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Trollslayer (Gotrek & Felix Novel) (Gotrek & Felix #1)

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Trollslayer is the first part of the death saga of Gotrek Gurnisson, as retold by his travelling companion Felix Jaeger. Set in the darkly gothic world of Warhammer, Trollslayer is an episodic novel featuring some of the most extraordinary adventures of this deadly pair of heroes. Monsters, daemons, sorcerers, mutants, orcs, beastmen and worse are to be found as Gotrek str ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published August 1999 by Games Workshop (first published 1999)
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When it's dark outside and the day comes to an end the world goes silent at the reviewer's home. But sometimes, if you listen carefully you can hear some voices. Want to take a closer look?
Come and follow me into the attic to a cupboard. Inside the cupboard there are lots of books, games and comics. But what is that? Do you hear the tiny voices coming from 3 cardboard boxes? Let us listen in on what the tiny tin dwarves have to say:

"Is it dark yet?" asked the Clan Warrior.
"It's always dark in he
Feb 01, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
This is very standard "Tolkien-esqe" Fantasy. A world filled with dwarves, men, and some evil. Our main characters inevitably find themselves "walking the path" of their hero journey to some great unknown. Structurally the book is setup as a series of adventures or short stories. It actually reads a bit like pulp fiction, since you can almost picture the stories as a weekly or monthly release. With the way the book is written there is no definite end point that our heroes are striving for. We ju ...more
Gavin Gates
Nov 06, 2013 Gavin Gates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
7 chapters which basically are all separate stories of everybody’s favourite dwarf with a deathwish and his best mate, what could possibly go wrong? Nothing, simple as that, this is the re-release of William King’s best work as far as I’m concerned showcasing his uncanny ability to push dry wit into the most bloody and unrelenting battles and deepest, darkest of situations. There is a maturing of the characters and pushing of the boundaries happening right through, in the first few you get what ...more
Apr 15, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gotrek is a slayer dwarf, one who has committed a sin so great the only atonement is seeking out an death in battle worthy of an epic. Felix is a poet and swordsman who is wanted by the Empire for his participation in the window tax riots. Gotrek saved Felix's life from being trampled by the Empire's troops. While hiding in a tavern, very inebriated Felix swears an oath to follow the slayer dwarf and write the epic of his death. In this series of books the duo fight; chaos worshipers, goblin wol ...more
Ed C
Jan 23, 2010 Ed C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great start to a great series. This is more of a collection of short stories, including a reworking of the original short story King created the characters for, long long ago. The stories all form a running period of time in the characters lives, from shortly after meeting and travelling together, up until the start of the next book.

The characterisations are great, two truly classic figures in the Warhammer world. The adventures are each short but diverse, giving you a lot of short snippets of
Jonny Rhoades
Sep 03, 2014 Jonny Rhoades rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must admit when I first got this and saw it was only 7 short stories I sighed thinking "ow great this is gonna be a huge let down and I have just wasted 5" however getting into this and having played the hobby I think this was really well written the characters make this story more if anything I was in stitches during one of the short stories when Gotrek lost his memory and turned into a complete useless wimp, Felix at this point you can tell is very new to the ways of the road and you see the ...more
Feb 13, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been wanting to jump into the world of Warhammer after exploring the 40K world for a year and a half now. I heard from someone at the local bookstore that Gotrek & Felix was a good place to start in this Warhammer infancy world. I am glad that I did. The first novel in this genre consisted of several short stories somewhat linked together and followed the exploits of Felix Jaeger and Gotrek Gurnisson as they always seem to end up battling the evil forces of Chaos motivated by Gotrek's w ...more
Theo Karner
May 29, 2016 Theo Karner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction, fantasy
This book follows the adventures of a dwarf Trollslayer Gotrek, who is seeking a heroic death to atone for some unknown sin in his past, and an educated man from the Empire Felix, who was saved by Gotrek and swore to follow him and record his doom. The book is set in the rich Warhammer Fantasy universe. The structure is a set of short stories, seven in total, that set the background for further books in the series and slowly start to show the change in Felix of his adventuring life with Gotrek. ...more
Ryan Lynd
Jan 18, 2014 Ryan Lynd rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rubbish. I'm a big fan of the Warhammer 40k universe, and I hadn't read any fantasy for quite some time. I'd read a lot of more profound novels lately and I wanted a light hearted read to relax with. I figured that a look into the Warhammer fantasy universe might be worth a look, considering how well done the 40k novels are. Too bad I have the first 6 novels in this series that I'll need to eBay now. Luckily, I picked them up for almost nothing in a second hand store.

I'm not knocking the author'
Laurence Williams
Mar 02, 2015 Laurence Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Having been a Warhammer fan for a long time. I decided it was only right to start reading the humble beginnings of two of the most famous Black Library characters, and I was not disappointed. I think its safe to say we all have that one friend like Gotrek, the one friend who strides happily towards dangers while we try to avoid it, and as such this book, and indeed series, offer a sadistic element of comedy while at the same time showing the true darkness, corruption, and honour, of the Warhamme ...more
Mar 05, 2016 Gnuvolante rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: narrativa
Sette capitoli delle peripezie dell'umano Felix Jaeger e del nano Gotrek Gurnisson alle prese con mutanti, bestie fameliche, adepti del caos e non solo. Lo scrittore riesce molto bene nel rendere l'atmosfera, specie le notti oscure e repellenti del primo capitolo, in cui una carrozza nera sfreccia nella bruma del crepuscolo. Nella sua linearità le storie si susseguono con un buon ritmo, in un susseguirsi in cui si svelano pian piano le storie dei nostri due eroi ed i motivi che li portano a vaga ...more
James Dunphy
I had been craving a good fantasy read for quite a while, so I ended up picking up the Gotrek & Felix first omnibus on Amazon for like $0.01. Literally shipping was 500 times more than the cost of this book. I had relatively low expectations going in, expecting standard generic fantasy fare and not much else. I know absolutely nothing about the Warhammer fantasy world so I went in with blind eyes. What I got was quite a surprising book. It's actually a collection of loosely (but not really) ...more
it's hard to overstate how much I loved this shit as a frustrated antisocial carbuncular teen. Rereading 10 years later, I can see that WK's massive success with these characters is due to how perfectly they fit a certain kind of teen boy's psyche. Indulge me;

Felix is educated and good-hearted, but haunted by his decisions and the darker yearnings he awakens while following Gotrek. He, like many frustrated adolescents, is sensitive, outcast, and feels like the bad decisions he's made/making have
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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James Hoyle
Dec 22, 2012 James Hoyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action fans, Fantasy fans, Warhammer fans
I first heard of Gotrek and Felix through a friend in college. He was telling me all about the Warhammer fantasy tabletop game, published by Games Workshop. I was fascinated by all of the elements and things of the fantasy world he described to me, and wanted to know more. Almost as soon as the statement left my lips, he ran to his dorm like a flash, came back panting, and shoved Gotrek and Felix: The First Omnibus into my hands. He informed me that this would explain the world of Warhammer bett ...more
A reader who picks this up should know what they are getting. Grimdark, lots of bad things happen to good people, action on every page. Those people will not be dissapointed.

A nice structure, basically a chapter is a short adventure story, loosely held together by the writings of Felix. Due to this the pacing is brisk and a reader should never get bored, until said reader realizes they are reading essentially the same story each time.

Character development? A small attempt to grow the two charac
Geeks Unleashed.Me
Oct 25, 2012 Geeks Unleashed.Me rated it really liked it
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Trollslayer is the first part of the death saga of Gotrek Gurnisson, as re-told by his travelling companion Felix Jaeger. Set in the darkly gothic world of Warhammer, Trollslayer is an episodic novel featuring some of the most extraordinary adventures of this deadly pair of heroes. Monsters, daemons, sorcerers, mutants, orcs, beastmen and worse are to be found as Gotrek strives to achieve a noble death in battle. Felix, of course, only ha
Dec 10, 2011 Sebastien rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fan de Warhammer et Grim Fantasy
Recommended to Sebastien by: Internet
Shelves: warhammer
Ayant fini de lire Konrad Trilogy, je me suis dit que jamais je n'arriverais à lire un roman d'une aussi belle qualité dans le monde de Warhammer. Cependant, étant plus mature et ayant développer mon goût pour la lecture, j'ai décidé de continuer à lire des histoires dans ce monde passionnant. Ne sachant pas quoi acheter, cette fois-ci je me suis fier sur des critique sur Internet (he oui ça commençais a exister à cette année là).

Le roman le mieux recommander de l'époque était Trollslayer.

Pour v
Callum Shephard
Oct 30, 2013 Callum Shephard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of three titles Black Library is re-releasing under its new Classics range, William King’s Trollslayer recounts the efforts of disgraced slayer Gotrek Gurnisson to find an honourable death. Thanks to a drunken oath, poet Felix Jaeger is forced to follow and record his fate as they combat orcs, trolls and the cultists of the dark gods. Unfortunately for both of them, Gotrek is extremely hard to kill.

King went on to write another six books, but this first instalment remains one of the stronges
Jan 01, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: gw-fantasy-read
Bright beginnings for a iconic warhammer partnership

I have to admit these 3 novels were amongst the first I ever read, they are definitely designed for an in-crowd of warhammer folk, but if you enjoy swords and sorcery, you can't miss this just because of that reason as these 3 novels are action packed treasure troves, Trollslayer starts of the series on a strong note but the 2 show stealers of the series so far are Skavenslayer and Daemonslayer, Skavenslayer is a laugh a minute rollercoaster wh
Jan 07, 2013 FIREnICE brah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I am a sucker for these types of books. I enjoy reading through one character's view point, and I really like well detailed action, so this was right up my alley. Felix is hilarious and his cowardly thoughts never fail to deliver.

A couple of things you should keep in mind are that Gotrek will NEVER really change under William King. He'll always be grumpy, will always be an introvert, will always fight for fun and drink for fun, and will never add much in terms of philosophical dialogue. There's
May 27, 2014 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first introduction to Warhammer Fantasy. It was actually written far better than most 40k novels I've ran across. I didn't expect it to be a series of short stories, but it was pretty fun. With a setup like this good, I don't really care if there's not much depth to it. It's a fun story with fun characters and lots of violence. That's all you can really expected from a Warhammer book, right?
Ian Hagan
Aug 08, 2011 Ian Hagan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so the plots are a bit formulaic and predictable; as well as the characters fall into the classic archetypes that had been created and nearly ridden to death by such authors as Howard and Moorcock. However, this book succeeds in being highly entertaining by taking these detrimental elements and adding a highly energetic writing style. The book reads like an exciting action movie; who cares if you can already predict the ending, the antics and triumphs of the chracters trump foreknowledge o ...more
Le Petit Chat
Book 1 of the series, it is a collection of short stories that create the setting of the two characters Gotrek and Felix. It was an interesting read but I now realise that the "he ran his thumb across his axe until a single drop of blood appeared" line was there since the start, I've read it at least 5 times in this book. I still enjoyed it.
Jared Murphy
If you already like the old Warhammer fantasy universe, this book can get you invested and help you understand it better. It has some great imagery and while the character development is a bit lacking, the setting is developed in detail. I personally enjoyed this book a great deal, but I give it 4 stars because while I feel it could be a 4.5, it has a limited audience and I recognize I was part of that audience as am a bit biased in its favor. Personally, I recommend it to anyone wanting to get ...more
Daniel McGill
Oct 01, 2015 Daniel McGill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish we'd get audio versions of these older Black Library publications, no time to go back and reread even my favorites but I've had a lot of fun listening to old Dietz, Salvatore, Butcher and others while commuting or working out and I'd love to add King and Abnett to that list.
Jeff Powers
Apr 02, 2014 Jeff Powers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely dive into fantasy anymore as I find it harder to locate the fast paced monster filled thrill rides of the genre. This is certainly one of those pieces. Made up of consecutive short stories that pits an angry dwarf and an outlaw human against the most daemonic of enemies. This is dark, adventurous, pulp fantasy at its finest.
Zach Smith
Mar 06, 2015 Zach Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very solid sword and sorcery book. A disgraced human noble and an exiled dwarf team up to fight the forces of chaos and evil, its not reinventing the fantasy wheel but it does deliver on interesting characters, locations, and stories.
Bogdan Gavriliuc
Jan 27, 2012 Bogdan Gavriliuc rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This was a fun read.
Lots of descriptive emotional fights.

In each section King does a good job of setting up an interesting plot which both Gotrek and Felix test and demonstrate their skills. It kept me interested in short.

The one downside I would point out is the fact that each story has such minimal connectivity, that it may as well be a collection of short stories. I really wanted some of the villains or even support characters to pass over to the next story or even later on in the book.
It l
Sep 27, 2015 Oskari rated it it was ok
Episodimaista s&s fantasiaa. Kirjoittajana W Kingissä ei ole juhlimista. Saksalaistyylinen maailma ja goottikauhuinen tunnelma osuvat kuitenkin kohdilleen. Juuston määrä sama kun Bal-Sagothin Battle Magic levyllä.
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