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Guardian of the Dawn (Kormak the Guardian)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
To the world at large, he is a mercenary and assassin, a brutal killer with a deadly blade. In reality Kormak is a Guardian, one of a dying order sworn to protect humanity from the servants of the gathering darkness.

In this chilling tale, Kormak seeks refuge for the night in an isolated peasant home only to find himself thrown into a terrifying confrontation with an ancien
Kindle Edition, 22 pages
Published (first published August 1st 2011)
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Feb 05, 2013 Phil rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This atmospheric fantasy short introduces Kormak, a disreputable-looking stranger belonging to a semi-mythical order of monster hunters. Wounded and caught out on the night of the full moon, when hostile creatures roam, he takes shelter at an isolated house. Realizing his true identity, the house's residents use his code of honor to coerce him into defending them against one particularly menacing creature.

The premise is appealing, and while Kormak himself is only vaguely sketched out as a charac
Dec 08, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of: Sword and Sorcery, Heroic Fiction, Fantasy
4.5 stars.

I first read the Guardian of the Dawn by William King in Flashing Swords magazine, issue 1. It impressed me then, and it impressed me again on a second reading. It does everything a sword and sorcery tale should. It sets a mood and tone immediately, puts you into the story from the first paragraph, and doesn't let up. A history and background is introduced throughout the tale, but is never overbearing or info-dumpish, applies to the story at hand, and makes you feel that the story is t
This short fantasy story by William King was excellent and very well-written. I would easily read an entire novel or series about the Guardians and the fight between the Children of the Moon and the Children of the Sun. That was a major hint Mr. King.

I'll have to check out what else he has written because I thoroughly enjoyed his writing style and imaginative story-telling. The nice thing about finding free Kindle items from is that you can download and read short stories like this th
Sep 24, 2012 Ron rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ebook
I downloaded a 222 page document, but Guardian of the Dawn turned out to be a 50 page novella.

Given that, it was a sparsely written, hard-hitting if familiar sounding story.

At least the page changes worked.
Kathy Henderson
story was only 45 pages rest of the 222 pages was sample of new book didn't read it yet have whole book was free
Jun 04, 2012 Michael rated it it was ok
Shelves: hd
Annoyed...the story that the book name refers to is a short story say quarter of the book. The rest of the book is a bunch of chapters (preview) for a totally different book.
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