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Thunder and Steel (Warhammer Omnibus) Paperback – February 1, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer Omnibus
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; Original edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849700230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849700238
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #743,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Abnett's work for the Black Library includes the best-selling Gaunt's Ghosts novels, the Inquisitor Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and the aclaimed Horus Heresy novel, Horus Rising.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Short on June 3, 2013
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I'm a fan of the Black Library, though if I had a complaint its that they're extremely focuses on the 40K setting, while Fantasy seemingly gets the shaft. But its all about what sells, so I understand it to an extent. I stumbled onto this omnibus looking for books dealing with the Fantasy setting and decided to give it a shot.

It is broken into three books, Gilead's Blood, Hammers of Ulric, and The Riders of the Dead. After these three there is a pair of short stories and brief graphic novel. The two stories are fun reads, though the comic, The Warhammer, was kind of weak. Might look better in full color though.

Gilead's Blood
This book starts rather slowly, but picks up steam toward a very climactic final chapter. The focus is on the Elf Prince Gilead and his stewart as they journey around the Old World. They have dealings with many races and factions in their travels and the stories are told from the perspective of a storyteller in a tavern. Most of the stories I would rate from fair to good, but the final chapter is quite a fun climax to the book.

Hammers of Ulric
The author describes writting this book as if he were writing for a team of superheroes. The action in this book is more varied, as it shifts from war novel to murder mystery and back again. The knights of Ulric make for fearsome warriors, but my favorite parts were chapters told from the perspective of a priest of Morr, a caretaker of the dead. The seemingly unconnected adventures in the book gradually unveil a grand conspiracy to destroy the city of Middenheim and it falls on the characters to join together and save the day. This book was so much fun to read and probably my favorite of the three.
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lance K. Mertz on February 13, 2011
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Abnett at his best. Lots of short stories and novelettes I have never heard of before. If you like Dan's other work you will love this stuff!
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By It's All George Bush's Fault © on October 8, 2011
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My first copy came with a hundred pages missing in the middle. What a surprise, but Amazon replaced it right away.

Several of the stories stand alone, and others are part of a group but can be read separately. These are all the medieval Warhammer universe, no Astartes, Imperial Guard, or bolters. Everything is horseback and blades or hammers. I felt that the middle stories dealing with the White Wolves of Middenheim were the best. The others were a little overlong or not so good.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Nix on May 2, 2011
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Although this is a collection of Dan Abnett's early Black Library Warhammer Fantasy work, it is excellent. His Gaunt's Ghost and Eisenhorn, both 40K Warhammer SciFi, are also 5 star entertainment. Ravenor not so much.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Bruce on October 11, 2011
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I'm a huge Dan Abnett fan -- I love all of his Warhammer 40k books. But this one, so far -- I've not yet finished the second story -- has been very uneven.

The first story, about an Elf Prince seeking revenge for the death of his brother, was IMO unreadable. I can't really put a finger on why, tho, & that bothers me; the best I can say is that I found the main character utterly unappealing. It's a roughly 200 page story; I gave up in dismay around page 60 or so.

I'm about halfway through the second story, which seems to be about a vast conspiracy threatening the city of Middenheim. It's better, because it's written partially about the White Wolves, & so has a somewhat military feel to it, similar to Abnett's wonderful "Saint" series of 40k books, though nowhere near as good. The parts of this story that deal with Dieter Brossman, a Priest of Morr, are very entertaining; this character reminds me somewhat of Gideon Eisenhorn, one of my very favorite Abnett characters.

But I got sidetracked by Conan books arriving, put this down, & will pick it up again when I'm done with Conan, which kinda-sorta shows my priorities .... this just simply isn't any of Abnett's better efforts, & I'm overall disappointed by it.
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