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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer Horror novel.

Many years ago, the Great Enchanter Drachenfels was defeated by brave adventurers. Now, playwright Detlef Sierck plans a production showing these events - at the site of the necromancer's death. But the dead do not rest easy.

It's the original Warhammer Horror novel. Hailing from the late 1980s, it depicts an early version of the Warhammer world and is packed with spine-chilling moments and memorable characters - there's a reason it's still a dearly loved title 30 years after its original release!  

Detlef Sierck, the self-proclaimed greatest playwright in the world, has declared that his next production will be a re-creation of the end of the Great Enchanter Drachenfels - to be staged at the very site of his death, the Fortress of Drachenfels itself. But the castle's dark walls still hide a terrible secret which may make the opening night an evening to remember!  

A classic Warhammer novel - 30 years old this year - returns in a brand-new edition under the Warhammer Horror imprint. 

It includes a new introduction by the author, the horror legend Kim Newman, whose real name is appearing on the cover for the very first time. Written by Kim Newman, writing as Jack Yeovil.

Narrated by Antonia Beamish.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Kim Newman, Kicking butt in the Old World

In a world where good Warhammer Fantasy stories are lacking after the cancer that was the End Times and Age of Sigmar, Kim Newman breathes fresh life into the Old World.
She has a great handle on the lore as well as being a very competent writer.
The only criticism that I'd level at her is how many supporting characters didn't have much substance to them, though in a story with such a large cast this is understandable.
I'll be following her work from now on.

I had very few issues with how Antonia Bleamish brought the characters to life well enough though her strength lay more in the setting and ambience than the characters.

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Great story. Miscast story teller

Can't help but think the story teller is not really suited to horror. That aside it us a great story. I still recommend it

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  • ben
  • 09-05-2020

The Old World at it’s best

This is a wonderful story, with deep anti heroes and Floored villains, a colorful setting and good pacing. This is a look back at the lore of the Warhammer Old World, now gone.

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Horror?

This story isn't bad and it isn't great either;
To put it into the horror section is akin to calling Twilight a horror story.
If you want a decent horror have a look at some of Black Library's other horror titles and avoid this writer for their what seems inability to convey despair and terror.

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  • Mark E. Olendzki
  • 04-10-2020

Stands the Test of Time

I first read this book 20 years ago when I was in secondary skill and I can honestly say it was just as entertaining now as then. Great and often gruesome descriptive detail really sets it apart and drags the reader in. Further, I enjoy low fantasy Warhammer stories that don't involve magic swords and massive battles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-2020

Decent listen.

The Story doesn't really intrigue, the narrator is female but most characters are male, creating some dissonance. Don't waste too much credit on this one.

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  • Doug Mayovsky
  • 28-11-2020

The Best Standalone Warhammer Book

Next to Gotrek and Felix, this is probably my favorite of the Old World stories I've heard thus far. The atmosphere is moody and intense, and it forgoes the usual focus on constant battles to more deeply develop its characters.

Its also nice to see the author given proper credit this time around. Having a female voice in this universe is something that grimdark storytelling could use more of.

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  • Jedidiah Oberry
  • 18-12-2019

Drachenfels

Pleasantly surprised and well worth the time to listen.
Slightly slow in the early chapters but stay with it. All the characters are very well written.

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  • Nicholas
  • 01-12-2019

Slow but worth it.

Story was a bit hard to follow and dull in the beginning. However if you stick with it it develops into a very great tale with a few twists, i for one didn’t expect.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-2021

A classic story told well

Although the twist at the end was rather predictable, the Journey to the End was a treat. the voice actress was enjoyable. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a great book from the Warhammer fantasy genre!

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  • Ryan
  • 06-06-2021

somewhat predictable, but very enjoyable

somewhat predictable but, I can't say that I didn't enjoy it. it does have an issue where there are like 15 different characters and keeping track of them all can be kind of difficult with all their names being... well warhammer-ized. But it's not super important as long as you can track the main few.

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  • Joan Tappe
  • 01-01-2021

Best Black Library Audiobook I've listened to.

First off, holy cow is this book gripping. The narration is so on point that I actually had to force myself to stop listening a few times. The amount of information given about Drachenfels is just enough to hook you and is just short enough to want more.

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  • Corey
  • 29-12-2020

Recommended

Good novel, interesting read. A bit overdone at points and underdone at others. Lore doesn't stand up to current standards but is still interesting nonetheless. generally recommended.

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  • Christopher W moody
  • 29-12-2020

It holds up well

I first read this book almost 20 years ago, and it holds up well. It's decent enough on it's own, with out the warhammer fantasy background. So if your a fan of fantasy horror light, but not a fan of warhammer, give it a try anyways. I think you will enjoy it.

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