It is the year 2010. Her Divine Majesty, Queen Elizabeth XXX sits upon the throne. Great Britain's vast Empire is run by alchemy and superstition. Now Sir Rupert Triumff, dashing swordsman, has uncovered a vile plot to dethrone her glorious majesty. For the honour of the nation: to arms! Multi-million selling author Dan Abnett whips up a furious maelstrom of incredible swordfights, wild invention and truly outrageous jokes.
©2010 Dan Abnett (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Triumff is a witch's brew of alternate history, hocus pocus, cracking action and cheesy gags. Reads like Blackadder crossed with Neal Stephenson. It's a Kind of Magick - don't miss it." (Stephen Baxter, esq.)
"Endlessly inventive, joyously irreverent, drenched with adrenaline and wicked humour, Dan Abnett's Triumff: Her Majesty's Hero is a brilliant occult-comedy-historical-adventure that's true to the best traditions of the genres it so eagerly devours." (Mike Carey, esq.)
The reader is more professional than inspiring but he gets the job done without getting in the way of the story. He does well with the pace of his reading and has enough voices to go around although if you have listened to other books read by him you will notice the same voices come round again. It lead to some funny moments where I thought what is the DG from Len Deightons Berlin game doing in a funny fantasy book about an alternative Elizabethan London.
The story itself is fun, I laughed a lot especially in the first quarter of the book. The author draws on a lot of the same lines as Terry Prattchet. If you’ve just come off a Disc World binge and need something to help the come down I would recommend this. Although it does stand up as a its own thing.
Wonderfully inventive both in terms of setting and story, with playful narrative and description. Add to this the witty and inventive dialogue, and you have a truly delightful story that deserves a lot of attention and respect. The performance of the narrator is to be highly commended, thoroughly committed to every nuance of the text. I can't recommend this enough! Desperately waiting for an encore!
A sci fi fan, but I am prepared to broaden my horizons when I can't find a title that tickles my fancy.
Dan is normally a fabulous writer and I really enjoy his style, however the audio effects on this book make it difficult for me to relax while listening. It's pretty jarring. It's a shame because I'm sure it's a great story, like all of his works, but I can't get past the first chapter without all my nerves being on edge. Sorry Audible, but I think you broke this one.
"Swashbuckling Blackadder with Steampunk Magic?"
I downloaded this on a whim totally carried away by somone's very enthusiastic review. I think the book was ok, but just not for me. It is set in modern day London which due to the discovery of magic has not moved on from Tudor times (which at times means the narration is faux Tudor English which can be, depending on the scene, marvellous or irritating.)
I think I would have preferred to read this in print so I could savour the humour (the puns can be dire - no bad thing).
The characters were very standard, but Mother Grundy was pure Granny Weatherwax and lifted the story a bit when she was around, and our hero was definitely Blackadder (with a huge dash of Lord Flashheart).
Personally, I think Randell Garett's Lord Darcy is a better alternate history with magic.
However, if you like British humour like Pratchett, Blackadder, Adams and Python, and punning like in the Xanth books, you will most probably like this.
"Great alternate history fiction from Abnett"
Abnett did a great job in creating this work. He was able to make it a perfect balance of comedy, intrigue, and sword play. The narrator does well to depict all of te characters and delivers the quips and jokes with maximum effect. I was entertained immensly by this and hope Abnett will make a few more adventures for Triumff!
The comedy and action mix.
The sword fight in the rain introducing Triumff.
"A fun swashbuckler with a dry sense of humor."
Quite simply, this is a fun book that does not take itself or the reader too seriously.
If you are looking for massive world building, deep dark undertones and characters that drip with angst ... This is not the book for you.
On the other hand if you enjoy well-written fight scenes and appreciate a dry, British sense of humor ... This one will be right up your alley.
I suppose I would go with Triumff's Butler. I am a sucker for the unblinking straight man's responses to the absurd.
Vance has an uncanny ability to make amusing lines funny and funny lines hysterical.
Considerably funnier than I expected. Several times had me laugh aloud and draw odd looks from those around me.
Similar to Alex Bledsoe's work (Sword Edged Blonde) albeit without having as strong a plot.
Enjoyable listen, I will certainly be picking up any sequel Mr. Abnett cares to put out.
"Refreshing, Humorous, not Mr.Abnett's Best"
A very amusing work, refreshing and very much in keeping with the new style. It is interesting to see Abnett's work independent of other IP. I look forward to where he goes with this, with some more work the characters will likely improve.
"If I could I'd give this SIX stars"
???Triumff??? by Dan Abnett, is a farce well worth the listen. Bending your imagination and history to have had Elizabeth I marry Phillip of Spain to create a English/Spanish union.
The entire European word has been kept under the thumb of this empire. The year is 2010 and they still travel in wooden ships with sails and no plumbing it is still 1542. Simon Vance is perfect for the narration. He can so quickly run some saying and twist them into something that you will laugh out loud to. I laughed so many times, I'm glad I chose to listen at home. I had to re-wind to get what I missed from laughing. America is still the new world, and native Americans can???t believe that these people want to buy land with glass beads. ???How dumb do they think we are???? Everything is twisted, Dan Abnett did a wonderful job of creating characters, and verbal interchanges totally mind hysterical . The hero Triumff , went on a ship and discovered Australia, the only place in the entire world were they ARE living in the 21st century. They have motor vehicles, mp3 players plumbing, etc. Triumff wants to keep the English/Spanish Empire from invading Australia. There is magic, and many other strange things. This is a must if you enjoy paranormal/fiction. I loved it and I hope that there will be more in this series. Both Abnett and Simon Vance made this story for me. If I could I???d give it SIX STARS.
"Good, but not the Abnett I expect"
I can't compare, as I haven't read the printed text, but Abnett weaves elaborate tales, so some times you need to read and re-read to comprehend.
Crashing swords and magic in the twentieth century, oh yes!!
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