» » Invasion! (Warhammer)

Download Invasion! (Warhammer) epub

by Mike Lee,Marc Gascoigne,Christian Dunn,Nathan Long

This is an exciting collection of Warhammer short stories that explores the theme of invasion, both literally and metaphorically. From the shores of Naggaroth, the Land of Chill, to the dark forests that lie at the heart of the Empire, these tales will thrill and entertain.
Download Invasion! (Warhammer) epub
ISBN: 1844164802
ISBN13: 978-1844164806
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Action & Adventure
Author: Mike Lee,Marc Gascoigne,Christian Dunn,Nathan Long
Language: English
Publisher: Games Workshop; 1 edition (July 31, 2007)
ePUB size: 1230 kb
FB2 size: 1841 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 807
Other Formats: mobi lrf azw lrf

was not the best I have read.
Having now read several of these Warhammer short story anthologies, I have the same comment about this one as with the others I have tried. First of all, the superb cover art has absolutely NOTHING to do with any of the stories contained within (--in other words, "don't judge the book by its cover"). Second of all, the stories don't particularly follow any one theme (beyond maybe "warfare in the Warhammer world"), and just seem randomly thrown together. And also like the other anthologies, the quality seems to vary throughout.

The book begins on a strong note. "None So Blind" by Nathan Long details an invasion by High Elves from Ulthuan on a mission to attack and take revenge on Malekith, Witch King of the Dark Elves. They are led on this trying quest by Eltharion, an Elf blinded by Malekith, who is obsessed with revenge.

In "Premonition" by Chris Wraight, an expedition of Elven colonists from Ulthuan encounter "strange" new hairy, unpredictable creatures lurking in the wilds of the woods surrounding their settlement. What can they be? Meh, there was already another "first contact" kind of story in the Warhammer anthology entitled "Realm of Chaos". Perhaps they should group them all together in one volume?

"Purification" by Robert E. Vardeman is an excellent tale and was my favourite story in the book. Having come upon a sinister Chaos wizard on his patrols outside the city perimeter, a captain of the city guard confronted and ended up slaying him, but not before the wizard implanted a hideous Chaos worm-thing inside his skull. Now it controls his every move, seeking to make him betray his city and allow an invasion of the Skaven who lurk even now outside the city walls. Is there nothing he can do to resist?

"Sanctity" by Nick Kyme was a good story too, although I saw the "surprise" it contained coming a mile off. A company of battle-hardened Empire soldiers on patrol gets cornered by a rampaging Chaos horde in a shrine they are trying to prevent from falling into enemy hands. Lots of great battle scenes in this one. -- Oh yes, and a surprise.

In "Spoils of War" by Rick Wolf, after a bloody battle, an Empire soldier takes his wounded comrade to a local manor house to recuperate. While staying there, he becomes intrigued by a painting depicting a famous battle scene. But is he mistaken, or is the picture subtly...changing? A strange tale.

In "The Gift" by Jesse Cavazos V, two brothers return home to their prominent father's manor for a visit after four years in the Empire army. It seems as though almost nothing has changed, but... This story had a nice twist ending to it.

"River of Blood" by Steven Eden introduces us to the daring mercenary Eliak Debretton and his troop of ragtag cavalry. In service to a local lord whose castle has become hopelessly beseiged by a Chaos horde, these grizzled dogs of war are dispatched on a desperate mission to escort the lord's pregnant daughter bearing the heir to his line through the dangers of the war zone and all the way to the safety of another distant castle stronghold. This one was a great story and I enjoyed it so much I found myself wishing it could continue on into a full-length Debretton novel. (--Come on Black Library, you know you want to!)

In "Lies of the Flesh" by Steven Savile, a trio of Dwarves on their way home across the desolate moors of the Ostermark stop for the night in a human village where something seems not quite right. Gradually they learn that something is causing the village's children to waste away and die. They set out to investigate and set things right. I enjoyed the Dwarf characters in this one. But the antagonist in this story and how they deal with the problem seemed pretty standard fare.

"Perilous Visions" by Mike Lee brings the book full circle by dealing with the same events in the book's first story, but this time seen though the eyes of the Dark Elf defenders. An interesting concept, and this story is especially recommended to all who loved the Malus Darkblade books (--and if you haven't read 'em yet, get reading them. They're great!)

So overall I guess I really enjoyed this book after all. But somehow I still seem to find the greater space for character development of a full-length novel more satisfying. But I would recommend this book to all those who have an overall liking for the blood-soaked and battle-drenched atmosphere of the Warhammer fantasy world.
This is a highly enjoyable themed collection of 'Warhammer Fantasy' tales.
If you need something to read when you only have short bursts of time available, this is the perfect book. I'm not the largest fan of 'elf' focused Warhammer stories. The first and last stories in this collection, deal with the same tale from both the elf, and dark elf viewpoints, which makes for an interesting pairing. This collection does the Warhammer Fantasy setting proud. Do not hesitate to buy if you can find a copy.
This is an excellent collection of Warhammer short stories.

The first (None So Blind) & last (Perilous Visions) stories deal with the same events from opposite viewpoints and are fascinating look at the High-Dark Elf conflict.

The remaining vary from (relatively) simple stories of physical conflict to subtle tales of corruption and are mostly set in the Empire.

This is what Warhammer fiction should be like. Highly recommend.