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The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade Volume One

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Dan Abnett Goodreads Author. This series has a strong sales history and is the second most popular seiries for Warhammer. PaperbackOmnibuspages. Published September 9th by Games Workshop uk first published August 4th DarkbladeWarhammerWarhammer Fantasymore.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. Mar 20, Daniel rated it really liked it Shelves: Brings to mind more Elric and less Drizzt, which is a plus in my opinion. I think Dark Elves should be Apr 07, Simon rated it really liked it. These books might not be the products of some grand literary ambition, but I loved them. I loved the plot, the style, and the characters. Is it vaguely embarrassing to love a ‘Warhammer’ novel?

I’ve read a lot of Warhammer novels, but Malus really stole the show. Brunner pales before Malus’ majestic grit. I’ve read quite a few novels with anti-heroes, but they’re difficult to get right; “I’m fine,” snarled Malus. I’ve read quite a few novels with anti-heroes, but they’re difficult to get right; and Malus is downright loveable.

In a twisted way. Lee understands that, even if you’re writing a bad person, you still have to ensure people care enough about what happens to him to keep reading. But wait, what’s the novel even about? Malus Darkblade is a dark elf. Usually, in fantasy jargon, elf means ‘pansy’. So, logically, dark elf would mean ’emo evil pansy’. Now, the ‘druchii’ may be emo and evil, but they are definitely no pansies.

They’re vicious, brutal, sadistic slavers who feel that they deserve to do what they want because they can.

They have no friends, merely postponed victims. They dwell in Naggarond, Warhammer’s equivalent of America. And like your stereotypical real-life Americans, they are arrogant and intent on meddling in things that are none of their business. Unlike your stereotypical real-life Americans, however, they rot away in a bunch of chilled wastes feeling bad about being banished.

You see, they are colonists from a powerful sea-faring island natio. We’re back in real life again. Malus is the hated bastard son of a powerful warlord. His siblings are richer, more attractive, more clever, and more popular. All our hero has is his spite. And boy, is he spiteful. When a spirited bout of sea piracy doesn’t exactly land him the fortune he feels he deserves, he goes and gets himself possessed by a demon.


This demon threatens to consume his soul in about a year if Malus doesn’t collect five magical artifacts. Now, if this gets your plot-coupon alarm bells ringing, I understand, but these are no macGuffins.

Every artifact amlus relevance to the plot and is rooted into, connected with, the places they are located. And with Malus, it’s not about the end, it’s about the journey.

Chroniccles hero snarls and cuts his way through the plot with gusto, his anger only matched by his masochism. Thehe way Lee has handled darrkblade character is very, very clever. The people he fights are almost always somehow worse than he is. So much hardship maous inflicted on him that you inevitably begin to feel for him, and you can’t help but love his dogged resilience: The violence is gripping, the pacing is great most of the padding is violence, which is dqrkblade be expected in a Warhammer novel and the female characters were pretty solid as well, on the whole.

That was really quite the achievement on Lee’s part: Dzrkblade novels aren’t exactly required to have strong female characters. The developed female characters are usually the most evil ones, since they have defined ambitions which they are willing to fight for.

Were you expecting me to say ‘the women with flaws’? There’s nothing good about their character to be flawed in the first place. So why not give the novel five stars? Because it did have its weaker sides. It could be a little repetitive, and the whole ‘Warhammer’ concept seemed to limit its potential. Malus was perfectly realized, but I felt the supporting cast deserved to be fleshed out a little more. Still, this is one of my favourite Mallus novels.

Mar 19, Traci Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is another book that I have read several times. It took me awhile to actually get past the first few chapters. I’m not very into reading about the “bad guys” and Malus along with the rest of the Dark Elves is violent, ruthless, masochistic, bloody, and pretty universally “bad.

He is an outsider and fights to gain what he has. He uses a cunningness as well as a willingness to do ANYTHING to get what he wants to fight against the odds – the odds being a demon possessing his soul. The pacing of the story can be a bit off.

Sometimes I can’t wait to turn the page, others the story chroniclea on some. This is really the only complaint that I have. I do skim some of the gory parts of the story, which I’m sure cuts my reading time considerably, since there is A LOT of gore. This is definitely a book for adults. This is the first book in the Warhammer fantasy universe that I read and it was generally easy to understand.


I did Google a map of the fantasy world to darkblaxe understand how the different races dwarves, humans, vampires, orcs, Chaos, High Elves, etc came into contact with each other.

The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade: Volume Two (Warhammer : Darkblade) by Dan Abnett and Mike Lee

There is a chrpnicles in the front of both volumes of Malus Darkblade, but they only show the Dark Elf territory, which Malus does go beyond. As long as you are prepared for extreme violence, this isn’t a bad choice to get into the Warhammer fantasy series. I would also suggest The Sundering by Gav Thorpe.

While I detest Thorpe’s writing, the story tells how there came to be Dark Elves and High Elves, which helps to explain the “current” Warhammer world. I’ve done a review on The Sundering if you want to check it out. Just an super quick explanation of the Warhammer fantasy world – drkblade is similar to the Earth in middle ages, but with orcs, goblins, elves, vampires, magic, demons, etc. There are even rat-people.

Each race is trying to either protect it’s borders, wipe out the other races, and pretty much everyone is trying to stay away from Chaos’ influence with a few exceptions.

There are some similarities to the Warhammer 40k universe and plenty of theories as how the 2 are 1, but I won’t get into that such as the 4 Gods of Chaos and their followers. Many of the races of fantasy correspond to those in 40k elder are high elves, dark elder are dark elves, orks are orcs, etc. Really, the two are kept separate, so you don’t need to know anything about Warhammer 40k to read fantasy, or vice versa.

Jan 10, Nikki rated it really liked it. This omnibus contains three novels: Chonicles will update my reviews and rating as I finish each book. A slow-paced, gory, and blood filled dark adventure motivated by greed! A fast-paced, sea-faring adventure full of humour and sibling rivalry! It was amazing This omnibus contains three novels: A world altering adventure that brings new meaning to the word chaos!


Despite taking an absurdly long mmalus days to finish, it kept me engaged nearly right from the start! This omnibus contains a real sense of beginning, middle, and exciting end, with a piercing hook that will leave you scrambling for Volume Two.

If you’re interesting in reading from a villain’s perspective, this is surely the series for you! Oct 25, Joseph Farand rated it really liked it Shelves: Malus Darkblade is a highborn of the dark elves, a cruel and treacherous race.