`Grimblades' is the fourth book in the Empire Army series of Warhammer books and while it probably isn't as good as `Reiksguard' of `Call to Arms', it is better than `Iron Company'.
With the Orc and Goblin hoard of Grom the Paunch invading the Empire, the Emperor Dieter IV responds by fleeing to Altdorf and telling his Elector Counts to look to their own defence. Prince Wilhelm of Reikland however decides to go to the aid the besieged Averheim and assembles an army to fight Waaagh! Grom. Amongst the regiments marching to war is the Reikland Halberdier regiment known as the Grimblades.
`Grimblades' was an enjoyable book once it got going but it was one which has a number of flaws. The most notable of these is that many of the characters are somewhat clichéd and stick to some rather overused character types, the big dumb guy, the old veteran, the alcoholic, the preacher, the stone-cold killer, etc. The other major problem with the book is that the plot takes a while to get going, and when it does, it is unfortunately predictable.
The book does have its good points though as the battle scenes are well done and the middle third of the book is very well done and entertaining, it is just a shame that the book trails off somewhat after the siege of Averheim. Overall, I would give this book three and a half stars, as while it was enjoyable there are better books in this series.