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The Ghoul King (Dreaming Cities #2)

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Quinn returns in THE GHOUL KING, another story of the Dreaming Cities by Guy Haley.

The Knight, Quinn, is down on his luck, and he travels to the very edge of the civilized world – whatever that means, any more – to restock his small but essential inventory.

After fighting a series of gladiatorial bouts against the dead, he finds himself in the employ of a woman on a quest t
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Published July 12th 2016 by Tor.com
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 2.9112 stars.

Judging from the average rating for this book, it seems that everyone but me I read it wrong. Surprise, surprise. And judging from reviews for this book, it seems that everyone is under the erroneous impression thinks it's much better than book 1. Ha.



So. The first instalment in this series, The Emperor's Railroad, was everything a barnacle could ask for: stupendously original world (post-apocalyptic US setting with a little western vibe meets Fantasy and Horror = yum
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Bookwraiths
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

After loving Guy Haley’s first Dreaming Cities novella, The Emperor's Railroad, I have to admit being beyond excited to get my hands on The Ghoul King. The post-apocalyptic setting, zombies, Angels, dragons, guns, and mysterious yet relatable Knight Quinn mixed to create the perfect kind of genre blending speculative fiction which I adore. Hell, even Haley’s narrative style of allowing an elderly man named Abney to relate his adventure in the wilds of the Kingd
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Carly
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, muf, netgalley
For those of you who know me, the TL;DR version is this: I finished The Ghoul King in one sitting, and immediately turned around and purchased The Emperor's Railroad (I almost never buy books.) And now it's at the top of my to-read list.

The Ghoul King is short, but potent. Don't look for character development when reading this: it's pure nonstop action and captivating worldbuilding. The story takes place in a far-future America, after the collapse of society as we know it. The fallen world has b
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Ron
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Don’t do anything foolish.” “I’m afraid I already have.”

Even better than the first of this series, The Emperor’s Railroad, even though this offering also features zombies (and ghouls). Haley is a gifted storyteller. As Quinn leads a band into the heart of a devastated Dreaming City, the reader discovers more about the history, biology, theology and dynamics of life in this post-apocalyptic world.

“Once you take death out of the equation, there isn’t much to be frightened of.”

The too-good-to-be-t
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Xavi
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: llegits-2016
3'5/5
The scenario of the Dreaming Cities is fantastic and intriguing. There are a lot of misteries I would like to know, and altough some are resolved in this second story, there are a lot more. Great job.

Review in english: http://dreamsofelvex.blogspot.com/201...
Reseña en español: http://dreamsofelvex.blogspot.com/201...
Odo
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook, own
3.5/5.0

My review in English: http://sentidodelamaravilla.blogspot....

Mi reseña en español: http://sentidodelamaravilla.blogspot....

Jon
3.5-4 stars.

Better than than the first one (which was good) because we learn more about what's actually going on in this distant future imperfect America.
DarkChaplain
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review also published here

Disclaimer: I received an ARC for this novella from the publisher, as I did with the previous installment in the series. Since the first book was such a cracking read, I'd have jumped at the purchase anyway, but this way I got to read it months ahead of time, and the chance to review it early.
Make of that what you will.

The Ghoul King is the second novella in Guy Haley's Dreaming Cities series. The science fiction aspects in this science fantasy story are far more pr
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Kathleen
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book (recieved as an ARC) but was pleasantly surprised. The cover and description seem like they could fit a generic urban fantasy, but I would consider this more post-apocalyptic sci-fi. It's also more the story of a person who goes on this adventure with Quinn while the Knight himself remains a cypher, a la "Unforgiven". After nuclear war has devastated civilization, a group of angels now severely limits what knowledge humans may have and kings and emperors ...more
Bridget Mckinney
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I didn’t hate Guy Haley’s first Dreaming Cities novella, The Emperor’s Railroad, though it wasn’t one of my favorite reads of the year so far. Nonetheless, I was intrigued enough to read this second installment of the series. The Ghoul King seemed to promise more action and a female character with something to do besides die for male character development, and I was hoping to see Haley dig a little deeper into some of the potentially very cool world building of his post-apocalyptic landscape. Sa ...more
Becky
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quinn is back in this second installment of the Dreaming Cities series.

The story picks up in the aftermath of The Emperor's Railroad. After killing the angels' creation, Quinn's position as knight can't protect him.

A group of technophiles has set their sights on Quinn. Their interests make them a target for the angels in this time of limited technology and education, but their desire to learn outweighs any and all fear. And their leader, Rachel, has big plans. Plans that involve finding somethin
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Stephen Kozeniewski
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another great entry in the DREAMING CITIES series from Guy Haley. After THE EMPEROR'S RAILROAD, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from THE GHOUL KING. Haley is a master of the framing story (see SKARSNIK for more on that) and TER ended with the narrator stating he never saw the main character Quinn again. And while it's very important from a dramatic standpoint that the reader never gets into Quinn's head - he is a man of secrets, and knows things about his world that the other characters aren' ...more
Cheryl
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"There is little in the world that is God's will, but a lot that is the angels."

I am really enjoying this DREAMING CITIES series. The first in the series THE EMPEROR'S RAILROAD was told by 12 year-old Abney as he related his adventures with Quinn, Knight of the Dreaming City of Atlantis. And it was excellent, with the undead, angels, and a dragon.

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 bo
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Jacqie
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second novella in the post-apocalyptic Dreaming Cities series. I don't know if there will be another, but if there is, I will read it. The book reminds me of those old 80's science fiction books in which technology has become magical for all intents and purposes- Fred Saberhagen used to do this well. But the work is far from stale, and every time I go further into the series, I come away wanting more.

This is a more
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Nikki
I was intrigued by Quinn in the previous novella, and this one takes much the same stance: rather than following Quinn directly, the bulk of it is told from the point of view of someone who happens to be protected by him during a journey. It reveals a little more of the world-building and the reason certain things are as they are, while still leaving a whole lot still to explore. I hope there’s going to be more, and soon.

I love the way it becomes apparent to the narrator-character, Jaxom, that Q
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Sachin Dev
Much more engrossing than the first book in the series, We return to the post apocalyptic world of war torn America, this time on an adventure-quest into the heart of an abandoned dreaming city, rife with the undead and vengeful 'angels'. Quinn, the Knight and mysterious figure from Emperor Railroad, gains a lot more front stage, his actions and motivations explored in far greater detail on this story. structurally very similar to first book, but this one definitely is deeper with respect to the ...more
Alexander Páez
Jun 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: english, fantasía
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Hace unos días os hablaba de la primera parte de la saga "A Tale of the Dreaming Cities", The Emperor's Railroad, de Guy Haley, y ahora toca hablar de su secuela y segunda novela corta en la trilogía, The Ghoul King. La primera obra era irregular por varias razones, y creo que The Ghoul King repite algunas de estas problemáticas y sufre de algunas otras. Ya comenté que sentía la suficiente curiosidad como para leerme esta segunda obra, y seguramente termine la trilogía, pero lo ci
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Razorsharppunk (Will)
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What I love about Guy Haley, is what I have always loved about his writings for Warhammer 40K and the Games Workshop White Dwarf magazine, he is first and foremost a creator of alternative histories. This goes for his work in Warhammer and now in the Ghoul King, the second book in a series started in The Emperor's Railroad. It is steeped in lore creation and every detail is carried through this far to short and very well crafted story! I am getting the first book in the series and I cannot wait ...more
Tom
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ghouls are coming to get you.

The Ghoul King is another great installment in the Dreaming Cities series. It has sword fights, zombies and horses. If that's not enough for you, we find more out about the history of the world and who or what the angels are. Read it and find out more about the legends of Quinn the knight, the reluctant defender of the weak and the remnant of a bygone era.

Eagerly anticipating the next installment.
Keith Clasen
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Short book but entertaining.
Elena Linville
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You can find this review and more on my blog.

Quinn, the Knight of the Dreaming City of Atlantis, is back in this new novella, and I'm so very happy about it! I'd read the first novella of the cycle, The Emperor's Railroad, and absolutely loved it. If you are interested, you can read my review here. So I was eager to find out where Quinn's adventures took him next.

Well, in The Ghoul King, Quinn finds himself rather down on his luck thanks to the intervention of an Angel, who took it rather person
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Thomas
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Ghoul King follows the adventures of Quinn, the Knight granted his position by the Angels, a race of beings that not only rule the devastated wastelands of the United States, but also might be the ones who caused it. Like The Emperor's Railroad, the story is not told from his perspective, but is instead related to us through someone who accompanied him on the adventure. The story isn't told strictly from his perspective, though; a beginning and ending chapter give us additional information a ...more
Kim
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second dreaming cities novella

It took me a while to get into The Ghoul King but by the end I couldn't put it down. This novella reveals more about the nature of angels and the dreaming city and a little bit about what Quinn's goal is.
Andreea Pausan
Aug 10, 2016 rated it liked it
Dystopian, apocalyptic, a mix of genres with a reluctant knight.
David Miles
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Awesome stories, just wish they were longer.
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Guy Haley is the author of Crash, Champion of Mars, the Richards and Klein series, The Dreaming Cities and others. He is a prolific contributor to Games Workshop's Black Library imprint having written books including the bestselling Dark Imperium, Dante, Pharos and The Devastation of Baal.
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