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Sylvano the Wasabus
February 18th, 2010, 10:38 AM
Has anyone read any of these books?
They're "Warhammer" fiction, but that doesn't really matter. I received the first omnibus (three books in one) at Xmas and have really been enjoying it. Gotrek is a trollslayer- a shamed dwarf who wanders, looking for a way to regain his honour by dying a glorious death. Felix is a poet who pledged an oath of brotherhood to him in a tavern after much ale, and now accompanies Gotrek to record his heroic death. The stories are adventures with humour, plot twists and a bit of fighting- swords, axes and magic.
February 18th, 2010, 03:51 PM
I have read the first omnibus and enjoyed it. I am planning on reading the second one.
I am currently reading Malus Darkblade, which is another good Warhammer novel.
I think my favorite Warhammer novel so far is Grey Seer.
February 18th, 2010, 05:44 PM
This is totally what I thought of when I saw this thread...
February 23rd, 2010, 10:09 AM
Those books are awesome sword and sorcery!
Really good stuff!
The author, William King, is one of my favorites.
He wrote some Space Marine books about the Space Wolves. There's an omnibus for those as well. (And if you know nothing about the Warhammer 40,000 universe that is fine. You don't need to to enjoy these books. The first one is especially great.)
He wrote the all Gotrek and Felix novels through Giant Slayer.
As the novels continue there are more and more recurring characters and more and more of a to be continued feel to them instead of the episodic nature of the first few books.
If you liked the first ones than you won't be disappointed if you continue on with the series.
They are some of the best smash face fantasy ever.
Man, I love these books.
I wish William King would get off his butt and write some more.
Sylvano the Wasabus
February 25th, 2010, 11:29 AM
I'm about halfway through the first omnibus now- the first part I really liked. And then he changed the format and settled Gotrek and Felix at the Inn in Nuln and I must admit I didn't like that at all. Slowly, it's getting better again.
Sylvano the Wasabus
September 9th, 2010, 10:35 AM
I have now read all of them, all three omnibuses, and elf slayer to boot.
I must say William King is good, and each book gets better and better. Vampire Slayer was very good.
It was with some trepidation that I began the first novel by Nathan Long. (he took over writing the series) I had read his three novels, the Blackhearts, and they were just okay. He seems to have an obsession with mutations and he writes about what they look like with such detail that at some point it just gets to you.
Well his first Gotrek Novel was just so-so. But an okay so-so... like when you're hungry and suddenly there's food but it's not the best but hey, it's better than no food right?
Each of Long's novels got better- and I think Elf Slayer is perhaps the best book in the series. I actually cried twice reading the book.
Long is definitely different than King. He can't match King's characters' quiet introspection- but Long has more complicated and thrilling plots. The plots are great but I miss the introspection. Long attempts it as he goes on, but he can't match King in that regard.
There are about 14 novels total now, with more coming. I was able to indulge myself for quite a while, reading all fourteen in a row. I must say being able to stay in that universe for so long was very nice. It's a dark enough place, but there is hope, and good, even though it struggles...
September 20th, 2010, 09:38 AM
I am glad you posted this--I had started Nathan Long's first Trollslayer book and just couldn't get into it.
(I think I was still wishing William King had written it.)
But after reading your post, I am going to give it another try.
Especially as you say the Long novels get better with each one.
September 20th, 2010, 10:35 AM
I've read the whole series, and can't wait for each new installment. I too was a little iffy about Long taking over the series from King, but after Orcslayer they get better and better. I am in no way a fan of GW, but this series keeps me coming back. Grey Seer and it's sequel, Temple of the Serpent, are offshoots of the series, and Thanquol could be my favorite literary villain ever. Plus, he's a Skaven, and I love those tricksy little ratlings lol.
Zombieslayer comes out next month, and Shamanslayer left it on such a cliffhanger that I'm almost rabid to see how Gotrek and Co. are going to get out of this scrape. Man, those books need to come out more often!
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