This was great. I want to dig up one of my friends warhammer boards and give it a go after finishing this book.
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It has that delightful familiar fantasy-war feel to it. Not too grim but at the same time not over the top in its fantastical silliness. Good and easy read. Jul 03, Teo rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites.
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Yes, you read it right — short stories. Before each story, Earhard recounts the encounter with the bounty hunter, who then proceeds to tell him the tale. Werner managed to avoid one of the greatest pitfalls of the short story format centered on a hero with a specific occupation — repetition. I hope Mr. Werner will heed us and deliver more of the bounty hunter.
Without a doubt, Brunner is one of the baddest and meanest motherfuckers out there. Calm, cool and collected, his visage enclosed in a steel helm, adorned in armor, with knives dangling around his waist and torso, and more hidden weapons stashed elsewhere, Brunner is a fear-inducing figure. In contrast to the typical hero, Brunner is not a master swordsman.
He is adept, for sure, but often finds himself bested in a fair one-on-one duel. That is why he prefers to end such encounters from afar, with his crossbow or pistol. With his take-no-shit attitude, Brunner reminds of the legendary Clint Eastwood. To confirm the similarity is not just a coincidence, C. In every review of one of C. Somewhere along the line, it seems that the majority of the authors simply forgot how to write, while the readers likewise forgot what a well-written story looks like. Fortunately, although few and far in between, there are people like Mr.
Werner to save the day. Anyone longing for some quality dark fantasy adventure should not pass this by any chance. Just go to a bookstore, or wherever, and buy this omnibus!
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Do it! Rating: 9. Mar 29, Steve rated it really liked it. I finally finished this omnibus, and despite some initial reservations, I have to say I quite liked it. Let me first mention what's in the book. Now, I listed the omnibus' inclus I finally finished this omnibus, and despite some initial reservations, I have to say I quite liked it.
Now, I listed the omnibus' inclusions as books, but two of the books are actually compilations of short stories that often have nothing to do with one another. This is one thing that is both a good and bad thing about the book. The short stories 12, I think let you see Brunner in a variety of situations, and interacting with a variety of people from either his past as a bounty hunter, or the hinted-at past prior to him becoming one. However, you don't often see much connection between people in the short stories, aside from a few cases, and what seemed a fairly important character mentioned in the first story is never mentioned again, which I found a little peculiar.
Having a career as a bounty hunter in a world like the Warhammer one would probably be a life where the feel of moving from one adventure to the next would be fairly accurate, so although it's probably not to everyone's taste, it definitely moves well enough to not hinder a reader's enjoyment. Brunner as a character is more interesting than I originally expected. When you're starting to read through the first story in the omnibus "What Price Vengeance" you can obviously tell he's very cold, skilled 'unbeatable' is the trait I believe the author was going for , and ruthless.
The character seems actually very shallow: he wants money; he takes jobs to get it. However as you read along, you can feel there's definitely more to him, and that there's certainly more to his past than you'd expect. You also learn that he does have a goal vengeance , and find out why. I won't say the character is very highly developed, even by the end, but there's certainly several steps made in that direction.
The setting is a little different for Warhammer.
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Much of the action takes place in the city-states of Tilea, and almost the entirety of Blood of the Dragon takes place in some of the darker parts of Bretonnia. Although I thought that the setting would add to the book's appeal, I honestly felt several times that the book wasn't even set in the 'Warhammer universe', despite the obvious appearances of Skaven, Dragons, Orcs and Dark Elves.
That's probably an unfair assessment of mine, because as a fantasy setting much of Warhammer's uniqueness is its history and not the races that make up the world The setting is well enough developed to provide a good backdrop for Brunner's adventures, but that's about all- and that's really all it needs to be, given the scope of the adventures. One thing I loved about the book, but missed much of until about halfway through, is little hints that the author puts into the story, both through characters, dialogue, and Brunner's own thoughts, that tell you more of who Brunner is, and why he's doing it.
I will say, after reading the ending of the Omnibus, I immediately read the first story again, because I didn't realize the connection between a few occurences and characters until very near the end. I'm not sure that everyone will miss them like I did, but I think that's a testament to Werner's skill that there are still pieces to pick up from the story even after you've read it.
I would recommend this book to people who like Black Library books, although I probably wouldn't direct people who are interested in either the Warhammer or 40K settings to start with this book. Werner has some great contributions to the Black Library collection, and although I don't think this is one of his best, it certainly is quite enjoyable, and I hope he continues to write for the character at some point in the future.
Dec 07, Jason rated it really liked it. Ive been a long time fan of Warhammer and 40k Black Templars are best space marines , and have read and enjoyed dozens of books from tbe setting. This was no different. Brunner is a no nonsense bounty hunter that will do just about anything for the right price.
From dragons, werewolves, vampires, and vermin he's seen it all.
While incorporating a similar style through each of the short stories, Werner is able to create a tangible feeling and establish more and more character development while n Ive been a long time fan of Warhammer and 40k Black Templars are best space marines , and have read and enjoyed dozens of books from tbe setting.
While incorporating a similar style through each of the short stories, Werner is able to create a tangible feeling and establish more and more character development while not giving away Brunners underlying motives. The mystery encapsulates you and has you hanging on to every word. While I would not reccoment this as a starting book to the world of Warhammer, any fan of the series would absolutely love it. May 05, Robert Michael rated it liked it. Good, but a bit repetitive. Maybe as a stand-alone book this would have been one more star. I did like the short story structure couched in the efforts of a penny-dreadful author inside that fantasy world, but after awhile the constant description of the protagonist became a bit heavy-handed and repetitive.
Other than that, solid writing. Any time I can find myself routing for a dark hero, the author is doing something right. However, in this case, it may be because his world is so dreadfully ble Good, but a bit repetitive.
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However, in this case, it may be because his world is so dreadfully bleak and violent. Maybe it is because even though he is hunting for bounties, those he hunts usually deserve their fate. Jul 25, Mphecker rated it it was amazing Shelves: books-to-finish. This was a very fun piece of Warhammer Fantasy fiction. The stories are broken up in to smaller short stories at least the first 5 or so I've read , and each helps to illustrate both the gritty setting and the utter ruthlessness of the protagonist. While I didn't read the full collection in one marathon, the stories seem self-contained enough to let me pick them up and put them down as I choose, which is a definite bonus.
While I was already a fan of the author's Witch Hunter trilogy, the adven This was a very fun piece of Warhammer Fantasy fiction. While I was already a fan of the author's Witch Hunter trilogy, the adventures of Brunner help to prove that CL Werner is one of the best Black library authors I've read. May 23, Audrey Terry rated it really liked it Shelves: thrillers , warhammer , own , fiction , faves , favorites , fantasy , adventure.
Brunner will always have a special place in my heart. This was one of the first Warhammer books i'd read, and it got me so hooked. I just love this author. Brunner feels like a real flesh and blood man. His adventures are epic, and I totally wanted to pack a duffel bag and ride off after him to fight Orc's and stuff. I recommended this to my younger brother who was looking for a good adventure, and he's hooked too! This is one of those books you'll never want to end.
May 21, Mike rated it really liked it.
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Great guilty pleasure reading especially if your a roleplaying gamer or former gamer. Mar 02, John rated it really liked it. Brunner is comically efficient. The stories in this collection are fun and light and a great read while on the train rides between castles in Germany! They are well done though for how quickly the plots develop, and each ends with a clever lesson or philosophy.
Feb 22, Christian rated it liked it. Just finished. Brunner is Bhaera's perfect drinking buddy. Brunner is absolutely amoral, ungrateful, underhanded, mercenary and relentless. Apr 28, Christoph Weber rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , warhammer. Feb 07, Jay D rated it really liked it.