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These stories take place a thousand years in the future, after the United States has been decimated by nuclear bombs and "monsters."
I like the short book format (longer than a novella but still not a full-length novel). So far we've been able to meet different narrators that way and hear differing viewpoints on what's happened and is happening in America.
The narrator in THE GHOUL KING is 29 year-old Jaxon. He looks and feels older than he is because he actually went through the bombings of Columbus, Ohio and lived through them. He has always wanted to be a healer but it's difficult, with the Angels of the Dreaming Cities frowning upon technology as they do.
Though the book is short, author Haley packs a lot into it. A lot of the questions about the Angels and the existing and past conflicts are at least partially explained in this tale.
There are still a few undead to contend with in this story but the main fearsome entities are ghouls, living in the ruins of Old Columbus. Jaxon, Quinn and a motley crew follow the guidance of an artifact to get to the center of the city.
This is a fun, exciting, short read with no wasted words and fantastic world building. If you like science fiction, post-apocalyptic fiction, and/or horror, try out this new series. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Mr. Haley, gather your material up into a Quinn omnibus and I'll happily read it, but this is the last of your 20,000 word Quinn novels that I will read by itself.
But I shouldn't have worried. In THE GHOUL KING we're introduced to a new character, the unreliable narrator Jaxon, who is forced against his will to reveal everything he know to an agent of the angels, becoming about as reliable as a narrator can be. So for the second time we get to view Quinn's actions through somebody else's viewpoint, somebody who starts out much less enamored of the knight. And now, with the second novella falling into place, the post-apocalyptic Earth Haley has built is growing broader and deeper in scope. We're starting to learn a lot more about what was hinted at in the first entry. THE GHOUL KING also stands as an exciting story on its own, as Quinn is dragged against his will into the machinations (ha!) of a group of Ohio technophiles.
I'm expecting big things from this series and enjoying the ride. THE GHOUL KING, like its predecessor, will tickle you just right if you're a fan of horror, post-apocalyptic fiction, science fiction, or grimdark fantasy.