Thanquol’s Doom (Warhammer: Thanquol & Boneripper #3) ★★★☆½

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Title: Thanquol’s Doom
Series: Warhammer: Thanquol & Boneripper #3
Author: C.L.Werner
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 304
Format: Digital Edition



Due to Skaven politics, Thanquol’s success at staying alive and reporting the death of the conjurer from his previous expedition is now a mark against him. Everyone wishes he had died so as to not remind them of the expedition at all.

Now Thanquol must “lead” an expedition against a Dwarven stronghold. He is allied, this time around, with the skaven scientists/alchemists and they have supplied him with a mechanical Boneripper built from the remains of his original one. Unfortunately for Thanquol, he is saddled with another Grey Seer who has secret instructions of his own. And of course, the Alchemists have their own hidden, true agenda.

Turns out Thanquol is simply a diversion for the dwarves to focus on while the alchemists and the other grey seer do their own thing. The grey seer is going after a powerful magical item, the paw of something or other and the alchemists are building a Doomsphere, meant to destroy the dwarven stronghold totally and completely. The fact that it might destroy the skaven city as well is just incidental.

Thanquol schemes how to make use of both of these agendas. He ends up releasing a chaos demon of almost uncontrollable power, by accident, and the doomsphere destroys itself due to the dwarves machinations.

The book ends with Thanquol still alive and figuring out how to survive this latest debacle.


My Thoughts:

This was a decent end to this trilogy. Since this was a spinoff of the Gotrex & Felix series I wonder if Thanquol ends up being killed off in that series? As a skaven, he certainly deserves it!

I’ve been considering why I enjoyed this Warhammer trilogy as much as I did while I haven’t really enjoyed the others I’ve read. Part of it is the humor. Werner does a fantastic job of showing how cowardly, two-faced and constantly backstabbing the Skaven are and it is just really hard to get depressed when reading about their antics. It’s like watching a clown car at the circus. The humor was ironic in nature, with Werner showcasing the worst of the skaven nature through Thanquol but it was so ridiculous that I couldn’t help but laugh. Much like the clown car I mentioned or seeing clowns beat the crap out of each other. Objectively, it is unpleasant, but in the right situation, it is great humor. It mitigated the depressing side of the Warhammer universe. In comparison, Werner wrote some of this book from the dwarves perspective and my goodness, now THAT was depressing. A Book of Grudges, Berserkers who live only to die in battle, a declining population due to birth rates and attrition? Ugh, ugh and ugh.

I was about to give up on the whole Warhammer universe after my run in with Tyrion & Teclis. Thankfully, this turned things around so at least I’ll try another Warhammer trilogy. Bookwraiths has reviewed another Warhammer trilogy by Werner and if my next choice (the Legend of Sigmar trilogy) doesn’t pan out, I might try that. But if I hit 2 stinkers of a series in a row, or they are just too depressing for me, I’ll probably be done with Warhammer.



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13 thoughts on “Thanquol’s Doom (Warhammer: Thanquol & Boneripper #3) ★★★☆½

  1. savageddt says:

    Glad you could like this at least. My respect for the skaven came from a different series in the form of the Black Plague. This might be a tad bit too depressing aswell. But was a great series for me.

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  2. Shame this was such a disappointment!

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  3. Glad to hear humour sort of saved this one. This actually makes me wonder how on Earth you even survive and love the Malazan books hahah

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Part of the Malazan love is just how well written it is.
      It also helps that only the last 3 books of the series were seriously angst-fests. And there isn’t ravening chaos destroying everything so blatantly like in Warhammer.

      I guess I see it as the Warhammer world has ended and they are just fighting a delaying action, putting off the final defeat but knowing they are already defeated.
      The world of Malaz is still on the frontlines and fighting and the outcome is by no means certain.

      That is kind of how I view them when reading and it really affects me 🙂

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  4. I find these tie-ins are always so dependent on the talent of the particular author and the quality of their writing, so I try not to give up after a crappy book or series. I see that the one you DNFed was by William King. I once read a book he wrote for the World of Warcraft universe, and I thought his writing was pretty meh.

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  5. piotrek says:

    I’m a Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay player since… 1994? We don’t play so often these days, but sometimes we manage to gather enough players for a short campaign 🙂 Fiction in this franchise… is rarely any good, in my recollection. I’ve liked some Gotrek stories, and I remember… hmm I actually remember this Thanquol guy, so maybe I’ve even read this one at some point?
    I’m also pretty certain that large parts of the third Hobbit movie were actually a Warhammer story, not something Tolkien-based 😉

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I know that Thanquol was in the Gotrex and Felix series, as they are mentioned in this trilogy with fear and loathing by Thanquol.

      I don’t believe in the Hobbit trilogy, period. I might own it on extended edition bluray, and sit on my shelves, but nope, it doesn’t really exist. Jackson should have been beaten for his excesses…

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