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The Serpent Tower (Volume Two of the Terrarch Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

William King
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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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.

The Serpent Tower is an impregnable fortress built by an ancient, pre-human race, bristling with terrifying, magical weapons, watched over by unsleeping, sorcerous sentinels. It has never fallen to siege. Now it is the lair of the sinister sorcerer Lord Ilmarec who holds Princess Kathea, rightful heir to the throne of Kharadrea in his clutches. In order to save his own life, Rik must penetrate the ancient secrets of the Tower and rescue the Princess from her lustful uncle. And all the while he is pursued by an undead horror born from the vilest necromancy, created by a deadly conspiracy that plans to rule the world.

The Serpent Tower continues the thrilling saga of muskets and magic begun in Death’s Angels. In it, the bestselling creator of Gotrek and Felix blends Lovecraftian horror with high adventure in the tradition of Sharpe.

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 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 bestselling Space Wolf books which between them have sold over three quarters of a million copies in English and been translated into 8 languages.

He has been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award. 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 639 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant But Brief 30 Nov. 2011
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This is the follow-up to King's marvellous Death's Angel, and plunges us back into the world dominated by the arrogant, sorcerous Terrarch, and the motley human soldiers who serve them.

This time around our protagonists are stuck in a foreign country that turns out to be no quite as friendly as they had hoped for. Specifically, they are stymied by the tower of the title, a relic of the ancient Serpent Men that houses an awesome magical superweapon.

Once again, our main antihero is Rik, ex-thief and half-Terrarch soldier. As he is drawn further into the plans of the manipulative Lady Asea, he discovers more about his parentage and a hidden sorcerous talent that would mean his death if discovered. King again deftly portrays Rik as a complex character, one in whom self-interest and a worrying capacity for violence wars with loyalty to his friends and a hatred of the unfairness of the world.

The other POV character, the Terrarch officer Sardec, also returns, maimed after the events of the first book and a little more sympathetic. His growing mutual respect for the men under his command is an interesting development for him, and is nicely written.

The story has plenty of action, from the opening skirmish, to the threat of an unstoppable undead assassin, to the climactic assault on the tower itself. King knows how to rattle a story along with verve and excitement.

So why have I docked a star? Perhaps bizarrely, merely because I could have done with a lot more; the tale speeds by so fast that a few of the more intriguing aspects get short shrift. Rik's friends Weasel and the Barbarian make only brief appearances compared to the last book, the love triangle between Rik, Sardec and Rena is only touched on, and the ending, while fine, is very abrupt. Still, these are relatively small quibbles compared to the rest of the quality on show, and will hopefully be addressed in the next installment. Can't wait.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As always excellent stuff from William King 21 Jun. 2012
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Well written; interesting, well-rounded characters that develop from the previous book in the series.

All of William Kings books are a great read and this is no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 8 Mar. 2014
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As a fan of Science Fantasy books this is a good series with likeable characters (that reminded me a bit of Sven Hassel's penal platoon). Only half way through but this second book is as enjoyable as the first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book 24 Feb. 2014
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William king continues to create world's that set the imagination free and creating anti-heroes that you can't help but admire
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story 17 Feb. 2014
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Brillient story bought it on Kindle.Highly Reccomended if you like Fantasy or Mythologhy items to read. Look forward to read other books in series
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5.0 out of 5 stars good read 6 Feb. 2014
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very good read get the set for your kindle, i was taken in by the whole thing and loved the read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up 26 Sept. 2013
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Basically this series is like Glenn Cook's The Black Company only with more of Lovecraftian feel and a bit more adventurey. Good fun and easier to read than Black Company. Bought and read them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 17 April 2013
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a well written book,

once started had to finish

you felt you were there in the action

characters you could identify with,
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Continues strong
If you have read book one then this keeps up the quality so a standard review to boost the ratings.
Published 2 months ago by Monty D
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review
This book was long and boring it did have a few good parts but overall it was long and boring
Published on 21 Mar. 2013 by Luke Zachary Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Not bought a lot of ebooks (although read a lot of Bill's older GW books); the first of the Terrarch series sucked me in however and I'll be buying the rest :)

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Published on 15 Feb. 2013 by Sigaldry
5.0 out of 5 stars The story continues to entertain
A good yarn set in a believable world where magic works. Entertaining and well written. Plenty of plot twists and some imaginative situations kept me turning the pages. Read more
Published on 22 Jan. 2013 by Netaheta
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I thoroughly enjoyed the second book in this series. It kept ? by attention the entire way through and I can't wait to read the third. Or the fourth for that matter
Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by Sarah Eales
5.0 out of 5 stars The second is even better
A great sequel. More mysteries than solutions but a number of paths now appear for the continuing story. I have my holiday reading all sorted
Published on 19 Dec. 2012 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Serpent Tower
This very different from the majority of fantasy books. Set in a dark and forbidding world. Takes a while to "get into" but worthwhile making the effort.
Published on 10 Nov. 2012 by Avid Reader
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