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Death's City (Death on the Reik) Mass Market Paperback – 15 Sep 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (15 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844162400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844162406
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3 x 16.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 894,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandy Mitchell is the pseudonym of Alex Stewart, who has been working as a freelance writer for the last few decades. Popular with Black Library readers as the author of the Ciaphas Cain novels, he has also written for television, working on the BBC TV hi-tech espionage series Bugs.

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Picking up from Death's Messenger left off, it continues the story of Rudi and Hanna fleeing from the witch hunter. It lacks something from the first book. I didn't really feel there was a great progression in the characters. Not bad but not brilliant. Below par if you compare to Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain 40k novels - far better
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Having finished the first book in the series Death's Messenger, I was eager to jump into this novel. The sequel takes off from where DM ended and continued the interesting journey of the two young protagonists. Set in the port city of Marienburg this book gave Warhammer fans a glimpse into the Marienburg way of life which few other Black Library titles really do. Again the protagonist is likeable and the book is easy to follow. The plot twists and the story evolves as we discover a little bit more of the mystery of Rudi Walder. Worth a read if you read the first book or if you like dark fantasy.
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Whoever chose the cover should be sacked. I hate to start like this but it really annoyed me that much. For the unaware the cover shows a chaos warrior of Khorne. However there are no chaos warriors in this book whatsoever.

As other reviews have mentioned this is the 2nd instalment in the Death on the Reik series, continuing the story of Rudi and Hanna now joined by Fritz. The trio escape from the camp of the witch-hunter who had captured them at the end of book one, but not before he places a mark on Hanna's forehead to block her magical powers. The trio then continue their journey to Marienburg arriving there a few chapters later with most of the book set inside the city itself.

Frankly I found the story painfully slow and drawn out, with a lot of time devoted to the three country kids gawping at all the large buildings or all the wide canals with long bridges. In parts it felt more like a roleplay sourcebook than an actual novel. Given that Rudi came to Marienburg to find answers he does not exactly hurry to try and find them. In fact quite the opposite, when important characters try to offer him information he simply shouts things like "I'm not listening to you". At other times he comes across the activity of what are obvious chaos followers and even hears them plotting but is still too stupid to register them for what they are. Obviously these are the author's ways of teasing things out, but in the process he makes his main character come across as a complete idiot. When the penny finally drops at the end it's something we as readers worked out two books earlier. In fact beyond the opening chapter where they confront the witch-hunter the novel offers very little in the way of plot-advancement at all, there's one scene where Rudi finds an important plot-clue written on a piece of paper but that's about it.
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Was really looking forward to this edition after the last read, have found all of the books Death's Messenger, Death's City and Death's Legacy very enjoyable.
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HASH(0x98d070c8) out of 5 stars Good Beginning, Utter Crap Middle and The End Is Well Done 18 Feb. 2014
By Allenpoe - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I will start by saying I am epically confused by the cover of this book, as its clearly a Heavily Armored Khorne Warrior, yet nothing of Khorne is seen in the first novel or the entirety of the second, heck the word Khorne isnt anywhere I could see in the first novel or second either, so why is this one guy the entire front cover, whoever did this, really needs to be put into a lower position in the company, as they are not ready for higher levels of thinking like deciding a book cover.

This is nowhere at all near what the first book is, and that first book was very well done, this is not at all, the way they make their escape from Gerhard while being in his tent made me laugh openly as its lameness and then they meet a fellow named Artemus just a little way down the road, who joins their party as if it was preplanned, some guy just shows up out of the blue so hey lets have him be our new companion in our little group, and the ONLY reason he was put there by the author was so they had someone to show Marienburg to them, but it was done really badly, and of course how could I forget the many situations they seem to get into, where some happen like this, uh oh we might have gotten caught if the situation wasnt interrupted at the very last second and then dropped altogether the next second, I honestly expected to read big bold letters halfway through something like that, that would say TUNE IN NEXT WEEK TO SEE IF OUR HEROES SURVIVE! as if it was some old Dick Tracy newspaper comic, I dont know what happened with Mitchells writing skill from the first book but its done down quite a ways with this novel, so read it with my warnings, but it is good at the end because it is the end

Next I will be reading the final in the trilogy Deaths Legacy by Sandy Mitchell
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x986fe288) out of 5 stars There is stupid, then there are these characters... 1 Jan. 2008
By M. Lasater - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Okay, so the main character is young and a little naive, but Rudi goes well beyond simple naivity, moving from complete cluelessness to total stupidity.
Rudi & Hanna manage to escape & make it to Marienburg - which due the legal relationship between the city & the empire - gives them a measure of safety. They even manage the beginnings of establishing themselves in the city.
Then they stupidly throw it all away. Hanna starts the process by breaking Marienburg law - in a way they were specifically warned about. Rudi stupidly/blindly in love decides to follow her off the cliff, thus ensuring he'll be wanted also.
In his encounters with Gerhard (the witch hunter), it is increasingly obvious Gerhard knows something important - and despite being a witch hunter is probably more trustworthy than the other groups manipulating him. Rudi is too stupid/blinded by emotion to manage to think any of this through.
First rule of Warhammer - you can't trust Chaos.
I'm with the other reviewer - I'm rooting for the Witch Hunter.

On the up side, the book has good descriptions of the City of Marienburg and some of the groups within it (what saved this book from 2 stars).

This book is the second in a series and starts where the previous book (Death's Messenger) left off. You really need to read Death's Messenger first to have an idea of what is going on.

This series (Death's Messenger, Death's City, Death's Legacy) is basically one novel chopped into three books. The various books do NOT stand alone. Treat this series as one novel & have all three on hand before you start.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x991175dc) out of 5 stars Great read! 7 Nov. 2005
By Detra Fitch - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Luther Gerhard, the witch hunter, is still after Rudi, Hanna, and Fritz. For a short while Gerhard captures them. During that time, Gerhard places a talisman on Hanna's forehead. This talisman bottles up her pyromancer powers. NOT a good thing! Any time Hanna tries to use her powers, or anyone tries to reach up and touch it, Hanna pays for it in pain. Unless the trio find a way to remove it, Hanna will die.

The three make their way to the city named Marienburg. Hanna enters a college of magic in hopes of obtaining a license and to see if anyone there can help remove Gerhard's talisman. Fritz becomes a bodyguard for a nobleman. As for Rudi, he joins the Black Caps (a.k.a. becomes part of the town's watch/patrol). Since Marienburg seceded from the Empire ages ago, no one from the Empire has jurisdiction. This includes Gerhard! However, that will not stop the witch hunter.

**** Almost as good as the first book, "Death's Messenger". I, as the reader, learned more about the characters, especially Rudi. I now understand Hanna's powers. Rudi's are still unclear to me, but it has the potential to be huge. Fritz is still a wild card in the story. Yet after reading two novels by this author now, I have no doubts that Fritz, and Gerhard, will find ways to surprise me in the next installment. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x990e72dc) out of 5 stars City Life can be ruff 14 Dec. 2005
By Max - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like the previous book in the series, this book gives a good description of the various careers in the Warhammer world as well as how a city based campaign can be played. I enjoyed this book as it provided a detailed insight into city life in Marienburg complete with it's shady dealmakings, street politics down to simple details like ethnic Cathayan food and reeking alleyways. Kinda brought me back to a city I once lived in. Looking forward to the next book in the series that'll take place in yet another city. This time back in the Empire.
HASH(0x9868e93c) out of 5 stars enjoyable, good characters 10 April 2013
By theMirrorThief - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked this, not quite a can't put it down book but
very good just the same. I liked the characters and
the hints of romance were fun. Death's City was
a little less dark than most Warhammer tales but it
was fine all the same. The first few chapters were
really good and I was drawn in quickly. The book
comes to a fab climax that left me very interested in
obtaining the final book in the series.
I enjoyed the relationships that Rudi established
along the way. There was always something interesting
going on in his life. The mystery elements Mitchell
added to the story didn't hurt matters either. Overall
a very good fantasy read, a bit less dreary as far as
the setting goes. I liked the way the city was a part
of the tale...good job! A very solid four stars.
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