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Skavenslayer (Gotrek & Felix) [Paperback]

William King
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3 April 2003 Gotrek & Felix
Deep in the tunnels beneath the great Imperial city of Nuln, a dark evil has emerged that threatens to bring the city to its knees. The foul Skaven ratmen will stop at nothing to bring chaos to the world above and fulfil the prophecies of their dark god. Having enlisted as sewerjacks in the vain hope of keeping a low profile, Gotrek & Felix find themselves in the thick of the action as they battle to foil the skaven's dark schemes.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844160033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844160037
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,138,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and gripping fantasy novel 4 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a breath of fresh air in the adult sf/fantasy genre. It may lack finesse, but, crucially, it doesn't lack action and (dare I say it) combat! Gotrek and Felix are contrasting characters that seem to share a common destiny. The inevitable doom of Gotrek is as good a hook for reader attention as any I've seen in the fantasy genre...I struggled to put the book down, and by the time I got to Dragonslayer, I couldn't stop - read the whole thing in one sitting. No soft heroics and boring pages of mundane activity here, the heroes are hard bitten and uncompromising, going from battle to battle in the chaos infested Old World. I have no hesitation in recommending this series to anyone that has an interest in heroic fantasy without the pretentious rubbish and absence of action that mars so many novels these days. I've read the books over and over again - the content is right up there with Terry Brooks' excellent work. Buy and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Political Intrigue steals the day 30 May 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gotrek Gurnisson and Felix Jaeger return in Skaven Slayer, a second helping of William King's Trollslayer saga.

In this book - also it would seem entitled `My Travels With Gotrek Vol III' - Felix Jaeger finds himself penning more of the illustrious adventures of the dwarf Gotrek, and his search for a heroic death, this time fighting off the 'politically-in-fighting' clans of Skaven trying to invade the city of Nuln.

Unlike the first book in this series - which to me seemed more like a collection of short stories that had been cobbled together from possibly early White Dwarf issues or something - the whole book takes place in one city, even though the book is divided into short stories again. And this setting of one location enabled King to put a bit more flesh on the bones of the characters that I felt was missing from the first book. It also gave a bit more depth to the history of the Jaeger family, with the introduction of Otto - Felix's brother. And unlike the first book, being a friend or colleague of the duo, doesn't necessarily mean the King is going to kill you off - even if it does seem like it at the beginning.

In my own opinion though the main characters of the saga were left well behind in the shadow of the Skaven characters that King created, with all their in-fighting and desire to be held in respect by the grand Skaven council of thirteen. It was extremely comical - though bloody - sometimes, and I felt myself wanting to read further just to know what political twist in the rat-men's world was going to be brewed up next. You don't have to be a great fan of Warhammer to understand this book, and I think King puts enough explanation in to make even the most novice of D & D fans get some idea of the Skaven hierarchy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best in the series 3 Feb 2014
By G
Format:Paperback
This book can be described as:
- urban swords and sorcery
- interlinked but distinct short stories leading up to a climatic end story
- extremely funny

Personally I love all three of these, hence the high review.
It's not exactly intellectual, but honestly who cares. It's easy to read, the characters are likeable (especially the main enemy), and basically you should get it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Formula fantasy 13 Aug 2010
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Skavenslayer is definitely an improvement on the fragmented Trollslayer. The structure is similar, with each chapter controlling the plot in a very linear fashion where each chapter sets up a villain to be dispatched, it's scenario by numbers akin to a roleplaying game. The characters are still rather two-dimensional and the action is to the point and little more. Skavenslayer does has have a stronger plot that draws the chapters together, rather than a disparate collection of stories which made up Trollslayer. This ensure the pages keep turning and ultimately Skavenslayer is an easy going fantasy romp - it's not clever or complicated and should appeal to a wider audience than the more lengthy fiction in this genre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I Had Read This Sooner 5 Mar 2010
By Ursula K. Raphael TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Truthfully, Shamanslayer, was the first Gotrek & Felix novel that I had read (before that, it was all Warhammer 40K books for me). I immediately ordered all the previous adventures from the series, and caught up. Skavenslayer is one of my favorites because I find the skaven clans more interesting than any other non-humans in the Warhammer fantasies.

In this second part of the doom-seeking saga of Gotrek Gurnisson, as chronicled by Felix Jeager, the two main characters are in the city of Nuln. They take the jobs of sewerjacks to support themselves, and stumble upon a secret meeting between a human high offical and a skaven named Skrequal, in the process of scouring the underground tunnels for mutants. While Gotrek and Felix investigate the human conspirator, Grey Seer Thanquol assumes command of Clan Skab, and continues with plans to overthrow Nuln, at any cost.

Soon, it becomes obvious that the various skaven clans have different plans they hide from one another, trying to gain the upperhand, much to the growing frustration of Thanquol. Not only does he have to deal with Gotrek & Felix, but he has to protect himself from the traitorous plotting of the other skaven clan leaders. Despite these obstacles, the Grey Seer is bound and determined to impress the Council of Thirteen in Skavenblight.

During this adventure, Felix is also struggling to adjust to his new life with Gotrek, and entertains thoughts of breaking his oath. "the promise had been made when he was drunk; surely it didn't count?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Squeaking deth!
I enjoyed this book, which I bought mainly because I like Skaven and despite assassinations and plague infested horrors the rat-men are generally played out here with the comedy... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2009 by P. Stearman
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall 4 stars.
Skavenslayer is actually six adventures during the travels of Gotrek & Felix. Slayer Gotrek Gurnisson is a dwarf on a death quest. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2008 by Detra Fitch
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read from the Warhammer stables...
This was my first dabble into the Gotrek and Felix series. Overall, a great read.

The Skaven were covered in some considerable detail - and some of the elements of the... Read more
Published on 19 Oct 2007 by Ron Labbatt
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD STORY IN THE WARHAMMER WORLD
Skavenslayer is the second book in the Gotrek and Felix saga.
It tells the story of th (un)succcesful dwarf slayer and his human companion in the city of Nuln, where there are... Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2001 by Ryan J. Leask
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic novel for Fantasy Lovers!
This book was the first warhammer novel I have read and I was very impressed. Skavenslayer is a fast moving and gripping novel from start to finish and I would highly recomend it... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2000
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, but that doesn't make it a bad book
The second offering in the Slayer series was a good book, it was fun to read, but again it was a little simplistic - especially in structure. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars A great blood spilling laugh of an adventure
Two of the most famous adventurers return to the pages during a time of siege where Skaven are running a muck in Nuln. A most read for fans of warhammer.
Published on 16 Mar 2000 by bt804@gre.ac.uk
4.0 out of 5 stars Hordes of rats, a city under seige, a bard and a psycopath
And thats just the start. Nuln is under seige, from within! Luckely the two heroes Gotrek and Felix have recovered from their last adventure and are in town. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 1999
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