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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer Horror novel.

Many years ago, the Great Enchanter Drachenfels was defeated by brave adventurers. Now, playwright Detlef Sierck plans a production showing these events - at the site of the necromancer's death. But the dead do not rest easy.

It's the original Warhammer Horror novel. Hailing from the late 1980s, it depicts an early version of the Warhammer world and is packed with spine-chilling moments and memorable characters - there's a reason it's still a dearly loved title 30 years after its original release!  

Detlef Sierck, the self-proclaimed greatest playwright in the world, has declared that his next production will be a re-creation of the end of the Great Enchanter Drachenfels - to be staged at the very site of his death, the Fortress of Drachenfels itself. But the castle's dark walls still hide a terrible secret which may make the opening night an evening to remember!  

A classic Warhammer novel - 30 years old this year - returns in a brand-new edition under the Warhammer Horror imprint. 

It includes a new introduction by the author, the horror legend Kim Newman, whose real name is appearing on the cover for the very first time. Written by Kim Newman, writing as Jack Yeovil.

Narrated by Antonia Beamish.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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  • Mark E. Olendzki
  • 2020-10-04

Stands the Test of Time

I first read this book 20 years ago when I was in secondary skill and I can honestly say it was just as entertaining now as then. Great and often gruesome descriptive detail really sets it apart and drags the reader in. Further, I enjoy low fantasy Warhammer stories that don't involve magic swords and massive battles.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-02-03

Decent listen.

The Story doesn't really intrigue, the narrator is female but most characters are male, creating some dissonance. Don't waste too much credit on this one.

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  • Doug Mayovsky
  • 2020-11-28

The Best Standalone Warhammer Book

Next to Gotrek and Felix, this is probably my favorite of the Old World stories I've heard thus far. The atmosphere is moody and intense, and it forgoes the usual focus on constant battles to more deeply develop its characters.

Its also nice to see the author given proper credit this time around. Having a female voice in this universe is something that grimdark storytelling could use more of.

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  • Jedidiah Oberry
  • 2019-12-18

Drachenfels

Pleasantly surprised and well worth the time to listen.
Slightly slow in the early chapters but stay with it. All the characters are very well written.

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  • Nicholas
  • 2019-12-01

Slow but worth it.

Story was a bit hard to follow and dull in the beginning. However if you stick with it it develops into a very great tale with a few twists, i for one didn’t expect.

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  • manda
  • 2021-11-05

Holy crap. Plot twist.

I loved this story. There were times I was almost late to work because I didn't want to leave my car so that I could listen.

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  • Evan G.
  • 2022-04-12

Interesting Perspectives & Great Narration

Seeing this from the prospective of a play director and vampire was a very interesting idea. Know that you are watching a production develop and seeing the gruesome depictions throughout; the details were very well written. Chapters are short and easily digestible. Characters are all very diverse and dynamic. The voice work is very very good!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2022-03-08

Very good

Great story, but I was disappointed with the ending, it all ended so suddenly after such a slow burn buildup. Performance was great.

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  • P. de Greyt
  • 2022-01-21

great book

the ending trisw was the best
I love the book
I definitely recommend this book

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  • Austin
  • 2021-12-01

Aged Worse than a Moulden Wine

Plot holes and questionable canon aside from this novel of 1986, one is left with quite a poor taste in their mouth. Hours of roundabout storytelling convey a sterile and otherwise unremarkable tale. Save yourself the time and read a plot summary of the events on 1d4.