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Vampire Wars: The Von Carstein Trilogy (Warhammer Chronicles) Kindle Edition
The von Carsteins were the most infamous bloodline of vampires to ever stalk the Warhammer Old World. Their very names – Vlad, Konrad and Mannfred – were whispered in fear by the people of the Empire, conjuring up images of doom, death and destruction. Charting the vampire family's rise to power in the shadowhaunted lands of Sylvania and their centuryspanning wars with the Empire, this omnibus edition collects all three of Steven Savile’s classic von Carstein novels into one goredrenched volume.
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Vlad, Konrad, Mannfred – names that echo through history (and in the latter case, even into the Mortal Realms). But who were they, and how was their threat to the Empire defeated? Read this clasic trilogy and find out.
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- ASIN : B0784MV5LL
- Publisher : Black Library (December 30, 2017)
- Publication date : December 30, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2906 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 817 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #515,227 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The first book, Inheritance, was good. Well written and engaging. Except for Middenheim falling to siege (the first time). I don't recall any mention of the Faushlag Rock at all. And then I get to the second book, Dominion.
We're introduced to the most undwarflike dwarf ever. Who has more knowledge of the human Gods of Morr (saying the dead need money for passage) and Sigmar than his own Gods. Who is apparently only "Grimna." Every sentence about the dwarf was just wrong, and made it hard to read anything about him. It's like the author has absolutely no knowledge of warhammer dwarf lore.
The characters also frequently forget things that they themselves had established only 20 pages before (i.e. a missing body that they knew about, and then went back to the grave and were surprised the body was missing)
And then Middenheim falls to siege a second time. Again, no mention of the Fauschlag Rock. In fact the book only mentions the city has "towering walls" and that archers rained down arrows from said walls. And the defenders "sallied forth onto the plain" when in every other mention of Middenheim I can think of specifically states the Fauschlag Rock rises abruptly from the forest. No mention of the viaducts either. It's as if the city is just some random city. I haven't even finished the 2nd book yet but this is by far the worst omnibus I have read simply because of inconsistent lore and basic lack knowledge about the WHF universe on the author's part.
But, seriously, this collection of stories is just not -- IMO -- up to the standards of Warhammer Fantasy. It's just nowhere near as good as books like the Blackhearts Omnibus, or Mathias Thalmann: Witchhunter, or Brunner the Bounty Hunter, much less true classics like Gotrek & Felix. The characters are merely average, the stories seem like standard European vampire tales transposed to Warhammer, the only heroes worth cheering for are relatively minor characters (one of which isn't even truly worth cheering for), & worst of all, there isn't even the sort of "enjoyable" evil you'd get with Skaven -- no sense of fun or joy, just dull, drab, dreary vampires.
Blecch. I was hoping for something like Mathias Thalmann: Witch Hunter.
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Without giving much away, vampires want dominion over the old world [Setting for these books] and the way to achieve this is in good old vampire fashion, sucking blood, raising the dead, shape changing, torture and teariring their victims apart to gorge on their flesh. not habits for polite society, so they have to be thwarted.
Enter the heroes, some briefly, vampires are quite efficient. diverse and interesting all fighting for the same thing but not always combined.
If had read these books seperately i would have said the first one was a bit slow to get going but as an omnibus it creates a sound base for the others, witch clip along quite well.
So if you like vampires, fantasy, gore, heroes and some decent plots you won't be dissapointed.
Its a grim dark tale even more so than your usual warhammer books
Its hard not to recommend this when it is well written and a huge 3 book story.
I loved it