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Black Library Novels (possible spoilers).
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Joined: 29-January 09
| Cross-posted here, upon suggestion by gjnoronh. Enjoy!
I've reached somewhat of a milestone yesterday, as I finished reading my 30th BL novel, after beginning the first one more or less a year and a month ago. This might seem like a lot to some, but I read really fast and my job offers plenty of time to read.
After reading more than a handful of novels, one begins to see vague outlines of trends and patterns, I thought it would be fun to discuss this, as well as offering some quick reviews plus pointers. If you like your reading unspoiled, do not read any of the sections in italic.
So here goes the list of what I've read, reviews in one sentence and pointers to what the books contain which some people might find useful if they fancy reading about X or Y.Trollslayer.
Short stories, perfect for minimal commitment reading. Slayer, Chaos, Gobbos.Skavenslayer.
Nice introduction to skaven interference in the realm of men. Skaven, Eshin, Pestilens, Skryre, Moulder, Thanquol.Daemonslayer.
The peak of the series as far as I'm concerned. Chaos Wastes, BloodThirster, Greater Daemon, Malakai Makaisson, Spirit of Grungni.Dragonslayer.
Cute, but anticlimactic. Dragon, Chaos, Malakai Makaisson, Spirit of Grungni, Slayers.Beastslayer.
Straightforward but entertaining. Kislev, Daemons, Chaos, Siege, Praag,Malakai Makaisson, Spirit of Grungni.Vampireslayer.
Unexpected twists, that or I'm gullible. Vampires, Von Carstein, Lahmia, Drakenhoff, Sylvania, Nagash.
I really enjoyed reading the Felix & Gotrek novels, but as I read more books, I'm enjoying them a lot less since I find most other series much better. I'd recommend them as first reads more than anything, or as introductions to various armies/lands, since each book more or less tells a lot about its topic (i.e. you learn a lot about Skaven in skavenslayer).Zaragoz.
Well written and a blast to read. Orfeo, Minstrel, Chaos, Vampire, Araby, Tilea.Vermintide
Fairly grim and skaven-centric, kinda complementary to the Felix & Gotrek series. Skaven, Gyrocopter, Malakai Makaisson, Spirit of Grungni, Skryre.Masters of Magic
Enjoyable laidback read. Orcs, gobbos, greenskins, shaman, Wizards, Colleges, Jade, Amethyst, Gold, Grey, Ludwig Schwarzhelm.Magestorm.
Weird book, makes one kinda depressed but still interesting. Bright Wizard, Storm of Chaos, Witch Hunter, Lore of Heavens.Necromancer.
Odd read, still partial to this one. Necromancy, Witch Hunter.The Dead and The Damned.
Jonathan Green's best book by far. Dogs of War, Mercenaries, Chaos, Daemons.Ancient Blood.
Thought it would be ok, turned out a GREAT read. Strigany, Strigoi, gypsies, Ushoran, Dogs of War, Regiments of Renown, Vespero's Vendetta, Lumpin' Croop's Fighting Cocks.Curse of The Necrarch.
Really grim and dark, lovely if you're into it. Necrarch, Vampires, Zombies, Zombie Dragon.Knight Errant.
Good as standalone story, not sure it's worth making it into a series though. Bretonnia, Beastmen, Knights.Shadowbreed
(Konrad Series). Erratic and wild, fun if you like the unexpected. Chaos, Mutants, Skaven, Middenheim, Warpstone.Oathbreaker.
Offbeat and fun. Skaven, Orcs, Gobbos, Troll, Dragon, Ironbreakers.Witch Hunter
Great story, really caught me off guard. Witch Hunter, Vampire, Necrarch, Necromancer, Mordheim.Witch Finder
Better than the first one, that's saying a lot. Witch Hunter, Vampire, Necrarch, Necromancer, Wurtbad, Skaven, Morr,Nurgle, Great Unclean One, Warpfire Thrower, Warpstone, Mutants.Witch Killer
Not as good as the first two, different pace but good. Witch Hunter, Vampire, Necromancer, Skaven, Skrittar, Grey Seer, Vermin Lord.
I'm obviously biased, I loved this series. The main characters are really fleshed out, even less important characters like Streng.Mark of Damnation.
Full of twists & turns, amazing story. Witch Hunters, Chaos, Warpstone, Mutants, Marienburg, heresy, Khorne, Chaos Knights.Mark of Heresy.
Not as wild as the first one, but an excellent follow-up. Storm of Chaos, Valten, Luthor Huss, Mutants, Witch Hunters, Khorne, Tzeentch.
Great series, since it shows the other side of mutants (i.e. the ones that don't run out into the woods).Blades of Chaos.
Looks boring at first but gets crazily addictive and enjoyable later on. Chaos, Witch Hunter, Knight, Kurgan, Norsca, Trolls, Marauders.The Claws of Chaos.
Quite different from the first one, which proved quite fun. Tomb Kings, Khemri, Norsemen, Marauders, Chaos, Ushabti, Liche Priest, Dwarfs, Giant, Amber Wizard, Ferret, Dwarf Engineering, Araby, Sea monster.The Heart of Chaos.
A fairly solid climax to the series. Chaos, Flesh Hounds, Daemon Prince, Mutation, War Mammoth.
Another amazing series, like the one above, this one shows you what it's like on the other side (i.e. a normal empire knight slowly crossing over to chaos).The Ambassador.
Good, but too similar to the average novel. Kislev, Ice queen, Chaos, Mutant.Ursun's Teeth
Liked the first book and this one much better after finishing both. Kislev, Ice queen, Chaos, Mutant.
The series is good, the only big downside is that it feels very similar to most books you can read from BL where the action is in the empire. More on this later.Drachenfels.
Felt like a long introduction to another book, still good. Drachenfels, Vampire, Lahmia, Karl Franz, Luitpold.Genevieve Undead.
Fun, offbeat short stories. Vampire, Lahmia.Beasts in Velvet.
Very good story with unexpected plot. Vampire, Lahmia, Emmanuelle Von Liebewitz, Nuln Elector Count.Silver Nails.
GREAT book to complement the rest of the series, not sure it's a great read without reading the rest though.Vampire, Lahmia, Chaos Wastes, Chaos Knights, Mutant, Cathay.
That's it for reviews!
On to the other topic I wanted to discuss, trends and patterns.
First of all, skaven are goddamn near everywhere in the empire. Pick any empire novel out there, you're almost guaranteed to have a subplot with skaven, the funny thing though is that they pretty much never attack with anything else than clanrats and stormvermin.
Next, mutants are all over the place. We're not talking about random mutant henchmen that get killed in brawls here, we're talking about almost everyone, high ranked officials, random peasants, chaos cultists, etc... Chaos cults? More like Chaos Communism, everyone gets to be a mutant.
Funnily enough, there's so many skaven and mutants out there that you pretty much have 1 witch hunter for every 10 skaven and 10 mutants. Only in cities though, anything that resembles an army won't find a witch hunter within miles, not even if they could use someone used to fighting vampires and the likes when they go marching towards a necrarch stronghold.
There's a lot more I was thinking of earlier, but I'm shooting blanks after reminiscing about 30 novels, so I'll let others step in and point out anything they've spotted trends-wise. :wink:
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