A brash young Imperial noble, a vampire girl and a fellowship of rogues and heroes undertake a quest to destroy the evil sorcerer Drachenfels. Twenty five years later that noble hires the genius playwrite Detlef Sierck to write and stage a reconstruction of the adventure in Castle Drachenfels itself.
I wasn't expecting much when I started reading this book, Warhammer novels tend to be all blood and guts and little depth. I was very pleasantly surprised, however, to find myself reading a novel of subtlety and humour (as well as blood and guts!). The characters are all well realised, being perfectly believable in their vanities and fears, and the description of Drachenfels Castle was so evocative and delightfully gothic that for a moment I thought I was reading Bram Stoker's masterpiece. Another excellent element to this book is that you always think you know where the story is going next, but then Yeovil twists things right back on you and takes you by surprise. Finally, I'd like to say that, despite my premonitions of a cheap B-movie sorcerer, Drachenfels turned out to be a genuinely chilling villain of fearsome power.
Nothing stands out as being particularly wrong with this book. The gore and entrails is a bit overdone in places, but as I say, that's standard for a Warhammer book. Also, I managed to predict the final twist about a chapter in advance (see if you can too).
An unmissable read for fans of Warhammer or simply lovers of gothic fantasy.