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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An easy to read old world sci-fi novel to die for, 8 Dec 2001
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The book Konrad, which is the first in a trilogy of books centres around a boy called, predictably, Konrad. From the start it is obvious that Konrad is special and an outsider from the moment his different coloured eyes become apparent to when he single handedly slays a beastman, the scourge of his olde world village. The book follows Konrad as he watches his town burned by a mysterious man and his subsequent growing up, charting how he becomes a mecenary and his exploits, while always in the background are the whisps of his childhood - the disaperence of his childhood sweetheart Lissyma and of course the mysterious skull man. The book was, for me, absolutly engrossing from the first chapter. The free flowing way in which it is written made it so unpredictable as to where the story could go that I couldn't put it down. The way that the author seamlessly strings Konrads life together while ageing him and shaping him as an adult was amazing. Sorely disappointed when the book ended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Konrad, 30 Jun 2002
This review is from: Konrad (Konrad Trilogy) (Paperback)
Konrad is the first in a trilogy of novels first published in 1990 when Games Workshop was at the height of its creative powers, and along with the Orfeo trilogy (Zaragoz, Plague Daemon and Storm Warriors) and the Genevieve books (Drachenfels and Genevieve Undead) reflect the doomed World of Warhammer in all its bitter glory.
I first read Konrad as a ten year old and I can think of no other book that fired my imagination as much as David Ferring's Konrad did.For years I wondered if this was merely because the novel caught me at the right age and was the first adult orientated book I read. Having just re-read the novel at the age of twenty three Konrad did not disappoint. The basic cliched plot of 'boy with a mysterious past goes looking for his identity' is forgivable due to the strength of the narrative. Ferring begins with the village in which Konrad lives, his relationship with Elyssa, his childhood friend and slowly builds up a sense of impending doom which is wickedly gripping as you wait in wonder at what is to occur. The chaos assualt on the village by the warped forces of chaos, in which Konrad plays a truly horrifying part was my most vivid memory of anything I read as a child and did not disappoint.
Konrad could be criticised for being simplistic especially when compared to more complicated fantasy novels, but in its defence, the novel is short and dark and very, very English. David Ferring's trilogy is a brilliant introduction to the fiction Games Workshop have been producing over the last fifteen years.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brief review, 13 Dec 2001
This review is from: Konrad (Konrad Trilogy) (Paperback)
Konrad itself is a very good book. It is very gripping and I found it hard to put down. If you read this book, make sure you read the rest of the trilogy, it will be worth it.
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