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Lo que nos cuenta. Sep 27, Dylan Murphy rated it really liked it Shelves: reading-challenge , warhammer-fantasy.
Oh man, I don't really know where to start! I think this was quite possibly the best and worst novel of the series.
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The best in that Mr. Savile felt the most familiar with the Old World in this novel. I think he captured it perfectly, from the vicious "civil war" battlefields between Stirland and Averland to the slums of Nuln and our favourite fallen Witch Hunter, the world just felt like it had the 'right' amount of grittyness that made the Old World a fan favourite for so long.
The portions of Oh man, I don't really know where to start! The portions of the novel focusing on the "civil war" in the Empire were great fun. I definitely felt most attached to cast of characters in that story line, and it was a great way to showcase the folly of the man. Unfortunately, our human cast of characters felt rather bland as a whole, despite having a really damn good lead character and some downright riveting to read chunks of story. They had the smart career soldier with the really shitty commanders constantly fucking things up and making life difficult for the rank and file.
I really enjoyed it, but it felt like the armies lacked some of the character that could have made them perfect. The Vampires were pretty stellar in this novel, despite some inconsistencies with similar situations in the earlier novels such as how much they bleed. Mannfred was really fun to read, however I really wish Mr. Savile had taken more to really SHOW us why Mannfred was the best outside of the fact that he actually knew that patience was a word. I kept feeling like I was told he was the strongest and the best Vampire Count, and he definitely did pretty decent for himself, but I didn't feel that he was necessarily any stronger or smarter than Vlad.
He gave the humans a better fight, but that was more a consequence of not having his ring stolen off his finger and throwing his life away than any kind of tactical acumen or undead wisdom. Maybe it was because of the constraints on the story, or the author's personal choice, but it just felt like we didn't get enough focus on the Vampires compared to our mortal warriors. On the undead side of things, I think Jon Skellan really stole the show though. His character and personality really grew from his humble beginnings in the first novel and even though they definitely grew in some dark and cruel ways, he really grew on me.
Seeing his and Jerek's rivalry blossom was a sad affair, and I was definitely most sad to see him go. Overall, I really enjoyed the novel, the tone was pretty damn spot on, and the world the novel took place in was definitely a great one. However, there were some definite flaws that detracted from the story, and some pretty decent chunks of the story felt wasted either not being shown enough, or showing way too much , and other parts felt totally ham-fisted in for no greater reason that he had to get dudes from point A to B. I think it might have been the author having some trouble with the constraints that inevitably come from working in someone else's world, but it was still a damn fun read.
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Jul 19, Heinz Reinhardt rated it really liked it. A quite satisfying end to the series. Mannfred von Carstein, most powerful of Vlad's siring, wages his own war on the Empire while the living, men, dwarves, and some elves, do their utmost to defeat him. As should be obvious by now, this ain't a story of sparkly, androgynous 'vampires', but rather a throwback to the mythology of vampires as intended. They are evil, malevolent, powerful, brilliant entities bent upon destruction, conquest and feeding off the living. That said, had this book focuse A quite satisfying end to the series.
That said, had this book focused more on the conquest, and a little less on the interplay of the varieties of vampires and their own conflicts between the bloodlines , this would have been a more engaging story. While still good, the main flaw was the author tried to showcase the variety of Vampire society by showcasing the Lahmians, female vampires who use sexual lust, and subtle manipulations to rule powerful men for their own ambitions.
While interesting on their own, they seemed a bit of a distraction, especially when this book is about Mannfred, the greatest of all the Vampire Counts and his war to conquer the Empire. A war that only sees light in the final hundred pages. Despite that, it was a very good story with a very satisfying ending. An easy four stars. May 05, Michael Da Silva rated it liked it. A solid novel, but a somewhat disappointing conclusion to the Von Carstein trilogy. I agree with others that this book had many things to love. There were some compelling scenes between our human protagonists, and we had a cameo by our favourite dwarf from Book 2.
The vampires themselves remained decently interesting, and it was fun to see them interact with the Lahmians. Ultimately, the book was just not that memorable. Maybe because what it did well had already been done in the earlier books, A solid novel, but a somewhat disappointing conclusion to the Von Carstein trilogy.
Maybe because what it did well had already been done in the earlier books, and I read them back to back so I was a little jaded by the end. I liked Jarek, and ultimately I enjoyed how things ended. Though that was probably my biggest complaint. I didn't mind how things ended up, but it all felt a little rushed Overall a fun read, and I enjoyed it for what it was.
Not the best Warhammer trilogy I've read, but it definitely earns points for taking things a little differently, and giving us something new without the typical "Chaos Threatens All" storyline we tend to get from Black Library. Feb 03, Eric Smith rated it really liked it Shelves: warhammer-wtw-aos. So this ends the saga of the the Von Carstein Vampire Counts. I think Mannfred was probably the most dangerous of the lot and if it hadn't been for the experiences that the Empire had already had with both Vlad and Konrad he might have been able to overwhelm and destroy the Empire because he really was much more strategic minded than either Vlad or Konrad The stories of characters that had started in the first and second book were wrapped up very well here I thought and I did like the darkly trag So this ends the saga of the the Von Carstein Vampire Counts.
I think Mannfred was probably the most dangerous of the lot and if it hadn't been for the experiences that the Empire had already had with both Vlad and Konrad he might have been able to overwhelm and destroy the Empire because he really was much more strategic minded than either Vlad or Konrad The stories of characters that had started in the first and second book were wrapped up very well here I thought and I did like the darkly tragic fate of certain characters.
It was well written and well plotted with excellent gothic themes and the almost blink and you'll miss it fate in this book of a prominent side character from book two was so unexpected I didn't figure it out until after the fact and went to show early on that as powerful and cunning as Mannfred was he was not as all knowing as he would have liked everyone to believe. A solid end to this century spanning tale and a enjoyably dark look into the history of the Old World.
Mar 23, Carlos Ruiz Santiago rated it it was ok. Tiene unas cuantas subtramas que no sirven para nada, pasamos demasiado tiempo con Skellan y Mannfred, personajes con mucho potencial que no pasan de ser brutalmente poco desarrollados y que no paran de regodearse en actos malvado hasta que se vuelve incomodo.
Un par de Deus Ex Machinas bastante gordos terminan de joder el conjunto. El final en si mismo me gusta. The third and final book of the trilogy. I rate this 3. Well, I am reviewing this book despite that alread 3 years have passed. I still remember most of the plot and I add some things written here about these two books They are the second and the third of a trilogy about a family of vampires. It was a good trilogy and it's very unfortunate that Steven Savile is no longer a writer for Black Library.
He could do so much Oh well, life doesn't not always turns out as we wanted In this book Well, I am reviewing this book despite that alread 3 years have passed.
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In this book we are introduced to a new hero that will have a great impact in this book and the last. It's a Dwarf called Kallad with his has called Ruinthorn. He lives with a promise that he shall bring death again to all vile creatures specially undead. He was a prince and he was fighting at the walls of some keep that fell to the undead.
His father and many of his followers sacrifice themselves to give kallad time to save some women and children. The other two main character is Mannfred and Konrad von Carstein. Since the demise of Vlad fell in Altdorf those he sired battle themselves for domion. Mannfred wanders alone and forgotten. Mannfred only goal at that time was knowledge.
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He still has Vlad signet ring with it's restorative magic , and within his goal there is a book with incantions crafted by Nagash. Konrad meanwhile rules the court and prides himself with cruel savagery. He is to paranoid to trust any one even if picked every member of elite guard. Strangely enough Mannfred reminds me of Peter I the Great another russian tzar. Then the second battle against the humans Meanwhile there are other characters who make this book so great..
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