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'In my line of work, I get pretty used to profiting by people's fear.'

The words of the most notorious bounty hunter in all of the Old World. From the palazzos of Tilea to the fortresses of Bretonnia to the alleys of Altdorf, no man is feared more then the bounty killer Brunner. All who have heard his name know his reputation as a hunter, as long as the price is right and the target sane, it isn't a question of if he will get them.. its a question of when.

C.L Werner has created a very rare type of character with Brunner. While most characters are suited for long series of novels with a few short stories thrown in for bridging gaps, Brunner is more suited to the realm of short stories, the better to tell more of his exploits across the Old World. And that creates quite an interesting series.

The series so far consists of two short story anthologies, Blood and Steel and Blood Money, which each contain several exploits of Brunner set in many stunning locales against dangerous foes. And the third is a full novel, Blood of the Dragon, which pits Brunner against the most dangerous foe in the entire omnibus.

The characterization in the series is quite varied, Brunner being the only permanent character in the series. An anti-hero with a brutal honour streak Brunner is quite a morally complex character. Driven by a mysterious past Brunner has no qualms about whom or what he hunts, he will kill the innocent or the falsely accused for the right price, but once on the hunt he will not be swayed away, even an king's ransom will not save his prey from being brought in. Orcs and Goblins, the warriors of the Dark Gods, and even foes more ancient then the Empire itself all stand in the way of Brunner's precious gold, and he'll let none stop him in his hunts.

The remainder of the characters only appear once in the series, or at best twice. However they are very interesting, many an erstwhile ally or source for Brunner, and many more a deadly foe. Some of the more notable and deadly include Krogh, the shadowy mutant and a rival hunter, Skrim Gnaw-Tail, an agent of the Skaven in Altdorf, and Pulslitz, a champion of the Grandfather of Plagues. The absence of a large base of recurring characters allows many different and varied characters to be used in the series and creates many different foes for Brunner, those who want him dead and those who want to use him.

The action in the series is great and well-styled as Brunner faces all sorts of enemies with his arsenal of weaponry. The enchanted blade Drakesmalice and his trusty Tilean-made pistol to name a few. Each hunt of Brunner's varies in nature, from hunting down escaped fugitives, from recovering ancient artefacts, or slaying an enemy warlord for coin, each different story and hunt is well-written and a great read.

The pace varied throughout the different stories. It goes from quick and urgent to slow and cautious as befits Brunner's current situation. In-depth explanation of lore or events was only given when absolutely needed.

The omnibus may finish with Blood of the Dragon but the adventures of Brunner are far from over, C.L Werner himself has said he will return to Brunner one day soon, once his schedule lightens a bit. But the ending of the full novel was ominous and action-packed, leaving me wanting more and more.

My rating for Brunner the Bounty Hunter is a well-deserved 9/10 for a wide and varied selection of stories, unique and interesting characters in every story short and long, and a look into the grim world of the bounty killer Brunner. Should you buy this book?, Yes. Yes you should.
 

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A fantastic review, but most importantly a review, that buries the seed of intruige within me, without a loadstone of spoilers, and scarce enough details to be interesting. So yes, I may well buy the Omnibus:victory:

Another thing- Generally, from your posts, it seems you are very... ''into'' for want of a better word, C.L.Werner's works; Any idea's on what else he may be writing for the Black Library soon? I know of Wulfrick - a novel, or the opening of a duology? Should come around Christmas/the Winter months. But anything else? It seems like he likes to get... ''dirty'' with the harder-to-grasp elements of the Warhammer World (And even 40k with Orks) whilst Long and Thorpe tackle our more common/pointy-eared protagonists :grin:
 

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Well actually he and I talk on the BL Bolthole a bit and he has told us of his projects. Right now he is working on his second Warhammer Heroes novel, The Red Duke. It is about the Blood Dragons, if you dont know what that is then look them up, they are awesome. And after that he will be working on the 3rd Thanquol and Boneripper novel, Thanquol is going up against the Dwarves.
 

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The Red Duke? Excellent, although it is a slight shame it is not Walach Harkon or Abhorash :p

Anyway, thank you, and I believe your side-order of reputation has arrived, good sir.
 

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Excellent review. Much better than your previous ones if I say so myself! In fact, you have convinced me to buy this soon, so it will be my first entry into Fantasy. Keep it up LoTN!
 

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The Red Duke? Excellent, although it is a slight shame it is not Walach Harkon or Abhorash :p

Anyway, thank you, and I believe your side-order of reputation has arrived, good sir.
Not sure about Harkon but I think that Abhorash's story has been told. The Red Duke however interests me much more, characters with no name make for very interesting reading. The Doctor and The Master are two examples of classic nameless characters.

And thanks. All +rep helps.

Excellent review. Much better than your previous ones if I say so myself! In fact, you have convinced me to buy this soon, so it will be my first entry into Fantasy. Keep it up LoTN!
Thank you and good choice, you wont regret it. Warhammer Fantasy is nowhere near as large as 40k in scale but sometimes seems so much richer. Things that in 40k could not be conceived of not only work in Fantasy, they happen.

And on a side note my next review will either be the Soul Drinkers series or Mathias Thulmann: Witch Hunter series. Likely Thulmann, im very interested in that series, again by C.L Werner. He does good work.
 

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awesome work LotN! You've seriously taken my long list of advice to heart! This is the kind of review that really draws people in and makes them want to find out more. :) I'm so proud of this review that i've bumped it along to my fellows at BL, and you may see it on the facebook page or on their twitter feed!

cheers mate. :)

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Very good review. I read the Brunner books the first time around, and go back to him every now and then. What I love the most is that he's not on some sort of quest to unite the tribes/raise the dead/retrieve an artifact. He's simply in it for the money. I always pictured Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider when I read his stories.
 
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