So maybe all this time-travelling has got to me, but I thought I’d take a look at the Warhammer Online novel that’s due to be published in September 2008 (make of that date what you will!). How can I provide such an insight you might ask? Well, those helpful people over at The Black Library have provided a 15-page excerpt to whet our appetites, so I thought I’d read through it and see if I felt hungry.
Written by Anthony Reynolds, Empire in Chaos is set firmly in the Warhammer Online universe, which distinguishes it from many Black Library releases. It’s listed as the first in a series of novels that take place in the MMORPG’s universe. Now, I’ve not read any of the World of Warcraft novels, so this is my first foray into computer game-related fiction, and of course, I’ve only got 15 pages to play with her. But it gave me enough of a taste to ask my local library to order it for me (ok, so it’s also my workplace, but for the record many libraries are happy to take suggestions!).
So, without further ado, here’s the overview of the novel:
When Annaliese Jaeger’s* village is overrun and destroyed by mutants, she and an injured elf captive are the only survivors. As the two unlikely companions fight their way towards Black Fire Pass, Annaliese discovers within herself powers of courage and faith that inspire all around her. With a grizzled witch hunter and a dwarf warrior, the heroes battle alongside the armies of the Empire and the dwarfs, above and below the earth, against greenskin tribes and the hordes of Chaos.
The extract provided comes from the start of the novel and describes in glorious detail the mutant attack on Annaliese’s village and her first interaction with the elf captive. It’s very well-written and the details of the horrors of the attack as well as the inhuman treatment of the elf in captivity really drew me into the action a lot more than I’d expected from such a short extract. And it made me think more about the setting for Warhammer Online, and how it’s actually a fairly horrific prospect for war to be everywhere.
The excerpt really captures how people would live and think and react within this universe, and as a fan of roleplaying (although more casual these days), it did make me smile and change how I feel about the idea of RvR in-game. I want to feel like I’m fighting for my life and that of my friends, family and everything I hold dear!
Anyway, I am looking forward to this and the rest of the series; a set of Warhammer novels that’ll take place in our universe, one we’ll shape. 15 pages doesn’t take long to read, why not check it out and see what you think?
* Yes, she shares a surname with Felix from the Gotrek and Felix novels.. will be interesting to see where this heads.