Saturday, 30 November 2013

FANTASY REVIEW: Warhammer Fantasy: Skarsnik - Guy Haley

Release Date: 30/06/13
Publisher:  Black Library


The goblin chieftain Skarsnik's name is known and feared throughout the Old World. When a greenskin horde threatens the borders of the Empire, the greatest military minds in Altdorf seek assistance from a most unlikely source - the disgraced poet Jeremiah Bickenstadt. Though long since consumed by madness, he claims to have spent a great deal of time in the company of the feared Warlord of the Eight Peaks, and can offer a unique insight into what it is that drives and motivates him. From humble beginnings, a monstrous legend is born.


Ah the sneaky git finally gets his own book and to be honest I’m a huge fan of this guy. After all if you want a rampaging mob of greenskins, there’s really nothing better than having it all led by a Night Goblin with brains. As usual with Guy Haley, the book is well written, he gets around the difficultly of the language by using an intermediary and when you add great action sequences alongside a few shocking twists, it all works rather well.

Back this up with some wonderful turn of phrases, some crackingly imaginative sequences and all round I was a more than happy reader. Great to see one told from this point of view and here’s hoping that a few more non-human races get a crack at telling their tales. Magic.

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