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Reiksguard (Warhammer: Empire Army) Mass Market Paperback – May 26, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer: Empire Army
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844167275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844167272
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Reiksguard is the kick-off novel in the new Empire Army series in which each novel will highlight a different element of the Empire's battleline. It features an in-depth look at the inner workings of the Emperor's own bodyguard, their code, training, and their fighting style, which is based upon the works of real-world late-medieval fightmasters. It also includes famous Empire characters such as Reiksmarshal Kurt Helborg and the Emperor Karl Franz himself.

About the Author

Richard Williams was born in Nottingham, UK and was first published in 2000. He has written fiction for a range of publications on such diverse topics as gang initiation, medieval highwaymen and arcane religions.

In his spare time, he is a theatre director and actor. He has written three books, including the novel Relentless published by the Black Library, and had his work printed in Inferno!, The Oxford and Cambridge May Anthologies and in the anthology Status: Deadzone.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I Wanna Be A Pepper Too on April 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've read the first three books in this series and found them all to be enjoyable good reads.

As the kick starter in the series, this book introduces readers to the empire's reaches, political and military structures, and enemies and allies.

The primary focus of this first installment, however, is on the Reiksguard, elite knights and swordsmen formed from eldest sons of nobles successfully passing vigorous training and stringent physical, mental, and spiritual tests.

The novel opens with a prologue describing the rise of a new Emperor and a battle that 20 years later, when the eldest sons of the nobles and knights who fought in that battle have come of age, would color the reception of those future Reiksguard applicants.

The narration then switches to 20 years hence when Delmar von Reinhardt, eldest son of a Reiksguard who fell in that battle, is visited by a Reiksguard friend of his father, Lord Griesmeyer, to personally deliver news of his admittance to Reiksguard training.

Reinhardt, who has been Lord of his estate for years and has shown to be a good tactician in local battles, is about to test his readiness to be a Reiksguard.

One of the most idealistic of the new trainees (who come from different provinces of the Empire), Reinhardt soon finds himself at odds with his fellow trainees, who seem to have aligned themselves with either Siebrecht von Matz, a "Provincial" who thinks the Reiksguard has always favored Reikslanders over others and that the Empire has discriminated against "Provincials", or Falkenhayn, a proud, ambitious Reikslander who thinks the favored status bestowed upon Reikslanders is deserved.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith W. Harvey on January 11, 2010
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Reiksguard by Richard Williams is one of the first books in Black Library's new series-- "An Empire Army Novel"-- and as such follows like a good trooper all the requirements, tropes, fluff, and alignments necessary to fit within the parameters of the for-hire IP(intellectual property)novel. It is also a contestant in the Dave Gemmell Legend Contest.

The novel concerns the exploits of several characters; there is no one central protagonist in the novel. Instead, it is a ensemble piece, like most "military" novels. Instead, of the lone hero, Williams focuses on the group--the Reiksguard. The novel begins with a new class of inductees to the Reiksguard, an elite order of knights, based in Altdorf and led Marshall Kurt Helborg. Williams focuses on the group of young nobles who arrive to train during a major war in the north. The enemy is bleeding the knights of their men and replacements are necessary. Consequently, the initiates' training takes on not only a sense of urgency but also one of intrigue and danger. This tension is underlined by the appearance of a vivid group of mercenaries led by the uncle of one of the major characters of the novel Siebrecht von Matz.

The first part of the book concentrates on the training of young nobles from all the regions of the empire and the petty disputes born of nationalistic prejudices that those young men bring to Altdorf. The second part of the book concerns an expedition in the south to free up supply routes choked by an infestation of goblins led by a mutant goblin by the name of Thorntoad. Thorntoad, like all great villains,almost steals the show from the Reiksguard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ed on November 17, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An entertaining novel that works with the established setting instead of against it. The author seemed focused on writing an enjoyable story where he believed his characters actions. If the rest of the novels in this line are of similar quality, it will be a welcome addition.
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