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Daemonslayer [Mass Market Paperback]

William King
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May 1 2000 Gotrek & Felix
Fresh from their adventures battling the servants of the rat-god in Nuln, Gotrek and Felix are now ready to join an expedition northwards in search of the long-lost dwarf hall of Karag Dum. Setting forth for the hideous Realms of Chaos in an experimental dwarf airship, Gotrek and Felix are sworn to succeed or die in the attempt. But greater and more sinister energies are coming into play, as a daemonic power is awoken to fulfil its ancient, deadly promise.

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More blood-filled Warhammer adventuring... the book fulfils its purpose admirably... an engrossing read. -- SFX Magazine, December 1999

About the Author

William King was born in Stranraer, Scotland, in 1959. His short stories have appeared in 'The Year's Best SF', 'Zenth', 'White Dwarf' and 'Interzone'. He is also the author of the Gotrek & Felix novel (‘Trollslayer’, 'Skavenslayer', 'Daemonslayer', 'Dragonslayer' and 'Beastslayer) and two volumes chronicling the adventures of a Space Marine warrior, Ragnar ('Space Wolf' and 'Ragnar's Claw') all available on Amazon. He has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, but he currently lives in Prague, where he is hard at work penning the sixth Gotrek & Felix adventure, 'Vampireslayer'!

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4.0 out of 5 stars King's first Slayer novel is good. April 23 2003
By Ash1138
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First let me say, I love William King (well not that way). I've been a fan of his since the first Gotrek and Felix story came out in the late 80's. I had always wished King would right a novel about the duo, and now he has.
Some of you may be saying, "but this is his third novel." Not exactly true. True, there are two books in the series before this one, and they are both called "A Gotrek and Felix Novel". However, those books are really short story compilations. With Trollslayer, this is more than obvious. Skavenslayer is less so because all the stories are tied to one another so closely as to make one big story, but I still hesitate to call it a novel. Daemonslayer is one big story, and it's everything you'd expect in a Slayer novel.
Present are Kings excellent characterization and over-the-top fantasy full of carnage and mayhem. In this book, Gotrek battles his toughest adversary to date and probably out of all the books; a Bloodthirster of Khorne (Greater Daemon of immense power). This certainly adds to the excitement and heightens the climax, but your left feeling like, "ok, now what?" Gotrek is now established as pretty much invincible. In the next book he fights a dragon, but so what. That shouldn't be a problem for him right?
My point it, as fun as this book is, it kinda detracts from the series. How much more can Gotrek acheive? Having Gotrek go on to slay Godly foe after Godly foe is going to get tiring in the same way Star Wars novels do. How many times can Luke, Han, and Leia save the galaxy? Don't get me wrong, I still love these books, but how much more can these two do and remain interesting? The scope of Daemonslayer is so huge and epic as it could easily serve as the ending of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book three. June 16 2008
By Detra Fitch TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Karag Dum was one of the greatest Dwarf cities, the mightiest in all the northern lands. It was lost over two centuries ago during the last great incursion of Chaos. There has been no word from Karag Dum, nor has any dwarf been able to reach the place, because the Chaos Wastes advanced and swallowed all the lands between Karag Dum and the Blackblood Pass. All who enter the Chaos Wastes either die or go mad. (Just as Gotrek; he was there once when he was young.) However, old Borek Forkbeard the Scholar has finally figured out a way to cross the Chaos Wastes and sends a messenger to Gotrek in Nuln.

Gotrek Gurnisson and Felix Jaeger leave Nuln (which is slowly being rebuilt after the troubles in the last book "Skavenslayer") and travel to the Lonely Tower. En route they meet others headed in the same direction. Slayer Snorri Nosebiter, Varek Varigsson, who is the nephew of old Borek, and Slayer (as well as one of the best dwarf engineers alive) Malakai Makaisson are just a few met by our famous duo. Turns out that Herr Makaisson has invented a new airship, made with the Chaos Wastes in mind. The skaven, including Grey Seer Thanquol, want the new airship as well. But Gotrek's mind is set on the two sacred objects within Karag Dum; the Hammer of Fate and the Runemaster's Axe. As for Felix, he is entrusted with lost secrets of an Elder Race. By the time this is over, Felix may well wish he were not so honored.

***** This is the third book in the adventures of Gotrek and Felix. It is also the best of the three. The time of several stories in one book has come to a close. From here on each book is one huge adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A delightful romp May 30 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although this is the third installment in the series (after "Trollslayer" and "Skavenslayer"), this was my first introduction to the dynamic adventuring team of Felix and Gotrek. Felix is a human youth who has pledged himself to follow on and record the daring suicidal quest of his partner Gotrek, a dwarf who has done something so bad in his life that he has sworn himself to become a "slayer" and die in glorious battle against evil in redemption.
I bought this book in an airport bookshop because I was going to be taking a long and dull plane ride and wanted some light reading. I ended up enjoying this book so much that I could not put it down and found my flight was over in no time.
This book continues plot threads begun in previous installments such as the pesky Skaven who continue to dog their trail. But this one takes the wayward pair into the deepest, darkest perils of that grim and foreboding land stretching out endlessly to the north of the Warhammer world, the Chaos Wastes (I personally like to think of it as the southern edge of Mordor ;) )
This book is perfect for those like myself who could never get enough of Tolkien and longed to visit again that world populated by dwarves, elves and dark and evil creatures. If you're looking for "serious" fantasy with deep character development and profound messages you should probably look elsewhere, but if it's entertainment you want, this book delivers. (Don't want to spoil anything, so just let me say that this book had a great climax.)
I think that this work succeeds because King has no pretensions and does not try to make it anything more than what it is -- pure, enjoyable entertainment.
I'm happy to see that further adventures of this fun pair and their indispensible sidekick, fellow slayer dwarf Snorri Nosebiter (love that name!) are continuing to come out, and I look forward to reading them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second "beast" book in the series :)
Set in the Warhammer Universe, the series features Gotrek and Felix. Gotrek is a dwarf seeking a noble death as a slayer, the price paid by a dwarf who has done something terribly... Read more
Published on April 28 2001 by Andy Oberndorf
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
A peek into the world of dwarves & slayers. Brings the warhammer game to like.
Book was excellent, make one hungry for more.
Published on Sept. 7 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beast(best) of the Series
This, unlike the previous two, is a full-out, complete novel. The simple brutality of the action and Gotrek's insane attitude and Felix's polar (worrisome) persona make quite a... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2000 by will molinar
4.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty good
This the third book in the gortek felix series. It was a good book but i feel the author needs to take the skaven out of the story. And thanquol needs to die. Read more
Published on July 28 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty good
This the third book in the gortek felix series. It was a good book but i feel the author needs to take the skaven out of the story. And thanquol needs to die. Read more
Published on July 28 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty good
This the third book in the gortek felix series. It was a good book but i feel the author needs to take the skaven out of the story. And thanquol needs to die. Read more
Published on July 28 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but.....
I'm starting to get the feeling the author is dragging this out. The Slayer needs to die and the author left the end wide open for another 3 books which annoys me because now we've... Read more
Published on May 5 2000 by Dayn J Slaathaug
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