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Death's Angels (Volume One of the Terrarch Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

William King
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Book Description

“The King of High Adventure.” Starlog.

In a world of magic and gunpowder, the half-breed Rik must rise from simple soldier to the deadliest assassin the world has ever known.

In Death's Angels, Rik and his fellow soldiers of the Seventh Infantry uncover a sinister conspiracy to waken an ancient slumbering evil. They encounter the lovely and terrible Lady Asea, immortal sorceress and ultimate manipulator of men and nations. Their deadly quest will eventually take them to the haunted city of the cannibalistic Spider God to face the hidden peril lurking there.

Death's Angels is a thrilling tale of muskets and magic blending Lovecraftian horror with adventure in the tradition of Sharpe by the bestselling creator of Gotrek and Felix.

A thousand years ago the world of Gaeia fell to the Terrarchs, cruel and beautiful alien invaders with a deadly secret. Masters of sorcery and intrigue they have ruled humanity with a fist of steel inside a glove of velvet. For a thousand years, ancient demons have slept, waiting for the moment of their return. Now the stars are right. Old and evil gods are wakening. New revolutions are being born. A genocidal war that will destroy civilization sweeps ever closer.

Born a Shadowblood, one of a clan of genetically engineered super-assassins created to serve a long dead Dark Lord, the outcast Rik must master his deadly birthright before his own lost kinfolk can kill him.

Death’s Angels
The Serpent Tower
The Queen’s Assassin

William King lives in Prague, Czech Republic with his lovely wife Radka and his sons Dan and William Karel. He has been a professional author and games developer for almost a quarter of a century. He is the creator of the bestselling Gotrek and Felix series for Black Library and the author of the bestselling Space Wolf books which between them have sold over three quarters of a million copies in English and been translated into 8 languages.

His latest hardback novel, Blood of Aenarion, is on the shortlist for this year's David Gemmell Legend Award. His short fiction has appeared in Year’s Best SF and Best of Interzone. He has twice won the Origins Awards For Game Design. His hobbies include role-playing games and MMOs as well as travel.

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  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BGBTZ8
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Muskets and spells clash with demons and wyrms November 25, 2012
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"Deaths's Angels" utilises an interesting mix of Dark Fantasy and American Independence War era warfare. Muskets and spells clash with demons and wyrms (that sound suspiciously like dinosaurs). There are also dragons. Mostly implied.

The soldiers of the Forager company, with Rik the half-breed as protagonist, are an unlikely bunch of heroes. They are not the elevated paragons of high fantasy. In fact, they're mostly a bunch of ex-criminals that are just trying to survive and loot enough corpses to binge drink and whore through the next leave. Rik is a well developed character, that struggles with the prejudice that comes with his mixed heritage. King does a tremendous job of building a great supporting cast, that ranges from likable, yet murderous scum to seemingly virtuous, yet racist nobles. As Rik and his companions stumble upon something very dangerous, that can make them a lot of money, they find out that they are way over their heads...

King weaves a world of gritty existence for the human race, where the Terrarchs are the supposed tyrants, who rule humanity with an iron fist. A thousand years ago, the elf-like aliens came from another world and conquered the human empires with dragonfire and powerful magic. It quickly becomes apparent though, that matters are not as simple as they seem. There are much darker Elder Gods in humanity's past and the good old days of human supremacy are not something to long for. Moreover the Terrarchs themselves are divided into factions at war, one of which has given humans basic rights, while the other still treats them little better than cattle. Even the factions themselves are driven by constant political maneuvering and internal division.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rik to the Forager September 10, 2011
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In this story we follow Rik a halfbreed member of a Forager Company. Raised in the slums that are the sorrows and even denied much of the recognition for the deeds he completes along the way, Rik is not your typical hero. Willing to sacrificed much but not everything for his own personal gain, he makes a somewhat unlikely hero as the Foragers are thrust time and again against a mysterious set of foes determined to bring back a dead god.

A very enjoyable book I highly recommend it.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent departure from my normal reading. July 13, 2013
By Luanne
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While this type of science fantasy is not normally the kind I read regularly, something in the synopsis caught my attention and on a whim, I picked up this novel. I never bother to summarize the story itself in my reviews. The author and publisher generally do a good enough job of that themselves, and this time is no exception. If you are intrigued enough by the synopsis already provided by the author to wonder what previous readers thought about the book, you certainly don't need me to tell you the gist of the story and possibly ruin the storyline for you in the process. As I said, this type of story isn't my usual read, but I enjoyed this one immensely! The dialogue between characters is believable and the characters themselves, including the "aliens", are well thought out. I find myself wanting to know not only how the overarching storyline plays out, but also what happens to several of the characters in the story, and not just the main characters either! All in all, this story is definitely worth your time, even if the storyline isn't something that you would normally pick up. I can't wait to delve into the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very solid start to a series June 30, 2013
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Having been a long-time fan of King's work for The Black Library I was intrigued when I saw that he had penned some original fiction in his own universe. This and the enticing price of free lead me to downloading Death's Angels on my Kindle. About half way through the book I was becoming disappointed with it and was wondering if King had the ability to write an engaging series with compelling characters outside of the Warhammer Universes. I was close to putting it down to avoid wasting time with what was appearing to be a dull read. However, after reading some of the other reviews on Amazon which suggested the book really picks up in the second half, I elected to continue and was rewarded for doing so.
As you progress past the halfway point of the book you really start to get a feel for the plot and begin to realise that there are many interesting themes stirring beneath the surface as well as more depth to the characters than is initially apparent. These threads slowly begin to weave together and make for a compelling and riveting ride to the end of the novel. Additionally, enough questions are left unanswered to entice you to purchase the next book in the series, which is gripping throughout, and which I fully recommend.

The only criticism I have with this book, which may only apply to the Kindle edition, is that the lack of maps or basic background information on the countries/empires involved in the story made it very difficult to picture or remember who was who and in which direction their lands lay. It has taken me until part way through he second book to get a good grip on who is who between the Scarlets, Purples, and Dark empire, what their politics are and which is situated east and west, etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time.
The writing was disjointed and rather confusing. Not a good tead at all.
Published 6 days ago by Tazgrrl
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good story
This is a very good story with well developed characters, lots of action, and a great ending. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for a story with lot of action written by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Death's Angels
Interesting blend of science fiction and fantasy with a good bit of magic thrown in. A fun read and looking forward to more of the series.
Published 2 months ago by Michael A. Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I liked this book,, having not read a book in a long time I found myself reading it while my wife read to the grandbaby, my sadness came when I went to get the second book and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff!
William King performs an excellent job of weaving different perspectives, initiatives, and characters together to provide an exciting story that satisfies the fantasy action and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
the book is somewhat predictable but ok to pass a few hours with when you have nothing better to do
Published 3 months ago by colin j campbell
1.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't like it.
I got recommend this book somehow and just didn't like it. Probably not the authors fault this genre is just not my cup of tea.
Published 4 months ago by Charles Francis
4.0 out of 5 stars decent
A decent read, well written and fortunately edited as well. The story definitely engages the reader, with characters who, although somewhat stereotypical, make the reader care... Read more
Published 6 months ago by ka'olelo
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
gonna get the rest
i enjoyed reading about risk
and what he went through and how it continues on into the future
Published 6 months ago by j young
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty legit
Classic sword and sorcery with a splash of rouge-ish delight. It was another good read by King and I reckon I'll be picking up the next two of this series.
Published 6 months ago by Christopher Sugar
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