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Realmslayer: Blood of the Old World

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
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Summary

A Warhammer: Age of Sigmar audio drama series

In the strange worlds of the Mortal Realms, Gotrek Gurnisson craves one thing above all: purpose. When he discovers a being who might lead him to it, he will stop at nothing to find them - but old enemies seek the same prize....

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Gotrek's adventures in the Mortal Realms continue, written once again by David Guymer, with an all-star cast - headed by Brian Blessed! Say it with us: Gotrek's alive!

The story:

Gotrek Gurnisson was once the greatest Slayer of the Old World, meeting his doom in the great cataclysms of the End Times. The heroic duardin stepped forth into the Realm of Chaos to fight the daemons gnawing at the world's ending and satisfy his death oath, leaving behind his companion Felix Jaeger. Now, he finds himself in a strange new realm where gods walk the earth and dark forces are ascendant.

Within the endless forests of Ghyran, Gotrek learns of a being with the power to guide him to what he craves above all else: a destiny, and a purpose worthy of his legend. What he seeks is a prize more terrible than any he could have imagined, fought over since the dawn of time by powers beyond even his indomitable strength. Nor is he the only scion of the Old World to be drawn by its promise, and Gotrek will have to overcome the greatest nemesis of his past if he is to claim his future.

Written by David Guymer

Contents:

Part 1: Armour of Winter

Part 2: The Everlasting Oath

Part 3: The Silver Tower

Part 4: The Last Gate

Performed by Grace Andrews, John Banks, Andrew Fettes, Kelly Hotten, Matthew Hunt, Jonathan Keeble, Penelope Rawlins, Richard Reed and Joe Shire, and starring Brian Blessed as Gotrek Gurnisson.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Another great edition, bring on the next one.

Another great performance, really enjoy the scope of the voice actors. It sounds like they are having alot of fun doing these.

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Loved it

Loved it. If you have any love of gortex and felix pick it up. Not great for those beginning thr series but it is like 30 books in

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fantastic again

would love GW to make all the series with brian blessed. a real joy to listen too.

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brian blessed was brilliant

the story was great but the voices were a wonder to behold. a a
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Gotrek’s Search For Purpose

Warhammer Age Of Sigmar: Realmslayer - Blood Of The Old World by David Guymer

Hello to you all once again. I know I promised you something different this time but I’ve decided I will have to take a sabbatical from Mr Pratchett and friends until after October to give me time to have a break from it and to get into the spirit of the season of horror. But one final review comes before October and I’ve been looking forward to this for quite a while!

Those of you who have been following my reviews for a while will possibly remember my review of Realmslayer by David Guymer - here’s a link for those of you who are curious - but if I say the words Brian Blessed or Gotrek Gurnisson that might jog your memory!

This second audio set of Gotrek makes the particularly opinionated dwarf feel like he’s never been away. He’s still the same entertaining dwarf he’s always been. But there is one difference. In the strange worlds of the Mortal Realms Gotrek seeks one thing more than ever: purpose. Why is he here? What is his true destiny? And is there a purpose here that befits the legend of Gotrek Gurnisson last bastion of the Old World? The long lost World That Was? In the ancient forests of Ghyran dwell the - as Gotrek calls them - ‘tree-kin.’ These creatures claim to know a way to find that which Gotrek seeks but he won’t be the only relic of days long gone searching for this prize. As Gotrek and his - somewhat begrudging - travelling companion Maleneth the dark elf of the Order of Azyr start their journey they pick up another dwarf for their party and reunite with one of Gotrek’s few friends in this new world of the God-King Sigmar. But what other adventures are in store for the group as they follow their guide?

This new Realmslayer release like the first is a connected series of 4 hour long audio dramas which when combined create an interlinking narrative. Without giving away more than the general synopsis above, the story is very well written by Storymaster Guymer and I was entranced throughout either by the characters and their stories throughout the drama or by the excellently done comedy - as an aside I absolutely love the bickering between Gotrek and Maleneth it absolutely fits them!

The performances are equally top notch. Brian Blessed returns to voice the hard drinking hard fighting Doomslayer and as always is clearly having fun doing so. He throws his all into the performance with panache both when fulfilling the roles expected for him traditionally and when doing the ‘unusual.’ There were a few moments later in the set when Gotrek got quite the emotional reaction out of me.
But he isn’t the only one! Penelope Rawlins as Maleneth is equally perfect. Her icey and rather aggressive attitude bounces well of Mr Gurnisson while also allowing her to interact well with their other travelling companions. Those few moments where what occurs gets a genuine reaction out of her matter all the more for how rare they are. The other cast members all do excellently with particular notice to a certain long time enemy of Gotrek and his Stormcast friend both of whom made a rather strong impression on me but I’d rather not give everything away.

The only critique I can think to make is one based purely in personal preference but I still wish to note it to my readers. One of my MANY points of praise in the original Realmslayer was the battle scenes which had narration by the great Johnathan Keeble. Mr Keeble is involved in this new Realmslayer release but there is notably no narration throughout the story itself or the battle sequences. I understand that many other listeners may prefer it like this but the lack of a narrator of any sort felt slightly off to me personally while listening.

In all other aspects though I fell in love with Realmslayer, Gotrek, The Age Of Sigmar and David Guymer’s writing all over again. There’s a reason that David Guymer being involved in any new Warhammer release is a selling point to me these days akin to the great Dan Abnett or Aaron Dembski-Bowden, both other authors of deservedly good reputations. I hope I can persuade some of my readers to follow the Realmslayer audio productions - or more generally - the large and long loved series of Gotrek Slayer novels that date back to some of the greatest battles of The World That Was, a proud tradition which now continues in print courtesy of Darius Hinks and Ghoulslayer which released concurrently with Realmslayer: Blood Of The Old World.

I look forward to hearing more of the adventures of this battle eager dwarf and I’m more than confident I’ll hear his raucous laughter before too long and I don’t think I’ll be the only one. My next review without being too specific I can promise you will fit the upcoming celebration. Just be sure to keep an eye out for the uncanny.

Sayonara!

Nephrite

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Hard to follow

Not as good as the 1st, hard to follow without a narrator so you get lost as a listener often.

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Even better than the first!

Loved the first one - but Brian and co did it again. And special shout out to the supporting cast, who also played blinders!

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Loved it. It feels like an old friend has come back from a long journey.

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Absolutely great.

Great performance from the cast and a good story. Thoroughly enjoyed this and I look forward to the next one

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Yaaaaas

YAAAAAAAAASSSSS YAAAAAAAASSSSS YAAAAAAAAASSSSS YAAAAAAAASSSSS YAAAAAAAAASSSSS YAAAAAAAASSSSS YAAAAAAAAASSSSS YAAAAAAAASSSSS YAAAAAAAAASSSSS
GOTREKS ALIIIIIIIVE amazing love it muchly

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  • Doug Hardebeck
  • 04-11-19

IS THIS THE BEST YOU'VE GOT?!

Yes, yes it is and it's a great listen for anyone who is a fan of the series.

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  • Jonathan E Tuttle
  • 21-10-19

Amazing continuation of my favorite story

G&F was an epic adventure and these continuation are spot on. got me to cry. can't wait for more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-19

Another great audio drama!

loved it, Brian Blessed is an amazing voice actor and a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Louise
  • 27-09-19

gotrek

as long as they keep making Gotrek books I'll keep reading them. I always enjoyed them. hope they bring back Felix though not a fan of the aelf

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  • Danniel of the Lions
  • 23-09-19

Amazing ! Breath Taking! Any Slayer will tell you !!

Such an amazing journey I’ve had with this series and Guymer is the icing on the cake in this epic. I best not say more to spoil anything.. so stop what your doing and lose yourself in this awesome tale!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-09-19

Truly Great

The story keeps me wanting more and more. I cant wait for the next one and to see what adventures we are taken on!

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  • Sam Breitenbauch
  • 20-09-19

I think I just cried a little

sad. but good. ending. and a new beginning. But I look forward to more. Gotrek lives!!

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  • Matthew Cockcroft
  • 19-09-19

A demand for Games Workshop.

Started Saturday, it is Wednesday. Finished both new Gotrek books. Write more books. My axe thirsts

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  • VictorF
  • 17-09-19

gotrek is back in almost full fighting form

Gotrek returns to the Warhammer worlds, he's going to let everybody know about it whether they like it or not. voice cast is amazing, Brian blessed really sells it, supporting actors barely feel like supporting actors

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  • Adam Bielen
  • 17-09-19

Gotrek's Alive!

This was absolutely amazing. Brian Blessed and the other actors really bring the story to life. I can't wait for another one.

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