Konrad (Warhammer Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 2001
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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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Konrad was apparently David Ferring's first Warhammer novel and it kinda shows but not to much, its the writing in itself that ruins the book, it was just plain crappy, I wanted to see Konrad grow over time as he learned from Wolf, but all we got was Konrad agreeing to become Wolfs squire for 5 years on page 141 and on page 187 that 5 years ends, this book jumps ahead leaps and bounds and that's not what I wanted nor what I expected, this is a immense turd wrapped up in pure dullness and crapitude. And im deeply saddened to say I have two more to drag my self through, I will give them their fair chance, but I am not hopeful.
Next I will be reading and reviewing Shadowbreed by David Ferring.
This book is good, not the best fantasy novel, but nicely readable. I also recommend it to people that is into Warhammer as few things in the book are a lot more easy to follow and understand.
All in all, a good novel. Narration and descriptions are great and the plot keeps you wandering.
I also may criticize that Konrad is too much drawn by fate, but is the book style, as much as Frodo is drawn by fate in LOTR. In the start of the 2nd book (included at the end of the first one), Konrad takes destiny in his hands, revealing against what was imposed on him, so I have to keep reading the 2nd novel to see what is coming on.
SPOILER --- BEWARE
My criticism. For one the book resembles to me a lot to LOTR first book. Despite the differences, Konrad is a poor guy, drawn off his boring life by fate and having to take into quests where he had little to no choices to make (in part due to his personality, same as happens with Frodo). And the end of this 1st book is almost identical to that of LOTR 1st book; a Dwarf cavern where a big treasure is supposed to be but instead has been overwhelmed by Goblins and there is a big fight involving a Dwarf and lots of arrow shooting...
Konrad is a story about a young peasant boy thrust out into the larger world when his home village is destroyed. There is the suggesstion he may have a destiny and that the events happening around him are not all random.
My greatest complaint about the novel is the plotting, or perhaps the lack of it. Konrad does not act, he is acted upon. Events occur which push him around, but he rarely makes a decision. It has too much of foreordained destiny feel.
This novel is the first book in a trilogy and the ending is weak. The book doesn't really have a conclusion, more it comes to the end of a scene and stops.
This is a Warhammer novel worth reading, but not exceptional.
The main character (konrad) is a very interesting person hes always changing and learning things,also the other characters such as wolf(the mercenary) elyssa (his friend, and many others are very well drawn.(star #2)
The fighting is so very well narrarated its tells you every thing its graphic, gruesome, and very specific, if you like the lord of the rings battles, like those from the movie or book, youll love the ones in this book(star #3)
Damn it im getting tired of typing, just get the damn book trust me, you wont regret it, and get 'Shadowbreed' and 'Warhammer' the other 2 books in the trilogy, both being equally as good as konrad,youll love the storys twists and turns, the fighting, the everything, ....