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Sky Pirates [Kindle Edition]

William King
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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“The King of High Adventure,” Starlog.

Ulrik: a sky pirate sentenced to death in the arena, he has become the greatest gladiator of his age.

Valerius: this sinister sorcerer’s cutting wit and his wicked schemes have ensured that even his wealthy kin want him dead.

Rhea: part human, part predatory cat, this former thief gets what she wants by any means necessary.

All three are about to be trapped in a web of death and intrigue spun by the demon-worshipping Molok and his plan to bind all of the Sky Pirates into an invincible mutant army and rule the dying, demon-haunted world of Urath.

Sky Pirates is an action packed fantasy tale of flying ships and flashing swords in the tradition of Edgar Rice Burroughs John Carter stories and Jack Vance’s Dying Earth by the bestselling creator of Gotrek and Felix.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 374 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071MPFIM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #173,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 6 May 2012
By Woody
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I am not usually keen on Fantasy preferring science fiction but this was a well written book full of imaginative ideas. Based around a pirate captain who has been captured and sentenced to fight in the pits, until he dies. Is brought by a wizard and implanted with a demon to make him a loyal bodyguard. But being a body guard to a spy leads to heroic adventures.
The story itself is lifted by the sarcastic interaction between the main characters and is fast paced.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fantasy novel 21 Mar 2012
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This book is very good indeed. There's a kind of 'star inflation' in Kindle reviews, but this would be worth five stars in a newspaper or magazine review.

It's a good fantasy novel, with interesting characters, a well developed world and an exciting plot. The writing is first class, and King delivers a story with bite and interest. The world is an interesting amalgam of decaying civilsations, competing sorcerers, a flavour of steampunk here and there, and even a cat person - a tribute to Cordwainer Smith, perhaps? Whether it's a deliberate homage or not, it works well, and I looked forward to getting back to the book whenever I had to put it down.

I haven't seen other stories in this series, but it obviously invites further novels in the same sequence, and I'll look forward to reading them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fast paced fantasy 11 Mar 2012
By Andrew
Format:Kindle Edition
I found the book very entertaining and paced exactly the way I like my fantasy novels to be paced. It also had aspects of Historic fiction within it which is also an area of literature I enjoy so ticked two big boxes for me. I found the characters believable and likable which always makes me enjoy a book. Would love to see more in a series to learn more about the history of the characters especially Rhea as she seems intriguing and there is more there to be discovered about her. Also would love to see the intrigues of house Karnak and how Ulrik would handle them while in service to Valerius.

All in all this was a very enjoyable book and one I would recommend to friends who also enjoy this type of work. I will be looking to check out your other works now as I had never heard of you before reading this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read 3 May 2012
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I tend to grab a lot of 'freebies' on the Kindle and, to be honest, most of them I read a little and end up putting in the 'maybe someday' pile.
Not so with this book, I starting reading and was immediately draw into this fascinating world.
It's not perfect, there was a couple of places where I lost interest (On the airship where Ulrik becomes depressed with his situation) but that only lasted a couple of pages, also Valerius seems to spend most of his time reassuring Ulrik but then occasionally get nasty or sarcastic (Presumably to remind us that he is from a 'nasty' house)

However neither of these points really detract from the overall story, I'm hooked and hoping there will be a sequel.
This story is definitely worth five stars.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Adventure 31 Jan 2012
By W. A. Graham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Sky Pirates might have been inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars, but it's been seriously remixed: seasoned with portions of weird science, weirder sorcery and a healthy measure of madness. William King has created an anti-hero hauling a heavy burden through a strange and imaginative world full of implied spaces that hint at a wealth of characters just off stage and adventures yet to be explored.
Not only do I hope for sequels, this story cries out for a graphic novel adaptation. The rich imagery King provides could easily be worth a thousand pictures. It's top flight fantasy adventure.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blend of high creativity, high adventure, and pulp 8 Mar 2012
By Ed Pegg Jr - Published on Amazon.com
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"Highly creative" fantasy works are often difficult to follow. Either they are going off into unnecessary tangents, or they are making something too complicated. I've read at least the first few pages of over 2000 books in the last few years, part of my routine of classifying whether I should read a book never, eventually, soon, or immediately. Only three fantasy books have had openers so compelling that they fell into Immediate: Horker's Law, King's Sword, and now this one, Sky Pirates.

Sky Pirates had some new-to-me facet of magic on almost every page, marking this as a work of high creativity. It's always logical, easy to follow, and fits within the flow of the story. The book never lets up as a great read. Mixing great action, high creativity, and high readability is almost impossible, especially in a sustained way.

Ulrik is a captured pirate, doomed to die in the gladiator pits. He was once rich enough to buy flesh-shaping, and it's kept him alive through 30 fights. Tonight, he faces Lem, a man with 99 wins. Ulric is visited by a mage with multiple layers of ulterior motives.

Reading the first few pages gets my highest recommendation (as does the whole book).
4.0 out of 5 stars Sky Pirates 19 Oct 2012
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the book twice. I enjoyed it both times. High adventure in a beliveable world and a thinking hero. What else can you ask for?
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely one-chapter-a-day reads! 23 May 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It serves perfectly well for my style of reading. Each day I come back for more and love it. I'm not sure if you could like it if you're looking for something clasicall-ish, but if you're in for some easy to read fantasy action with futuristic science and magick with swords and soul and more willing to enjoy than analyze, you can hardly go wrong with this not-too-complex gem!

Sorry for bad grammar, I'm not a native speaker of english :)
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting 4 April 2012
By Blackbird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded Sky Pirates for free a while ago and found it to be an exciting adventure. William King creates a marvelous, magical world filled with interesting characters and you get a true sense of wonder as you read this exciting, fantastic novel. I highly recommend it to people of all ages.
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