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Vampire Wars: The Von Carstein Trilogy (Warhammer Novels) Paperback – May 6, 2008

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British author Steven Savile is an expert in cult fiction, having written for a wide variety of sf series, including Star Wars, fantasy and horror stories. He won the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future award in 2002, and has been nominated three times for the Bram Stoker award. He currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer Novels
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop (May 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165391
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Savile has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval,Stargate, Warhammer, Slaine, Fireborn, Pathfinder, Arkham Horror, Rogue Angel, and other popular game and comic worlds. He won the International Media Association of Tie-In Writers award for his novel, SHADOW OF THE JAGUAR, and the inaugural Lifeboat to the Stars award for TAU CETI (co-authored with International Bestselling novelist Kevin J. Anderson). Writing as Matt Langley his young adult novel BLACK FLAG is a finalist for the People's Book Prize 2015. His latest books include SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE MURDER AT SORROWS CROWN, published by Titan, SUNFAIL, an apocalyptic thriller published in the US by Akashic Books and PARALLEL LINES a brand new crime novel coming from TITAN in 2016.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Hart on November 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a big Vampire Counts fan and former addicted player of Warhammer, I am a bit biased when it comes to this type of book. But, hey, this is why we read what we read, is it not?

I found the style very interesting. The author has a way of bringing you into this dark world with confidence. There is a grim brutality to the world and I enjoyed that a great deal. I have always wanted to see in more depth the history of the von Carsteins as they are my favorite of the bloodline powers and this book delivered.

As other reviewers have noted, there is a bit of disjointed flow to the narrative but this is a huge amount of history/time to cover in a novel, even trilogy of novels. It is not a history book, it is a story. Written with this in mind, I think he did a good job of conveying what happened. I would have liked a bit more character developement(too many come and go without knowing them well enough) but I think with the time and space he had availible, he did a solid job.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tom Z on December 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Background: 1) I have no interest in Warhammer, and I certainly have never played the game. 2)There have been so many awful Vampire books written, I always end up comparing everything to Bram Stoker.

I thought Twilight was a decent Vampire book, it was well written and there was substantial character development, although it was more like Bram Stoker "light". This epic by Steven Seville was the complete opposite end of the spectrum. This book had a constant barrage of gore--far beyond that of Stoker. If you like books that are overly embellished and leave little to the imagination then you should stick with Anne Rice, or maybe skip the genre altogether and read James Joyce. There have only been a couple of Vamp books that qualify as literary genius.

I am not so sure why some people say it was very poorly written. I thought the writing was fine compared to most horror writers. I am sure the writing style or level had to appeal to gamers whose target audience comprises of 18-25 year olds. The book was not overly wordy like the Anne Rice novels and the pacing was much quicker than Stoker.

I would recommend this book as one of my favorite gore filled vampire novels. I think some folks are turned off because of the Warhammer affiliation, but this book holds its own.

I tried to find the author's three Stoker Award nominations, it would be great if they were posted here somewhere...I wouldn't mind reading those as well.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Kobeski on August 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am well into the second book of this trilogy and I like it very much. It is dark gothic horror in a world where people are basically thought of as food for the vampires. It is late middle age life in Germany with its petty principalities and struggles for power both in the human world and vampire world. Very dark and moody as there doesn't seem to be much hope to conquer the vampire menace. A sort of allegory for the time of plaques that attacked humanity during history in which religion was useless and there seemed to be no end to the day to day horrors of living. If you like your stories dark this should appeal to you. Wish there was more stuff like this to read. I went into this book blindly and am glad I did.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Schiariti on October 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
...if it didn't kind of fall apart at the end.

Out of the gate I found myself really getting into this book. Chronicling over a span of many years the rise, fall and rise again of three oppressive Vampire Counts of the Warhammer world, the vampires Von Carstein. The first book was really good focusing on Vlad.

The second novel was also good focusing on vampire Konrad as well as a powerful dwarf named Kallad.

The third novel is where things fell apart in my opinion. Not that it was really 'bad', I just felt myself asking when it would be over. The series builds towards Mannfred, the last and mightiest of the Von Carsteins to wage his undead battle against the living. But it's a LOT of undead battles. Characters that were pivotal in the first two books play more bit parts in the last novel and characters that were never introduced in the first two books come out of nowhere and play very pivotal roles.

It honestly felt as if the last book were rushed, as if the author wanted to tell an even bigger story but had to wrap it up in a relatively small (250 or so pages) third and final novel.

The parts that focus on the reoccurring characters were good, but I could only take so much of undead siege battles and the laments of the living as they're cut down and brought back into the unlife as mindless soldiers. There was just too much focus on these been there done that wars and in turn it took away from the best parts of the novel: the characters and their fights against the vampires whether it be for retribution, revenge, or honor.

Could have been really great but a weak third act made it just okay overall.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. SANTANA on April 23, 2009
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The author creates multiple characters with depth and it is this complexity that makes this trilogy difficult to put down. I read "Twilight" and it was the most predictable book I've ever read (you are better off reading Nicholas Sparks). This book is not predictable, he crafts great characters and has the strength to end their lives (in not heroic ways, sometimes). This trilogy is as much character driven as it is plot driven, which is rare oftentimes in this genre.
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