Wednesday, 9 November 2011

FANTASY REVIEW: Warhammer Fantasy: The Red Duke - CL Werner

Release Date: 10/11/11


Once a valorous and honourable knight of the realm, the Red Duke was betrayed and struck down in battle but rose again before death could truly claim him. As a bloodthirsty vampire lord he undertook a long campaign of butchery and terror before being defeated once more, and entombed for all time so that he could never again menace the Old World. But centuries later the witch Jacquetta resurrects this ancient evil, and the Red Duke stalks the night again – a new reign of terror plagues the lands of Bretonnia!


Clint hits back with the heady mix of Vampires, honour and the Bretonnian way of chivalry in this, his latest release from the Black Library with an opening that feels that they’ve touched on a scene from David Gemmell’s Waylander. It’s cleverly done, it has some decent twists and as we all know, that beneath the shiny oaths and bonds, there’s a dark seedier underside of politics, double dealing and of course revenge.

As with Clint’s usual titles, the action comes thick and fast, the characters are, if you’ll pardon the pun, full blooded and whilst not everyone subscribes to the procured standards of Chivalry they all have their own codes of honour by which to stand. Finally add to this a break neck pace and some great dialogue and it was a title I had a hard time putting down.

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