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Vampire Wars: The Von Carstein Trilogy (Warhammer: Von Carstein) [Paperback]

Steven Savile
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7 April 2008 Warhammer: Von Carstein
The Von Carsteins are the most infamous vampires to stalk the Warhammer Old World. Their very names - Vlad, Konrad and Mannfred - conjure up images of doom, death and destruction. This omnibus edition collects all three of Steven Savile's Von Carstein novels - "Inheritance", "Retribution" and "Dominion" - into one gore-drenched volume that plumbs the very depths of evil.

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (7 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165391
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steven Savile has written for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval,Stargate, Warhammer, Slaine, Fireborn, Pathfinder and other popular game and comic worlds. His novels have been published in a dozen languages to date, including the Italian bestseller L'eridita. He won the International Media Association of Tie-In Writers award for his Primeval novel, SHADOW OF THE JAGUAR, published by Titan, in 2010, and the inaugural Lifeboat to the Stars Award for the novel Tau Ceti co-written with Kevin J Anderson. SILVER, his debut thriller reached #2 in the Amazon UK e-charts in the summer of 2011 selling over forty thousand copies in the process. He wrote the story for the huge international best selling computer game BATTLEFIELD 3 which sold over five million copies in its week of release, and he served as head writer on the popular online children's game SPINEWORLD which had over one million players when live. His latest books include The novelisation of the computer game RISEN 2: DARK WATERS, THE LAZARUS INITIATIVE co-written with Dave Sakmyster and NORTHERN SOUL co-written with Steve Lockley.

His popular OGMIOS TEAM series includes Silver, and the origins novels Solomon's Seal, WarGod and Lucifer's Machine.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Wars of the Vampire Counts 2 July 2008
This book is a collection of the three books of the von Carstein Trilogy by Steven Savile which detail the rise of the Vampire Counts of Sylvania, their internal politics and their attempts to impose their will on the land of the Empire. The first book in the series is Inheritance and it is the tale of Vlad von Carstein from his marriage to Isabella von Drak to his death on the walls of Altdorf. The second book, Dominion, tells of the reign and defeat of Konrad von Carstein, the mad Blood Count of Sylvania. Retribution is the final book of the trilogy and it sees details the cunning of Mannfred von Carstein, last and greatest of the Vampire Counts.

The general events detailed throughout this book will be well known to anyone who is familiar to with the history of the Undead within the Warhammer World, as it has been presented in books such as Liber Necris and the various Warhammer Armies books. The story as written in these books does make a few minor and a couple of major changes to this established continuity but these can be forgiven for narrative and aesthetic reasons.

Steven Savile gets the dark tone of the story spot on and despite the length of the three books together, it remains a page-turner all the way through. The characterisation within the book is generally quite good with the author bringing Vlad, Isabella and Manfred to life almost exactly as I have always pictured them. The one place the characterization does fall down however is with Konrad who is something of a letdown and generally not how I would have imagined him, and in truth this does for me somewhat let the middle story down slightly.

Overall the Vampire Wars trilogy is an entertaining book that gives an interesting version of the Wars of the Vampire Counts even if it is not particularly true to the source material. This book is a definite must read for any Vampire Counts collectors out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic for All 1 Aug 2009
I do play Warhammer and the Vampire Counts is my army of choice. I originally got this book as I wanted to know more about the history of the characters involved and how it all interplays. This book is fantastic for that. It really fleshes out the main characters of Vlad, Konrad and Mannfred and makes them appear more life like and gives them a history.
This book would be great for gamers and non-gamers alike. You don't have to play to get to grips with the characters so it is a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another warhammer triumph 20 July 2008
By DanT
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
vampires of the old world are really very unpleasent creatures, which is great. If they weren't the vampire wars might instead have been the vampire dinner parties, now that would be a terrible book to read.This on the oher hand is a very good book to read.
Without giving much away, vampires want dominion over the old world [Setting for these books] and the way to achieve this is in good old vampire fashion, sucking blood, raising the dead, shape changing, torture and teariring their victims apart to gorge on their flesh. not habits for polite society, so they have to be thwarted.
Enter the heroes, some briefly, vampires are quite efficient. diverse and interesting all fighting for the same thing but not always combined.
If had read these books seperately i would have said the first one was a bit slow to get going but as an omnibus it creates a sound base for the others, witch clip along quite well.
So if you like vampires, fantasy, gore, heroes and some decent plots you won't be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth 22 July 2009
I was bought this book for my birthday from someone who knew i liked vampires, i had never had an interest in warhammer but loved this book. The battles are very intense and the author really brings to the readers minds the panic and fury of the last stands of humanity.

The characters are also very diverse and well created, it is easy to feel close to them which is a clear sign of good writing. It is certainly not boring.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class gothic horror/fantasy!! 11 Jun 2008
I want to start by saying that I have read some reviews of this Omnibus, which are quite absurd, stating how a poor work of fiction this is. What I would like to point people towards are the reviews for the individual novels (Inheritance, Dominion, Retribution) where you will see a TOTALLY different set of opinions, which are much more in line with my own - and really do reflect these books better! So please look those up too!

As you will know from the synopsis, this Omnibus collects the three books I mentioned above, which detail the rise (and fall) of three different Vampire Counts in the Warhammer Fantasy setting. Weaved in amongst their tales are a set of characters that play major parts in all three books, and which I would say are just as important (if not more) than the main characters themselves.

Steven Savile not only managed to capture the tone of the Warhammer vampires, but at the same time crafted a set of novels which can be easily given to someone with no knowledge of the setting and can enjoyed immensely. I know as I have recommended them to several people, who have come back and reported how engrossed they were!

This is down to Steven's ability to write strong characters, that you either care about or hate with a passion! His characters usually are not good or evil, but more shades of grey (similar to those you would find in almost any David Gemmell novel) and this can create conflicting emotions inside you as you read!

If you have any interest in fantasy, or gothic horror, then you really cannot go far wrong with this Omnibus (not to mention how much of a bargain this book really is).

Steven Savile is an author to watch out for sure!
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