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Summary

A Warhammer Horror novel

On the mean streets of Altdorf, Guard Captain 'Filthy Harald' Kleindeist investigates a series of gruesome murders that take him into the upper echelons of Imperial society and expose horrors beyond imagining. 

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It's a classic Warhammer murder mystery that delves into the darkness behind the Imperial aristocracy as well as the horrors to be found in the poorest districts of Altdorf.

The story

In the Imperial capital of Altdorf, a killer stalks the streets. Nicknamed 'The Beast' by those who have seen the remains of his victims, all evidence points to the haughty members of the Imperial court, the wealthy and privileged who are a law unto themselves. 

Written by Kim Newman. Narrated by Antonia Beamish.

©2020 Games Workshop Limited (P)2020 Games Workshop Limited

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Hard to put down

A wonderful book that keeps you guessing.
Well paced and beautifully set in the old world

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Transphobic tropes abound

The narrator is great and the story is good in places but was sadly let down by falling into bad and harmful transphobic tropes

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A gripping crime/horror narrative

A great book that kept the reader guessing throughout. Perhaps too many main characters which could cause confusion at times. It's a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

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A book that should have been left faded in time

Unfortunately, mysoginy drips from every page. It should have been left in the 80s.

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Interesting story

It was a bit dark for my taste and sometimes it was difficult to understand what was going on because there were so many characters, but it all made sense by the end of the book which left me absolutely flabbergasted! Therefore, I might listen to the second book in the series just to find out what will happen to some of the characters.

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A marvellous mystery

In this book, we enjoy a taste of conflict between socio-economic classes, of gritty and mature themes, and a curiosity to fuel one's drive to finish the story. I must make clear that Genevieve is more of a cameo in this novel, than an impactful character to this story. This story also takes place "before" the events of the preceeding novel.

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I couldn't enjoy it

Way too many "main characters".
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Many many wierd names.
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Sorry about it, the beginning was ok, I can say good/promising, but after it become enjoying.

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Classic mystery

Well written well told and very well read, really enjoyed this dark tale set in the grim dark AoS universe

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  • 10-03-21

Worth the credit for it!

Absolutely has that odd ‘Old World’ sense of style from the first Genevieve novel, Drachenfels, and is shared with Gotrek and Felix. My only complaint is that the title is misleading in that it said it’s a Genevieve novel, and yet Genevieve herself is treated as merely a background character, with only a couple minor scenes between her and Detlef Sierch. I’m not saying that she had to be in every scene in the book, but it would’ve done just as well as a stand-alone title on its own merit without her making a guest appearance. Other than that, the book was awesome

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  • Steve Ray
  • 30-12-20

Outstanding!

A full-on political thriller and spine-tingling chiller, Ms. Newman keeps rocking every wing of the literary house.

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  • ClothingMonster
  • 13-12-20

Fun book easy to listen along

I liked this one a lot. Didn’t listen to it with all my attention but it was really atmospheric and I could follow along easy enough. Not sure someone would be able to even write this story with everything being under the political magnifier these days.

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  • Marcus Bone
  • 09-03-21

I just wish there had been more...

Odd to think that this along with the other 'Jack Yeovil' novels are now 30 odd years old. One of the best horror fantasy... let alone Warhammer... stories ever written. Have to say that I even enjoyed Antonia Beamish's narration this time around.

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  • W'amari
  • 04-01-21

Fun but a bit deceptive

This is a great book if you enjoy mysteries but if you're reading this for Genevieve you'll be disappointed. She doesn't spend much time in the story. But it's a good detective story trying to find out who done it.

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  • Christian
  • 24-06-22

Fun Horror Romp

Wow! The character's actually feel like real people.

Also despite being a B*itish author there is a non-binary plot point, and they're not just some shitty caricature or the butt of some joke. In this book from 1991!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-22

awesome mystery

30 years on and this book still holds up, great characters , the story really keeps you guessing to the very end

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  • Jordan V. Fenty
  • 25-03-22

Good detective plot. No vampire plot.

intriguing warhammer detective story. no vamp plot. Think the production would benefit from bigger time gaps between paragraphs that switch narrative perspective: author likes to shift characters without warning and audibly its hard to tell sometimes if there was a switch until a few lines of txt later.

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  • P. de Greyt
  • 03-02-22

lot of twist at the end

it was a good book the ended was good and the whole story was great beginning is odd

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  • Khalil
  • 15-10-21

Not what I was expecting, but not bad

So let me be clear, this is NOT a vampire Genevieve book. It's a very good Warhammer mystery/horror book but not in the Genevieve series. She is only in the book for a hand full of pages and had no impact on the story. Other than that I can say I did not see the series of resist at the finale and highly recommend.