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Bloodsworn (Ulrika the Vampire) [Paperback]

Nathan Long
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7 Jun 2012 Ulrika the Vampire
Returning to Nuln after her adventures in Praag, Ulrika finds the Lahmian vampires preparing for war. Across the Old World, their rivals, the sinister von Carsteins, attack their strongholds and lead the witch hunters to their hidden lairs. Spurned by her sisters, Ulrika forms an uneasy alliance with the von Carsteins in a plot to destabilise the Empire by striking at its very heart - they plan nothing less than the assassination of Emperor Karl Franz. With enemies on all sides and the Empire in flames, Ulrika must decide whether her future will see her living among the humans, or as their enemy.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849701717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849701716
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nathan Long was a struggling screenwriter for fifteen years, during which time he had three movies made and a handful of live-action and animated TV episodes produced. Now he is a novelist, and is enjoying it much more. For Black Library he has written three Warhammer novels featuring the Blackhearts, and he took over the Gotrek and Felix series, starting with the eighth instalment, Orcslayer. He is currently writing the Ulrika the Vampire series

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5.0 out of 5 stars Main Character Has Improved 11 Feb 2013
By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER
In the Ulrika trilogy, each book has been an improvement from the one before. The third installment in the Ulrika series is by far the best, with Ulrika well-established as a Warhammer protagonist.

Originally from the Gotrek & Felix series, Ulrika was Felix's former love interest. The Kislevite noble traveled with Gotrek, Felix, and Max Schreiber, and was then kidnapped by Krieger in Sylvania, who turned her. Bloodborn, the first in the series, took place between her appearances in Vampireslayer, and Manslayer (both Gotrek & Felix novels).

In Bloodforged, the second Ulrika book, the young vampire has had her fill of the Lhamian vampires in Nuln, and tries to strike out on her own. Unfortunately, when she arrives in Praag, she has conflicts with the Praag vampires who demand that she pledge her loyalty to Boyarina Evgena or be killed.

In the first book, Ulrika was somewhat pitiful, gaining only slightly more self-control in the second book. She doesn't really make much personal progress from one book to the next, until Bloodsworn - when she finally takes a stand against both humans and vampires, determined to remain free from any "chains" in her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the series 6 Mar 2014
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Ulrika returns to Nuln through an Empire in the grips of suspicion and fear as Lahmian vampires are being exposed by agents of the von Carsteins. Upon her return however she doesn't get the welcome that she had hoped, forcing her to hide from her former sisters as well as the witch hunters and fanatical mobs roaming the streets of Nuln. Backed into a corner Ulrika is forced to choose her allies carefully as she is drawn into a war that could see the Empire fall.

'Bloodsworn' is the third and, so far, last book in the 'Ulrika the Vampire' series and it is easily the best of the three. The books blot is good and really puts Ulrika through the wringer as she suffers betrayal and attacks at every turn. My favourite part of the book has to be the period when Ulrika gives into the von Carstein side of her bloodline and shows us what she is truly capable of should she put her mind to it. The book also has some nice fight scenes and sees the conclusion of some of the plot threads from the first book in the series.

The book introduces some interesting characters for both the Lahmian and von Carstein sides such as the manipulative Count Grigor von Messinghof and the human mercenary Captain Stahleker. Ulrika's character continues to evolve quite well in this book as well as the plot forces her to commit acts that she wouldn't have dreamed of in previous books but feel like a relatively natural progression here. The book also has a nice cameo by both the Emperor Karl Franz and his Champion Ludwig Schwarzhelm.

While the book is generally quite well written, there are a few points in the narrative that could have been a little clearer but they were relatively few and far between.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ulrika the Vampire #3 21 Oct 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ulrika Magdova Straghov had been turned into a vampire against her will by Adolphus Krieger. Instead of dying beneath the blade of Slayer Gotrek's axe that night, she had become a daughter in darkness to Countess Gabriella, a Lahmian vampire, for training. Ulrika had left the countess for awhile, but now returns to Nuln. Yet as Ulrika enters Nuln she finds the Lahmian vampires preparing for war. Across the Old World, their rivals, the sinister von Carsteins, attack their strongholds, lead the witch hunters to their hidden lairs, and are amassing an army to strike. Only a few hours back in Nuln, Ulrika finds herself leaving her mistress - again - and being hunted by her sisters - again. But this time Ulrika is determined to prove herself by bringing back the head of their enemy. However, Ulrika sees red when the humans strike down the only vampire sister she cares for. Angry at the entire sisterhood for treating her as a prisoner and wanting vengeance upon the whole human race, Ulrika forms an uneasy alliance with the von Carsteins.

Count Grigor von Messinghof of Sylvania is who masterminded the vampire revolt, but that was only the beginning. Von Messinghof plots the assassination of Emperor Karl Franz and to use the Lahmians as scapegoats. Once the Empire has been destabilized, the most ancient and evil of mankind's enemies will return from the grave to drown them all in an ocean of blood. Mannfred von Carstein lives! And Ulrika's vengeance would be glorious!

***** FIVE STARS! The brilliantly warped mind of Nathan Long is impossible to predict. As a vampire, Ulrika has been just as honorable as when her heart still beat.
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