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The Red Duke de CL Werner

Message par Administration le Ven 12 Aoû 2011 - 3:27

En novembre prochain sortira un roman inédit (en anglais) de CL Werner : The Red Duke.
En voici une brève présentation.

==> THE RED DUKE de CL Werner

Once a valorous and honourable knight of the realm, the Red Duke was betrayed and struck down in battle but rose again before death could truly claim him. As a bloodthirsty vampire lord he undertook a long campaign of butchery and terror before being defeated once more, and entombed for all time so that he could never again menace the Old World. But centuries later the witch Jacquetta resurrects this ancient evil, and the Red Duke stalks the night again – a new reign of terror plagues the lands of Bretonnia!
November 2011

Il était une fois un valeureux et honorables chevalier du royaume, le duc Rouge, qui a été trahi et abattu au cours d'une bataille, mais il a été transformé avant que la mort ne le réclame.Comme un seigneur vampire assoiffé de sang, il a alors entrepris une longue campagne de boucherie et de terreur avant d'être vaincu une fois de plus, et enseveli une fois pour toutes, afin qu'il ne puisse plus jamais menaçait du Vieux Monde. Mais des siècles plus tard la sorcière Jacquetta ressuscite ce mal ancien, et le duc Rouge marche à novueau dans la nuit - c'est à nouveau le règne de la terreur à travers les terres de la Bretonnie !



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Message par Administration le Mer 14 Sep 2011 - 5:59

Une première critique commentée du roman The Red Duke a été postée sur le blog The Founding Fields.

Court extrait :
The Red Duke is the latest novel in the Warhammer Heroes range, produced by Black Library, and, as the series title suggests, it focuses on Heroes of the Warhammer world, making this particular series a must for any fantasy fans. We’ve had Wulfrik, Sigvald and Ludwig Schwarzhelm take starring roles in this popular series, and now it’s the Red Duke’s turn to take the stage.

Suite par ICI d) The Red Duke by C.L. Werner - Advanced Review


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Message par Corax le Mer 14 Sep 2011 - 7:39

Ce pourrait être sympa à lire sur ce Comte Vampire, que je ne connaissais pas.


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Re: The Red Duke de CL Werner

Message par Administration le Jeu 6 Oct 2011 - 5:22

Depuis hier la Black Libary propose un extrait (en anglais) de ce roman en format PDF.

NB : ce roman sortira en anglais en novembre prochain.

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Avec la présentation suivante :

Never let it be said that the good townspeople of Nottingham can’t organise a decent angry mob when it suits them. Why, only this afternoon a horde of pitchfork-wielding peasants arrived at the iron gates of Black Library Towers, convinced that we are in fact sheltering some evil, undead creature of the night. Here we are, barely a week into an unseasonally warm October, and already people are thinking it’s Halloween.

It seems that they had gotten their wires crossed somewhere along the way. As our loyal fans are no doubt aware, Mr Werner is thoroughly mortal and has in fact penned a rather splendid Warhammer novel about that most infamous vampire of the Old World, the Red Duke.

La suite par ICI d) The Red Duke Extract


En bonus, voici l'artwork de la couverture et le quatrième de couverture.





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Message par Invité le Jeu 6 Oct 2011 - 8:13

Sympa l'artwork de la couverture. bravo
J'espère que ce roman sortira rapidement en français l'année prochaine. geek

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Message par Uriel Ventris le Jeu 6 Oct 2011 - 9:14

Corwin Calixus a écrit:Sympa l'artwork de la couverture. bravo
J'espère que ce roman sortira rapidement en français l'année prochaine. geek

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Re: The Red Duke de CL Werner

Message par Administration le Lun 28 Nov 2011 - 15:32

Un article posté sur le blog Civilian Reader à propos de ce roman :

Source d) “The Red Duke” by CL Werner

A resurrected vampire seeks revenge against enemies long-since dead

Once a valorous and honourable knight of the realm, the Red Duke was betrayed and struck down in battle but rose again before death could truly claim him. As a bloodthirsty vampire lord he undertook a long campaign of butchery and terror before being defeated once more, and entombed for all time so that he could never again menace the Old World. But centuries later the witch Jacquetta resurrects this ancient evil, and the Red Duke stalks the night again – a new reign of terror plagues the lands of Bretonnia!

CL Werner is Black Library’s best horror writer. He has a gift for writing the macabre that is near peerless, and in The Red Duke, he offers us a dark tale of revenge, obsession, madness and blood. This is sure to please lovers of Warhammer fiction as well as dark, horror-infused fantasy.

The first chapter suggested that the novel might give a nod to Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire – starting, as it does, with a recounting of the Red Duke’s legend and an encounter between the bard and the Duke – but this possibility is quickly quashed as the story kicks in properly. Werner instead strips away the romanticism of contemporary vampire fiction. The Red Duke evokes the horror, brutality and cunning of the vampires, rather than any potential beauty. The Duke himself is crazy, vicious, vindictive and unpredictable. This vampire is far more gritty, if you will: a vampire for the Joe Abercrombie age.

Chapters start with flashbacks that don’t necessarily follow on from the previous flashback. I didn’t find the rhythm of the novel quite as quickly as I have with Werner’s other work, as the switching between timelines made things a little choppy, and prevented much momentum from being generated and maintained – we’re only with each timeline a short while, so while it gives us the context for the Red Duke’s madness, I found that it didn’t allow me to properly get swept along by the story because I simply wasn’t with the characters long enough to form much of a connection. It’s certainly well written, and each flashback is interesting and does add to the story, I just wonder if there might have been a better way to do it? Or perhaps a better way to space and use the flashbacks for maximum impact and effect.

That the Red Duke is quite mad, as well as psychopathic, makes for an interesting read, and starts to explain the flashback sequences. Where, to begin with, they are background for the novel and characters, they soon become windows into the vampire’s fractured mind, as it becomes clear that he is struggling to differentiate between memories and reality, the past and the present. It makes those around him even more nervous about his violent and erratic behaviour. Although, there are a couple of his minions who see opportunity in the Duke’s weak grip on reality. For example, Renar, his pet necromancer:

“At least there would be no lack of opportunity to practice his black art, the necromancer reflected. When the Red Duke was like this, he had the endearing habit of razing any village they passed which he didn’t recognize, decrying the inhabitants as intruders and trespassers. And after five hundred years, there were few villages in Aquitaine the vampire would still recognise.”

There are a few other moments of dark humour sprinkled throughout the novel, which bring a twisted levity to an otherwise pretty grim and action-packed novel.

One niggle from early on in the novel is that a Bretonnian lord seemed a little too accepting of making a deal with a Chaos sorcerer – it’s not like the names of the Ruinous Gods are unknown to these people, but he just accepts it and goes along with the ritual. I thought this broke with the otherwise tightly-controlled Warhammer world, and it was a bit odd that the editor(s) missed it. It doesn’t ruin the novel by any means, but it was noticeable.

Werner’s prose style is great and fluid, painting some wonderfully atmospheric scenes of dark magic and horror. There’s a token mention of the Skaven, too (otherwise, it just wouldn’t be a Werner novel – see here and here). The author has improved a great deal from his Brunner series (one of my favourite series from BL’s fledgling years). I think Wulfrik is still my favourite novel by Werner, although I do have very high hopes for his upcoming Time of Legends novel, Dead Winter. While Red Duke isn’t perfect, it stands out strongly from not only much other Warhammer fiction, but also much horror-fantasy fiction.

Despite the problem with momentum resulting from the structural approach, this is a dark, at times visceral, oft creepy take on Warhammer vampire lore, featuring some very well-constructed and interesting characters. Recommended for those who like the darker side of fantasy.

Also by CL Werner: Brunner the Bounty Hunter, Mathias Thulman: Witch Hunter, Temple of the Serpent, Thanquol’s Doom, Wulfrik, Hour of Shadows, Dead Winter (coming May 2012)

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