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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184416019X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844160198
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,249,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett is a novelsit and award-winnig comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.

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I checked this book out because Abnett said that it was his favorite.
Joey Ouellette
Besides what I thought was a slow start, it seemed that the end was almost too quick.
Doc
Dan Abnett made a story about two different friends, if you can call it.
Raistlin Majere

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doc VINE VOICE on May 3, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The early portions of this book are not consumed with the typical fire of Abnett's other books, e.g., the Gaunt's Ghosts Warhammer 40k novels, but there are many good things to recommend this book.
First, for readers who are unfamiliar with the Warhammer Fantasy universe, things might be a bit confusing, but Abnett does a good job of explaining things as they come, focusing more upon the characters and their plights than on the game world.
There are two main characters, who begin the story very different from how they are at the novel's end. One was born into nobility, and is very haughty and overbearing, while the other is of lesser birth and has worked very hard to improve his station. They are fellow horse soldiers in the Empire, sent to help the defense against the northern hordes.
They quickly become separated, and their lives follow very different paths both from each other and from their previous existences. One is captured by the evil northern forces and is slowly corrupted by them, while the other falls in with the barbarians of the steppes, tenuous allies of the Empire. Both experience radical changes of perspective and personality before the climax of the novel.
Besides what I thought was a slow start, it seemed that the end was almost too quick. Perhaps this in itself is a statement of the way of life in the Warhammer world, but for a novel it seemed very hurried and disappointing. Don't get me wrong, now, for the last 75 pages or so I could not put the book down. But for the first hardcover Warhammer book, I would have liked a longer novel with more resolution than was given, though the very end was quite nicely done.
Basically, I really liked the story, but I think most people should wait for the paperback, as this is not quite worth the hardback price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Woofdog on June 1, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
This was a fun fantasy warfare book from Mr. Abnett which tracks the divergent lives of 2 cousins after a military defeat in which they are separated, and the sequence of events which was obviously going to bring them into conflict.

I think either of the subject's stories would have been a good standalone novel's basis, as the inevitable confrontation between the two seemed like a lot of effort to get nowhere. The scenery and background/settings were very well written, along with the individual threads of the 2 stories.

I prefer Mr. Abnett's eisenhorn trilogy to this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KindleGeek VINE VOICE on March 19, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a very good read. If you ar into battle scenes, Abnett is your man. No one is better than Abnett at descibing the blurr,blood, and chaos that is medevil combat. But it not just the battles that make this book great, its cultures add a huge amount of flavor and substance to it also. Would be a 5 star classic if not for the sudden ending. Abnett likely had a page count given to him to stay under by the publisher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the former reviewer that the ending is a bit rushed. We reach this wonderful conclusion and suddenly it's all over: no reflection on events, no pause to smell the daisies as it were, no time to really think about what has transpired until the last page is reach and the back flap is closed.
This isn't to say that the book is not good. Abnett has really done his homework on Medieval and Renaissance warfare, and his vivid descriptions really give the book a wonderful texture. But I would have preferred a little less description on the machineries of war (for example, he spends a good chuck of page real estate describing how to make a composite bow; good educational information, but not all that necessary) and more time on character development. I would have also liked to see more time spent discussing the nature of "Chaos", which is such a prevailing part of the Warhammer World.
But I do think it's definitely worth picking up for all you Abnett fans out there. The battle scenes are quite enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luke J Baker on September 21, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If a poorly done ending can ruin a book or author for you, stay away from this work. You will meet two very well written and extremely captivating characters who will meet in an epic clash... and then its like someone else came in to write 3 hurried pages of lame, poorly constructed junk (which is the rest of the book... that's right, huge build up, they see each other, 3 pages later you're at the back cover!). Never mind who wins or loses, none of it makes sense anyway. Neither story arc is brought to a solid conclusion and neither one makes a point. I don't need a "happy" ending, but I do ask for a complete story that feels poignant... this one needed at least 50 more pages. I'm certain that Abnett was side tracked by one of his many other projects and this incredible fruit was suddenly left to rot on the vine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raistlin Majere on February 11, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
... or actually the book that no one forgets.

The book was about two demilancers of the Empire who went to war and got separeted.
It was the 2521 and a full scale war was goin' on. One of the empire armies march north and face the northern tribes.
The northern tribes were more and outnumbered then and most of them fell.
Some were made captives to their own sports and others fled south.
And this is how our story begins.

Dan Abnett made a story about two different friends, if you can call it. One is a noble (anti-hero) and other is a educated person (Hero). In the book they go to drastic changes.

This book is about the main characters but we can see other aspects. Dan Abnett portraits exclently the Viewpoint of Empire, of the Kislevian's (who are the empire allies but seen as under-developed people), and the Northers (Norsca) Who are the antognists of the empire.

In the end I personally admire each and every other realm.
The norcsa who aren't that all chaos and mayhem, the kisvelians who live in the stepps and aren't that under-develped but rather code and faith followers.

I like the all book. If there is a part where I don't feel so excited its the end. I guess it was rather precipated. But the end after the last battle was tottaly unpredictable. (It remind me of Dan Abnett's Double Eagle)

If you want to start reading Warhammer you can start anywhere since they are all great books.
But Abnett's book are just marvelous. I would recomend this one to people who love a book about war and character development.

(I am not a native english person but portuguese)
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