So, given that the Old World is fast approaching its terminus point, it behooves me to point out that it is entirely likely that the range of Warhammer Fantasy-related tie-in fiction of all shapes, sizes and lengths, will join it in the apocalyptic fires of the End Times. As in, they’ll go out of print. Which means that if you ain’t got ’em by now, you won’t be getting them.
Now, it’s possible that this is simple hyperbole on my part, but who knows? Certainly not me, which is why I’m writing this. So why not grab a copy of one of the following books before it’s too late?
The Knights of the Blazing Sun are a noble and venerable order of templars dedicated to the warrior-goddess Myrmidia. The young knight Hector Goetz is sent to the distant island of Svunum to investigate the disappearance of a group of knights. Reunited with his comrades, he battles vicious pirates and bloodthirsty raiders, but from his increasingly disturbing nightmares Goetz realises that there is more to the place than meets the eye. As northern savages lay siege to the island, a deadly secret is revealed that threatens to damn his order for all eternity…
Neferata is a queen without a kingdom. Lahmia has fallen, her vampire children have scattered and she is reduced to draining blood from the beasts of the mountains. After a chance encounter with a party of dwarfs, she sets her sights on a capital for her new empire – the stronghold of Silver Pinnacle. She calls her allies to battle – but can she truly trust Ushoran, Lord of Masks, and his bestial Strigoi vampires?
Gotrek and Felix race to the dwarf hold at Karak Kadrin, finding it besieged by one of the grand armies of Chaos under the command of Warlord Garmr. When King Ungrim Ironfist speaks of the legendary ‘Road of Skulls’ and of the hated foe’s attempts to open a portal into the Realm of Chaos, Gotrek senses that a great doom awaits him – though it may not be the one he would choose for himself. As the king’s own son leads his army of Slayers to fulfil an ancient prophecy, it seems that Garmr’s hour of victory may be at hand…
W’soran, one of the first vampires and former pupil of the Great Necromancer Nagash, seeks to unravel the secrets of life and death. But his hunt for power is interrupted by a civil war in Mourkain, the mountain nation ruled by his former ally, Ushoran. Now W’soran must battle old friends and new enemies as he weaves a complex web of treachery and deceit in order to anoint himself the Master of Death…
Travelling to the mysterious south in search of a mighty death, the Slayer Gotrek Gurnisson and his human companion, Felix Jaeger, find themselves caught up in a battle between warring kingdoms. Captured by the sinister Queen Khalida and forced to do her bidding, the adventurers must brave the horrors of the sun-soaked Land of the Dead… And the dead do not rest easy…
And what about the following short stories, which may also vanish into the howling void of Chaos?
For twenty-two days, the city of Hergig has stood strong against the beastman horde that has laid waste to Hochland. But now the gates have broken, and the beasts have entered the city. Elector Count Mikael Ludendorf leads the defence, his runefang in hand and his stalwart personal guard at his side. As the beasts rampage through the city, the count seeks out his foe, intent on killing the leader of the horde, the Beastlord Gorthor. The result of their combat will decide the fate of Hergig.
Nagash is dead, but his legacy lives on as the vampire Ushoran embarks upon a quest to retrieve the Great Necromancer’s crown from Kadon, the deadly Master of Mourkain.
Gotrek and Felix journey through the haunted marshes of Hel Fenn in search of an honourable death for the Slayer, but awaken an ancient evil long thought dead.
When Gotrek and Felix agree to help an impoverished nobleman reclaim his birthright, they are thrown into a battle for survival against a creature from their darkest nightmares.
Vorag Bloodytooth, Strigoi vampire prince, moves upon Cripple Peak, intent upon uniting the ghoul tribes who labour under the shadow of Nagashizzar and carving out an empire for himself to stand against his warring fellow vampires. Accompanied by his closest allies, Vorag descends into the caverns of the ghouls and challenges their leader to combat. The victor will claim the title of Ghoul King and rule a realm of monsters. The loser will find only death.
Now undisputed ruler of the ghoul tribes of the Plain of Bones, Vorag Bloodytooth has enslaved greenskin tribes to build a fortress worthy of his stature. As his slaves revolt against his cruelty and envoys from his fellow vampires arrive seeking his aid in their petty squabbles, Vorag’s plan to resurrect his long-lost love comes to fruition – if he can escape from the deadly trap he is driven into by the rebellious goblin slaves. The fate of his empire hangs in the balance…
As the heroic duo travel through the Border Princes, a drunken night coupled with Gotrek’s dwarfish lust for gold leads to him agreeing to a marriage – for Felix. With a halfling. Gotrek is determined that this will be a “marriage of moment”, allowing an unamused Felix to abandon his diminutive wife afterwards, but will she see it that way? And just what is the mysterious Jabas that the villagers are so scared of? Will hilarity ensue from this wedding… or horror?
When the Imperial engineer Mikal Bernheimer flees to the free city of Marienburg, it falls to Erkhart Dubnitz and the Knights of Manann to protect the exile while the great and good wage diplomatic war over the matter. Not too onerous a task, so it seems, but with enemies on all sides and intrigue around every corner, Dubnitz and his men are guaranteed a good fight as well…
Now, you’ve probably noticed that none of these are in print. To which I say ‘duh’. They haven’t been in print for awhile, which is what I like to call ‘an item of supporting evidence’. Sure, if you absolutely MUST have a print copy, you can probably find one on Amazon. I point to the e-books because I get royalties for those, which I maybe won’t for a third party copy you get from AbeBooks or Amazon. Now, I’m not going to complain if you buy one there, but…I like royalties, so that’s where I’m pointing you.
In conclusion, please buy a book.
Or a short story.