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The Daemon's Curse (Darkblade #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  773 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Ambitious dark elf warrior Malus Darkblade learns the location of a powerful relic and decides he wants it for himself. Malus leads an expedition into the dangerous Chaos Wastes in search of it but finds far more than he had bargained for. Possessed by a powerful daemon, he must undertake an epic quest to save his very soul.
Paperback, 414 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Games Workshop(uk)
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Piter Wasi Not really. This is quite good as stand alone piece, and it also enriches otherwise bland faction of Dark Elves of Warhammer.

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I needed a few days for my impressions of this book to settle before writing this review.

This is a very dark and disturbing book. If you're familiar with Warhammer fantasy, you'll know about dark elves, the Druchii. They are not your standard loving, tree hugging do-gooder elves. Druchii are a vicious, brutal, insanely ambitious and treacherous society.

How vicious?
They have a annual gathering at the palace, where they bring gifts to the ruler and are subjected to ritual torture. Some die at t
Student Teacher
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've been into reading Warhammer Fantasy, even though I've had a hard time getting into the actual game (regardless of the fact that I have a fully painted Dwarf Army).

A buddy of mine let be barrow the first couple of Malus Darkblade Omnibus books, and I finished the first book, The Daemon's Curse, a while back.

I don't usually like the evil-oriented books, I'm pretty sure I'm Lawful-Good at heart. There have been some notable exceptions to this (Storm of Iron), but usually I just can't get behin
Vicente Ribes
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasía
Prometedor primer libro de esta pentalogía sobre los elfos oscuros del universo warhammer. Es un buen libro de fantasía cuyo personaje principal derrocha carisma y maldad por partes iguales. Aquí el héroe de la historia es inmoral y solo persigue el poder sin ningún cargo de conciencia. La sociedad de los elfos oscuros está muy bien retratada, un sistema donde las casas nobles están en costante lucha por ser los más poderosos del reino( algo que nos recuerda mucho a los libros sobre los drow de ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: interested
As the very first dark fantasy novel that I've read, I'm not sure how it compares to its fellows. However, this is a very dark, dark, DARK book. It is unsympathetically morbid, terrible, and twisted.

Our heroes are merciless, full of hate, and love to kill and inflict pain. At first, I shuddered. In the wake of such horror I found myself wishing for a hint of humanity. However, once I realised that there would be no relatable characters (and got through the 10th scene of them sliding in each othe
Mar 14, 2009 rated it did not like it
Okay, first, I only read to page 40 of this dark, excessively gory, tale. The "hero" is a dark elf who in the opening scene is transporting by ship a human cargo of slaves. Apparently, one of the slaves had promised to do "anything" so that her betrothed could go free. So the entire crew of cretins does what they want with her. The "hero", Malus Darkblade, drags her betrothed up to the deck and gives him what's left of her--her face which has been peeled off. Then laughs about it and throws the ...more
Nov 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't finish it. I got about 3/4 of the way thru, but then I just couldn't read further.

This story has several interesting components, but I think it would have made a much stronger short story, 40-50 pages tops, in and out. It basically introduces Malus Darkblade's goal, but then he ends up fighting new person, after new person, after new person on his way to his goal. There is next to no character interaction and development in the story.

Even more annoyin
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, dark, fantasy
hű, ez aztán jó volt. izgalmas, sötét, kegyetlen, és igazából 4,5 csillag.
Dec 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Got bored with this!
Sergio Armisén
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Esto es un libro que podría llamarse de "explotación", libros que se escriben alrededor de películas, series, juguetes... este en concreto alrededor de un juego de mesa al que nunca he jugado. La verdad es que esperaba muy poco de él y es sorprendentemente entretenido: tiene el sabor de la literatura pulp de toda la vida pero actualizada. La historia narra las andanzas de un druchii: una especie de elfo malvado, sanguinario y pervertido que -ojo al detalle-se llama Malus, jaajaj. Es el primer vo ...more
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Hahaha, the very edgiest of edgy elves! Everyone has "wolfish" grins, and wears as much human leather as possible. I enjoyed it though- once you're out of Evil Elf City, Malus has some discrete adventures that are fun. I thought the willow side quest was strong.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una excelente fantasía oscura, lo mejor de calle es el personaje principal Malus Darkblade. Desborda hijoputismo por todos lados. Y el worldbuilding muy bueno.
Peter Kiss
Sep 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Michael T Bradley
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
So what's strange about this book is I've read it before, yet all that seemed familiar to me was the first and last chapters. Did I skim intensely? Not sure. What I remember of the book is, weirdly, exactly what happens, yet in a completely different context. I won't talk about it much to avoid spoilers, but essentially the nature of the titular daemon's curse is ... kind of what I remembered but for different reasons. I swear, also, that I recall reading this & putting the book down in frus ...more
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Nik Snith
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: black-library
Reading this book is like playing a 1990s style side-scrolling beat 'em up video game based on a Quentin Tarantino movie. It's just one long sequence of gory encounters. It becomes so repetitive that you no longer feel any peril or anxiety because Malus' survival of all his previous near death experiences have you rightfully convinced that he'll soon triumph. Long enough for his next foes to arrive (usually on the next page).

If you manage to make it to Level 19 - I'm sorry, Chapter 19 - then you
Dec 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, warhammer
Might sound a bit odd coming from a Warhammer fan, but I found this book gratuitously violent and gory. It didn't feel like the fun sword-and-sorcery running about hitting things with swords, the violence in this was more personal and wasn't always committed in the heat of battle. Sometimes it was just a bit 'ick'.

And the writing was bad. It was so bad that I found it difficult to read. My mind kept wandering off rather than having to focus on it. I can't even specifically point out what was bad
B. Barceló
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Aunque no conozcas el mundo Warhammer es un libro muy interesante y si eres un amante del wargame o de su trasfondo, deberías leerlo.

Aunque algo lento, la narración es atractiva y te dan ganas de seguir leyendo para saber qué es lo que pasará después.
En cuanto al mundo de los elfos oscuros, no hay ninguna pega que se le pueda poner. El escritor nos lleva de la mano a través de sus ciudades, de su cultura, de la personalidad de los druchii y nos muestra cómo es el despiadado mundo en el que vive
Rosalía  Ruiz
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first time into the warhammer universe and I enjoyed the sword and sorcery environment it haves. The Druchii society is greatly developed and even with its simple plot the story is attractive because of it's not so usual main protagonist; Malus. For a person like me, used to goody-two-shoes protagonists he is a breath of fresh air. If you love dark elves, sword and sorcery and deep evil guys as main characters you'll love this.

-superb ambientation
-excellent main protagonist
Oct 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Daemon's Curse tells about a dark elf who desires power. In the beginning of the story, Malus returns from a slave raid on Bretonnia(a fiefdom of the Humans), but his slaves are killed by ambusher. He returns to Hag Graef (his home city)empty handed. An assassin tries to kill him but fails. Malus suspects the merchants who he loaned money to him are responsible. He then seeks his sister's aid to gain power or money fast. She tells him of a hidden temple in the Chaos Wastes, which Malus' half-bro ...more
Jeff Powers
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Many reviewers seemed to have a hard time with the dark violent nature of the protagonist. As an avid hardboiled crime reader, this didn't seem to stand out as much to me, and until things picked up, didn't really find Malus' actions particularly "evil". The novel did suffer from some minor pacing and writing issues and took some time to really get into. I constantly found myself reading it to get through it, rather than enjoying the journey. It does pick up considerably before its abrupt conclu ...more
May 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
I'm not crazy about this one but I stuck to it because I bought the Omnibus and still had 2 books to go. I remained disappointed far into the book. It seemed to have all generalizations of every sword and sorcery book out there. Yea Malus is nasty, but this book made him out to be a bad ass as well. I don't like my hero's to be so untouchable. Especially when they are also so unlikable. And Malus is unlikeable, I mean its "highborn this, highborn that". It almost made me put the book down. But l ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Malus Darkblade is a Druchii(Dark Elf) warrior, even among the vile Druchii, Malus stands out among them in ruthlessness. Malus steals a map and learns of a secret hidden power ripe for the taking. Malevolent and ambitious Malus and his band of cut-throat warriors set off into the madness and horror of the chaos wastes. There Malus find the power only too late to realize the power is truly a curse. Possessed by a demon known as Tz'arkan, Malus is given a year to find five artifacts of great powe ...more
Alexander Draganov
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent swords & sorcery tale. Very grim and gory, but a quick read nevertheless. It reminded me of the Elric series by Michael Moorcock, but it is much better written and the character is a real villain, not just misunderstood like Elric. The descriptions of desolate landscapes, deadly cults and horrific creatures reminded me of the beloved Fighting Fantasy gamebooks of my childhood. All of this combined made me give the book a 5 stars rating, despite the fact that I liked it less than th ...more
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found the atmosphere and pace throughout the first half of the book to be spectacular. They exceeded my expectations that I made after reading the book's review. Up until that point, I would have rated 5/5. Throughout the second half, I found the protagonist helplessly stupid and predictable, yet I was compelled to finish, as the overall storyline was more than mildly interesting. The 2nd book received slightly better reviews. Will read.
me entretuvo, pero no logré empatizar con el personaje y la historia, las escenas de pelea y el viaje se me hicieron cargante, y esta sociedad malvada y darwiniana no me convenció, pero la de Drizzt me convence menos. Sí, la comparaciones son odiosas pero inevitable. ¿leeré el resto? tal vez. a veces el primero es flojo
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Actually, this fantasy book is a slightly different that I usually read, and I must say that I enjoyed it pretty well, because Malus is kind a evil hero , he do everything for him self and I liked it pretty much. So five stars from me
Aug 09, 2016 added it
this book gave me cold balls
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
great book/series start to end. the dark world of the druchii is catching even with the "hero" being so evil. must read if you like dark fanasty.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
My first Warhammer Fantasy novel (but not my first Dan Abnett book). I enjoyed the story and believe that Abnett does a great job of portraying Malus as the evil person that he is.
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was slightly better then I'd expect of it after reading few pages. Towards the end, I'm still hesitant whether I liked it or not, but I'll see what happens in the book two.
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Mike Lee is an author, scriptwriter and game designer whose most recent credits include Fallen Angels, the latest installment in Black Library Publishing’s best-selling Horus Heresy series, and the dark fantasy epic Nagash the Sorcerer. Along with UK author Dan Abnett, Mike also wrote the five-volume Chronicles of Malus Darkblade, whose signature character has become a cult favorite among fans of ...more
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