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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (316 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dan Abnett Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781441868169
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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.

“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.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruth | 2/16/2014

    " c2009: FWFTB: alchemy, superstition, nation, Empire, swordsman. I think that this book was just too clever for me. There are some wonderful zingers but I got the feeling that the book was written just for this very purpose rather than an actual plot. I put the book down and never really managed to summon up the interest to pick it up where I left off. One of the few times that Angry Robot have let me down. Sadly, unable to recommend. "No one actively disliked him, but he'd have had trouble forming a cricket side if he only called on his friends." "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ariana Deralte | 2/6/2014

    " I've been trying to force myself to finish this book for awhile now. Maybe someday I'll manage, but as it is, it sucks. None of the characters are fleshed out. The humour is puerile (and while I will admit, this does sort of fit Elizabethian times, I don't get why time has stood still since that time period because just replacing tech with magic wouldn't cause fashion and culture to stay stagnant). And I'm rather surprised that anyone without a good knowledge of Elizabethian era vocabulary can follow it. This, in fact, was the thing that bothered me the most in that somehow, vocabulary and language haven't changed in over 400 years. It's impossible to suspend disbelief and that coupled with the unlikeable characters and so far non existent plot makes it damn hard for me to want to keep reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deadpoolic | 1/20/2014

    " Fun, adventurous and fun. What more do you need? Part two! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sequelguerrier | 1/14/2014

    " During the Renaissance Leonardo discovered how to use magic for practical things and thus science never happened in Europe and in the 21th century a British-Spanish commonwealth lives in a sort of eternal Elizabethan age ruled by one Elizabeth after another. That is Dan Abnett's premise in the romp called Triumff, Her Majesty's Hero. It's swash buckling, rip roaring action as full of outrageous puns as any Shakespeare comedy. Sir Rupert Triumff, a discoverer, swordsman and rascal in the image of Drake, rides and rather fumbles his way to the rescue as dark forces plot to overthrow Glorianna, Elizabeth XXX. The sword fights are as spectacular as anything you would look for in a Pirate movie with Johnny Depp and often enough much funnier. 21st Century Elizabethan London, stinks as much as it did in the fifteen hundreds and there is the stink of wild magic overlaying it. Intelligent fun as well as page turning suspense. Can't wait to see what Triumff's next adventure is going to be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ah Ah Ah | 12/26/2013

    " Thoroughly entertaining and refreshingly unpretentious, but the setup is so cool that I couldn't help thinking how much more could be done with it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geoff Schaeffer | 12/25/2013

    " Entertaining. The book, as advertised, contained some horrible puns. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Milton Soong | 12/24/2013

    " Kind of lame. Lots of puns and could be funny, but trying too hard and it shows. Gave up about 30% in... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Hopkins | 11/30/2013

    " A solid, entertaining read. Many puns and jokes, as advertised. Well worth reading, but may have been better as the graphic novel it was originally supposed to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tim Knight | 11/17/2013

    " Definitely not standard Abnett work. Great story, BAAAAD puns... hilarious...can't wait for the sequel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Larry Kenney | 11/3/2013

    " This book was worth the read, however I didn't like it nearly as much as a lot of other Dan Abnett stuff. Unique setting and a good swashbuckling adventure for sure. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mikael Hansson | 9/14/2013

    " What a waste of ink! Abnett can do so much better. Trivial slapstick, it feels like a reskinned discworld, and I prefer the original, thank you very much! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 5/10/2013

    " Dan Abnett is a pretty safe bet even at the worst of times. This wasn't a classic, but it was a pretty good romper of a tale, with some really dreadful humour present throughout (the best kind of humour!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin Fenwick | 8/8/2012

    " Read it. Loved it. Would recommend it. Simple. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 4/13/2012

    " A cracktastic piece of fiction; not especially good but hard to put down. Triumff takes Elizabethan England and trasnports it to 2010, comeplete with cultural jokes and punny names. Not one if you don't like puns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Veera | 10/24/2011

    " +Funny!
    +A great conspiracy
    -Too much description for me
    -Short on the promised swashbuckling

    Very Pratchett-like humour. I'm not sure what I think yet, but in general I enjoyed it. A nice, easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ah | 6/15/2011

    " Thoroughly entertaining and refreshingly unpretentious, but the setup is so cool that I couldn't help thinking how much more could be done with it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will | 6/5/2011

    " A solid, entertaining read. Many puns and jokes, as advertised. Well worth reading, but may have been better as the graphic novel it was originally supposed to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 1/13/2011

    " A cracktastic piece of fiction; not especially good but hard to put down. Triumff takes Elizabethan England and trasnports it to 2010, comeplete with cultural jokes and punny names. Not one if you don't like puns. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geoff | 10/24/2010

    " Entertaining. The book, as advertised, contained some horrible puns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 10/14/2010

    " Starts slow, but ends as a great romp. Storytelling is akin to Terry Pratchett, with some okay popular culture jokes thrown in (especially James Bond puns). Looking forward to more Triumff & friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Graham | 2/6/2010

    " A great, fun read; puns are thrown with abandon, swashes are most definately buckled and the hero entertains throughout.
    Mr. Abnett has scored another hit. "

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About the Author
Author Dan Abnett

Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written more than twenty novels, including the acclaimed Guant’s Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies. His novels Horus Rising and Border Princes were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. 

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.