The Ghoul King

January 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , , , )

ghoulThe Ghoul King by Guy Haley

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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 about Quinn and the world he protects, and we start to see some of what lies behind the complex structure of religion and science that populates these novellas.

The Emperor’s Railroad gave us a post-apocalyptic story with zombies, and The Ghoul King gives us another post-apocalyptic story, this time with vampires. In neither case is the story about the creatures; instead, they’re about this future and how it came about. In the first novella, Haley hints at these Angels as not being as supernatural as the citizens believe, even though we see things that aren’t natural. The Ghoul King follows that same setup, but we start to see more of what lies behind the Angels, and we start to get a clearer picture of just how this world came to be.

Also like the previous novella, Haley spends a good chunk of the story building his world, but not at the cost of the story. We get bits and pieces of what’s happened here as we travel with Quinn on his adventure, but only when it’s relevant to the story. In The Ghoul King, much of that detail has to do with what came before the apocalypse and how it affects the world they’re living in now. We still don’t have all the answers, but I suspect that will be forthcoming in future novellas.

Anyone who enjoyed The Emperor’s Railroad shouldn’t hesitate to start on The Ghoul King. It follows the story Haley began in that novella without being a retread of the entire story, and it gives us further insight into Quinn as a character. These two novellas are rich and detailed, and it makes me look forward to the next story in this sequence. It’s just a shame I have no idea how long it will be before I can read the next one.

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