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Sir Rupert Triumff. Adventurer. Fighter. Drinker. Saviour? Pratchett goes swashbuckling in the hotly anticipated original fiction debut of the multi-million selling Warhammer star. Triumff is a ribald historical fantasy set in a warped clockwork-powered version of our present day ! a new Elizabethan age, not of Elizabeth II but in the style of the original Virgin Queen. Th...more
Paperback, First Edition, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Angry Robot
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Kat  Hooper
Originally posted at FanLit. http://www.fantasyliterature.com

It’s 2010 and Queen Elizabeth XXX is on the throne of a magical alternate England. When the throne is threatened, Sir Rupert Triumff, discoverer of Australia, comes to the rescue.

I’ll make this short. I didn’t get very far with Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero. The story is a comedy of the sort that has no appeal to me. It’s written in a self-consciously long-winded style where extensive detailed descriptions and explanations of every minor...more
April
A blast to read! Full of fart and poop jokes, crazy swashbuckling antics, magic, mysteries and riddled with awful puns. I'll definitely be reading more about Triumff should the author continue his story. Anyone who enjoyed George MacDonald Fraser's Pyrates would probably enjoy the heck out of this one.
Tony
There are only two authors that myself, my wife, AND my 14yr old son have all bought books by. Terry Pratchett is one, and Dan Abnett is the other. Gaunt’s Ghosts (another one coming soon I hear), Eisenhorn, Ravenor, Torchwood, Dr Who and more all sit on shelves in our house.

Triumff is different from anything else I have read by Dan Abnett and describing it is going to be interesting. It is a fantasy book that much I am certain of, where it fits in the sub-genres I have no idea. At a push I will...more
Sofia


Buddy read with Sam

3.5 stars

I read this book with a smile plastered across my face and I often laughed out loud lots. It's humour is a mixture of Blackadder (one of my favourites - the Elizabethan one) and Terry Pratchett.



My introduction to Rupert was totally laugh aloud funny. He, his sword and his henchman were the perfect antidote to my sore spirit. What he got up with a Swiss army multi tool was hilarious. Once again Abnett has created an object in his book which I absolutely want. I want a...more
Kaia
Oct 29, 2009 Kaia rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Perhaps it's just me, but I couldn't make it through even the first chapter of this book. I didn't find it funny at all; the "humor" is puerile (wads of spit like a bed of shucked oysters? Farts more impressive than anything a trained bugler could dream of? Bleh) and slapped so heavily into the overwrought prose that none of it is funny.

Description is of all and sundry. The reader is presented with the backstory (often extensive) of every character that appears "on screen" and then some. At one...more
Hazel
Aug 15, 2010 Hazel rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: lovers of the graphic novel
Just stumbled across this at the library and it looks fun. First page:
The Anglo-Hispanic Unity, the longest-lasting and most powerful Empire ever to arise upon this terrestrial stage, was founded in the year Fifteen Hundred and Seventy-Five, following the marriage of Queen Elizabeth the First of England to King Philip the Second of Spain. Said union of power and lands, including as it did the virginal tracts of the New World, soon eclipsed all other nations of the globe, and has persisted since,
...more
Profundus Librum
Könnyed, néhány órás kikapcsolódásra vágytam, mikor a regény elolvasása mellett döntöttem, ráadásul nagyjából biztos voltam benne, hogy nem ütközök majd semmiféle váratlan problémába, mert a szerző stílusa biztosan jó lesz - kiindulva a tizensok már elolvasott Warhammer 40K könyvéből -, az akció-jelenetek szintén, a mágiában gazdag viktoriánus világ koncepciója pedig érdekesnek tűnt. Nos, az ajánló megírása valóban nem okoz sok nehézséget, de sajnos semmiféle lelkendezésre nem futja most tőlem.

J...more
Anne Lyle
Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero is a humorous alternate history fantasy set in the modern day - except that the discovery of real magic in the 16th century has halted technological progress in Europe, whilst other parts of the world have advanced with indecent haste. On the surface a utopian era for an England ruled over by Elizabeth XXX, in fact there are dark forces at work plotting the queen's death. Plus ça change...

Her Majesty's one hope is the hapless Sir Rupert Triumff, a former sea-captain r...more
Eryn

NOT BAD! SURPRISINGLY.
to be honest, this is not a book i would have picked up on my own. simply because the alternate-history-british-political-intrigue isn't my usual genre, and this goes a little further into alternate-universe-esque shenanigans than i am usually comfortable with.
but this was lent to me by a friend when i expressed interest in some psuedo-victorian steampunk books. and i am PRETTY GLAD that she recommened this.

it's pretty damn good. once you get the entirety of the giant cast...more
TheBookSmugglers
Full review online HERE

The year is 2010. Queen Elizabeth XXX (Vivat Regina!) is in the throne of England which along with Spain forms the Unity. In this alternate version of the world, Elizabeth I married the heir to the Spanish throne and their descendents, all of them Elizabeths have reigned ever since and the Renaissance saw the rebirth of Magick. More than the Elizabeths, Magick is what holds the Unity together but also what eventually prevented the scientific and industrial revolutions from...more
Donna
A swashbuckling, comedic alternate history adventure should be exactly my kind of thing, so Triumff was a disappointment.

It was dense, slow, and easy to put down every few pages. The pace stalled from descriptions and digressions that weren't worth the word count, and the gags that worked were run into the ground. References were often passed off as humor. Every time that Serjeant Clinton Eastwoodho arrived on the scene, whether sprouting his catchphrase ("Do you feel opportune, punk?") or intro...more
Nathan
Quite fun. Ever read a Christopher Moore book, laugh all the way through, reached the final couple chapters, and prepared your self for a rushed and confusing ending? Abnett is like that, but with an ending that doesn't suck! (Honestly, this is the guy best know for Warhammer books?)

This is an alternative British history in which the Renaissance produced not a scientific revolution, but rather a magical one. In it, our hero, discoverer of The Beach(Australia) finds himself in the middle of a plo...more
Darth Revan9
Dan Abnett: Triumff: Őfelsége bajnoka
Dan Abnett regénye ezúttal egy alternatív történelmi fantasy. Erzsébet és II. Fülöp ebben a világban házasságot kötöttek és így megszületett az Angol-spanyol Hegemónia. A reneszánsz korában a világ újra felfedezte magának a mágiát, amit az egyház kisajátított magának. A könyv már a 21. század elején játszódik. A világ nagy részét a mágia és a bűbáj tartja még mindig ugyanazon a technikai szinten, kivéve azokat a kisebb területeket, ahol megszabadultak a varáz...more
Marsha
This novel encompasses all of Unity, an England swamped in magick and so mired in it that its people are ignorant, unsophisticated and superstitious. The story is an edge-of-your-seat sword-and-sorcery mystery, replete with plenty of humor, raunchiness, word- and swordplay to titillate the adventurous reader. It manages to mingle mystery with fantasy, fun and just a sprinkling of social consciousness.

Standing at the center of it all is Rupert Triumff, sailor, explorer and reluctant spy. Triumff...more
Mor
Тут нет и следа от железобетонного Абнетта "Вархаммера". Очевидно, что книга писалась для души или для развлечения, но итог - прямолинейная комедия, полная дурновкусия и лобовых дурацких шуток, а кроме того написанная многословно шуточным тоном, который понравится не каждому. Исследователь континентов Руперт Триумф из Европы, которая остановилась в развитии за счет наличия магии, открывает Австралию, где магии ни следа, зато полно небоскребов и механизмов. Он хочет защитить Австралию от вторжени...more
Stephanie
It was just okay, having lots of filler and random details puffing up the main plot. I'd've rather read more about the Ploy, and Triumff's experiences to Australia, than the Cantriptic scheming that threatened the very magical weavings of this England. Of course, I often had to actively remember that the plot was about stopping this Plot and not all the random asides which colored Triumff's England -- which was not always easy. Then there were so many active characters with so much switching bet...more
Graham Bailey
A great, fun read; puns are thrown with abandon, swashes are most definately buckled and the hero entertains throughout.
Mr. Abnett has scored another hit.
Daniel A.
Okay, with Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero I figured out what it is about author Dan Abnett with which I have so much trouble. Specifically, Abnett tries too hard when he's playing with his own toys, and that gets distracting—exhausting, even—rather quickly.

Whether in Embedded, a novel by Abnett that I really didn't like, or in Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero, Abnett expends so much effort, whether on the worldbuilding or on the grit (in the case of Embedded) or the humor (in the case of Triumff), that...more
Tessa
Very easily the funniest thing I've read all year, but I've read a lot of dour books this year

This book reads like Tom Holt on acid, or probably closer, Robert Rankin after a shakespeare bender. If you like either of those authors you'll love this.

Written in the purplest of purple prose, and very deliberately so, this is the story of an adventurer who found something worth protecting and is now on the run for his life from evil necromantick magicks (sic) government conspiracies, and quite possib...more
Tina
For the first, probably quarter, of the book I found myself wincing occasionally at the sheer volume of puns and plays on words, and almost put the book down. I am so glad I didn't. The more I read, the more the characters and the jovial wit grew on me. Triumff is a character I liked, and I want to read more of his adventures. It is an intriguing concept which still needs more rounding out, as it is a bit to much of a suspension of belief to accept that First World society would not have evolved...more
Bethany
An alternative history told in the narrative style of Terry Pratchett, Triumff Her MAjesty's Hero is a comedic piece set in a 21st-century England where Queen Elizabeth I wed Philip of Spain and formed a united empire based on a magical renaissance as opposed to a mechanical one. The eponymous protagonist is an explorer for the crown who discovered the land of Australia in search of new magics and found instead a continent that had pursued mechanics rather than magic. Triumff has decided to sit...more
Yannis Karatsioris
I saw why so many people rated it 3 stars, and I understand the ones that rated it lower even. I'm going to go with 3 stars only because I'm a sucker for witty storytelling. Dan Abnett offers lots of it, all the time, incessant wit and complicated phrasing, non-stop verbal constructs aiming to make you think about how what has just been said is funny.

The downside to this is that the plot evolves really slowly, and the MC -Triumff Rupert- is very little to be seen in the book, compared to the st...more
Mewie Kitty
A friend had asked if I would want this book for my birthday, and after looking at reviews on this site and elsewhere, I had said I wasn't very keen on it, but she ended up buying it for me anyway. After about six months, I got round to starting reading it, and at first, it seemed my first instincts were going to be accurate, but it actually ended up not being that bad.

It seemed like there was a lot of exposition in the book, before getting to the proper plot. Actually, it felt like the author h...more
Stephen Winterflood
I came to this book not initially realising it was set in modern times, but with an Elizabethan twist, so it took a bit of getting used to the world at first. And even though it is set in a modern time frame this doesn’t really have much bearing on the story, it could have still been in Elizabethan times and not made much difference to the world so wasn’t completely convinced by this choice.

The story is full of the usual Dan Abnett action, so any fan of his will know what to expect on that fro...more
Grimnir
This is not Dan Annetts normal fair, and to be honest the first chapter is a struggle to read through. Five to ten pages basically just describing that its raining alot, but in numerous different and imaginative ways of saying it over and over. Had I not been confined with just this book (Work stuff), I have no doubt I would have disgarded it there. I'm glad I didn't. This is a book that gets better the further into the book you go, although the first third of the book feels like an arduous chor...more
Brenda
Why I read it: received review copy
The Plot: I really have no idea how to describe the plot to this one, and since I like the synopsis on the publishers website, I'll just post that here:
Triumff: Her Majesty’s Hero is a ribald historical fantasy set in a warped clockwork-powered version of our present day … a new Elizabethan age, not of Elizabeth II but in the style of the original Virgin Queen. Throughout its rollicking pages, Sir Rupert Triumff drinks, dines and duels his way into a new Brass...more
Mick
The year is 2010, Queen Elizabeth XXX rules the Union of England and Spain, magic is everywhere, and evil is afoot.

Dan Abnett's first creator owned novel (as far as I can tell, this is his first novel not be based on licensed properties) takes the reader to an alternate London, where magic has replaced science and progress stalled somewhere in the 16th century. Sir Rupert Triumff, the famous sailor, discover of Australia, and scallywag, has returned to England after years abroad, and immediatel...more
D. Jason
It is unfortunately quite tempting simply to list Mr. Abnett's extensive body of work-for-hire, to snidely imply (or even to declare outright) that he is therefore a hack, and then invite the reader to draw the appropriate conclusion about this original work.

Tempting, but not (entirely) fair. Even scribblers, after all, must eat and pay bills. And better, always, to judge a work by its own merits than by pedigree.

I can say this in praise of it: Triumff, Her Majesty's Hero is a quick, breezy read...more
Mike
Dan Abnett is best known for his tremendous body of work in Black Library’s Warhammer 40k novels and, for met at least, his stellar (pun intended) work (alongside partner-in-crime Andy Lanning) with Marvel Comics’ cosmic heroes. When I saw that last year that Abnett was set to publish a book featuring his own world, a character not burdened by years of backstory and unhindered by a frequently rigid continuity I was excited; very excited. Then disappointed as I found out that Angry Robot was goin...more
Felix Zilich
500 лет назад Леонардо да Винчи вернул магию в наш мир и этим изменил историю человечества. Прогресс остановился, а эпоха географических открытий подошла к концу, не успев толком начаться. В мире начался эпический застой.

2010 год, альтернативная реальность. Британия, по прежнему, правит миром, английские корабли все еще бороздят океаны, а на престоле восседает королева Елизавета XXX. Войны ведутся пушками и саблями, про классовое неравенство и пролежни в области культуры можно даже не вспоминать...more
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