Defenders of Ulthuan by Graham McNeill
I have often felt the need to make the case for franchise books. I have utter faith in some franchises, and know that almost every book they provide us will be of decent quality. Not only in the world they have to work with – which is normally always rich and vast – but also in the style of writing.
Sadly, however, there are those franchises which seem to go out of their way to continue the stereotype which hangs on franchise novels.
‘Defenders of Ulthuan’ by Graham McNeill is a Warhammer book which, from the beginning, fulfilled every expectation I had of it; which sadly, isn’t much.
Let’s not get the wrong impression though. Warhammer books have the chance to be brilliant and truly fascinating books. However, in this instance, McNeill seemed to focus every ounce of his writing ability in matching all those expectations people have of franchise series.
It could have been so much better as well. The underlying story is captivating, and while maybe not new, it definitely could have been told in a way that was enjoyable. The characters were a little predictable, but in the end, they had me caring for them. And the world, the scope of the story is quite impressive, and one of the reasons why I think I’ll continue to read these books.
But McNeill was the problem with this book. His execution of the plot was contrived and unnecessarily predictable.
Worst of all was the excessive flourishing language which seemed to pop up out of nowhere every few pages. Words that even I don’t know or have ever heard spoken or written kept appearing, giving the book an appearance of high-literature, but only ever for a few paragraphs before it reverted to a more comfortable style.
If you want to write in a manner which James Joyce might appreciate, then do it for the whole book, or not at all. You can’t have a middle ground without it appearing ridiculous.
The cliff-hanger ending really did leave me excited, and the overall journey the story is taking will have me diving back into the second book as soon as I can. While the underlying storyline of betrayal is going to hamper my ability to enjoy the book as a whole, the invasion and individual battles are well written and keep my attention.
In the end though, it’s just a little off being mediocre, when it could have been so much more. Maybe the second book will do better.
This Defenders of Ulthuan book review was written by Joshua S Hill
All reviews for: Warhammer
Defenders of Ulthuan
Two brothers fight for the love of the same woman against a backdrop of war as the dark elves launch a massive invasion of the elf homeland, Ulthuan. Can the high elves dri...
Thanquol is caught in a deadly net of treachery and intrigue as he is caught up in the rival plans of clans Mors and Skyre to destroy the dwarf hold of Karak Angkul. In ord...
Gotrek and Felix: The Anthology
Gotrek and Felix - unsung heroes of the Empire, or nothing more than common thieves and murderers? The truth perhaps lies somewhere in between, and depends entirely upon wh...
Have you read Defenders of Ulthuan?
We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you.
Defenders of Ulthuan reader reviews
6.2/10 from 1 reviews
There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?
Write a reader review
Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book.
More recommended reading in this genre
Age of Legend
An anthology of orginal short stories based on the heroes of the Warhammer Fantasy Time of Legends. Original short stories from some of the best fantasy writers in the Blac...
Infinity Blade: Awakening
Trained from birth in swordplay and combat, a young knight named Siris has fought through an army of Titans to face the tyrannical God King in one-on-one combat. This was h...
Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War
The ashes of the Cataclysm have settled across Azeroth’s disparate kingdoms. As the broken world recovers from the disaster, the renowned sorceress Lady Jaina Proudmo...
Diablo III: Book of Cain
Since the dawn of time, the Eternal Conflict has raged between the High Heavens and the Burning Hells. If the Prophecy of the End Days holds true, mankind will soon find it...
Arrow: Heroes and Villains
Arrow: Heroes and Villains is a great look at the ideas for the series, the stories behind them and the various photographs of heroes and their villain counterparts. What m...
Sean C Sousa
Long ago, the first reign of Grigori Geist nearly destroyed the Earth. Returned from exile, Geist is secretly rebuilding his kingdom beneath Antarctica, assembling his robo...
Shadow Wing: The Dragons of Outland
Richard A Knaak
Emerging victorious from the Ghostlands after ending the undead Scourge's quest to obtain the Sunwell's potent energies, Tyri and Jorad's journey is far from ov...
Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
When Azeroth was young, the noble titans appointed the five great dragonflights to safeguard the budding world. Each of the flights’ leaders was imbued with a portion...
For twenty-five years the colossal battle between Megatron and Optimus Prime has captivated Transformers fans around the world. Yet the full story of the conflict between t...
Looking for more suggestions? Try these pages: