s true purpose remains hidden until a shocking revelation toward the end.What is especially compelling in this novella is Quinn. Sure, he had some stellar moments in the first story, but there he remained more mysterious knight than awe-inspiring person. Here, though, this Knight of Atlantis struts his stuff, ready to push his way on stage with other post-apocalyptic protagonists like Roland Deschain of The Dark Tower Saga, the Father from The Road, or The Vagrant from Peter Newman. His cool demeanor, wise council, fighting skills, steadfast determination, and unpretentious yet tough kindness turning him into someone a reader will empathize with and be willing to follow along behind as he crosses this burned out future America on a quest which isn’t quite certain to a fate which is still unknown.As for the worldbuilding itself, I can’t praise Mr. Haley enough for what a wonderful job he is doing bringing this post-apocalyptic America to life before our reading eyes. After finishing The Ghoul King, I can’t get out of my mind the creepy atmosphere of the Dreaming City of Columbus, the perverse abominations roaming the world, and the terrifying specter of artificial intelligence gone mad with power. This world coupled with the tantalizing amount of back story on how this place came to be and who Quinn really is just made me salivate for more. And even though the tone of the ongoing tale has subtle changed into a more technological thriller with lots of horror elements, I am fine with that, because Quinn’s as-yet-unrevealed quest to right a grievous wrong is so compelling I’m okay with the more fantastical elements of the narrative slowly slipping away.I have to admit that over the last few years I’ve been gravitating more and more to novella series, because of time constraints on my reading. (Work, family, kids, and everything which goes along with them takes a lot of time.) At the top of my “Must Read Novella” list is Dreaming Cities. Guy Haley has really struck pure gold with this post-apocalyptic series, which is fast-paced and easy to digest in a short time, yet filled with amazing worldbuilding, creepy atmosphere, and perplexing mysteries. Honestly, I want this series to keep going on forever. It is really that good. So good in fact that I have no criticisms to air other than my need to know when the next chapter in Knight Quinn’s adventure is set to hit the virtual bookshelves.I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.. The Ghoul King go inside Books Quinn returns in THE GHOUL KING, another story of the Dreaming Cities by Guy Haley.The Knight, Quinn, is down on his luck, and he travels to the very edge of the civilized world whatever that means, any to restock his small but essential inventory.After fighting a series of gladiatorial bouts against the dead, he finds himself in the employ of a woman on a quest tQuinn returns in THE GHOUL KING, another story of the Dreaming Cities by Guy Haley.The Knight, Quinn, is down on his luck, and he travels to the very edge of the civilized world whatever that means, any to restock his small but essential inventory.After fighting a series of gladiatorial bouts against the dead, he finds himself in the employ of a woman on a quest to find the secret to repairing her semi functional robot.But the technological secret it guards may be one truth too many At the Publisher s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied.. Guy Haley is the author of Crash, Champion of Mars, the Richards and Klein series, The Dreaming Cities and others He is a prolific contributor to Games Workshop s Black Library imprint having written books including the bestselling Dark Imperium, Dante, Pharos and The Devastation of Baal.. Good Books The Ghoul King Actual rating: 2.9112 stars.Judging from the average rating for this book, it seems that everyone but me I read it wrong. Surprise, surprise. And judging from reviews for this book, it seems that everyone is under the erroneous impression thinks it's much better than book 1. Ha. So. The first instalment in this series, The Emperor's Railroad, was everything a barnacle could ask for: stupendously original world (post-apocalyptic US setting with a little western vibe meets Fantasy and Horror = yum), hot sword-wielding knight-type anti hero (aka Quinn, Harem Slave #12548), a wonderful array of delicious creatures (zombies and dragons and asshole angels, oh my!) and lots of other awesome, deliciously dark stuff. Ergo, I was a teensy little bit excited at the thought of reading this little book here. Note to self: high expectations are highly hazardous to one's nefarious health, and will almost always result in one being ever so slightly disappointed and disillusioned and disenchanted and stuff.I feel you, Little Jason, I feel you.So. Like book 1, this instalment is not narrated by my boyfriend Quinn. Unlike book 1, it is not narrated by a Disgusting Little Kid (DLK™). It is narrated by a Super Mega Meh Bloody Shrimping Lackluster Wimp of an Unpleasantly Boring Guy (SMMBSLWoaUBG™). And believe it or not, this dude did such an awesome job of being an awesome SMMBSLWoaUBG™ that I ended up wanting the DLK™ back as a narrator (which, given my love of DLKs™, should tell you a big little something). But I guess things could be much worse. I mean, imagine what this book would have been like if the boring narrator had a boring narration to narrate. Now that would have been slightly boring. And imagine if the boring narration told by the boring narrator had been about a boring bunch of boring, unlikable characters. Now that would have been a little tragic. Phew, that was close! I feel so lucky that such a tragically disastrous thing didn't happen here ← there's a tiny chance this might be a slightly sarcastic comment. Maybe. More or less.But what of my boyfriend Quinn, you ask? Surely, he can't be one of the above-mentioned Deadly Boring Unlikable Ones (DBUO™), can he? Don't be silly now, of course he isn't. It's just that he isn't incommensurately hot here. I mean, he is usual dark and secretive, chop chop chop butcher butcher butcher, kick-ass little exquisite self but something seems to be missing here. Me in his life, probably. Him, mostly. I mean, he's supposed to be the yummy lead here, but he gets less page time than the DBUO™! That's pretty scandalous, if you ask me. Now please excuse me while I go ask the publisher for a bloody shrimping refund and stuff (view spoiler)[Fleet Admiral DaShrimp! Unleash the crustaceans on these vilely abhorrent individuals! NOW! (hide spoiler)]. But anyway. Talking about page time. As the most acute barnacles among you may have noticed, this story is called The Ghoul King. I think this must be a hilarious joke on the author's part. I mean, the poor ghoul dude gets even less page time here than my boyfriend's horses. And he isn't even scary or despicable or deliciously evil. He's just, you know, there and stuff. For about two seconds and a half and stuff. If that isn't a sure sign of the author's delirious sense of humor, I don't know what is. Then again, it could also be a sign that this is a huge rip-off. Yeah, it most definitely could be. And if such were the case, I could be a teensy little bit pissed off. Yeah, I most definitely could be.Yeah, I know, I'm pretty scary when I get slightly pissed off.Sorry, what? I haven't yet told you what the story is about? Oh, you know, just a bunch of disagreeable, yawn-worthy technophiles going on some sort of mission to the Dreaming City of Columbus, with my boyfriend tagging along. This merry little band of awesome types lethargic little group is led by an awesome exceedingly annoying, self-important chick named Rachel. So they go to Columbus and stuff happens. What stuff? The highly predictable, not-so-very-exciting kind. It's pretty cool, really. The end. » And the moral of this This One Feels Just Like Those Less Than Average Short Stories you Find in Cheap Anthologies Crappy Non Review (TOFJLTLTASSyFiCACNR™) is: I might not have luuuuurved this story (my English isn't so good but I think the technical term for this is under bloody shrimping statement) but I'm not giving up on this series yet. Because I'm a masochist. Because this world. And because my boyfriend. (view spoiler)[Duh (hide spoiler)].✎ Book 1: The Emperor's Railroad ★★★★[Pre-review nonsense]My boyfriend Quinn on a boring adventure?! Nope nope nope, I won't stand for it!!➽ Full This Cannot Be This Will Not Do Crappy Non Review (TCBTWNDCNR™) to come.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

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  1. Guy Haley is the author of Crash, Champion of Mars, the Richards and Klein series, The Dreaming Cities and others He is a prolific contributor to Games Workshop s Black Library imprint having written books including the bestselling Dark Imperium, Dante, Pharos and The Devastation of Baal.

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  1. Actual rating 2.9112 stars.Judging from the average rating for this book, it seems that everyone but me I read it wrong Surprise, surprise And judging from reviews for this book, it seems that everyone is under the erroneous impression thinks it s much better than book 1 Ha So The first instalment in this series, The Emperor s Railroad, was everything a barnacle could ask for stupendously original world post apocalyptic US setting with a little western vibe meets Fantasy and Horror yum , hot swo [...]


  2. Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.After loving Guy Haley s first Dreaming Cities novella, The Emperor s Railroad, I have to admit being beyond excited to get my hands on The Ghoul King The post apocalyptic setting, zombies, Angels, dragons, guns, and mysterious yet relatable Knight Quinn mixed to create the perfect kind of genre blending speculative fiction which I adore Hell, even Haley s narrative style of allowing an elderly man named Abney to relate his adventure in the wilds of the Kingdom [...]


  3. For those of you who know me, the TL DR version is this I finished The Ghoul King in one sitting, and immediately turned around and purchased The Emperor s Railroad I almost never buy books And now it s at the top of my to read list.The Ghoul King is short, but potent Don t look for character development when reading this it s pure nonstop action and captivating worldbuilding The story takes place in a far future America, after the collapse of society as we know it The fallen world has become a [...]


  4. Don t do anything foolish I m afraid I already have Even better than the first of this series, The Emperor s Railroad, even though this offering also features zombies and ghouls Haley is a gifted storyteller As Quinn leads a band into the heart of a devastated Dreaming City, the reader discovers about the history, biology, theology and dynamics of life in this post apocalyptic world Once you take death out of the equation, there isn t much to be frightened of The too good to be true quasi hero [...]


  5. 3 5 5The scenario of the Dreaming Cities is fantastic and intriguing There are a lot of misteries I would like to know, and altough some are resolved in this second story, there are a lot Great job.Review in english dreamsofelvex 201Rese a en espa ol dreamsofelvex 201




  6. Review also published hereDisclaimer I received an ARC for this novella from the publisher, as I did with the previous installment in the series Since the first book was such a cracking read, I d have jumped at the purchase anyway, but this way I got to read it months ahead of time, and the chance to review it early.Make of that what you will.The Ghoul King is the second novella in Guy Haley s Dreaming Cities series The science fiction aspects in this science fantasy story are far pronounced th [...]


  7. I wasn t sure what to expect of this book recieved as an ARC but was pleasantly surprised The cover and description seem like they could fit a generic urban fantasy, but I would consider this post apocalyptic sci fi It s also the story of a person who goes on this adventure with Quinn while the Knight himself remains a cypher, a la Unforgiven After nuclear war has devastated civilization, a group of angels now severely limits what knowledge humans may have and kings and emperors rise and fall [...]


  8. I didn t hate Guy Haley s first Dreaming Cities novella, The Emperor s Railroad, though it wasn t one of my favorite reads of the year so far Nonetheless, I was intrigued enough to read this second installment of the series The Ghoul King seemed to promise action and a female character with something to do besides die for male character development, and I was hoping to see Haley dig a little deeper into some of the potentially very cool world building of his post apocalyptic landscape Sadly, I [...]


  9. Quinn is back in this second installment of the Dreaming Cities series.The story picks up in the aftermath of The Emperor s Railroad After killing the angels creation, Quinn s position as knight can t protect him.A group of technophiles has set their sights on Quinn Their interests make them a target for the angels in this time of limited technology and education, but their desire to learn outweighs any and all fear And their leader, Rachel, has big plans Plans that involve finding something onl [...]


  10. Another great entry in the DREAMING CITIES series from Guy Haley After THE EMPEROR S RAILROAD, I wasn t quite sure what to expect from THE GHOUL KING Haley is a master of the framing story see SKARSNIK for on that and TER ended with the narrator stating he never saw the main character Quinn again And while it s very important from a dramatic standpoint that the reader never gets into Quinn s head he is a man of secrets, and knows things about his world that the other characters aren t even smar [...]


  11. There is little in the world that is God s will, but a lot that is the angels I am really enjoying this DREAMING CITIES series The first in the series THE EMPEROR S RAILROAD was told by 12 year old Abney as he related his adventures with Quinn, Knight of the Dreaming City of Atlantis And it was excellent, with the undead, angels, and a dragon.These stories take place a thousand years in the future, after the United States has been decimated by nuclear bombs and monsters I like the short book for [...]


  12. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.This is the second novella in the post apocalyptic Dreaming Cities series I don t know if there will be another, but if there is, I will read it The book reminds me of those old 80 s science fiction books in which technology has become magical for all intents and purposes Fred Saberhagen used to do this well But the work is far from stale, and every time I go further into the series, I come away wanting .This is a straightforw [...]


  13. I was intrigued by Quinn in the previous novella, and this one takes much the same stance rather than following Quinn directly, the bulk of it is told from the point of view of someone who happens to be protected by him during a journey It reveals a little of the world building and the reason certain things are as they are, while still leaving a whole lot still to explore I hope there s going to be , and soon.I love the way it becomes apparent to the narrator character, Jaxom, that Quinn is a g [...]


  14. Much engrossing than the first book in the series, We return to the post apocalyptic world of war torn America, this time on an adventure quest into the heart of an abandoned dreaming city, rife with the undead and vengeful angels Quinn, the Knight and mysterious figure from Emperor Railroad, gains a lot front stage, his actions and motivations explored in far greater detail on this story structurally very similar to first book, but this one definitely is deeper with respect to the amazing wor [...]


  15. Rese a completaHace unos d as os hablaba de la primera parte de la saga A Tale of the Dreaming Cities , The Emperor s Railroad, de Guy Haley, y ahora toca hablar de su secuela y segunda novela corta en la trilog a, The Ghoul King La primera obra era irregular por varias razones, y creo que The Ghoul King repite algunas de estas problem ticas y sufre de algunas otras Ya coment que sent a la suficiente curiosidad como para leerme esta segunda obra, y seguramente termine la trilog a, pero lo cierto [...]


  16. What I love about Guy Haley, is what I have always loved about his writings for Warhammer 40K and the Games Workshop White Dwarf magazine, he is first and foremost a creator of alternative histories This goes for his work in Warhammer and now in the Ghoul King, the second book in a series started in The Emperor s Railroad It is steeped in lore creation and every detail is carried through this far to short and very well crafted story I am getting the first book in the series and I cannot wait for [...]


  17. The ghouls are coming to get you.The Ghoul King is another great installment in the Dreaming Cities series It has sword fights, zombies and horses If that s not enough for you, we find out about the history of the world and who or what the angels are Read it and find out about the legends of Quinn the knight, the reluctant defender of the weak and the remnant of a bygone era.Eagerly anticipating the next installment.


  18. You can find this review and on my blog.Quinn, the Knight of the Dreaming City of Atlantis, is back in this new novella, and I m so very happy about it I d read the first novella of the cycle, The Emperor s Railroad, and absolutely loved it If you are interested, you can read my review here So I was eager to find out where Quinn s adventures took him next.Well, in The Ghoul King, Quinn finds himself rather down on his luck thanks to the intervention of an Angel, who took it rather personally wh [...]


  19. The Ghoul King follows the adventures of Quinn, the Knight granted his position by the Angels, a race of beings that not only rule the devastated wastelands of the United States, but also might be the ones who caused it Like The Emperor s Railroad, the story is not told from his perspective, but is instead related to us through someone who accompanied him on the adventure The story isn t told strictly from his perspective, though a beginning and ending chapter give us additional information abou [...]


  20. Second dreaming cities novellaIt took me a while to get into The Ghoul King but by the end I couldn t put it down This novella reveals about the nature of angels and the dreaming city and a little bit about what Quinn s goal is.




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