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Vampire Wars: The Von Carstein Trilogy (Warhammer: Von Carstein) Paperback – 7 Apr 2008
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About the Author
Cult British author Steven Savile has written a wide variety of science fiction, fantasy and horror stories, as well as editing a number of anthologies in the UK and USA. He won the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future award in 2002, was runner-up in the British Fantasy Award in 2000 and has been nominated three times for the Bram Stoker award. For Black Library, he is the author of the classic Vampire Wars trilogy, featuring the villainous Von Carstein family, and the standalone vampire novel Curse of the Necrarch. He currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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