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on 13 September 2016
I gave the books a three star because it has a good base story but could have explain more in certain areas and link the story more other than by the main character because it felt that all story's were separate and not connected.
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VINE VOICEon 20 March 2014
Imagine the worlds of R E Howard and J R R Tolkein thrown into a blender, then set stories in it with a touch of Howard, a whisper of Fritz Leiber and, perhaps, a soupcon of Clark Ashton Smith and you have an idea of what William King is up to here. When it works well, the results are truly excellent - it is like being transported back to reading these classics of fantasy when a teenager. Sadly, if not very surprisingly, it isn't all at that standard.

The opening short story is in the really very good category. Guardian of the Dawn introduces the central character, Kormak, his world and his quest. It is punchy and crisply told but manages to sketch a background that hints at much more. Best of all, it does more than simply provide the obvious. Kormak's duel with the enemy is not quite the one we might have expected. It is possibly the best thing in here.

The next book - really a collection of linked short stories - is rather less good. Stealer of Flesh has plenty of pulpy action but often indifferently told, although the stories do pick up after the first couple. The author's notes reveal that he wrote the last couple of short stories here first and then filled in the rest. It feels as if there was less interest in some of these stories that were designed to fill in the gaps.

The remaining two books - Defiler of Tombs and Weaver of Shadow - are proper novels, albeit short ones. One deals with necromancers and barrow wights, the other with elves and giant spiders. Both offer not only plenty of action but atmosphere and world building. Both provide entertainment. These two books most clearly show their roots in a specific sort of sword and sorcery style fantasy, for both good and bad. There is fun to be had, but certain allowances, in terms of the conventions of these sorts of stories and what the author can get away with, have to be made. Also, those who've read some of King's previous output might recognise certain elements, particularly in Defiler of Tombs (those familiar with the short Wolf Riders might see some occasional resemblances, for instance).

As another reviewer noted there are some proofing issues. I did not find this interfered with my enjoyment, however.
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on 11 August 2013
William king is a great author who can really inject alot of detail into a novel and yet can still retain a good pace of old school action. The kormak saga leans more towards action than detail and story padding, though you are often given enough back story to get by. Sometimes additional character's are a little 1D and a few things like fight scenes and surrounding descriptions are a little bit brief. All in all the kormak saga is fast paced and fun, a good enjoyable read. (Though why William did you ever stop writing the gotrek and Felix novels!).
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on 4 July 2013
I enjoyed the storyline of this book, unfortunately it is let down by numerous typos and wrong or missing connectives. whether this is just the kindle edition I don't know either way this is not acceptable.
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on 29 August 2016
I've been looking for a book like this for a while. It has a strong likeable hero set in an interesting world with a fast paced story and exciting action.
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