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3.34  ·  Rating details ·  107 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The castle of Zaragoz iss a citadel where once justice reigned. But to the great misfortune of the land, an army comes to seize the castle and depose the duke--and take away the hope that justice would return. Orfeo, a wandering player, is plunged deep into a web of intrigue within the walls of Zaragoz where he struggles against the dark powers that threaten the Warhammer ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Games Workshop(uk) (first published 1989)
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Michael Bacon
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a child and it has always stayed with me. I don't read a lot of fantasy anymore, my tastes inclining more to literary fiction. As a writer, however, I am sensitive to the power that which I encountered as a child holds on my imagination, and I decided to reread this book for inspiration.

There are a number of things I might fault Zaragoz on - the ropey dialogue, inelegant prose and somewhat shallow characterisation for instance. But in spite of these it still has a grip on my
Heinz Reinhardt
Written back in the original run of Games Workshop fiction, this short novel is written in a far different tone than the modern ones. At turns both far more adult, darker, and creepier than the modern Black Library tales (this one had a definitive HP Lovecraft vibe to it), the pacing was also tremendously slower, and the writing was far more sophisticated than the majority of the modern novels which can, at times, be more than a tad juvenile.
That said, due largely to the pacing, this wasn't one
Michael T Bradley
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Oh, man, Warhammer Fantasy meets Robert Chambers, with a pinch of Lovecraft - what's not to love here? I'm not super fond of the idea of the framing device (Orfeo is telling this entire story to an Arab who has him as his slave in exchange for his freedom, though the fact there are two more books in the series should inform you how well that plan works out), and the postscript discussion about how the story should/shouldn't end there is ridiculously tiresome, but overall, this is an extremely fu ...more
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Well that was ehm peculiar? For starters the cover. I mean that cover is a lie. The main character is a minstrel flute player not some conan the barbarian. Why is he in some creepy forest and what is that old man above supposed to be? It is generic and in fact where it not for the big yellow letters one would never know this to be part of the warhammer franchise.

In fact the story itself has barely anything to do with warhammer. Yes a couple of names are dropped like Estalia, Wood elves, Solkan,
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Roman Kurys
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
A very solid read and a very solid 3 stars. I wished for a bit more, but it just wasn't there.
I do love Warhammer universe the more I delve into it, especially it's darker feel then other Fantasy Universes out there.
It's grim, it's nasty, its a world full of demons of all kinds, and at any time all sorts of things can go wrong.

Characters: 3
An interesting set of characters I'd say. Kept me interested but I could not really get into it or immerse in fully. For some reason I had a hard time to r
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Psudonym for Brian Stableford.

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