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Stealer of Flesh (Kormak Book One) [Kindle Edition]

William King
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Book Description

"The King of High Adventure," Starlog.

"Immediately convincing, classically brooding," Steve Tompkins,


To the world at large, he is a mercenary and assassin, a brutal killer with a deadly blade. In reality Kormak is a Guardian, one of an ancient order sworn to protect humanity from the servants of the gathering darkness.

Kormak is a sword and sorcery hero in the tradition of Conan, Solomon Kane and Druss the Legend, a driven man with a mission to hunt down the ancient demons who slaughtered his family. His fast-paced, action-packed adventures take him from one end of his richly detailed fantasy world to the other.


The Ghul are the Stealers of Flesh, an ancient race of demons who possess the bodies of humans to work great evil. Now one of them has been freed from its ancient prison using Kormak's own dwarf-forged sword and the Guardian must pursue it to a haunted city on the edge of the world to end its reign of terror.

Stealer of Flesh contains four-linked novelettes that tell the epic tale of Kormak's hunt for a prince of demons. In it he encounters a conspiracy of demented mages, an army of werewolves, Orcish blademasters and a beautiful alchemist and her insane poet brother.


Each book in the Kormak series is a standalone adventure. They can be read in any order but build into an epic picture of the career of the world’s greatest monster hunter. So far the series consists of the following books.

Stealer of Flesh
Defiler of Tombs
Weaver of Shadow
City of Strife
Taker of Skulls (Due February 2014)


William King lives in Prague, Czech Republic with his lovely wife Radka and his two 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 Space Wolf books which between them have sold over three quarters of a million copies in English and been translated into 8 languages.

His novel Blood of Aenarion made the shortlist for the 2012 David Gemmell Legend Award, the premier award in the field of heroic fantasy. His short fiction had 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 329 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1483969541
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Typhon Press (January 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OWVJ4I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,926 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stealer of Flesh Review October 13, 2012
By John
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After reading "Guardian of Dawn", a short story featuring Kormak as the main character, I could not wait to read this longer story. The short was so well written and left me wanting more. In my review of that short, I stated I thought it was a perfect little act in a play.

Well, This book follows the same pattern, but not with the same effect. Where the short story was great as that little act, the longer story just feels like a bunch of acts thrown together. Each act reads the same... In comes Kormak on his quest, then, enter stage left some supporting character that never gets fleshed out. These characters that we are introduced to in each "act" are just fodder and page fillers.I found I didn't care at all what happened to them. By the end of each "act", the supporting cast either dies or is never to be seen again. Most of the supporting cast we are introduced to are of the opposite sex. For some reason the author decided to throw in a couple of sex scenes.Both times are almost written identically (They just meet, talk briefly, then that night the woman shows up at his door..). I actually , physically, rolled my eyes the second time I read it.

Overall,it was not a bad read and the story does move right along. I just wish it flowed a bit more smoothly and there were some other characters that actually made me care. where the short story recieved a 5-star from this reader, this story receives a 3 star at best, but no higher.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Step up to the bar April 28, 2012
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Fantasy in the tradition of Moorcock, Leiber and Howard. If you are looking for pages detailing the doily styles of dead empires and the current (world building) fashions in lady's dresses, this probably isn't your cup of tea. If you are looking for fast-paced, doom-laden, sword and sorcery action in a vibrant world with hints of a haunted past, this is a pint for you. A thick, dark brew that satisfies. Simply put, William King delivers!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent August 5, 2013
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This book was ok, kind of a collection of short stories really, but blended into a full book via chapters. The ending was rather abrupt, this book is not on the same level as the terrarch chronicles.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Gotrek & Felix, but still good. June 5, 2013
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Not as good as Gotrek & Felix, but still good. It feels like there wasn't as much editing done to rework sections that could have been cleaner. not that there are any jarring typos etc, but it felt a bit rushed. I'll still read the next one, but I may wait for a kindle sale (or plane ride) first, whereas the Felix&Gotrek stuff was "buy it the day you see a new one" (even those not written by WK).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stealer of Flesh Giver of a good time. June 25, 2014
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A quick read, it is about a Palladian hunting a demon as it jumps from host to host. The chapter are, and probably could make and of them selves. mostly an action story with,good dialog and believable characters and love scenes no more graphic then what can be found in a James Bond film. free on kindle so bogus points for that.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Getting there May 13, 2014
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The first book of Kormak series was probably the least enjoyable one. It somewhat feels as if Mr. King didn't entirely know where it was going and the fast forwarding between chapters made it chaotic and broke it down into parts. I would say that if there was probably more space dedicated to these time forwardings it would seem better streamlined.

That being said, it's very nice introduction to Kormak's world, his philosophy and it's "classic King", if by classic we take King as we know him from Slayer series in Warhammer, albeit the fights here seem a little less absurd than what Gotrek and Felix got to live through.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book April 29, 2014
By Shayne
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I like this style of book. I really like background he adds to the story to give it depth. I have trouble liking the hero, Kormak, even though I root for him. I will read more about Kormak in hopes of liking him more. Good book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unsatisfying April 24, 2014
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A great premise, but told in a plodding,boring narrative. The ending was totally weak and unsatisfying. I am not reading the rest of the series
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure
I enjoyed this story for a few reasons. The characters were not cookie cutter, they had some depth. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Brookfield
3.0 out of 5 stars Stealer of Flesh
Just something a little different. I did like this book, it's not my usual read, but gave it a chance. I am glad I did.
Published 14 days ago by happy reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too knowledgeable about the Warhammer universe but all the same it...
Quick read, well done. Not too knowledgeable about the Warhammer universe but all the same it was a good beach read.
Published 24 days ago by Bill Connell
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible writing! Usually he writes well
Horrible writing! Usually he writes well, that was horrible.
Published 1 month ago by Tazgrrl
5.0 out of 5 stars Good guardian of light
Enjoyed the book, hoping to find out more about the guardians and there training. Also I am sure Normal has many more adventurous tales to share.
Published 4 months ago by Friar Tuck
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not great, but it's an OK read. Seems like the author introduced likable characters just for the purpose of killing them within a few pages.
Published 5 months ago by Delija Topcagic
5.0 out of 5 stars not bad
book was good but when I went to look for the next in the series, was too much for my blood and I moved on, I dont read like I used to or should, but now we got rid of Direct TV,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Richard
1.0 out of 5 stars do not open
there's a reason this book was free, you get what you pay, n dis book was terrible not worth da read
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read
The story paced well and I finished it in two sitting. I was just disappointed in the last couple of chapters and the ending. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael
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