10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2003
Since I own most of the Black Library's pubs, I can say that most are fun, light reads. They aren't Shakespeare, but who would call that fun and light? This was not an easy read, and would have benefitted from someone giving it a quick once over. I am worried that the Black Library is going through the same editorial funk that TSR did, which brought us some truly bad AD&D books in the 90s.
The basic premise of the book is good, and I could find nothing wrong with a battlefield looting heroine. But there are parts where the heroine does something exceptionally unexpected, rather unreasonable, and sometimes impossible. Explanations for these acts are not often given, making for a difficult read. For instance, when a muscle-bound halfling attacks her with an axe, swinging it down from over his head, she leapfrogs over him as a dodge. Que?
On another occasion, she, and her bodyguard flee a group they are helping. Several pages later, the reader, somewhat confused, learns that the heroine decided that she would profit from them more if she worked alone. By this time, the reader has written her off as mentally disturbed, and doesn't care for her excuse. A little internal monologue would go a long way.
Other times, a long paragraph is used to describe the clothes of a particularly dashing character, leading to the character's intrinsic lack of dash.
All in all, the book did help me go to sleep a few times. Also, the view of battles as something other than gallant pursuits is refreshing to a game based story of battles of careless attrition. Battlefields are ruthlessly described, and commoners and peasants displaced by seige are more than just a backdrop. This could have been a better story, but for lack of an editor, it wasn't. It is however, a great book if you want to describe battlefield carnage in a roleplaying game. Try Konrad, Gotrek and Felix (anything with Slayer in the book's title), or Genevieve for a real taste of the Warhammer World.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2008
Although this is enjoyable and fun novel, different from the typical Black Library fare, it has some very annoying flaws.
The main characters are certainly different, a battlefield looter (Angelika Fleischer) and her deserter associate (Franziskus). A relatively straightforward search for a missing person, sweeps them into a tangled political affair.
On the downside the personality of the main character (Angelika) is so chaotic to be impossible to empathize with - she engages in an action, then almost immediately does the opposite. There is no rhyme or reason to her behavior - I eventually gave up trying.
Lukas the missing person, who gets rescued at various times, is so annoying, I wished he would just get killed so I wouldn't have to listen to his whining any more.
The book drags in the middle with some minor events dragged out more than was really necessary.
The combats read like rounds in the Warhammer FRP. In my mind, I could see the round sequence. It was both distracting and funny.
Fans of the Warhammer FRPG could find some useful background material.
All the action is set in Averland and a Border Princedom (near Black Fire Pass).
The cameo of Marius "the mad" Leitdorf (elector count of Averland) is worth a half a star all by itself.
Given the events mentioned in the book, it is probably set ca 2520 IC.
A solid book, worth reading for most Warhammer fans.
on December 12, 2013
Now straight out I will say this, the book is worth reading as once our character get to Grenzstadt it explodes into one hell of a novel with hands down the best brawling I have ever read in all of my Warhammer novels, I could easily imagine while reading the brawl I could easily imagine what was going on in my head as if I was watching the movie of it, the first half of the book is 2.5 to 3 stars but if you can stay and hold on you will read 5 star material, it is worth the wait as a twist comes in that I DID NOT see coming and you probably wont see either its one crazy twist, now I agree completely with the other reviews Lukas is a total whiny, obnoxious character extremely aggravating, but he does get better if only in the last 3 pages, and I agree it was weird and odd how Angelika kept changing her mind on stuff, but it makes sense as she was changing, but what really pissed me off is how she got rid of gold she could have kept, she gets rid of money because according to her its bad money or blood money, and yet she LOOTS THE DEAD! In this book it feels like the author goes from 25 percent writing ability to 150 percent, I have never seen that in any other book I have read, but I do recommend this novel, read it and I hope you enjoy it =)
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2005
I'm not a big fan of the fantasy genre and I actually purchased this book to give to someone who's running a Warhammer game -- I've enjoyed everything else I've read by the author. Out of curiosity I started reading Honour of the Grave and I had trouble putting it down. It's one of the most engaging novels I've read in quite some time.
It's not a cookie cutter fantasy novel -- the "heroes" are a corpse robber and a deserter who largely live by the corpse robber's wits-- and it focuses on well-drawn characters. It also isn't overrun with elements of the fantastic, although it does contain them, but it isn't -about- them. It's all about the characters.
I've ordered the other Warhammer book the author has written and I'm looking forward to it enthusiastically!