Grey Seer (Warhammer: Thanquol & Boneripper #1) ★★★☆☆

greyseer (Custom)This review is written with a GPL 4.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at WordPress, Blogspot & Librarything by Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission
Title: Grey Seer
Series: Warhammer: Thanquol & Boneripper #1
Author: C.L. Werner
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 296
Format: Digital Edition

 

 

Synopsis:

Thanquol is a skaven magician, one of the Grey Seers. After having several of his plots foiled by Gotrek and Felix, Thanquol is sent on a dangerous mission to Altdorf, capital of the Empire, to recover the Wormstone, a huge piece of warpstone that will give its user tremendous power.

Of course, being skaven, Thanquol plots how to seize the stone for himself or at least how to use it to climb up the rungs of power. But since his “allies” are skaven too, they all are also planning on how to take it for themselves.

Upon finding out that the Stone is actually weapon more effective against skaven than humans, Thanquol plots on how to wipe out the city of Altdorf AND the skaven city of Under-Altdorf, thus gaining prestige and favor with the Council of 13. A human wizard of Altdorf has been keeping an eye of the skavens and with his cronies does his best to stop said plan. The other skavens of Altdorf also do their best to stop Thanquol, since dying isn’t really what they want to do.

The book ends with Thanquol’s plan going awry yet again, most of the skavens fighting him dying and most of the humans fighting the skavens dying.

 

My Thoughts:

First off, Boneripper is just a name that Thanquol gives to his current giant rat bodyguard. It’s almost more of a title than a name, as he seems to go through them at a pretty rapid pace. Now that I know that, I won’t be expecting a real duo as main characters.

I’ve not read any of the Gotrek and Felix books, which I gather is where Thanquol is originally introduced. From the little bit that is referenced, I’m not sure I WANT to read those books. They sound like a right pair of brutal thugs. Given, I’m getting that from Thanquol’s viewpoint, but even still.

So, I finally read a book about the skavens. Giant magical rat people with all the characteristics of rats. Cowardly, self-serving, backstabbing and generally bad guys. You’d think that would depress me but for some reason it really didn’t. What DID get me down was how the humans opposing the skavens were just as much scumbags, even the wizard guy. With characters like that fighting against Chaos, I’m kind of glad Chaos ends up taking this world.

I keep going into these Warhammer books thinking they’re alternates to the Forgotten Realms books. Ha, not even close. Warhammer is bleak, bleak, bleak. It is a good thing I have a month or two between them. Any sooner and I’d be overwhelmed and have to defenestrate myself, which just wouldn’t be cool.

I’ll definitely be finishing this trilogy. I’ve also got 2 more Age of Legends trilogies to work through but after that, I don’t know that I’ll be staying in this world anymore. It’s just too bleak and depressing for me.

★★★☆☆

bookstooge

 

Advertisements

14 thoughts on “Grey Seer (Warhammer: Thanquol & Boneripper #1) ★★★☆☆

  1. I’m admittedly curious about the giant magical rat people, even if this is super bleak 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. xeleison says:

    I’ve played Warhammer quite a bit (both the Fantasy and 40K versions), but I’ve never read any of the books.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Joelendil says:

    I read a Gotrek & Felix omnibus and was fairly unimpressed…basically they get themselves in a tight spot and then go into overpowered berzerker rage and kill everything (rinse, repeat ad nauseum).

    On a tangentially related note (different dark fantasy series/author), have you ever read any of Glen Cook’s “Instrumentalities of the Night” series? I was hoping to read some more of his stuff after reading the “Black Company” books last year, but was fairly unimpressed with the first few Dread Empire books.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Bookstooge says:

      re: G&F: that was the feeling I got from the tiny bit I read about them in this one too.

      As for Cook, I’ve got several of his other series on tap, But Instrumentalities is not one. Not because I don’t want to try it, but more because I want to take a break from his fantasy mould. I’ve got his Garret PI and also his Starfisher trilogy and his Darkwar trilogy. Once I’m done with those, one way or another, we’ll see if I feel like trying another series by him…

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Giant rat people, damn they sound hilariously fun. And a bleak depressing universe? Yeh, knowing you, a bit of spacing between each book would probably do you good hahah 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  5. savageddt says:

    Sorry to read that about quiting the WH world, then again, I might be reading all these books through star spangled glasses… I have the follow up to this novel but wont be reading it untill i own the first novel. C.L Werner has a way of making things very bleak and depressing. I have read a lot of his work within old world setting. He does Chaos very proud in my opinion.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s