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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 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 The Beast(best) of the Series Sept. 6 2000
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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 combo.
Felix grows up in this one even more and finally becomes less a sissy and more of the warrior he should be traveling with Gotrek. Gotrek becomes even more incensed, if that's possible, and the final battle with the Bloodthirster is awesome. Flat-out, one of the best scenes I've ever read.
King is probably the best action writer of all of today's Fantasy authors. Even Salvatore could take some hints. I never get tired of Gotrek decimating monster after monster. I can't wait for the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty good July 28 2000
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. The book is good aside from the fact almost all the book was based in the airship and not nearly enough fighting as in the first two. But whenever there was a battle scene it was really good. Espeacially the daemon. Anyways it was a good book and i cant wait for DRAGONSLAYER coming on November 15. Good book if you like the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was pretty good July 28 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. The book is good aside from the fact almost all the book was based in the airship and not nearly enough fighting as in the first two. But whenever there was a battle scene it was really good. Espeacially the daemon. Anyways it was a good book and i cant wait for DRAGONSLAYER coming on November 15. Good book if you like the series.
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