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A Warhammer Horror novel Seven families arrive at an ancient castle, expecting a grand feast – but each guest brings the weight of their own expectations as well, not to mention hidden agendas and a thirst for revenge that will push them into darkness as evil approaches. READ IT BECAUSE Experience a Warhammer Horror take on a classic set-up – people gathering for a meal, each A Warhammer Horror novel Seven families arrive at an ancient castle, expecting a grand feast – but each guest brings the weight of their own expectations as well, not to mention hidden agendas and a thirst for revenge that will push them into darkness as evil approaches. READ IT BECAUSE Experience a Warhammer Horror take on a classic set-up – people gathering for a meal, each of them carrying their own secrets. It's sure to terrify and delight you in equal measure. THE STORY Guests are arriving at the ancient castle of Mhurghast, summoned by the reclusive Count von Koeterberg. They expect a grand feast, and something more... The ambitious Baron expects to inherit the Count's wealth; the wife of a broken swordsmith hopes to revisit happier times; the fallen priest prays for a chance of recovering his faith. Seven families, each with their own dark secrets. Each with their own hidden agenda. Each marked for revenge. Doomed to discover the depths of horror and despair, it is not a night of revelry that awaits them, but a night of unprecedented terror. Son will turn against father and daughter against mother, as daemonic evil descends upon Mhurghast.


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A Warhammer Horror novel Seven families arrive at an ancient castle, expecting a grand feast – but each guest brings the weight of their own expectations as well, not to mention hidden agendas and a thirst for revenge that will push them into darkness as evil approaches. READ IT BECAUSE Experience a Warhammer Horror take on a classic set-up – people gathering for a meal, each A Warhammer Horror novel Seven families arrive at an ancient castle, expecting a grand feast – but each guest brings the weight of their own expectations as well, not to mention hidden agendas and a thirst for revenge that will push them into darkness as evil approaches. READ IT BECAUSE Experience a Warhammer Horror take on a classic set-up – people gathering for a meal, each of them carrying their own secrets. It's sure to terrify and delight you in equal measure. THE STORY Guests are arriving at the ancient castle of Mhurghast, summoned by the reclusive Count von Koeterberg. They expect a grand feast, and something more... The ambitious Baron expects to inherit the Count's wealth; the wife of a broken swordsmith hopes to revisit happier times; the fallen priest prays for a chance of recovering his faith. Seven families, each with their own dark secrets. Each with their own hidden agenda. Each marked for revenge. Doomed to discover the depths of horror and despair, it is not a night of revelry that awaits them, but a night of unprecedented terror. Son will turn against father and daughter against mother, as daemonic evil descends upon Mhurghast.

30 review for Castle of Blood

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tim

    Oh... OH WHAT FUN! You know what doesn't happen often enough in my opinion? Fantasy and horror combined. I'm not talking urban fantasy, where it takes place in something bearing resemblance to the modern world, I'm talking sword and sorcery fantasy meets true horror novel plots. Thankfully Warhammer's new horror lineup has decided to take the title Ravenloft once held as being a long term fantasy horror series. Well, this is two Warhammer based novels in a row that I'm giving 4 stars. Where the l Oh... OH WHAT FUN! You know what doesn't happen often enough in my opinion? Fantasy and horror combined. I'm not talking urban fantasy, where it takes place in something bearing resemblance to the modern world, I'm talking sword and sorcery fantasy meets true horror novel plots. Thankfully Warhammer's new horror lineup has decided to take the title Ravenloft once held as being a long term fantasy horror series. Well, this is two Warhammer based novels in a row that I'm giving 4 stars. Where the last one (Requiem Infernal) got that fourth star for being well above and beyond what I expect from a Warhammer book in terms of sheer frightening ideas and originality, this one instead gets it for being the perfect example of pure entertainment even if I knew where it was going. The plot was plain and simply fun. It focuses around several guest arriving at a dinner being thrown by the reclusive Count von Koeterberg. Unknown to them, all of them have something in common; one member from each family was in some way involved in the death of the count's son. For some, it is fairly obvious how they are involved... for others less so, but to the count each is equally at fault. Count von Koeterberg's solution is elegant. The castle will be sealed and a demon summoned, one that will transfer from body to body when killed, but it will only possess the children of his enemies. You see, where they took his son away, he'll take their children... and have the extra benefit of the children killing the parents as well. In other words, this is what would happen if you somehow mixed And Then There Were None with The Lord of the Rings and The Exorcist... and it is as mindbogglingly entertaining as that sounds. This is a delightfully macabre little tale and a wonderful example of what Warhammer's new horror line could be. While the Warhammer universe has always played with cosmic horror, these newer tales play with classic horror tropes in fun unique ways, and what can I say, I'm a sucker for such tropes. Add in all the gothic horror elements one would expect from a Hammer horror film and some good old fantasy sword play... well, you have something tailor made for my enjoyment. Perhaps others will not grin at the horrible dilemmas these characters face (from death traps, to... well, obvious, but unpleasant solutions on how to avoid having your child kill you) but for a certain group, this will be a gem of a read. 4/5 stars. Recommended to all fans of gothic horror and fantasy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    mark monday

    I know nothing about the Warhammer universe but apparently it is science fantasy for fans who find Game of Thrones to be too lighthearted and full of joy. I gave this book 2 stars because the writing is crap but honestly who cares about prose when the plot is There Will Be Blood. Castle of Blood is about a bunch of people in a dark fantasy setting in a dark gothic castle in a dark revenge plot involving possession, and in a dark twist on that possession, those possesed get to turn into a monstro I know nothing about the Warhammer universe but apparently it is science fantasy for fans who find Game of Thrones to be too lighthearted and full of joy. I gave this book 2 stars because the writing is crap but honestly who cares about prose when the plot is There Will Be Blood. Castle of Blood is about a bunch of people in a dark fantasy setting in a dark gothic castle in a dark revenge plot involving possession, and in a dark twist on that possession, those possesed get to turn into a monstrous demon whose sole goal is to stalk and then devour their parents, usually in the dark. Patricide, matricide, filicide, suicide, all the 'cides get their moment to shine in this speedily told tale that is basically the most brutal game of whack-a-mole imaginable and the mole is your son or daughter or parent. But I don't think you can call it a slaughter per se when everyone is killing everyone - I think of that as more of a murder party. Even the servants are invited!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cillian

    Is it weird that this novel cracked me up more than it managed to give me even the slightest scare? I don't think that's the effect our good friend Clint was going for, but I love him just the same. Is it weird that this novel cracked me up more than it managed to give me even the slightest scare? I don't think that's the effect our good friend Clint was going for, but I love him just the same.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael Dodd

    A dark and often disturbing Age of Sigmar murder mystery packed full of despicable characters, ingeniously lethal traps and a hideous daemonic threat. In the town of Ravensbach, eight families receive invitations to join the Count von Koeterberg for dinner at the ominous iron castle of Mhurghast, each wondering why they have been invited. Once gathered together, the bitter old Count reveals his motivation, setting loose an ancient daemon whose terrifying presence turns the families against each A dark and often disturbing Age of Sigmar murder mystery packed full of despicable characters, ingeniously lethal traps and a hideous daemonic threat. In the town of Ravensbach, eight families receive invitations to join the Count von Koeterberg for dinner at the ominous iron castle of Mhurghast, each wondering why they have been invited. Once gathered together, the bitter old Count reveals his motivation, setting loose an ancient daemon whose terrifying presence turns the families against each other and even themselves in the name of long-desired revenge. It's horror which isn’t exactly scary, but more disturbing. There’s blood and gore aplenty, but the emphasis is more on tension, desperation and a fair number of pretty unpleasant choices being made as characters are forced to decide between survival for themselves or for others. If you enjoy a bleak, bloody tale of vengeance, desperation and futile heroism then chances are you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. Read the full review at https://www.trackofwords.com/2019/11/...

  5. 4 out of 5

    James Big Cat

    An interesting concept that starts like Clue and quickly turns into a more more exciting less scary Haunting of Hill House. Castle of Blood takes place in the Warhammer fantasy/Age of Sigmar universe where a angry count plots his revenge against several families by luring them all to his castle with an invitation to a dinner party. Complete with creepy butler, elves, dwarves, Witch Hunters, and a demon as well as a trap filled dungeon.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Hallien

    The issue with this book is that I have read similar tales many times before. It is using a classic horror formula, just giving it a little brush over and popping it into a Warhammer setting. There is nothing inherently wrong with the story and the writing is solid, it just did not surprise me with anything. Nor is the setting unique enough to where I could give an excellent rating. This is a standard run-of-the-mill fun tale full of blood, murder and daemonic forces. Also, I was advertised this The issue with this book is that I have read similar tales many times before. It is using a classic horror formula, just giving it a little brush over and popping it into a Warhammer setting. There is nothing inherently wrong with the story and the writing is solid, it just did not surprise me with anything. Nor is the setting unique enough to where I could give an excellent rating. This is a standard run-of-the-mill fun tale full of blood, murder and daemonic forces. Also, I was advertised this book (in good faith I am sure) as something I would enjoy if I was looking for Warhammer vampire novels. It had nothing to do with vampires, and did not even take part in the Old World, so I am not sure what the recommendation was based on. If you are new to Warhammer or you just want a thrilling story full of blood, then this might just be the book for you. However, be also warned that if you have read horror literature before, this one might not even seem all that frightening. It was more funny than frightening at times.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Scott Waldie

    A brutal adventure horror set within the Age of Sigmar, throws a few nasty unsuspected twists your way, reads quickly and leaves no good looking corpses behind. This Warhammer Horror line is proving fun, and this was the first hardcover I picked up in it, a cool looking book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jake

    I really wanted to like this book, and I think there are some great moments, but lets start with what doesn't work. Much like a B-horror movie, the characters are pretty flat and unlikable, most of them felt like just fuel for death scenes, serving little real purpose in the story. The few characters I did feel like had more personality or purpose sadly played very little role in the actual story. This means that parts of the story really drag, because you just don't care about the characters. T I really wanted to like this book, and I think there are some great moments, but lets start with what doesn't work. Much like a B-horror movie, the characters are pretty flat and unlikable, most of them felt like just fuel for death scenes, serving little real purpose in the story. The few characters I did feel like had more personality or purpose sadly played very little role in the actual story. This means that parts of the story really drag, because you just don't care about the characters. The most satisfying parts are the atmospheric moments where the ragged survivors are fleeing or cowering from the monster. I really enjoy black library books, but the Age of Sigmar setting is so odd that it is hard to really suspend disbelief, it just sounds and feels like a game setting. This hurts what could have been a pretty atmospheric novel, that is just dragged down by some game mentions and weird AoS language. Pointless references to the Stormcast Eternal, who aren't even in the book, odd references to realms of magic, which again served no purpose, derailed the story. What worked, well the best part of the book is the physical design of the book, the cover (particularly being hardbacked) the pages, its size, everything made it an incredibly enticing read. I had a few people even comment saying "wow that looks like a cool book" while I was reading it at work. The setting and core story is decent, survivors trapped, forced to struggle together or apart. It has a creepy castle and pretty much everything you could want from a gothic horror. Unfortunately, the setting doesn't get a lot of screen time, with every room feeling similar and not a great deal of time spent describing anything after the characters first arrive. Its a disappointment, as without decent characters, the setting could have been a saving point, but this one is just mediocre. The pacing of the book is good, building some good anticipation and suspense and then maintaining the quick fast paced slashings of the characters that would fit perfectly in any slasher film. Overall, this wasn't a great book. There is a lot better horror out there.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a fun read. It starts off fast and keeps moving at a high pace. The characters really shined here. Almost all were unlikable, which did wonders for fleshing them out. Almost every character was profoundly affected by a sense of regret, which is what seems to be the main theme here, especially when it comes to love. Many of the characters had a history beyond the Count's arbitrary accusation of guilt, and it manifested itself a few times through the children. Which brings me to the horror This was a fun read. It starts off fast and keeps moving at a high pace. The characters really shined here. Almost all were unlikable, which did wonders for fleshing them out. Almost every character was profoundly affected by a sense of regret, which is what seems to be the main theme here, especially when it comes to love. Many of the characters had a history beyond the Count's arbitrary accusation of guilt, and it manifested itself a few times through the children. Which brings me to the horror aspect. The Count slit his throat in front of his guests and summoned a daemon that would possess the children of the handful of men and women he blames for the downward spiral and death of his son. What manifests is a massive, bloody horror, complete with flayed skin and gashes to the bone, still in the shredded garb of the child. Awesome. It gets worse (better?) as the parents start hating their children, two of the bastards going so far as strike a pact to murder the other's kids. One brought a mace, one had a knife. Crazy. And then the dungeons. Always, the dungeons. The count hired a duardin to construct five rooms of mayhem and death, including a seemingly safe room that had the entire floor coated in acid, or the classic impaling ceiling. Imagine navigating that while the daemon is trailing you. At the end, it was the characters that really drew me in. The witchhunter, the duardin, the brave swordsman and the cowards. And Magda, with her bone chilling decision. Regret and revenge. Two of our strongest pathos, our oldest enemies. We're all just a whisper away from becoming daemons ourselves.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Wiki Pippin

    I would have given it a 4 stars, but the end was soo bloody bad. It was terrible. It makes me think I should give it even less stars, just for how bad the ending was. People often complain about books having rushed endings. You don't know what a rushed ending is until you read this book. It was so rushed it wasn't even an ending at all. I am so angry. The book was genuinely enjoyable. Nothing close to horror, it read much more like a closed room mystery. But it was still nice and enjoyable enoug I would have given it a 4 stars, but the end was soo bloody bad. It was terrible. It makes me think I should give it even less stars, just for how bad the ending was. People often complain about books having rushed endings. You don't know what a rushed ending is until you read this book. It was so rushed it wasn't even an ending at all. I am so angry. The book was genuinely enjoyable. Nothing close to horror, it read much more like a closed room mystery. But it was still nice and enjoyable enough. That's why the way it ended made me so angry. The dude clearly wanted to do something semi deep with it, but he mentioned it in only one sentence and yet created the entire ending around that one sentence?? What????? Not to mention the lack of catharsis. Its very clear from the beginning, that the author has close to zero knowledge on the topic of horror, but he could have done at least the bare minimum amount of research to know, that all the misery and death and brutality in horror often leads to some sort of katharsis. No katharsis here. I am beyond words. I understand that this is most likely a book for Warhammer fans and not fans of horror, but if you call this horror, at least try to research what horror is meant to be. Making a closed type of room mystery with a load of meaningless, useless demise at the end is not what horror is. That is what non horror fans think that it is. But if you're writing a horror book, try to make it at least seem like you know the tropes and ropes. Thank you for coming to my Ted talk.

  11. 4 out of 5

    K.J. Shadmand

    This is an excellent Warhammer Horror novel, replete with lucid prose, compelling characters, rich environmental descriptions, and genuinely shocking and frightening moments. It’s so good, that it has brought me back into the Warhammer Fantasy fold (now reinvented as Age of Sigmar) and shown me that the Old World that I so enjoyed has a worthy successor. The only negative is a nightmare editorial error about three-fourths of the way through the story, where the sentences seem to irrevocably brea This is an excellent Warhammer Horror novel, replete with lucid prose, compelling characters, rich environmental descriptions, and genuinely shocking and frightening moments. It’s so good, that it has brought me back into the Warhammer Fantasy fold (now reinvented as Age of Sigmar) and shown me that the Old World that I so enjoyed has a worthy successor. The only negative is a nightmare editorial error about three-fourths of the way through the story, where the sentences seem to irrevocably break down. Still, these things happen to the best, and in all other respects Black Library have produced a quality book from a very talented author. Give this novel a chance, and see if you can guess the fiendish ending (I could not!).

  12. 4 out of 5

    Martti

    Another one from the Black Library 2020 Humble Bundle. https://www.humblebundle.com/books/vo... Warhammer fantasy horror, a separate story that has very little to do with the miniature painting world. Instead it's a little fun horror banquet or betrayal and mystery. A scenario of the boardgame Betrayal at House on the Hill or something similar. With some familiar occupation and monster names from the WH franchise, if you know it. I don't know very well, but you get the general idea from the gener Another one from the Black Library 2020 Humble Bundle. https://www.humblebundle.com/books/vo... Warhammer fantasy horror, a separate story that has very little to do with the miniature painting world. Instead it's a little fun horror banquet or betrayal and mystery. A scenario of the boardgame Betrayal at House on the Hill or something similar. With some familiar occupation and monster names from the WH franchise, if you know it. I don't know very well, but you get the general idea from the generic horror context. The main issue here might be the amount of characters in the whole whodunnit scenario. And if you're not invested in any of them, then they are just a bunch of random victims screaming here and dying there.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Phillip Krzeminski

    Not bad, but not quite as good as his other books (witch hunter series, specifically). It’s a good Warhammer story, full of the moral weakness of man leading to his own demise. It feels like it is trying to be Drachenfels (elaborate revenge plot to be carried out in a haunted castle years later) but doesn’t achieve the creeping horror of that book. There are a few twists that show that most of the victims are worse than the monster, a trope that always delivers for this cynic. What these self in Not bad, but not quite as good as his other books (witch hunter series, specifically). It’s a good Warhammer story, full of the moral weakness of man leading to his own demise. It feels like it is trying to be Drachenfels (elaborate revenge plot to be carried out in a haunted castle years later) but doesn’t achieve the creeping horror of that book. There are a few twists that show that most of the victims are worse than the monster, a trope that always delivers for this cynic. What these self interested rich people are willing to do to save their own skins rings true and is probably the most horrifying moment of the whole book. It also has some Age of Sigmar mumbo-jumbo rolled into it, but you can easily ignore it (as I did).

  14. 4 out of 5

    William Herbert

    A little shallow on lore and background in a Warhammer Fantasy novel for my liking. Though I believe that its intended. Grimdark is present, horror, death, dispair and pain. The setting of the cold, iron castle, dark and maze-like, gives a good feel of isolation and a sense of how small the characters are in the grand scheme of things. I like how the past compromises, immoral actions and failings of the castles guests show how the seeds and Chaos are sown and when allowed to fester, without correc A little shallow on lore and background in a Warhammer Fantasy novel for my liking. Though I believe that its intended. Grimdark is present, horror, death, dispair and pain. The setting of the cold, iron castle, dark and maze-like, gives a good feel of isolation and a sense of how small the characters are in the grand scheme of things. I like how the past compromises, immoral actions and failings of the castles guests show how the seeds and Chaos are sown and when allowed to fester, without corrective measures, evil will manifest! No one is innocent, there will be bloody vengeance!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Danny Saines

    At times, this book was atmospheric, creepy and engaging. Whereas at others it felt bogged down and muddled. The book shined when it went into details of the setting or how the characters had to make the choices they did. However, the dialogue at times felt clunky and uninspired. The book ultimately left me frustrated as I was expecting more especially after reading Dark Havest in this set of books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    I went in with the normal expectations of a novel set in a branded game world...and was pleasantly surprised. This is a compelling and fun (if horrific) story about a group of people unwittingly brought together at a castle. Figuring out why they are there is only the start! If a revenge story combined with The Thing sounds interesting to you, definitely check this out. And I can affirm that no prior knowledge of the Warhammer fantasy universe is needed (because I had none going in).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    Great Warhammer themed slasher-horror. A nice change from the normal goodies and baddies on a battlefield with some vignettes (a lot of these are great, don't get me wrong).. a self-contained tale of fairly normal folk.. would make for a great DnD campaign! Great Warhammer themed slasher-horror. A nice change from the normal goodies and baddies on a battlefield with some vignettes (a lot of these are great, don't get me wrong).. a self-contained tale of fairly normal folk.. would make for a great DnD campaign!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jc

    I had a lot of fun reading this book and it had enough horror and gore, the main characters were great too. Highly recommended even if you're not a Warhammer fan! I had a lot of fun reading this book and it had enough horror and gore, the main characters were great too. Highly recommended even if you're not a Warhammer fan!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Slater

    Like the rest of the Warhammer Horror line thus far, this is a fun, blood-spattered romp, the literary equivalent of a drive-in horror flick by way of Hammer, with a dash of Saw. A crumbling castle, demonic possession, deadly traps, and forbidden secrets. Scratches an itch I didn’t know I had. As always, killer cover.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Thomas

    I was thinking about trying Warhammer's horror novels, and thanks to a Christmas gift, my choice was easy. This was a cool Warhammer take on Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, but with the brutality of the Warhammer world, with a sprinkling of Khorne. I will read more. Check it out. I was thinking about trying Warhammer's horror novels, and thanks to a Christmas gift, my choice was easy. This was a cool Warhammer take on Agatha Christie's Ten Little Indians, but with the brutality of the Warhammer world, with a sprinkling of Khorne. I will read more. Check it out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christian

    An excellently brutal look into the twisted games nobility play when exacting revenge.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elise

    I thought that this would be about a totally different topic according to the cover, so I went into this with skewed expectations. Still it was a fun horror book that felt like a movie. There were too many characters to get invested in any of them, but luckily the story makes up for it. This book isn't very memorable, but if you just want a dark quick read this is the one. Also appreciated the ending. I thought that this would be about a totally different topic according to the cover, so I went into this with skewed expectations. Still it was a fun horror book that felt like a movie. There were too many characters to get invested in any of them, but luckily the story makes up for it. This book isn't very memorable, but if you just want a dark quick read this is the one. Also appreciated the ending.

  23. 4 out of 5

    MR MORGAN T M BAIKIE

    Review The cover of this book really hooked me in with its, as far as I remember them, look of the classic Hammer Horror films. Part of me could almost hear Vincent Price given us a voiceover or dark laugh. Thankfully enough the story within truly matched my expectations. There is dark magic, traps, paranoia, intertwined histories, betrayal and loads and loads of gruesome deaths. Perfect ingredients and well baked too along with the use of the Warhammer mythos.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christian Jentoft

    extremly slow book. after you've finaly gotten past the extremly slow and confusing end you are met with a mediocre plot where nothing makes sense. the "warhammer tag" feels more like an after tought than a primary point. the voice acting is lackig abit too. its really hard to diffriensiate between 10-15 charackters when she is only able to do 3 different voices. extremly slow book. after you've finaly gotten past the extremly slow and confusing end you are met with a mediocre plot where nothing makes sense. the "warhammer tag" feels more like an after tought than a primary point. the voice acting is lackig abit too. its really hard to diffriensiate between 10-15 charackters when she is only able to do 3 different voices.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jack Volante

    A disgustingly enjoyable horror novel. I was pleasantly impressed when I eventually closed this lovely hardback for the last time. CL Werner did a fantastic job cranking up the horror, chapter by chapter, and the ending was... pleasing. Well worth a read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

  28. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eliza Dashwood

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paul

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