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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849700265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849700269
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stefan VINE VOICE on 6 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
A new regiment is thrust straight into battle, as a devastated Hochland military groans in the wake of a devastating loss to the rampaging beastmen. With some good characters, solid (but not excessive) action, a dark and cynical sense of humour, and some intrigue thrown in, Broken Honour is a great Warhammer novel that stands up to Gotrek & Felix in quality and entertainment, and certainly shows room for growth and maybe some sequels...

Broken Honour portrays the cyclical struggle the Empire must suffer against hostile outsiders - the Hochlanders conduct an annual cull of the beastmen herds living in the surrounding forests. Usually, this is par for the course and they've become very adept at it - they have the very well organised and well-trained armies of Hochland who have become well practiced. This time, however, the beastmen are organised, driven, almost human-like in their strategic planning (not least because there is some strategic planning, beyond `Charge!' and `Kill!'/`Eat!'), and the herds have a unifying leader. The game has changed, and the Empire is left struggling to adapt and overcome the sudden lack of experienced soldiers.

This, of course, is where Erikson comes in. He has come to Hochland to create and lead The Gentleman's Free Company of Hergig - a rather inappropriate name for the rabble, who he `recruits' from the gaol, offering food, a share of plunder, and potential survival against the guaranteed slaughter if they remain imprisoned. It's not a difficult choice, but also one that many see an opportunity to exploit to skip town.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Whilst the death legions of the 40K worlds are well known, the Warhammer ones are not only rare but few and far between (the last Warhammer Dirty Dozen/A-Team were the Blackhearts by Nathan Long) so when this title landed pitting the few against the masses in a beastman version of Rorkes Drift then you know that it's going to be happening pretty hard and fast with the odds of anyone getting out few and far between. Beautifully written, Roberts latest release is a title that will have fans clamouring for more as well as lapping up the blood soaked gore (or Gor if you prefer) right up to the last page. Add to the mix some great descriptive prose, a descent dialogue as well as giving the readers exactly what they want and I suspect that this new band of Warhammer "heroes" stereotypes will return in one form or another.
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A cracking read: fast paced and action packed. If you're a fan of the Warhammer world and Black Library you will love this.
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By Rob Martin on 14 Aug. 2014
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Great read if you like fantasy settings.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Chaos Theory in the Warhammer Universe 28 Feb. 2011
By David Stutzbach - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A war of attrition sets the backdrop for a glorious novel from Robert Earl. We are fortunate to follow Captain Eriksson as he makes his way to Hergig to assemble what eventually will become the formidable Gentlemen's Free Company of Hergig. A ragged band of villains find freedom fortune and family as they are lead through one dangerous situation after the next battling the vile Beastmen of Hochland, lead of course by Mercenary Captain Eriksson. Through trials of deceit and backstabbing they find honor and pride.

Robert Earl's Broken Honour is an astounding addition to the Warhammer universe. He wields his cast of characters deftly, knowing where to put the emphasis and allowing the main attraction to remain the main attraction. The supporting cast do just that support, but they seem like their own person and have a sense of depth without monopolizing the story. Smaller storyline's allow the reader to get a peak behind the door of what's pushing the adventures of the Gentlemen's Free Company, with out ruining the pacing or having those glimpse's competing for space. Viksberg's machinations behind the scenes never directly spill into Erikssons storyline, but instead are part of a wonderful depiction of chaos theory at work. Which is splendid considering the deviations into chaos the book takes. Small characters such as the messenger Falsmir are given their own personal legends in the span of a chapter that sit with reader even after the book has been put down. This creates a sense of a dynamic living breathing world in which the character of Eriksson is allowed to flourish.

Eriksson is one of the most entertaining characters one can find in the Warhammer world. His attitude and mannerisms make him fun and lighthearted, even when putting on the airs of a Captain. You believe he's got years of mercenary experience with in the breadth of a few chapters. His encounters with nobility and bureaucrats are always entertaining as a coin laced hand-shake usually ends up counting for more then his guile and wit. Giving a very believable air to his actions. His prowess on the battlefield is not what you would expect at all, and let me tell you this is perhaps one of the most refreshing aspects of the novel. He is not some whirling dervish of slaughter, but a very skilled swordsman who's hide is saved more often then not because of the people he has chosen to surround himself with. Such as the forester (ranger?) Freimann (a character who is like a thin web that inadvertently links the human world to that of the Beastmen's while still retaining some semblance of humanity), who's one of the few to keep Eriksson on his toes, while still seeing the value in the Captain. That's the beauty, his strength is in leading or befriending those around him, not in being an unstoppable killer. We find his moral compass waning at times giving him even more of a human tint.

The chaos of the Beastmen is not to be understated and their savagery is gloriously painted through out the book. The animalistic rage boiling just beneath the surface feels tangible, as if any of them could unhinge and rip apart those around them. With Robert Earl's descriptions you feel their immensity and power, one easily gets lost in ferocity of the herd. Gulkroth the leader of the herd is at constant odds with his nature and makes almost poetic thoughts on the actually idea of chaos as a concept, not the way it's treated in the Warhammer universe. It's a different mindset and can be felt resonating through out Broken Honour.

The book feels like we are knee deep in a war, and sinking faster and faster. The steady beat of Dolf's (a pivotal character, with out even knowing it!) drum carries the reader along at double time. The lines are drawn there is a miasma of death all around, but the book still manages to pull back the intensity when it needs to. Towards the end a great boxing match occurs, that is a break but a well worth it diversion. A minor characters unconscious plunge into chaos, that in my mind culminates with a horrifying moment that cements the Beastmens place in the Warhammer universe. Scene after scene the book becomes increasingly hard to tear away from, until the last few gripping pages.

If there is one complaint is that perhaps the book ends to abruptly with out much resolution, perhaps this was done to entice the reader towards an inevitable sequel (most Warhammer characters seem to be given three books). With out question this was a welcome change of pace from the normal for a Warhammer novel, while still retaining the thematic elements that endears so many people to the universe. It's grim, violent, and has just the right amount of dark humor and wit to keep from feeling like everyone's on the verge of mass suicide. Until we meet again Captain Eriksson.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best Warhammer Novels 16 Jun. 2012
By Joshua T. Garcia - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Broken Honour chronicles a mercenary named Erikson as he attempts to make a profit out of the ongoing war between the Empire province of Hochland and the Beastmen, misshapen Chaos-spawned creatures, that reside in the area. Erikson persuades the baron to allow him to "purchase" a group of criminals from a local prison, and form a mercenary unit he dubs "The Gentlemen's Free Company of Hergig." Throughout the novel, the reader follows Erikson's Free Company as they battle throughout the military campaign season against the vicious and bloodthirsty Beastmen. Robert Earl's novel is thoroughly entertaining, but is far from the mindless gore-fest that many may expect from a Warhammer novel.

One of the finer points of the novel lies in the fact that it truly reflects the Warhammer background. A lot of the other Warhammer novels I've read seem like a generic fantasy adventure that just so happens to take place in the Warhammer world; others go deliberately out of their way to reflect the Warhammer setting by incorporating too many aspects of the background (destroying one's suspension of disbelief). Yet, Broken Honour is a novel that truly "feels" like Warhammer. We get a glimpse into politics of The Empire, a close-up look at Beatsmen, an understanding of Free Companies, and an understanding of the military tactics of the Empire. Earl doesn't overdo it--he doesn't even name many of the iconic Beastman units, choosing instead to describe them, trusting that the fan will know what specifically he is referring to, and acknowledging that non-Warhammer fans are better off simply with descriptions. And, somehow, not referring to the Beastmen units as Gors, Ungors, and Centigors make the whole novel less "geeky." With some of the fantasy elements under-emphasized, Earl introduces a story that is at once both very much a Warhammer tale, but is at the same time much more believable, and therefore engrossing, than many of the other Warhammer novels I've read, especially through its use of characters. None of the Empire soldiers are especially powerful or skilled, like Brunner or Gotrek. In fact, the strength of the Beastmen is emphasized, while Earl has our heroes rely on tactics. As the company comes to grow closer in the course of the novel, the reader may find himself liking the characters even more--characters that in other WH novels would have been less than inconsequential.

This is one of the best Warhammer novels I've read. There's plenty here for the Warhammer fan who's craving more than the standard fantasy adventure. Broken Honour is a good novel on its own right; as a Warhammer novel, its truly one of the most skillfully written stories the Black Library has produced.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Can a mercenary captain turn a group of murders and theives into a fighting force in time to stop a beastman invasion 5 April 2012
By Jacob - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Hoachland the lands are under attack from the beastmen within the woods. What was supposed to be a simple culling of the vile creatures turns itself into an invasion lead by a gor that has heard the call of its chaos gods.
The Baron fearing the worst rallies his soliders and all to his banner in hopes to stem the tide and break the evil that is gathering within the woods. Meanwhile Captain Erikson has made his way to the city of Herigig where war is looming before them. Buying the freedom of a group of men and dubbing them "The Gentelmen's Free Company of Herigig" he begins in earnest to turn them into fighting men and see to his last war.
While the men of the empire plan to stave off the attack within the Drakwalad forest Kulgrorth leader of the herds under his control plots and plans. Telling his herds the promise of blood and viloence the likes of which none have ever seen and more gather for the chance to kill and feast on man flesh.
Erikson trying hard to stay one step ahead of the enemy and those within the Baron's own inner circle to see that every coin be earned with blood and steel. Can he and those whose freedom he has paid for stand together and defeat the beastmen. Or will Kulgorth and his herds destroy the lands and return it to the ways of the beast forever?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent!!! 10 Oct. 2011
By R. Stell - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book. I have always been a fan of medieval history, military history and anything fantasy. This book combines all of my likes into one very entertaining read. I look forward to a sequel.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beastly! 20 Aug. 2012
By Mosquito007 - Published on
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I am a long time fan of the Warhammer world and for the most part found the Beastmen hard to understand, are they mindless slaves? Are they just large animals? Did they used to be people?
This book tries to give a little behind the scenes to them and how exactly the heard operates.

But the main quest is following a unit of former criminals led by a charismatic Empire man.
The "unit" dynamic is a nice change of pace from the "lone warrior" type story.

Reading it won't change you life, but you really can't miss on a Warhammer book, they always deliver what is on the cover.
Or in this case: Hardbitten looking empire man that is apparently in a state of "broken honor".
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