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Blood of Aenarion [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

William King
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27. November 2012 Aenarion (Buch 1)
The best selling fantasy book by Bill King, now in paperback

The twins Tyrion and Teclis are the greatest high elf heroes still to walk the earth. They are as different to one another as darkness and light. 

Tyrion is an unparalleled swordsman, a superlative warrior and tactician from birth. He inspires courage and loyalty in those around him. Champion of the Everqueen, he is Ulthuan’s greatest protector. 

Teclis’s gift is magic. The greatest natural sorcerer of the age, his power rivals that of fabled Caledor. Wise councillor of the high elves, Teclis was amongst those who first taught magic to the race of men and gave them the means to defend themselves against Chaos. 

From their humble origin in the wild lands of Chrace, Tyrion and Teclis were meant for a great destiny. They come from the line of Aenarion, the first king of Ulthuan and cursed champion of that magical island. 

When the Witch King Malekith learns of the twins’ existence their lives are imperilled and they are taken to Lothern for their protection and to learn the arts of war.

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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Games Workshop; Auflage: Original. (27. November 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1849702578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849702577
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19,8 x 13,1 x 2,5 cm
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William King was born in Stranraer, Scotland, in 1959. His short stories have appeared in 'The Year's Best SF', 'Zenth', 'White Dwarf' and 'Interzone'.

He has travelled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, but he currently lives in Prague. His works for Black Library include the first seven Gotrek & Felix novels, the tale of Ragnar Blackmane and the forthcoming Tyrion and Teclis trilogy

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Tyrion and Teclis, Book One. 3. Dezember 2012
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Long, long ago, Aenarion the Defender defeated four of the mightiest daemons ever to blight creation. But one daemon managed to survive. N'Kari, the Keeper of Secrets, fled unseen. The daemon's consciousness was a spark of energy that hid within the mighty Vortex constructed by the Archmage Caledor Dragontamer on the Isle of the Dead. The Vortex saved the world, but the ghosts of Caledor and all the other mages who participated in the ritual magic are trapped within, continuously performing the spell for the rest of eternity. N'Kari's presence went unnoticed as he slowly regained his power. It would take several millennia, but eventually N'Kari would find a way to escape the Vortex. Then he would have vengeance on all of Aenarion's descendants.

Princes Tyrion and Teclis had grown up in the wilds of Chrace. They are twins and about to turn sixteen years of age. Tyrion is physically superior to his brother. Tyrion is able to see the patterns on a battlefield with hardly a glance. He is a natural when it comes to weaponry and a brilliant tactician. Teclis is weak in body, constantly ill. But he is superior to his brother in intelligence and the magical arts. He remembers everything he reads and is wise beyond his years. The brothers are close, but when their aunt, Lady Malene, and one of the Phoenix King's elite guards, Korbien Ironglaive, arrive, the twins' lives would forever change.

Tyrion and Teclis are escorted to the Phoenix King's court where they are to be tested. They must learn the arts of war and the mysteries of magic, as well as the secrets of survival in the Phoenix King's court. Soon it becomes obvious that a daemon is on a path of death and destruction. Signs point to the daemon called N'Kari.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ein Rückblick 13. Dezember 2011
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So die neuste Triologie ist draußen und hier mit der 1 Roman von 3 Blood of Aenarion sehr schönes Cover.

Wer Aenarion das Hörspiel besitzt und davon enttäuscht wurde wird das in dem Buch ganz sicher nicht.

Der Prologue des Buches spielt zu der Zeit wo Aenarion mit Caledor diskutiert, wegen dem Mahlstrom um die Mächte des Chaos abzuschwächen. Man lernt Aenarion kurz, kennen Caledor einen der mächtigsten Magier Morathi auch kurz am Rande.

Nkari kommt auch natürlich drin vor was mit ihm passiert wird, hier nicht verraten . Jahre später dreht sich alles um Tyrion und Teclis um ihre Kindheit und zum heranwachsen, der mächtigsten helden die je in der Warhammer Welt existiert haben.

Man lernt den Vater von Tyrion und Teclis kennen und einige andere, Personen die wohl eine Rolle gespielt haben von den beiden Zwillingen.

Finde Blood of Aenarion sehr schön beschrieben und wer die Warhammergeschichte, mag sollte sich den Roman zulegen das Geld ist es auf jeden Fall wert.

2012 wird der 2 Roman der Triologie erscheinen, und 2013 der Abschlußroman der Triologie sein.

Hinten beim Buch sind auch alle 3 Romane nochmal abgedruckt plus die Cover.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hi! 26. Februar 2013
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Das Buch ist im gutem Zustand. Hab erst die ersten Seiten gelesen. Ich finde es ist in einem einfachen Englisch geschrieben, was ich relativ gut verstehen kann.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Best of Black Library 19. Dezember 2011
Von Ronnie Farrell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Bill King has always been my favorite black library author and he just cemented that spot with "Blood of Aenarion". This isn't just a fun read based in the warhammer world, it's a great fantasy novel. A young Tyrion and Teclis realize their potential and destiny as they struggle with High Elf society, their own personal demons and...well, real demons!!!
Can't wait for the next installment of this trilogy.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Welcome return from King - really brings these characters to life 5. Februar 2012
Von Stefan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is the first Warhammer novel from William King in eight years, and I must say I've been really looking forward to it. Focusing on two of the greatest heroes from the Warhammer canon, it is also a very ambitious one. But, thankfully and unsurprisingly, King is fully up to the task. This novel more than exceeded my expectations. Welcome back, Mr. King!

This is the first novel in a trilogy that will tell us the story of the High Elves' greatest heroes: Tyrion, who will become the Champion of the Everqueen and Ulthuan's greatest protector; and his brother Teclis, councillor of the high elves and supremely talented mage, who was also one of the first to teach magic to the race of men and gave them the means to defend themselves against Chaos.

However, Blood of Aenarion is set decades, if not centuries before Tyrion and Teclis fulfil their promise (it's a bit difficult to tell, given how long-lived the Elves are). In this novel, they are only just 16-years old, making their first steps into High Elf society and politics.

The novel opens with the first Phoenix King Aenarion, and his last battle to save Ulthuan and the world at large from the ravages of Chaos. It also explains the Curse of the bloodline - that descendants of Aenarion have the potential for great good or evil, a burden that each must carry and face.

Aenarion's campaign against Chaos showcases a veritable who's-who of Chaos beasties, and it showcases King's ability for writing intense battle scenes. That being said, this is not an overly action-packed novel. True, N'Kari's campaign against the descendants of Aenarion offers up some pretty gruesome and brutal attacks on Elf towns and forts, and there is a superb, climactic battle at the end. But, for the majority of this novel, we spend time with Tyrion and Teclis adjusting to their new life in the Elf capital, Lothern, and starting their training: King has turned this novel into a classic coming-of-age story.

It was great to see these two characters as kids, a period of their lives thus-far unexplored in the literature. Raised away from the centres of power and intrigue, the twins are largely unaware of what it means to be a descendant of Aenarion. When two emissaries from Lothern arrive to collect the twins for their political debut, we learn how the Curse of Aenarion is confronted in this age of the Elves. There are equal levels of suspicion and hope with regards to the first Phoenix King's heirs. That the brothers are twins, one hale and one infirm, is also the cause of many unsavoury rumours among the High Elf nobility. The need to be "tested" for the curse by the Phoenix King hangs over the twins for the majority of the novel, particularly Teclis, who worries that his infirmity is a sign that he carries the curse - something that would result in either death or imprisonment.

King's writing has a great flow. It's a steady story, and King takes us through the twins' journey to Lothern, their exploration of the city and learning about the political rivalries of the city, and then to their testing with great skill. The brothers are both possessed of considerable, innate talent in battle (Tyrion) and magic (Teclis), but King has done an excellent job of not making it appear too easy for them. They do not morph from unskilled children into master-level warrior and mage overnight. Indeed, they remain largely unschooled at the end of this novel - although they are clearly exhibiting some of the skills they will eventually come to master. There are mistakes made and lessons learned, and King has made their progression feel very natural.

He has also made both the main characters and the elves as a whole far more nuanced than I expected. Tyrion, especially, is interesting - seemingly so pure and noble, yet with a deeply buried anger and malice that can be awakened and unleashed with the right goading. Tyrion, at one point, is particularly cold - it's chilling to see how detached and emotionless he can become. Tyrion and Teclis discuss openly between themselves their concerns about carrying Aenarion's Curse, admitting to each other their darker emotions and reactions to certain events. It made them more relatable - they are not the perfect heroes lore would have us believe. They are exceptionally gifted, but flawed individuals, who exhibit all the character traits of the elves, both good and bad: they have their grace and intelligence, but also their arrogance and fears.

It's worth discussing another character at a bit more length: Urian, a Dark Elf spy, who is a very interesting character and certainly the most intriguing after the twins. I can't go into too much detail about who he is or what his part he plays in the story, but he's a much more nuanced Dark Elf than I'm used to reading about, and that made him one of the most interesting and engaging characters in the novel. I really liked the way King has portrayed this character and also Malekith the Witch King, making the Dark Elves far more like their High Elf kin than some other authors have in the past - they are clearly more sinister and brutal, but still remain very similar in many ways.

Origin stories about well known characters are always interesting. They can also be tricky: The author runs the risk of writing a story that is entirely without tension or surprises. Thankfully, King has managed to avoid this potential pitfall, and Blood of Aenarion has plenty of both - even though we know he can't die in combat, for example, there were a couple of times when I was anxious about Tyrion's chances.

King's writing is great: quickly-paced prose speeds us through the novel (I read it in three very enjoyable sittings, late into the night). The story is detailed and fluid, but never gets bogged down by exposition. The lower level of action may not suit some Warhammer fans, but I think King has crafted a very good story, here. The action he has included is superb. Relying on the readers' familiarity with the setting, King allows the story to build young Tyrion and Teclis's world. All of the characters are very engaging and well drawn. There's really nothing bad I can say about the novel, except perhaps the fact that it ended (and slightly abruptly, at that).

In Blood of Aenarion, Tyrion and Teclis, great elf heroes whose names have littered almost every text Games Workshop has released featuring Elves, are brought brilliantly to life on the page. I can't wait for the second novel, Sword of Caledor.

Very highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A book worthy of Aenarion's name 20. Januar 2012
Von R. Petel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been playing Warhammer for 17 years and by far my favorite character within it's lore is Aenarion the Defender. He was arguably the mightiest warrior the Warhammer world had ever seen, yet there is very little actually written about him. Most of what is written are in the form of tales with nothing actually said by Aenarion himself. I've been begging Games Workshop for years to bring this character to light and delve deeper into his legend. Recently Games Workshop has done just that, releasing an audiobook (a disappointment, read my review) and this novel. Now, unlike the audiobook that focuses on Aenarion entirely, this book intros with Aenarion ( a brief but fantastically written piece) that segways into the true focus of the book, his two descendants, Tyrion and Teclis. If you are interested in this book, undoubtedly you are familiar with these characters and to answer the obvious question, William King writes these characters masterfully. If you are a fan of the High Elves, you will want this book. I normally do not have the patience to read novels and anything with Aenarion's name I have high expectations. I read this book in a week and was never disappointed.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic! 2. Januar 2012
Von Gudder - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Big fan of the author from the Ragnar series. Didn't like the Gotrek and Felix novels at all. Couldn't put this book down. Can't wait for the remaining two novels to arrive :) Great novel!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finished it in two sittings... 29. Dezember 2011
Von vassvdm - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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OK so I'm a William King fan - I read all of his Gotrek & Felix novels so my expectations for the first installment of the Tyrion & Teclis saga were, as you would expect, very high.

To be honest, I was expecting to be disappointed. I really wondered whether Mr. King would be able to recreate the same dynamic duo that he had concocted to well documented success in his Slayer series. While the elf twins also make for an intriguing pair, they are already household names in the Black Library/Warhammer universe, which means that you know what to expect of them. What is also likely to be predictable are the events that will unfold in this new trilogy - they occur well before the current Warhammer timeline and everybody who knows anything about the universe can tell you exactly which struggles the gifted twins have been embroiled in and how it all unfolded.

Finally I doubted that the new series would match the Gotrek & Felix saga in terms of sheer comedic value. This was an area that had really made the slayer-and-poet combination memorable, complete with the comic villains (it was William King who invented Grey Seer Thanquol in the first place!), hilarious sidekicks (Snorri Nosebiter, Malakai Makaisson, not to mention a host of minor characters), and so on. The serious setting of Ulthuan and a cast made up of elves only, including Malekith, the Everqueen and the Phoenix King provide less opportunities to exploit King's sense of humour.

So I started reading. I guess some of my preconceptions proved right - there were no big surprises in terms of actual events, and some of the dialogue was a bit bland compared to what the author has accustomed his readers to, but the truth is I couldn't stop reading.

In just two sittings I had finished it. When I stopped I tried to think what it was that I had enjoyed so much about the book.

The prologue starts with a bang - an epic battle (the word epic doesn't truly capture it) that I don't want to talk about for fear of spoiling the pleasure - let's just say that if you're any kind of Warhammer fan you will definitely want to read it!

The pace then drops and is quite slow to pick up again, but that didn't bother me. The author delves into the universe of the elves at a slightly different angle than others have done before. It's the first time we enter the minds of truly young elves (the twins are 16 years old, which by elven standards means they are practically babies - much younger, say, than Alith Anar is at the start of Gav Thorpe's 'Shadow King'). That means that they discover the island continent of the elves at the same time as we the readers do. We learn about the relationship between the two brothers and their father, and much about their mother's family. We are also introduced to high elf politics in a way that I found refreshing (the character of Lord Emeraldsea provides a glimpse into how the state of Ulthuan works behind the scenes). There are some interesting cameo appearances by Malekith (and another dark elf...) and we get King's take on the true differences between the two faces of the sundered race. While the novel's focus is essentially on Tyrion (if you know anything about Teclis you'll be aware that his childhood was anything but easy), but the novel is really about the two of them, and this becomes more and more apparent towards the end.

So what did I really like about it? Well, in contrast to the majority of Black Library literature (unfortunately), the author's focus is well and truly on the characters, and the plot and descriptions - which are good, but not fantastic - don't get in the way of the characterization. I think that the author's goal was to make the novel into a little work of art around his two elvish creations. I heard an interview of his about the book where he talked of the solar/lunar dichotomy evoked by the contrasting natures and physiques of Tyrion and Teclis. The following quote from the book illustrates this nicely:

"Near the table was a freestanding mirror in which Tyrion could see his own reflection and that of Teclis.
He stood in the light of the lantern, Teclis was partially concealed in shadow."

Expect more of this when you pick up this book - because let's face it, if you are reading this, it means you probably will. And if you're anything like me you'll enjoy it and you'll be impatient to get a hold of the second installment of the series.
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