• Cursed City

  • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar
  • By: C L Werner
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (352 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer Quest Audiobook

When a series of vicious murders rock the vampire-ruled city of Ulfenkarn, an unlikely group of heroes - a vampire hunter, a vigilante, a wizard and a soldier - must discover the truth even as the city's dread ruler takes to the streets and the bloodletting increases. 

Listen to It Because

Delve into the dungeons beneath the city of Ulfenkarn and discover the story behind the board game in this tale of thrilling adventure. 

The Story

Ulfenkarn is a city of nightmares. Its vampiric rulers have indulged their bloodlust in every shadow-clad alley, turning the once-proud metropolis into a charnel house. Already crushed beneath the tyranny of Radukar the Wolf and his Thirsting Court, a spate of vicious murders plunges the mortal inhabitants into fresh terror. Emerging to uncover a connection between the attacks is an unlikely group of heroes: a vampire hunter from Carstinia; a slum-born vigilante; a ruthless wizard; and a soldier who is the last survivor of her noble bloodline. Arrayed against them are the undead monsters that thrive upon Radukar's gory regime. But a daring search for answers turns into a fight for survival when the Wolf himself descends his Ebon Citadel and joins the carnage in the streets.... 

Written by C L Werner. Narrated by Richard Reed.

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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Although it was fun, the story seemed repetitive and a little disjointed

Let me start by saying this is a super fun listen. Richard Reed does an excellent job of differentiating the main characters (Gustav, Emelda, Radukar, Morrvhal). There are some ancillary characters who sound very similar, but they’re not SUPER important to the plot. I think the novel could’ve been a little shorter, there were some points in the middle where things felt a little repetitive, but overall it’s a very fun listen. I actually listened to the bulk of it while assembling the models for cursed city, which helped get me excited for the modeling portion of the game.

The ending has me VERY excited to get into the board game with some friends. It makes me want to buy the physical copy for the Morrvhal hero card as well.

Overall it’s simply a fun read, if you go in expecting some literary marvel, you’ll be disappointed, but if you go in expecting something that’s enjoyable, relatively short, and you’re looking for something to get you even more excited about Warhammer Quest: Cursed City, go ahead and give this a listen.

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Uhg

I am pretty charitable when it comes to warhammer novels, I have read or listened to a very sizable chunk of what BL has published.

To date, this is the ONLY book I couldn’t finish - it’s that bad. It seems like the characters are stuck in a time loop, they try the same things and end with the same results over and over. Alone, that wouldn’t sink it for me but the characters are sooo terribly thick-headed and terribly uninteresting that I found a limit I didn’t know I had. This board game this ties in with is quite good, the book is not.

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Worth it if you’re interested in the board game.

I recently started playing the Cursed City game and this book did a great job of explaining the history of Ulfenkarn, Radukar, and some of his various minions. It set the scene nicely for the board game. Reed did an absolutely cracking job of reading it as well. Some well done, clearly distinct and characterful voices.

That’s about all it’s good for though. If I were to have read it with no intention of playing the game, I would have found it somewhat bizarre, unexplained and woefully unfinished (because, of course, this is presumably only supposed to be the first half of the story, while the game is the other half).

Coupled with that, it suffers from the same problems many Black Libary books do, in that there’s more fighting than actual story and ends up being like listening to a late ‘90s death metal song: ‘gore, blood, flesh, stench, more gore, more blood’. Never heard the word ‘visage’ so many times in so few hours hour. Just another average writer trying to sound more eloquent than he might be, to the point a lot of the flowery language sounds forced and overdone.

As I say though, those are problems I find with many Black Library novels though so if you usually don’t mind their style, you’ll probably be fine with this one.

Otherwise, if you intend to play, or are already playing, the Cursed City board game, definitely give this one a go. Really helps to shed a lot of light onto where it’s set, what’s going on and why.

If you’re not going to play the game though, perhaps not so worth it.

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More than worth the listen and the credit\ cost!

I was thrilled and kept on wagering guessing the outcome and it's smaller reveal throughout. Loved the blnarration. The setting story characters all are superb. Top notch work. now to squire the actual board game. haha

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Great Worldbuilding

One of the greatest aspects of the Warhammer Universe is while the world and lore is vast, it's content is often delivered in small bite size chunks with it's own unique and impactful flavor.
This was a great sampling of the governing actions and impact of the undead and a few exceptional champions. Worth a read (listen) if you enjoy Warhammer lore, and a fun mystery.

4 stars because it felt a bit repetitive at periods throughout.

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Bad story saved by good narrator

Meandering, repetitive, and with frankly annoying leads and at least one major plot that is basically forgotten. It wants to be a murder mystery but it only is one for about 30 minutes in the last two hours. Radukar is the best part of this book, and both he and the narrator save this from being a one-star review.

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Great story

The book is basically a prologue to the game sets up what happens before the game. While playing the game is where you choose how everything ends I assume. So I may have to pick it up once it’s available again to see.

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Weak Hunter

The Vampire hunter was to weak... I'm surprised he survived through his rookie years, let a lone take on older vampires.

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Great story and narration.

I enjoyed this story from start to finish. It serves as a prelude to the Cursed City board game from Games Workshop. The narration and voice acting was well done and very fitting to the tone and scene. The writing was well done as well, descriptive of the setting and action and just gruesome enough when it had to be.

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What delightful struggle.

Not only was this my first Audiobook, this was my first entry into the Fantasy Warhammer book world. I am impressed.

I enjoyed the story, it was enjoyable and felt like a nice fluid romp despite being a drab tale of struggle with some twists. I enjoyed the Authors style and Richard Reed truly made this story come to life.

10/10 will get more audiobooks with this magnificent duo.

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  • Peder Holdgaard Pedersen
  • 08-13-21

Avoid unless you will be playing the board game

Very much a prelude to the board game with a weirdly inconclusive storyline and a massive lack of closure. The narrator and author do a very good job, but the author seems to have been overly constrained by the connection to the board game. It's a decently good listen if you're going to play the board game afterwards - it's not a good listen in isolation. This situation is surprisingly rare among the Warhammer 40k and Age of Sigmar novels, but with Cursed City, it is sadly the case. A weirdly meandering and unfulfilling novel. The narrator, Richard Reed, delivers a strong performance as always, but it does feel wasted on this material.

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  • G B Forrest
  • 05-10-21

Good prequel but repetitive

Great work by the narrator to keep the listener engaged throughout what's unfortunately a bit of a repeating theme within the story, it's worth a listen if your really into the cursed city and want a little insight into the story before we kicked off in the game, that said I struggled to connect or care about the characters too much and the book uses the same formula throughout so the pacing becomes a bit of a choir ,over all not a bad book but definitely better black library material out there

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  • Thomas Severn
  • 05-24-21

Travels amongst the dead in age of sigmar

loved it, amazing read the whole way through. Great insight into aos worlds out there

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  • Joshua Summers
  • 04-16-21

A disappointing story

It’s very well narrated but it’s a very mediocre story with a very dull tacked on twist at very end which makes no sense for the character it involves

I feel they should have done an oceans 11 style meet the players book like they did with blackstone fortress as apart from the very last 30 seconds we only meet one character from the game it’s self, it seems strange for a tie in novel to have have so little to do with the game

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  • chezmonster
  • 04-25-21

Not exactly exciting.

I had this on in the back ground as I painted my Cursed City heroes. I was hoping for inspiration and an extra layer of excitement for the game.
The narration was great, the story was pointless with just one hero mentioned until the last minute of the book. It was like the author suddenly realised he hadn't talked about this particular hero so mentioned him for the purpose of ticking a box.

Glad I didn't pay GW for the hardback copy or I would have been very disappointed.

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  • tin
  • 04-17-21

great

from the story to the story telling. this was a great story.
sets up playing the table top game as well.

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  • Jordan Westcarr
  • 06-07-22

Gripping story

Fantastic cast of characters and well narrated. Strong story for Age of Sigmar and excellent to see an investigation in to murders from two very different perspectives; the living and the undead.

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  • Magic Inc.
  • 05-07-22

very slow

it has intresting bits in it but it's a slow burn with no real flash points to keep you interested. Good is you have a spare credit or if you want a prologue before playing the boardgames.

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  • richard d.
  • 04-27-22

listen before you start the board game

Good back story for any players enjoying the game, helps put characters in context particularly the dark lives citizens lead at the mercy of undead. Stand alone book which anyone not familiar with cursed city will enjoy l.

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  • van Lier
  • 04-22-22

A prologue to Cursed City game

The book takes you to Ulfenkarn, where Radukar the Wolf has held the city hostage and reigns with terror. People live there on the edge of dying. Some people want the wolf gone. And thats what this book is about.

If you want to play the game with the same title, or love a story about a vampire hunter, soldier and wizard who wants to take out a vampire then this is a book for you. As a bonus during the first couple of chapters there are interludes with the perspective of the inhabitants of Ulfenkarn.

I really enjoyed the narrator he builds the characters and gives them their own voices. His voice is very pleasant to listen to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-22

Solid acting but underwhelming story

Honestly? I was very eager to love this but the story seems short, the characters make stupid decisions regularly and just seem naive to what is at stake when making choices at certain points. It starts off solid enough but I hope you don't want a diversity of characters because many of those present in the boxed set are missing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-21

time vampire

sadly cliche

not a single moment of surprise or trepidation

don't waste your money !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-21

same same.

the story is unimaginitive and boring. cliché after cliché.
kept hoping it would get better.
felt like it was written to support the game and nothing more.