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Watchers: The Coming of the King [Kindle Edition]

William Meikle
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Book Description

Book I: The Coming of the King

The old wall is a border: England and Scotland, South and North, light and darkness.

It is 1745, and the long-awaited night as come. The Bloodking calls his army to battle, and armed with the powers of the undead and the damned, he will bring them South to claim his birthright: The throne of Britain.

Only the old Watchers on the wall stand in his way. They, their swords, and their faith. But too much time has passed and the Watch has grown slack and ill-prepared for the coming war. Only Martin and Sean have seen the horrors that lie ahead for humankind. Only they have the power to stop it.

Now, two young officers of the Watch have a duty to perform:

Stop the Bloodking.

Or die trying.

Editorial Reviews


"I'm always impressed when anyone can add a new twist to the venerable vampire canon. Hugely enjoyable fun to read."  --Joe Gordon, The Alien Online

"...a confident and breathless romp through an alternative Jacobean history. Aims for entertainment, and hits the mark."  --Simon Morden, Vector, the magazine of the British SF Association

"The book is very well-written. The language is rich, and... I found myself carrying the book everywhere, and taking slightly longer over lunch than I should have, as I just had to know what was happening!"  --The Dracula Society

"The author is relentless; just when you catch your breath, something new and exciting happens, sending you spinning into another part of the adventure, and keeping you flipping pages to see what's next."  --David Wilbanks, Horrorworld

From the Publisher

From the author of Island Life and The Johnson Amulet and Other Scottish Terrors.

Product Details

  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Black Death Books (December 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5UNC
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Muskets and Fangs! August 21, 2003
Review by David Wilbanks
In the eighteenth century, the wall that divides Scotland and England is guarded by the Watchers, men trained to fight the Others (vampires) and their human slaves. The Watchers are sworn to protect England should the Bloodking gather his vampire army and invade from the north, and that's just what happens in this novel by William Meikle.
What are the Bloodking and his undead army after? The British throne.
These are the adventures of Martin and Sean, two officers of the Watch.
Martin's father is the Thane, Keeper of Milecastle, leader of the Watch, who reluctantly sends his son on a journey into the Scottish wilderness, along with a barbarian named Campbell from same, to spy on the Bloodking's activities.
Meanwhile, Martin's dear friend Sean is sent south into England, along with Campbell's daughter, on his own dangerous mission where on many occasions, he must kill or be killed.
Adventure. Dark Fantasy. Horror. Call it what you'd like, but if you have a taste for swashbuckling tales, then you should enjoy WATCHERS: The Coming of the King; there is plenty of horror, gore and heroism here to be savored as the two young men are challenged by danger upon danger. The author, in the endnotes, compares the work to a Hammer horror movie. Personally, I can't speak to that, but maybe you who read this will know what he means. Horrific sword and sorcery anyone?
This is the first book in a trilogy, so there's plenty more to come for you bloodthirsty sorts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Dark Fantasy Novel March 28, 2004
By CreepyT
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Watchers is set in 1745 on the borderlands of England and Scotland. The Watchers are a group of people sworn to protect England from the Bloodking and his vampiric horde, known as the Others. The Bloodking seeks the throne, as well as the continuation of the bloodline, and will not stop until he achieves his goals. Will the Watchers of the wall be able to hold back the vampiric horde when the time comes and keep England from it's seemingly dark fate?
The book is centered mostly on two specific characters, and follows each of their journeys in turn. Sean and Martin are both men of the Watch who end up with large quests to accomplish after hearing news of the return of the Bloodking. Martin is to accompany the Scottish newsbearer to the North to gather more information regarding the growing horde, while Sean is to go south to protect a secret few people, including the Bloodking, know about. They must complete their assigned tasks and return to help fend off the blood thirsty Boy-King before it is too late.
Once I began reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Anyone who is a fan of epic dark fantasy novels with a historic twist will love this series. Those of you who are fans of Robert Jordan, George RR Martin, and Tolkien will most likely enjoy this series as well. Meikle intertwines mythology, vampire lore, and history together so masterfully that fans of the horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and historic fiction genres would all find this short series appealing. The book makes for a quick, simple, fun read that will have you turning page after page to find out what happens next, and then ends with a great cliff-hanger that will leave you desiring the second installment. I highly recommend this trilogy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Others are coming... March 20, 2003
If the concept of a hoard of Royalist vampires attacking from Scotland and trying to reclaim the English crown sounds a bit corny, don't worry - it really works.
William Meikle has managed to forge a dark and compelling story by taking some exciting British history and his own brand of vampire story telling and then giving them a good mix.
The story introduces us to Martin and Sean, two soldiers of the Hadrian's Wall watch who are tasked with looking after a traveller and his daughter who arrive from the north.
Between them, their stories introduce the reader to the history of the Others and how they plan to retake the throne.
As the first part of a trilogy, it sets the scene perfectly for the remainder of the series - and I, for one, can't wait for the next book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Battle for the Throne begins... March 24, 2003
Meikle just gets better and better. A tour through his vast back catalogue of superb short stories followed by the scarce debut novel "Book of the Dark" and the ground breaking "Island Life" leads us to his best work yet, "Watchers: The Coming of the King". Not content with confining himself to the realms of fiction, this time Meikle takes us on a journey through the mists of time and myth, seamlessly melding his unique exploration of vampire lore with the cast iron straight jacket of fact. Armed with the skilfully drawn characters of Martin, Sean, Campbell and the Thane he begins an epic tale of the vampire involvement in the hard fought battle for the glory and valour of a long ago Scotland. "Watchers" gives the reader an immensely compelling read replete with a tantalising cliff-hanger, paving the way well for a sequel. Could it really have happened this way? Find out for yourself. In the past. In the shadows of the Glens and the Black Horde. In the thick of the battle. In the Forty-Five.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blood King is coming! July 18, 2003
This book is genious! It takes history and gives it a horrific twist. Full of action, suspense and words that fill your mind with ghastley images, the first installment of 'Watchers' will keep you turning page after page.
If You are up for a great Vampire novel and hunger for something different, this is the perfect book.
~Stephanie Simpson-Woods ~ Author of 'I.M. Internet Message' and book reviewer for 'Camp Horror'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book and looking forward to the rest in ...
Enjoyed the book and looking forward to the rest in this series. Found this author by accident... But will now search out the rest of their work.
Published 3 months ago by wilowolf666
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This is a very good read about the old world and what humans-turned-monsters should always be like; brutal, savage, and devilishly clever.
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive!!!
I absolutely couldn't not put this book down. It is so well written that I could not stop myself from reading it. And when I had to stop, I kept thinking about it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sandra Hould
5.0 out of 5 stars Watchers: the coming of the king
Kept me spellbound and wanting more! The editing could have been better but
I can't wait to start the next one!
Published 21 months ago by Cindy J Hale
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
This story didn't feel like a book to me. It almost felt as if it were the beginning chapter of larger book that had been filled with extra fluff simply to get it to an acceptable... Read more
Published on December 4, 2012 by KristenJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Dark story unfolds....
Jacobite Vampires, biblical curses and mystical forest dwellers - you'd think there would eventually be a limit to Mr Meikle's verdant imagination, but once again we have a... Read more
Published on November 9, 2011 by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Really Good Read
It's a long time since I read a vampire novel, although I remember being hooked on Bram Stoker's Dracula many moons ago. This vampire novel, though, is nothing like the Stoker one. Read more
Published on August 25, 2011 by Chris Longmuir
4.0 out of 5 stars Great variation on history!
This is a very interesting variation on times in 1745. You find yourself transported to a fantasy world that is vastly different than the history we know. Read more
Published on January 2, 2011 by A. M. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent start to a Wonderful Trilogy.
Hi there,

I read this book as a portion of the Omnibus edition that contained the trilogy. Read more
Published on January 2, 2011 by Ricky Sides
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More About the Author

I'm Willie, a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in fifteen countries, the author of the ongoing Midnight Eye series among others. My work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and publications.

My current best seller is THE INVASION, a sci-fi alien invasion tale with mass carnage, plucky survivors, and last minute rescues. It has been as high as #2 in the Kindle > science fiction charts. (and #4 in Kindle > horror ). Please check it out.

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