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Giantslayer (Warhammer: Gotrek & Felix) Mass Market Paperback – May 20, 2003
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About the Author
William King was born in Stranraer, Scotland on December 7th 1959. He has had a wide variety of jobs from labourer to civil servant, but eventually his love of both writing and gaming found the ideal outlet. He went to work for Games Workshop back in 1989 and has been involved in the worlds of Warhammer ever since. Somewhere in the past fourteen years he has also found the time to produce an award-winning game, script a few comics and start his own company, but is currently concentrating solely on his writing. This includes the immensely popular Gotrek & Felix adventures and the Space Wolf saga. William has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, but he currently lives in Prague, his website is www.trollslayer.net
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An enjoyable entry in this long running series. Later installments of Gotrek and Felix are written by 'Nathan Long', who wrote the highly entertaining 'Blackhearts' Warhammer trilogy for 'Black Library'.
There is more foreshadowing of Gotreks' eventual fate, but he still manages to survive the novel. So, lets bring this series to an end before we rename it 'Wheel of Time 2'
the elven archmage Teclis provides a rare glimpse into the culture of an interesting Old World race that this series had largely ignored.
The book introduces an interesting new character, ages-old High Elf mage Teclis. In the midst of the ongoing Chaos onslaught on the Old World, Teclis becomes aware of a plot to harness powers which could hold dire consequences for the entire Warhammer world. Can he stop it in time?
Naturally along the way he runs into our intrepid twosome, and they proceed to have an unforgettable adventure which takes them from the very edges of reality (eat your heart out, Dr.Strange!) to the midst of an epic battle between massed rival forces of evil.
As much of the book's action takes place on the isle of Albion, the counterpart in the Warhammer world to William King's native Scotland, King must have especially enjoyed writing this part. He also makes very effective use of playing off the tensions between Elves and Dwarves in the often strained relationship between Gotrek and Teclis.
I was happy to see my favourite Felix & Gotrek villains of all, evil twin albino mages Kelmain & Lhoigor back again. But I was a bit disappointed that we did not spend much time with them this time out compared to their previous appearance in "Beastslayer". I think they are truly worthy and most importantly INTERESTING adversaries and I hope William King will bring them back again sometime in the future (--hey, any writer truly worth his salt can always figure out a cool way to bring back a beloved villain everyone thought defeated for good ;) ). I LOVED their backstory in "Beastslayer" and want to hear MORE! (--Or how about giving them their own book?!)
Overall, I think I would rate this installment as my #2 favourite in the series after "Daemonslayer". While I did love the siege of Praag seen in "Beastslayer", I think this book was even more enjoyable because our heroes were on the move again, taking them through some very interesting and mysterious places. And the build-up of tension in the book kept me eagerly turning the pages as they continued on their quest. It's a wild ride that takes us to some fantastic places we've never seen before, and my only minor criticism is that the ending could have been a bit stronger.
For those new to the series, I'd probably recommend "Daemonslayer" first. But for those who have already read that great work and are hungry for more of the same calibre, this book is just what the manling ordered!
But now that I've read this, the most recent installment, I find myself with no more fresh Felix & Gotrek left. :( It's been a year and a half already. Where is the next book??? Come on William King, don't keep the fans waiting! We need MORE. I can't get enough of these guys!
Oh well, guess I'll go sharpen my battle-axe or something... You never know when the forces of Chaos will strike again next!
Felix and Gotrek (with much grumbling from the latter) must aid the elf wizard on a quest to destroy a mutual enemy that would threaten the world. They must travel through the Paths of the Old Ones, battle many malignant evils, and even deal with a bubble reality. Yet their ultimate goal is much worse. Gotrek just may find his noble doom.
***** With the title of Giantslayer I think there should have been more giants. This happened once before, that I recall, in this series. The creatures, in the title, being slain are seldom mentioned (if ever) during most of the story and only toward the tales' endings are they seen or mentioned. (Bummer.) Still, this story has a solid foundation. I, as the reader, learned a bit more about the ancient grudge between the dwarfish people and the elves. I am very impressed with Teclis. I love it whenever I notice Warhammer books cross over into other series. (Be sure to watch out for that. There is a mention about von Carstein herein.) One thing is certain, author William King KNOWS Slayers! Superior! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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