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I have not read this for a long time and had forgotten how much I enjoyed it I think this is my favourite of Abnetts books and amongst my favourite adventure stories.What sings on a re read is the propulsive drive of the story and the very fine detailing of the culture of the Kislevites in particular, and of the environment of the steppe.Another thing that sticks out is the extent to which both main characters are very clearly manipulated or altered by fate, or by strange gods, each being drive I have not read this for a long time and had forgotten how much I enjoyed it I think this is my favourite of Abnetts books and amongst my favourite adventure stories.What sings on a re read is the propulsive drive of the story and the very fine detailing of the culture of the Kislevites in particular, and of the environment of the steppe.Another thing that sticks out is the extent to which both main characters are very clearly manipulated or altered by fate, or by strange gods, each being driven into challenges and circumstances which will inevitably shape them in particular ways The extent to which anyone in this story has free will is an interesting mystery.Something else I like is how much of this happens in the backstage of the big war against Chaos Somewhere dragons are flying about and high fantasy stuff is happening, but we see little of it and Abnett keeps the point of view closely bound to a low level pseudo history which adds weight and feeling to the tale 3 3 4 This may be one my favorite go to books for Dan Abnett Watching his character change and grow in this short tale is very fun. A Good, Good BookA well researched insight into the folks of the northern steppes sits alongside a great story of two warriors Perhaps one of Abnetts best books If so, it s of no matter. Un pedazo de libro dentro del mundo de Warhammer Como explica la cultura kislevita y las diferencias culturales entre estos y los imperiales as como las costumbres de los norsca.Sin duda alguna un libro muy recomendable para aquellos que quieran leer sobre el norte del Viejo Mundo One of the best novels from the old world Per gli appassionati di Warhammer, davvero un bel libro, dove si vede in pieno l effetto distorcente del Caos, che porta un uomo buono alla corruzione e un vile arrogante al ruolo di eroe Great and fast paced Probably the most realistic warhammer book you ll read. *FREE E-PUB ⇬ Riders of the Dead ☠ To the north of the Empire lies the Chaos Wastes, home of the Dark Powers and their servants All that stands between the gateway to hell and the civilised world is the city of Kislev Two brothers in arms find their destinies thrown into turmoil as their fight against the hordes of Chaos tears them apart This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here The Year that no one forgetsThe book was about two demilancers of the Empire who went to war and got separeted It was the year of 2521 and a full scale war was goin on One of the empire armies march north and face the northern tribes The northern tribes wereand outnumbered then and most of them fell Some were made captives to their own sports and others fled south And this is how our story begins.Warhammer fantasy is a bit different from the sort of light touch fantasy common in t The Year that no one forgetsThe book was about two demilancers of the Empire who went to war and got separeted It was the year of 2521 and a full scale war was goin on One of the empire armies march north and face the northern tribes The northern tribes wereand outnumbered then and most of them fell Some were made captives to their own sports and others fled south And this is how our story begins.Warhammer fantasy is a bit different from the sort of light touch fantasy common in the American market The emphasis is on the intricacy of the Warhammer setting, and the endless wars that plague its inhabitants As one person I knew said, Forgotten realms it s for juvinile and Warhammer Warhammer 40k it s for young adults and adults Games Workshop draws heavily on the history of Europe for its setting s richness, and Abnett does the same with RIDERS OF THE DEAD.Dan Abnett portraits exclently the Viewpoint of Empire, of the Kislevian s who are the empire allies but seen as under developed people , and the Northers Norsca who are the antognists of the empire The bulk of the novel takes place in Kislev, Warhammer s fantastic analog not only for medieval Russia but somethings by poland and the golden horde mongol and knowledgeable readers will find many familiar names and concepts buried among the sheer invention.Dan Abnett made a story about two different friends, Karl Vollen and Gerlach Heileman if you can call them it Gerlach is a young man of privilege destined for great things His boyhood friend, Karl, had the benefit of patronage by Gerlach s household, but his low birth means he ll never amount to much in the scheme of things.In the book they go to drastic changes Karl, captured by the barbaric Kurgan, is initiated into dark rites and the religion of bloody slaughter Meanwhile, the arrogant Gerlach becomes an enlightened warrior in the company of a humble troop of Kislevite lancers Abnett takes his time progressing these parallel tales, and though the journeys both men undertake are those of internal transformation, there s plenty of gory battle to punctuate the introspection.Dan Abnett portraits exclently the Viewpoint of Empire, of the Kislevian s who are the empire allies but seen as under developed people , and the Northers Norsca who are the antognists of the empire.In the end I personally admire each and every other kingdom The norcsa who aren t that all chaos and mayhem, the kisvelians who live in the stepps and aren t that under develped but rather code and faith followers I like the all book If there is a part where I don t feel so excited its the end I guess it was rather precipated But the end after the last battle was tottaly unpredictable It remind me of Dan Abnett s Double Eagle If you want to start reading Warhammer you can start anywhere since they are all great books But Abnett s book are just marvelous I would recomend this one to people who love a book about war and not afraid of and character development a fait des ann es que j ai ce livre qui me regarde sur ma biblioth que et que je me demande s il est aussi bon que Black Librairy voulait faire savoir par son prix l origine et par les critique sur le livre C est apr s avoir couter le film Hansel et Gretel que j ai eu envie de replonger dans l univers de Warhammer prime abords j ai pas mal imm diatement embarquer dans l histoire, me suis rapidement attach aux personnages et ait eu chaud pendant la premi re grande bataille du livre Par l a fait des ann es que j ai ce livre qui me regarde sur ma biblioth que et que je me demande s il est aussi bon que Black Librairy voulait faire savoir par son prix l origine et par les critique sur le livre C est apr s avoir couter le film Hansel et Gretel que j ai eu envie de replonger dans l univers de Warhammer prime abords j ai pas mal imm diatement embarquer dans l histoire, me suis rapidement attach aux personnages et ait eu chaud pendant la premi re grande bataille du livre Par la suite j ai blanchi suite certain v nement et j ai m me d d poser le livre un soir, car m me pour un amateur de Noire Fantaisie, j en avais pour mon rhume Le c t noir et cruelle des Kurgan, race de barbare nordique de Warhammer, tait vraiment presque trop bien d crit Cependant je ne me plaignais pas car c est a lire du Warhammer D un autre c t je me faisait bien pr sent le wilderness de Kislev et des lancier cheveau de Kislev Encore une fois, tr s int ressant et en m me temps instruisant vu que je joue au jeu.La d ception de ce livre vient vers la fin o l on voit que l auteur semble vouloir racourcir l histoire coup de machette grossi re Apr s avoir go ter une premi re bataille de 15 pages, on fini par avoir que des escarmouches de 6 8 pages pour finir avec des combat tellement court qu on pourrait les avoir mis en note de bas de page.C est croire que l auteur s est fait donner un maximum de page apr s criture et qu il a t obliger de tron onner la deuxi me moiti du livre en petit morceau et garder seulement le n cessaire L ex cution d avoir 2 histoires en parall le tait g nial, mais fut dommageable dans son ex cution la fin o on dirait que l histoire t m ch et ensuite recrach avant d tre consomm a nouveau.Ce livre aurait pu tre le grand classique qui aurait t la r f rence en terme de livre sur les Kurgans et les Kislevites, mais comme on dirait qu il manque une bonne moiti du livre, il restera un bon livre mais rien d obligatoire lire Je recommande ce livre pour les gens qui veulent en savoir plus sur les Kurgans, sinon pour le reste il y a de bien meilleurs livre de Warhammer sur le march