Blood of Aenarion (Warhammer: Tyrion & Teclis #1) ★★★☆☆

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Title: Blood of Aenarion
Series: Tyrion & Teclis #1
Author: William King
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: SFF
Pages: 416
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

6000 years ago, the world was besieged by the forces of Chaos and on the edge of destruction. An elven Mage worked a great magic that drove the chaos forces away but one of the demons was caught and trapped within the spell. The mage was only able to finish the spell because Aenarion, mightiest elf warrior, threw everything he had against the forces of chaos.

Now the spell is unraveling and the demon is out for vengeance against the descendants of Aenarion. Two of those descendants, Tyrion and Teclis, are just reaching the age of being presented to the King to see if they carry the curse of Aenarion and to have their possible futures foretold. Both of the twins are possibly the mightiest of elves in their respective arts, Tyrion has the potential to be a warrior without peer and Teclis may plumb the depths of the magical arts not seen in Millenia.

Now the twins must work together to survive Elven political infighting and a demon who is out to kill them. Not much of a life.

 

My Thoughts:

My first impression: Bleak.

While it is very similar to Forgotten Realms in style, in tone it is so different that it is hard to even lump them together. There is no hope, there is no lasting victory and Chaos WILL destroy the world at some point.

We follow the twins as they reach the age of majority and begin to have responsibilities that their father has run away from. Having lived in the backwoods of nowhere, neither twin is prepared for what it means to live in an Elven city. The elves of Warhammer are most definitely not in the mold of Tolkien’s elves. They are just prettier humans that live longer and things are just as nasty as in any political system.

With the twins exhibiting major traits of Aenarion [peerless warrior and mage extraordinaire] just as the super spell is unraveling, it is pretty easy to spot what is going to happen. But that didn’t detract from the story at all. William King appears to be a decent author and his skill level brings this up a notch. The climactic battle at the end with the twins channeling the power of some other Force [are there forces of Law to counter Chaos in Warhammer?] is pretty good. Of course, the demon isn’t destroyed so you know he/it will be back again to cause problems in the next 2 books.

I don’t know enough about the Warhammer universe so I have questions. I suspect though that I’ll have to just keep on reading to get those answers. As long as the writing quality stays at this level and not at the Blood on the Reik, I should be ok with the darker overtones.

★★★☆☆

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19 thoughts on “Blood of Aenarion (Warhammer: Tyrion & Teclis #1) ★★★☆☆

  1. Nathan says:

    I can’t help you. I know a bit about 40k but not much about the fantasy universe. Though I think chaos works the same way; an unstoppable force mowing through everything.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      That is the impression I’m getting here as well about Chaos. I just didn’t know if there was an opposing force. Much like Michael Moorcocks universe where Chaos and Law are equal, opposite and locked in eternal battle. It doesn’t sound like the Warhammer universe if going for a dualistic philosophy though.

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  2. pcbushi says:

    Blood for the blood god!!

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  3. Bookwraiths says:

    Chaos is a constant concern in Warhammer. There are some forces of good/order which oppose it, but even those can’t be completely trusted, have their own motives for their aid. So there is a lot of badness to go around several times over.

    Sad to say, but things aren’t too bad during Tyrion and Teclis’ time. You want to see bleak, read a story about Aenarion’s day. Talk about hopeless. You can understand why he brings down a curse on himself and his descendants by wielding the Sword of Khaine. I mean, if chaos is going to destroy everything you love, who cares about tomorrow?

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  4. savageddt says:

    Thing about Chaos is this: its Chaos… where there is light, one must remember there was darkness before… Chaos in WH has an equal measure of dealing out punches and recieving hefty punishment. I am jealous you have a coppy of the Tyrion and Teclis book one, as I(idiot that I am) picked up the last book in the series(have not read it yet,seeing as I found out what an idiot I am…) , getting back to it, if you want to see choas ass kicked, pick up a Gotrek and Felix… love the guys. There is also a WH legends guy thats a witch hunter, I am yet to find myself a copy.

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  5. In the USA, people seem to get more conservative the older they get. So, elf politics….

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  6. This sounds really up my street- for some reason my brain lights up at the thought of something bleak and dark 😉

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  7. There’s so many #1’s in this Warhammer universe. Hope this series gets better for ya.

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