Sunday, October 12, 2014

New Novella Review - Thorgrim

Book - Thorgrim  
Writer - David Guymer  
Series - Warhammer  
Published By - Black Library

As the name suggests this is not the tale of Thorgrim Grudgebearer, but the tale of King Beleger and his queen Emma and their struggles to defend their homeland from the various forces threatening it. This may be the first time when a female dwarf takes the place of one of the main characters and despite the lack of action compared to other black library titles these unique characters are what makes this book interesting.

This short novel tells the story of the side of the dwarf's in the battle for the Karak Eight Peaks, the land which is contested by four different races/species. In between this fierce struggle this is but a small piece of tale conveying the story of the dwarf's side. Although at times the tale is a bit boring due to the excerpts from the book of grudges and some dialogue play of internal disputes among different dwarf clan leaders the tale is quite interesting due to overall unpredictable plot and the writers method of story telling through various viewpoints.

But at the end of the day, the interesting characters are what makes this book enjoyable. Kemma steals the show with her smartness and bravery despite her advanced pregnancy; Beleger is a cocky sort of fellow with witty dialogues; and who wont love Gorfang Rotgut with his sheer strength and evil ways.

I would have loved if this tale was larger in size and would love to read more about these characters. I recommend other readers to go read 'Headtaker' and 'Skarsnik' to enjoy other sides of the storyline.

This gets 3.5 out of 5 stars.     

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