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This book carries a steep price but in my estimation is more than worth picking up. I've been a fan of Warhammer since I was 8. I love the old system and this new system. If you have never seen any of the info presented in the old (1st edition) Chaos books then this book is for you. It covers all four Chaos gods. There is a little bit of Warhammer 40K presented here. Most of the info is WFRP. The artwork is as impressive as ever and this book is filled with it. Now for the FAIR WARNING. This book does NOT contain ANY statistic info. Any number junkies out there would want to avoid this book. I though it would be nice to have all the info on Chaos in one book including stats but oh well. It is a good read. It is written as if it is an actual book of research about chaos. Quite fun to be reading something in it and see the researchers hand writing in different ink making notes to things he referenced earlier or correcting himself or even getting a nose bleed while trying to figure out choas calculations. On the nose bleed page there several drops of blood that stain the page. It is a massive book, well bound, and in hardback with a soft cover flap.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Wow. That's really all I can say to sum up this collection. Wow. I did not purchase the individual volumes and only became aware of the series recently when I found a listing for this book. As the description states, this book is essentially an overview of Warhammer's four Chaos gods. Now, there have been several books released covering similar territory, but never have I seen one so well done. The twin Realms of Chaos volumes put out by Games Workshop in the early 1990s are almost as good, but Liber Chaotica just oozes a style, atmosphere, and character unlike anything I've ever seen in a gaming suppliment. It's worth mentioning that this book contains absolutely no game rules for either Warhammer Fantasy Battles or Warhammer 40K (in fact, it makes no mention of the 40K universe). This fact makes it more a resource for players of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay than the wargaming crowd. But my god, what a resource! The whole book is written as if it were penned by the Imperial scholar Richter Kless, a device that worked quite well in the old Earthdawn and Shadowrun suppliments from FASA. The idea is that you get an educated overview of Chaos from the perspective of a character who lives in the Warhammer world. What makes it work so well in Liber Chaotica is that Kless actually goes back and adds handwritten annotations to his work. Over the course of the book's five volumes, readers get to watch his sanity slowly deteriorate as he exposes himself to the subtle, corrupting influence of Chaos. The Horrors Sourcebook for FASA's Earthdawn was written (and written well) in the same fashion, but that book's relative brevity robbed it of the impact that Liber Chaotica manages to achieve.
The book itself is a work of art. It is well bound and lavishly (and, at times, disturbingly) illustrated. I simply cannot recommend it enough to anyone who has an interest in the forces of Chaos in the Warhammer world. Buy it before it goes out of print, you will not be disappointed.
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Previous reviews have already mentioned how informative and well-written the book is, and I can only agree with them. However, the front flap mentions that this book is for mature readers only, and they are not kidding... Many of the drawings and even some of the writings are the stuff of nightmares. (Which is only fitting, given the subject of the book.) Read at your own risk.
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First off, I paid quite a bit of money to get this book (some copies are now worth over a thousand dollars, so I'm glad I got it when I did). I had very high hopes about it. Many Warhammer books, while initially enjoyable, seem to stop short of their full potential, being a quarter of the length they should be and somewhat lacking in believability. You are aware that this is fiction, and often at times when you should be hooked. In this book, for once, I actually had my expectations exceeded.
The artwork, on its own, was well worth the cost. It is very disturbing and dark, and definitely not for children. I normally roll my eyes when someone says that, but in this case I think that the artists outdid themselves. There is a fair bit of grotesque nudity, violent images, demonic creatures--all in all, what you would expect from a book like this. Think of it as a Warhammer equivalent to a real-world book of demonology.
As far as written content, this book is unsurpassed. Not only in Warhammer, but in any other supplementary book I have ever read. Richter Kless (the fictional author of the book) is a scholar tasked with writing a detailed description of Chaos, in particular about the four gods of Chaos and their effects on the world. And, unlike most books, this does not include rollplay statistics, for which I am grateful. Far from it, the book at times reminded me about the real world. A real sense of grimness came over me while I was reading it. It makes you very glad that we do not live in that world, which gives every impression of being doomed.
The authors who came up with this thing really went the extra mile. The book reads almost like a book on philosophy at times, and is internally consistent as few fictional books of this type are. There ARE contradictions, but this is due to the nature of Chaos itself, and irritably disapproved of by Kless.
The atmosphere was what really got me about Liber Chaotica. It pulls no punches. Richter does his work in compiling the text diligently, and as such he is slowly corrupted and driven mad.
The book is divided into five chapters: Khorne, Slaanesh, Nurgle, Tzeench, and Chaos Undivided. The last chapter is the smallest, although well done. The other chapters are fairly equal in length, and each does a good job of conveying the natures of the specific Chaos gods.
The book is set shortly before the Chaos invasion of the Everchosen, Archaon, and gives hints, and in some cases detailed accounts, of the impending assault.
My criticisms of the book are minor. In some cases Richter can get a little silly, such as writing next to a particularly nasty-looking demon, "evil claws, how horrible" or "what a terror this thing must be!" or over a sentence discussing some strange vision he has had, "I must be going mad!" Most, though, are not of this nature and add to the atmosphere nicely.
A fair warning: if you own a magnifying glass, I suggest you have it handy. In addition to the main text there are endless smaller notes strewn throughout the book that, while helpful and interesting, can and will give you eyestrain, as they tend to be small and sometimes difficult to read. Individually they are no great chore, but taken in their entirety they are overwhelming. In some places they outnumber the actual text in volume, and are often superimposed over the other words, giving the impression that Richter was cramming in additional thoughts as he went.
Also, this is a fairly long and detailed book. If you like things quick and simple, this isn't for you. The main text alone is four hundred-plus pages long, and that is leaving aside the secondary notes, which double the length of the book. However, if you are looking for something in-depth, buy this book!
In summary, there is not a better Warhammer supplement than this one. Especially for those who are interested in Chaos, this is a joy to read. As with all the best books, you tend to find something new every time you read it. I only wish there were more books like this.