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Grey Seer (Warhammer) Mass Market Paperback – July 28, 2009
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The plot of the story is interesting, but takes too long to really get going. The Imperial protagonists that continually thwart Thanquol's plans (accidentally and intentionally) are not themselves very likeable; the most obvious among them is the shadowy wizard Jeremias Scrivner, who starts off as a menacing background figure but by the end becomes a pretty annoying Mary Sue.
Overall, I liked the book, but it would have benefited from more genuine humour, skaven wackiness, and more sympathetic human characters.
I really appreicated the extra detail in the book related to the Skaven. Things like the fear glands and scents and the attitudes that made the ratmen rat-like were great. I much prefer it to the comical treatments Thanquol got in earlier books. This is a creature that has clawed his way to the top despite countless attempts on his life from all sides. In grey seer, you finally get a look into why Thanquol made it this far.
A worthy addition to the dark fantasy of the Warhammer universe.
I would, however, recommend that you read some of the Gotrek and Felix books first, since he is originally from them and is where his story starts, especially if you haven't read warhammer books before.
I had many good times reading this book.
Grey Seer Thanquol believes Kratch is the sole survivor from the previous expedition due to betraying his dead mentor. Thanquol must keep Kratch close to his whiskers if he wishes to make sure the traitorous apprentice does not attempt to kill him as well. The Council sends minions with Thanquol, supposedly to help retrieve the Wormstone, but again Thanquol well knows that those minions are but spies for the Council. The group is to complete the mission without divulging anything about it to those dwelling within the skaven city of Under-Altdorf. Knowing that he cannot trust anyone within his group to protect his life, Thanquol must first find himself a totally loyal and intimidating bodyguard, a mutant rat-ogre to be named Boneripper.
When Thanquol learns that some human smugglers have stolen the Wormstone and hidden it within their city, he realizes that his mission has become even more dangerous. Thanquol must recover the Wormstone, keep his own kin from killing or betraying him, while also dealing with a mysterious shadowmancer wizard and his band of (human) henchmen from ruining everything.
***** FIVE STARS! Fans of the "Gotrek & Felix" fantasy series will already be familiar with Grey Seer Thanquol. Gotrek (a dwarf) and Felix (a human) have unwittingly thwarted numerous of Thanquol's schemes. (The dwarf airship was but one.) Though this new series features the characters from "Gotrek & Felix", anyone who has not had the pleasure of reading that series will NOT be lost at all. Having read them myself though, I could not keep from chuckling whenever Thanquol briefly thought about one of his failed schemes and I suddenly realized it to be one I recalled reading in a "Gotrek & Felix" title. Thanquol's recollections of his past failures are kept very brief and only those who have read the other series will even make the connections. In my opinion, those rare sections are a brilliant touch.
It did not feel strange as I followed the skaven. The author kept Thanquol's personality intact. The skaven sorcerer is very cunning, able to adapt quickly to changes, as well as figure out how to use those changes to his advantage. I have never enjoyed a skaven villain more. No one writes a story better than C.L. Werner! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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I must admit to being a fan of the Warhammer fantasy background, Gotrek & Felix novels, and Mr. Werner's oeuvre.Read more