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Hammers of Ulric [Paperback]

Dan Abnett , Nik Vincent , James Wallis
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31 Dec 1999
Fantasy novel set in Games Workshop's Warhammer universe.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library; paperback / softback edition (31 Dec 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841540331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841540337
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,397,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fast flowing carnage 10 Jan 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the tale of a group of knights set in Games workshop's Warhammer world who are sworn to protect the world against the evils of the Chaos gods and their minions. The story is based on a number of short stories and has been written so that they all interlink. it seems uncertain how they are all to mesh together as they vary in their nature until the climax of the book upon where all is explained. Abnett & co. have really pulled out the stops to give some much needed background to the heroes of the book, for the the benefit of Warhammer players, and an enjoyable read for all concerned. the book is easy to read if not a little confusing, though it pays off well in the end. If you are a fan of fantasy, and particularly if you are a gamer, this book is most definately a must. the story has less humour than William King's Slayer series, though it more than makes up for it with suspense as you follow the demoralised White Wolves though their adventures. This is definatley a must!
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As the book is primarily about characters in a world which is 25 years in the making, the subject matter for this book was bound to be intricate. It gives a good blow by blow account of several different characters from the mountain-top city of Middenheim. This book was originally a series of short stories which Abnett managed to merge together with a great deal of skill. This is not a work of genius by any means, however, it certainly works and any fan of fantasy books would do well to read this!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Pulp 10 Sep 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bit of a mish-mash this one. A variety of stories surrounding characters in the Warhammer world that seem to have little to do with each other. This is explained by the previous reviewer who mentions they were all developed out of separate short stories. Well the seams show, I'm afraid, the various stories seem to jar, and the styles are dissimilar, although not too much. Overall the book is an enjoyable slice of pulp, although there is less action and violence than you might expect (especially as one of the main characters is a milkmaid who everyone seems willing to help without any reward). I think that if you're looking to learn more about stuff you've played through on the Warhammer tabletop you could be disappointed. Still the narrative flows well and is enjoyable throughout.
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By Stuart
This book was dreadful. Simply dreadful.

Which is a shame as one of my favourite areas in Warhammer is the City of the White Wolf, the closest thing to Minas Tirith in the Empire. It was originally the focus of a Warhammer supplement by veteran designer Carl Sargent as well as the setting of an excellent adventure, Power Behind the Throne - the last canon entry in the Enemy Within campaign. Much like Marienburg a lot of the city's stories should write themselves.

Enter the authors, Dan Abnett, his wife and James Wallis, author of the excellent Marks of Chaos series and the reason that I read this 'book'. One of my friends exclaimed surprise that I hated it as she is a fan of Dan Abnett's 2000 AD material.

I got this book in an anthology of "Dan Abnett Warhammer Fantasy Novels". Abnett is one of the more prolific Warhammer 40,000 book authors - which I assume his 2000 AD experience translates better into. I was however a bit put out - these novels are all co-written with author people who do not appear on the cover. Seems a bit shocking to me.

The book consists of short-stories that were originally in Games Workshop's fiction magazine. Later on the stories are shoe-horned into an overall arc-story that is supposed to tie all the threads together.

The first story relates to the titular Knights of the White Wolves. In the foreward they are described by Abnett as "proto-space marines" and it really shows in their lack of personalities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasant surprise 21 Nov 2000
By "inksibnut" - Published on
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This book turned out to be a most pleasant surprise. As a collector of Warhammer products in the past, I was intrigued to find that a book had appeared about the White Wolves. That alone made me buy it. But what I did not expect was the high quality of the story-telling. Although the plot is not original, and the resolution rather unimpressive, the biggest asset of the story is - well, the story-telling itself. The three authors succeed in creating a very authentic Warhammer atmosphere, gritty, grim, and believable. Characters from many different backgrounds take part in the story - priest of a death god, rogues, servant girl, nobles, determined knights, arrogant knights, wizard, old crone, etc. - very many of whom contribute significantly to the weaving, but not complicated, plot. And the wonder is that they are all weaved together into a fascinating story that keeps the reader in suspense - we are not even given a clear picture of the Big Foozle until about 60 pages from the end. But the destruction of the Foozle is not important in this book - it is the telling and the growth of all the characters in the book that give it its magic. Everything is there - the grim funeral rites, the training lesson, the chance meetings, the amusing love relationship, the treasure-hunting, the possession, the search for things lost... Resolutions come both in expected ways and unexpected ways - there are little lessons of sacrifice, honour, friendship, personal growth and even about death. The only flaw with the book, perhaps, is that its plot could have easily been stretched over a trilogy - which would give much more breathing space for the telling of the story. Nevermind - still highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun fantasy novel, probably could have used more pages 2 Aug 2006
By Woofdog - Published on
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This book looks like a case of the book having material cut to keep within BL target page length. Most notably, the stand-alone story of the priest of morr abruptly ends after the affair of the countess and the assassin despite many implied events later when he re-enters the story.

this fantasy story, at times in spite of itself, was enjoyabe to read. the plot was nothing complex and the end result somewhat cliche, but the multi-thread storyline made up for many flaws. I was surprised to learn that a sword could slice (not stab) through plate mail like a 'hot iron through ice.' additionally, it is annoying to read about men running around in full plate all the time, that stuff is HEAVY. knights would never put all that on except to be mounted before combat. this is a common issue in warhammer in general, not just here, and reminds me of the movie excalibur with knights going to dinner in full plate.

maybe warhammer plate mail is lighter?

in any event, this is still a fun book. if you like the genre, good way to spend a few hours.
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary storytelling... 24 May 2005
By Chip Hunter - Published on
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... isn't something you normally expect from joint-effort novels, but this book turned out to be a nice surprise. Being my first Warhammer novel, I dont really know how it compares to the others, but I was really impressed. The world of Warhammer is just what I've been looking for. Mature fantasy in a dark and magical world. Good vs. Evil and intriguing characters that dont really fit into either of those categories. If other Warhammer novels are as good as this one, I'll be reading many more.

Hammers of Ulric is an exciting and fun book to read. The story line is intense and suspensful, the characters are awesome. The whole story is full of mayhem and destruction, even some of my favorite characters meet brutal ends (which makes the story more realistic and interesting). The White Wolves of Ulric are nearly unstoppable and really fun to read about. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for some hack-and-slash/dark fantasy adventure.
3.0 out of 5 stars Doubts 9 April 2009
By Richard Warren - Published on
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I really wanted to like this book, but there are many other better Warhammer novels. This is the second 'Dan Abnett' Warhammer novel that I've read, and like the first I didn't really feel like it was up to much. This is co-written with Nik Vincent and James Wallis, resulting in a book that doesn't hold together at all well. It only really levelled out towards the end, up to that point it couldn't hold my interest. The characters could not hold my attention, and this really is a bit of a mess.
Perhaps 'Dan Abnett' is better at writing Warhammer 40000 novels, so far I have my doubts about his 'Warhammer Fantasy' offerings. I'm only giving it 3 stars because the 'White Wolves' have not really been explored in any of the other novels I've encountered, otherwise it would be 2 stars only. If you are a hardcore Warhammer nut buy anyway, if you aren't look elsewhere.
5.0 out of 5 stars Rousing Good Tale, Recommended 18 Dec 2007
By M. Lasater - Published on
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This novel is written as a series of interlocking short stories. It has a fairly large cast of characters, but the relatively narrow focus of each story helps keep them all straight.

The characterization is limited for most of the characters. This novel does not have the annoying flaw so common in Warhammer fiction of the central characters surviving regardless of how improbable the odds. These characters pay heavily for their victories. It gives it a dark and gritty feel, very Warhammer, but lacking in many of the novels.

A nice insight into the Knights of the White Wolf and the city of Middenheim.

The events of the book are not (to the best of my knowledge) part of the canon Warhammer world (making it harder to intergrate in the Roleplay Game).

This book is worth reading for any fan of the Warhammer World.
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