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Palace of the Plague Lord (Warhammer Novels) Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2007
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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I'm also not some aspiring snob who mis-applies what he supposedly learned in "Writing 101". I've read many reviews by the clueless that bemoan "lack of character development" in a novel that not only doesn't require it to a great extent, but would be slowed by its excessive, and therefore pointless, use. I mention this as there are no deep insights into the characters here, nor are any required. You have the main character who has an obvious motive for his actions throughout the story, and you have the others who join him on his quest that are fleshed out just to the degree they need to be and no more. Granted, this is not some genre-crossing epic. It is plainly intended for Warhammer fans, lovers of dark fantasy and action junkies; all others need not apply.
I'll also defend the writing, as I can see grounds for criticism here. The prose careens through the story at such a pace that the editing seems unable to keep up. Clearly, this novel was written in a hurry and rushed to print without all the "i"s dotted and all the "t"s crossed and the result comes across almost like a rough, first draft. Some of the descriptions are so over-the-top, with more than one instance of an adjective being used twice in the same sentence that it was almost humorous to witness the urgent, almost adolescent need to show just how everything was sooooo disgusting! Well, let me say that I absolutely loved it! Carefully crafted prose skillfully imparts to the reader the author's vision, but, in my opinion, seldom enables the reader to connect to the author himself. This isn't as contradictory as it sounds if one keeps in mind the old saying about who we think we are, and who we really are. Since this book, I've read more of C.L. Werner's work and I can vouch for his ability to write polished prose along with the best of them. It's just that, here, I'm able to actually feel the writer's drive as he hunches over his keyboard trying to get all his thoughts out before they pass, while constantly aware of some publishing deadline. Surely, the pulp masters of old did the exact same thing. In fact, I suppose the Warhammer books could qualify as the modern equivalent. I'm an aspiring author myself, and I felt both gratified and priviledged to get this rare opportunity to not only feel the creative process at work, but to connect to the author's inner self that he probably didn't count on exposing. However one feels about this, the fact is that the writing here is super-charged with furious energy.
Though there are some good writers for Warhammer, I've found that most seem hobbled by the confines of their subject matter. Here, on the other hand, is a tale where almost anything can pop out of the woodwork. I'm a monster-lover first and foremost, and I've often been disappointed to continually encounter undead, Orcs, etc. within the pages of the Black Library, but Werner comes up with original creatures and new takes on old ones. Also, the raven god was fresh for the Old Warhammer World and did much to dispel its claustrophobia, I thought. The first horror the protagonist encounters is a real doozy, one of the best I've ever read. The rest of the novel is one, long, monster-filled running battle with barely a moment's respite and this is well-served by the previously mentioned helter-skelter pace of the writing. It is apparent that the author is writing just the kind of story he himself likes to read.
If you love action, you won't be disappointed. If you love monsters, you'll be ecstatic. I love both.
I also liked the storyline of the book, and the way it is concluded at first made me angry, but then later I liked it even better as it is an accurate portrayal of the Warhammer world, not some book where all the characters end up having superpowers and destroying everything.
Also any book that has an Ogre as one of the main characters deserves a 5 star rating. You can't top that. Ogres are awesome :)
Some would call this a highpoint, but after some very vivid explanations of the disgusting Domain of Skoroth and the Plague Lord, I was left wanting return to beautiful skies and green grass, and I even took a step outside for a breath of fresh air. But I love Werner's works and you could say that he really has an incredible imagination and wastes no time in proving it with Palace of the Plague Lord.
And, it's about time we had a great Barbarian themed book.