Tuesday, 25 May 2010

FANTASY REVIEW: Warhammer Fantasy: Ulrika the Vampire: Bloodborn - Nathan Long


Ulrika, recently turned as a vampire, attempts to adjust to her new way of life. But when a fellow vampire is killed in Nuln, Ulrika and her mentor, Gabriella, are sent to investigate. Soon they find themselves facing danger from all sides as they attempt to solve a mystery that threatens the very existence of the Lahmian bloodline. How can they hope to destroy something with the power to kill a vampire?


One of the best things about the Warhammer universe is that there’s something for everyone within. If you want combat driven novels you’ve got them. You want historical fiction you can delve into the Time of Legends series. However one thing that’s a bit unusual within the fantasy genre is the mystery novel. Whilst a bit more common over more recent years within this offering by Nathan Long is a crime against the vampires that everyone second favourite vamp (the first being Genevive) Ulrika is brought into to solve. Who’s Ulrika? She’s the Boyar’s daughter from the Felix and Gotrek tales.

It is a cracking tale however to be honest I had a hard time getting into it from its initial opening. Partly this is due to my own personal feelings that the author didn’t have a good enough grip of her originally and partly because the connection between reader and character was also missing. Yet get past this and it really opens up. Other than this its interesting, the mystery is gripping and its not an obvious conclusion as you’d perhaps expect from a great many other offerings out there. A definite change of pace for Nathan and I hope he continues to build upon the opening here.

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