on 12 January 2009
Although these books have been in print individually for a few years, it was not until they came in the form of a collected anthology before i decided to take the plunge into the life of mathius thulman, witch hunter.
I thoroughly enjoyed 'palace of the plague lord', which set me up well for this. The two short stories at the beginning of the book are fast paced and full of edge of your seat action. The writing is great, and what really makes them shine is that everything in this book relates to the main stories. The two short stories make for a more meaty introduction to the characters and the world they live in than the more usual prologues.
Witch Hunter is one of those rare warhammer books that add to the gritty realism of the warhammer world. It doesnt deal with battlefields, armies or chaos invasions, but puts the reader right in the middle of the corruption and horror that threaten the people of the empire from within.
My only downside to this book is that a couple of the minor characters are fairly two-dimensional, although this is a rare occurrence. A much recommended book for anyone interested in wahammer.
on 9 July 2011
C.L Werner is becoming something of a big deal within the circle of Black Library authors, and having read The Brunner the Bounty Hunter omnibus I was looking forward to this series. I was not disappointed as Werner once again provides us with a powerful and dangerous protagonist on a mission. The witch hunter is beautifully described and really gives the impression of a zealot dedicated to finding and destroying the forces of evil in their various guises. The cover art for this book is particularly good and gives a little taste of what can be expected within the covers. This title opens with a set of short stories which give a great overview of the main players, and guide us into the main story arcs which become the centre of the next two books within this collection. Book two describes with a kind of insane glee the almost comical horror of the consequences of dabbling with the ruinous powers, and although excellent throughout, ends with what was one of the most memorable of final scenes of any warhammer book I have read (and I have read many). The final book again was strong throughout, and ended pretty well to give what was a satisfactory, if not incredible conclusion to the trilogy. C.L Werner seems to have cornered the market on guns in the Warhammer setting which insignificant though it may sound, really gives a new and interesting spin on the capabilities of the main characters. All in all, a great read.
on 26 January 2011
C.L. Werner's vision of Games Workshop's "Old World", the Empire and its surrounding lands and races is uncompromising and relentless. This is no common fantasy world and the "good" guys are as nasty as their evil foes. Werner writes in a deft, abrupt style suitable to his characters and the world he is evoking. The collection follows him from his earliest short stories for the Black Library through to his subsequent novels under the stewardship of BL's editors and the development of his voice and ability to weave a plot of increasing complexity and interest can be seen throughout.
For any fans of the Warhammer world, this is a great adventure story (or collection of stories!), and for anyone who hasn't yet met with Sigmar or the Dark Gods of Chaos, this is a great starting point.