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The Konrad Saga (Warhammer Novels) Paperback – 4 Apr 2005


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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (4 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841542768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841542768
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 13.1 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Among the best fantasy of its type - Oxford Times

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David Ferring is the pseudonym of David Garnett, a popular and much published English science fiction author. His career spans three decades and includes Mirror in the Sky, The Starseekers, Time in Eclipse, The Forgotten Dimension and Phantom Universe.

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By Jolyon M. Bain on 22 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
Of Warhammer novels, few could be held up as a great example of literature. Fun, but not gonna change the world. Of the Warhammer collection, the Konrad saga stands out, as truly awful.

What makes matters worse, it starts so full of promise. The character has an interesting back story, as does one of the others of the village. The situations can be easily imagined, and nodded along with by someone familiar with the WFRP game. A shame it then goes downhill.

The characters interesting back story hardly gets a nod in the following two books. It can't be said to be fully explored at all. Instead it starts heading into ropey situations. As if the author had a mental breakdown or stroke or something, forgot the story they were going to spend a trilogy exploring, forgot whatever skill they exhibited in book one, and also kinda missed out on evoking any Warhammeryness too.

Awful. The worst of the Warhammer novels. And some of the others ain't great, so that's saying something. Avoid it like the plague.
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By August on 26 Jun 2013
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I had a few black library books from years ago and Konrad book one was among them, I had completely forgotten about them until I was tidying out my room.
I actually thought I read it but as I started reading the first book I realised I hadn't.
The Book starts out in Konrad's early life and is slightly slow and at times a tiny bit of a bore but not so much that you want to put the book down and never open its pages again. I gets warmer and warmer so much so that I bought the saga book (because it was cheaper then buying the other two books) And I spent about a week every night reading the whole thing and it has to be said Its a good decent read, its hard to put down the book in some places and as you will see in other feedback I disagree that this isn't a really good book, and Im looking forward to reading it again. The ending is rushed and all through the book its a case of "she is or isn't she" but the ending is built up to be amazing then its like a bit of a rushed ending of the writers part, which in turn makes you wonder if there's going to be another book. but I don't think there will be. so I'd give the book on that basis 8 out of 10. The ending lets it down!
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Ok so its not like your generic run off the mill fantasy book, that for me is what kept me reading, I didnt know where it would end up next. well written you get a feel for the characters. definitely worth a read.
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Back when this series was released in single books, and following on from such great series as Gotrek and Felix, Gaunt's Ghosts and The Vampire Genevieve books I purchased this series of books hoping for more of the same great stuff. What I got was a strange tale of an orphaned boy who becomes a hero through the intervention of various important mentor figures at various points in his youth to young adulthood. As the previous reviews explain, the story starts very well, and entices the reader to continue, but never really pursues this line. Having read American Psycho I personally don't mind a book which doesn't worry too much about standard procedures of sticking to a linear and clear plot with a few twists, followed by a satisfying ending. But this wasn't trying to be something so quirky, and just seemed to go wherever the hell it wanted to, but without any real purpose or drive. Possibly comparable to the Inquisition War Trilogy by Ian Watson in that it is different in nature to other Black Library books set within the Warhammer or Warhammer 40,000 universes respectively. But where that series was a masterpiece of Picasso-like mind-bending insanity, this is like a paint can on its side; it isn't clever art, it just needs to be sorted out before someone trips over it and realises that it isn't that great after all. Worth a read for dedicated Black Library fans, but otherwise don't worry too much about pursuing this one.
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