Gotrek & Felix: The First Omnibus Paperback – Aug 8 2006
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About the Author
William King was born in Stranraer, Scotland, in 1959. His short stories have appeared in The Year’s Best SF, Zenith, White Dwarf and Interzone. He is the author of the much-loved Gotrek & Felix adventures and the Space Wolf novels. Bill currently lives in Prague.
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I am not a player of the Warhammer games, so I did not quite know what to expect going into this book. I had originally picked it up to gain some background on the Warhammer universe for a job interview with the Warhammer Online development team. And even though I didn't get the game programming job, I was happy to have found this treasure.
The first two books are in a short story format which made me eager to read several in a single sitting. Looking at the table of contents I was leery that the final book, Daemonslayer, was not in the short story format as I had come to enjoy it so much. But the chapters flow so well in Daemonslayer that I didn't want the excitement to end. I'm eagerly looking forward to the second and third omnibi (omnibuses?) of Gotrek and Felix.
This omnibus contains 13 short stories ranging from 20-60 pages and a full length novel at the end. This Omnibus chronicles the adventures of a pair of warriors as they battle their way through the Warhammer Universe. The stories are in chronological order and the characters gain new gear, experiences, and scars as they battle their way across the World of Warhammer. Gotrek has committed a crime against his people and has been sentenced to die in glorious battle against overwhelming odds. Felix is a fencer and a scholar who accompanies Gotrek and wants to write an epic saga of his death. Together, they rush headlong into danger as they make enemies and allies in a world at war.
All of the stories take place in the Warhammer Universe. The world is a blend between Lord of the Rings and Germany when it was under the rule of the Holy Roman Empire. It's Gritty High Fantasy in a state of perpetual war and turmoil. This book focuses on the Hearty Dwarves, Bloodlusted Orcs, Chaos Spawned Beastmen, and Treacherous Skaven.
Despite the fact that Gotrek has committed a serious crime, he is noble and lusts for the battle that will give him a glorious death. Felix owes Gotrek his life and accompanies him on his quest to die. Because Felix has spent so much of his life behind books, the travels across the world are new and exciting to him. The reader experiences Nuln, Kislev, and the Chaos Wastes through the eyes of Felix. In addition to the deadly duo, this omnibus features an array of other heroes and villains. The characters are interesting, funny, entertaining, and you find yourself cheering for them.
The writing style is fast paced heroic fantasy. But it's not just swords swinging and axes chopping, there's a great deal of humanity in the characters. Settings are majestic, battles are bloody, characters are memorable, and dialogue is entertaining. It's the complete package. If you're looking for some background material on the Warhammer universe, the descriptions of the cities, dungeons, wastes, ruins, and battlefields are inspirational.
As you may have guessed, this book is loaded with cover to cover action. There are massive battles, skirmishes, assassinations, brawls, duels, more battles, deadly magic, beastmen, armies, ratmen, and even more battles. In the battles, it's not just about who won, you actually feel adrenaline rushes as you read them. Limbs fall, heads roll, blood splatters... Daemonslayer does a fantastic job at describing the horrors of war. Feelings of anxiety, dread, relief, victory, and loss are expertly portrayed through the book.
There are loads of fantasy violence and gore and non-descript sexual situations. (Basically the lights go out and a couple wakes up happy the next morning.)
For $10 you get 13 short stories and a full novel. All of the stories are good and the book gets better as it progresses. This is a GREAT read for Warhammer enthusiasts and fans of high adventure. You'll laugh, cringe, cheer, and learn a great deal about the World of Warhammer.
If you enjoyed this, definitely pick up Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian Stories or the Savage Sword of Conan Comics. You will probably also like the Drizzt books by R.A. Salvatore. And if you like Epic Heroes, definitely pick up Legend by David Gemmell. If you like Fun and Entertaining fantasy, you should read Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber.
This omnibus includes 3 books in this order.
Trollslayer - Trollslayer is probably the weakest of the 3 books. It's a collection of short stories that introduces the character Felix Jaeger, a human noble by birth, and Gotrek Gurnisson, a disgraced dwarf who seeks redemption through a heroic death. The book doesn't really introduce the characters but just throws them in the wildest of situations and through their responses and actions, you start to understand and learn about them.
SkavenSlayer - Skavenslayer continues the adventures of our duo and switches from short stories and focuses on adventures within one city, the city of Nuln. This was the second best in this collection. Overall, good story with good action and some good humor. At this point, I felt I could relate to the characters.
DaemonSlayer - The best book of this collection. This book details a Dwarven journey and I've always been a fan of their lore. It had less fighting but I still found it to be the best of the 3.
I won't ruin much of the books, but it's a good fantasy read. I should note that I initially thought it would be related to Warhammer 40k, but this series predates it. In the series, the universe is still in swords and axes, while in 40k, they are in tanks and guns (and space for that matter)
I've Sci-Fi/Fantasy for a while and this is a welcome collection. I would easily recommend this collection.
Price - I paid $10.20 cents on April 1st, 2012. I have a rule that I try to follow which is $1 per 1 hour of entertainment and would conclude that this was a good investment.
that comes along to chronicle the adventures. That about sums it up - you
get exactly what you expect here. Bodies pile up at great speed. A few
minor boss encounters culminate in a great showdown. It's an undemanding,
quick read that will be fun for most that will not be turned off by the cover.
Book 1, TROLLSLAYER.
In Trollslayer you see Gotrex and Felix travel through different lands and fight different agents of chaos. Basically this first work of King's is made up of several very small stories, all the stories are great, plenty of action and adventure, but they are nowhere near as good King's later work, but these small stories are still a must to read, just to gather a lot of the back ground story.
Book 2, SKAVENSLAYER.
This is book two in the Gotrex and Felix saga, like book one these are more small stories, but based around one place the city of Nuln, in this book we see the two heroes face the might of the Skaven, the Skaven are evil half rat half human monsters changed by the dark forces of chaos.
Gotrex and Felix face this evil vermin in the sewers under the city of Nuln, here they face the rat men in battle many times, hoping to stop the invasion of Nuln by the gray wizard and hid rat subjects.
This part of King's sage is brilliant you have everything you could want from a fantasy series, epic battles, heroes, great and funny villain's a bit of romance, over all a great edition to the Gotrex and Felix saga.
Book 3, DAEMONSLAYER.
Unlike the first two books in this omnibus series that where all short stories, Daemonslayer is one long story, and I must admit it is much better for it, far better than the first two books.
We have Gotrex and Felix fighting there way through the chaos wastes in order to find some lost dwarf treasure, like the others this is epic in every sense, battles, monsters, heroes and some romance to add to the mix, this book is by far the best of the trilogy in this omnibus.