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Ο εξολοθρευτής των Σκέιβεν

(Gotrek & Felix #2)

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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  2,116 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Βαθιά στις υπόγειες στοές της Αυτοκρατορικής Πόλης της Νουλν, κάτι σκοτεινό και μοχθηρό έχει εμφανιστεί, απειλώντας να καταστρέψει την πόλη... Οι ελεεινοί ποντικάνθρωποι, οι σκέιβεν, δε σταματάνε μπροστά σε τίποτα στην επιθυμία τους να φέρουν το Χάος στον επάνω κόσμο και να εκπληρώσουν τις προφητείες του σκοτεινού θεού τους. Έχοντας καταταγεί στις τάξεις των φρουρών των υπ ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published 2009 by Anubis (first published 1999)
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Joseph
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thud and blunder in the best possible sense of the term.

As in the previous volume (Trollslayer), this is structured as a collection of longish short stories; unlike in Trollslayer, there's a much stronger linkage between the stories.

After the events of the previous book, our heroes Gotrek Gurnisson, trollslayer-at-large, and his traveling companion/amanuensis Felix Jaeger (excerpts from whose book form the headers for each of the chapters) have come to the city of Nuln. Unfortunately, so have th
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Holden Attradies
This was the first Warhammer book I've read. I've heard from most people that play Warhammer that the books are pretty hit or miss, but since this is my first I don't really have a good field of reference. Regardless I enjoyed this, so either this was a hit or the books are better than the picky nerds make them out to be.

The writing style took a bit to get used to. Every few pages, and towards the end of the book every few paragraphs the center of narration shifted. It made the book feel very fa
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Matthew
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book two of the Gotrek and Felix series continues with our heroes trying to eke out a living in the great merchant city of Nuln. Much like the first book, Skavenslayer comprises of a series of short stories. This time, however, each story revolves around a central narrative concerning the titular Skaven, a race of cunning ratmen, and their efforts to conquer the city. I enjoyed Skavenslayer much more than the first book, as it brings out one of the Warhammer universe's more unique aspects, in bl ...more
Eli Parker
Jul 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the worst thing I've read in quite a long time. The story is told in a series of episodes (Feels like it may have originally been published in a magazine or something?) in which the nefarious rat-man Skaven try various plots to invade the generic fantasy city of Nuln and are repelled with minimal effort.

I'm told that the heroes are more fun if you read the first book in the series, and I admit, I haven't. Gotrek is a disgraced dwarf who wants to redeem himself with a noble death in
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Steve Shepherd
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Skavenslayer is far better than Gotrek and Felix's previous adventure, Trollslayer. Where Trollslayer sped through multiple adventures way to fast for my liking, Skavenslayer focuses on a single, very detailed adventure, and brilliantly captures the races of man and skaven.

Gotrek and Felix are some of my favorite characters in fantasy literature. Take a fearless dwarf seeking death at the most powerful enemy, and a less than confident former nobleman who owes him a blood debt, and you have two v
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Alice
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main problem with this book is it’s just not that good.

I picked this up purely for the skaven content, which did not disappoint, and the maniacal mindset of the skaven characters hides all of King’s writing weaknesses. Who cares how cohesive the plot and structure are? They’re diseased, mutated, mad rats! I’ll forgive a multitude of writing sins if it means getting to read the ratmen’s dialogue and ridiculous schemes.

The human driven sections make the bad writing obvious. The characters re
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汗屍 勞
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Memorable quote: "Two babies with one bludgeon"

This book essentially centres on the adventure of Felix and Gotrek in the city of Nuln. The book is divided into 3,4 chapters, each one describes an encounter with the Shaven. The final chapter is about the siege of Nuln, which is the cumulation of all previous chapters.

I also like how the King depicts the Shaven. They are evil and cunning enough to induce great atrocities, but at the same time they are just funny enough to keep the overall tone of
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Iain
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A fine book, but a bit disappointing after Trollslayer. I think that's for two reasons: first we see _much_ less of Gotrek. This really is a story focused on Felix. which is fine, but when several minor characters say and think more during the tale than the tale's dwarven co-star ... I wasn't happy with the shift. Second, the book is less an anthology and more a cohesive whole. Part of the charm, I found, in Trollslayer was the variety. As each story stood more-or-less alone they were able to be ...more
Marco Baier
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I think of this book, the word "Shit" comes to mind...

Woah there fanboys, no need to bring out the torches, this has nothing to do with the quality of the book (which is awesome) but the profession of our two heroes at the beginning of the book. They are sewer jacks, making sure that the canalization network below the city Nuln stays clean.

You know what else you find in sewers (apart from the obvious). Rats. And some of them walk on two legs and talk.

Enter the Skaven.

Without spoiling the
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Paolo Zanella
Second book of the series, this one, like the previous one, is strongly episodic in nature.
It has a stronger unifying theme than Trollslayer, that being the Skavens plotting to topple the city the main characters have taken residence in.
The Skavens constitute a peculiar shift in the standard doom & gloom tone of the Warhammer setting: the are silly, paranoid and comically inadequate at organizing their plans.

Sadly the book is just the usual reapplication of the standard template used in mos
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Geoff Battle
Skavenslayer is definitely an improvement on the fragmented Trollslayer. The structure is similar, with each chapter controlling the plot in a very linear fashion where each chapter sets up a villain to be dispatched, it's scenario by numbers akin to a roleplaying game. The characters are still rather two-dimensional and the action is to the point and little more. Skavenslayer does has have a stronger plot that draws the chapters together, rather than a disparate collection of stories which made ...more
Mark Proveau
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily the best book in the series. Introduces Gotrek and Felix's annual nemesis, and really gets the series kicked off, leading to all the great adventures and characters they will meet going forward. As opposed to Trollslayer, this one is a proper novel, not a short story collection, and it's where I really got sucked into the series the first time through. Trollslayer was enough to wet my appetite, but the series really hits the beginning of its stride with Skavenslayer.
Nicola
2.5 stars
old school, Old World, Warhammer Fantasy. I read it in my youth while RPG'ing Warhammer Fantasy and loved picking up immersive novels for the setting. It's a different experience picking up the novels again as an adult when many years have passed since I last read books of this ilk. My tastes have somewhat changed and I didn't enjoy it nearly as much although it was fun to reminisce.
Christopher
***1/4: even the best sword & sorcery tends to work better as a series of inter-connected short stories and novellas rather than as an epic novel. This trend continues here as some repetition and bloat sets in. That said, I was very entertained as the characters are great!
Mindaugas
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much stronger novel if to compare with Gotrek & Felix, book 1, but still much space to improve. I enjoyed it.
Kenneth
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer
Gotrek and Felix faces the 4 Skaven clans at Nuln.
Tony Gallo
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The original! I remember loving this as a teen, now sure how well they would hold up today!
Eric Barnum
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Skaven, rat people on steroids, make this story. Their bumbling approach to tech interjects a fun dystopia into this fantasy setting. They are everything I ever wanted ratmen to be.
Chris
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly an improvement on book 1 - Trollslayer. Greater development of Felix and Gotrek.
Luke Lybert
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My personal favorite. Love the Ratmen. I am still biased.
Christopher Downing
Some seriously laugh out loud moments from the Skaven POVs.
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Tim
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The first Felix & Gotrek book that was available as e-book, so I had to skip TrollSlayer. I was a bit afraid to get lost in the story, but all in all this wasn't really a problem.

The book is entertaining, enormously entertaining. With Warhammer and Warhammer40K books I sometimes get bored on overly stretchy combat scenes, but the author makes sure that these scenes stretch to their perfect size. Long if need be, (very) short if the outcome is clear from the beginning, which at times feels hi
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Paul
Apr 03, 2012 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
Theo Karner
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction, fantasy
The second book in the Gotrek & Felix series does not disappoint. Set in the city of Nuln, which for those who remember the first book was the destination of the two adventurers throughout their previous travels. The book is structured in the same episodic format as book one and concerns the Skaven invasion of Nuln. Each chapter is a separate episode that are linked across a period of time and build on the story. The chapters slowly introduce characters that are important across the entire b ...more
Matthew
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Andy
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Straightforward and in-your-face Warhammer fantasy action dominates this tale as Gotrek and Felix find themselves down on their luck as sewer guards and uncover a plot by the rat like skaven to take over the city of Nuln, a major hub in the Empire. Battle after battle ensues as the dwarf Gotrek continues his search for a glorious death and Felix is the somewhat reluctant follower who fights alongside him continuing his life debt of standing beside the dwarf. This volume is powered by a well-defi ...more
Ed C
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this is certainly my favourite book in the series. Perhaps not as high on adventure and epicness as those to follow, but the sheer inclusion of the skaven, and their very way of life and thinking, is pure comedic genious. Had me laughing out loud all the way through.

Continuing on from the first book, the characters are now set and ready to go in their first really big adventure, foiling the evil machinations, and twisted schemes of the Skaven in serveral different large chapters. The ska
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Maetco
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edit. I have now read all Gotrek & Felix books. Here is my order of preference:

Rank Book # Writer
1 Skavenslayer 2 William King
2 Daemonslayer 3 William King
3 Shamanslayer 11 Nathan Long
4 Manslayer 9 Nathan Long
5 Beastslayer 5 William King
5 Elfslayer 10 Nathan Long
7 Orcslayer 8 Nathan Long
8 Slayer 14 David Guymer
9 Kinslayer 13 David Guymer
10 Zombieslayer 12 Nathan Long
11 Giantslayer 7 William King
12 Dragonslayer 4 William King
13 Vampireslayer 6 William King
14 Trollslayer 1 William King
Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the most humorous of Warhammer books that I've read thus far. The army of skaven that is intent on taking over the world, starting with the city of Nuln, is lead by the most devious and backstabbing generals you could think of. Gotrek and Felix basically walk through the overconfident and cowardly rat-men, finding themselves in position to thwart various rat-schemes. I loved the way that King portrayed the skaven and had a great time with this light and entertaining read.
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