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5.0 out of 5 stars More Thanquol Please!!, 7 May 2011
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Ursula K. Raphael "AstraDaemon of The Zombiep... (USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Temple of the Serpent (Thanquol and Boneripper) (Paperback)
In the first book, Grey Seer, Thanquol is forced to retrieve a large amount of Wormstone from another Skaven city by the Council of Thirteen. Of course, the plans went astray for a variety of reasons, and Thanquol was blamed for everything that went wrong.

Needless to say, in Temple of the Serpent, Grey Seer Thanquol is called before the Council to explain to the Lords of Decay how the Wormstone was lost in Under-Altdorf. This includes a brief recap of the first book - from Thanquol's twisted POV - so it's not necessary to have read the first book, but I highly recommend it!

"Under the madness of these persistent fractals, the equations of the Old Ones were unbalanced, broken by perverse arithmetic."

Temple of the Serpent actually begins with a prologue from the POV of an ancient creature called the slann, named Lord Talco, who studies the Great Math of the Old Ones, and views xa'cota (the rat fractals) as "corrupted algorithms." It was a bit difficult to follow, but it illustrated perfectly how different the lizard race is from the Skaven or humans.

Thanquol is forced to meet with Nightlord Sneek, leader of Clan Eshin, after his disturbing meeting with the Council. Sneek is planning to send Shiwan Stalkscent, an assassin, with Shen Tsinge, a sorcerer, to a long lost empire of Clan Pestilens. The plague clan was chased off by Sotek the Snake Daemon, who is worshipped by the lizard race. Sneek wants Thanquol to go with them to make sure the high priest of the lizards is killed. The lizard race has built the Temple of the Serpent, where the slann resides. As Sneek explains to Thanquol:

"Pestilens has tried many times to kill the snake prophet. If Eshin succeeds where the plague lords have failed, it will make them afraid."

In the midst of this plot, another member of the Clan Eshin named Chang Fang plots to avenge the death of his fellow assassin, Chang Squik - one of the reasons Thanquol failed to return with the Wormstone from Under-Altdorf. Basically, Thanquol is going to have deal with another mountain of problems just to stay alive. Since they have to cross a large ocean, they hijack a human ship called the Black Mary - I absolutely loved the way the Skaven pulled off that little trick.

Of course, there is always a human factor to any Warhammer story. In this case, the crew of the Cobra of Khemi find themselves steered by an unnatural storm to Lustria (also known as Green Hell), with the lizards and Skaven. The hired mercenary of the ship, Adawolf, sort of reminded me of Felix, but without the whining. While I found the crew to be interesting, I thought that Werner spent too many pages telling the humans' side of the story, instead of spending more time focusing on Thanquol's POV. After all, I bought the book because I am a Skaven fan, and I love how Thanquol constantly twists the actual events.

When all three groups converge on the City of Quetza, the battle scenes were superb. I was really impressed with Werner's detailed descriptions of the surroundings and other inhabitants of the jungle. He wasn't too wordy, but he made me feel like I was actually there, suffering with the rest of them. Although, I have to admit, I think I've lost count of how many Bonerippers Thanquol has gone through.

You don't have to be a Warhammer fan to appreciate the excellent fantasy adventure that CL Werner has written. I can't wait for the third book, Thanquol's Doom - I've already marked the release on my calendar. I just hope we see more of Thanquol next time...and it had better not be the last one!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining, 6 May 2011
This review is from: Temple of the Serpent (Thanquol and Boneripper) (Paperback)
a book I really enjoyed, nothing more need be said, it was entertaining and kept me reading until the end, always wanting to know how it would end ..... oh and i was disappointed by the end, not because of the way it ended, but because it had ended and there was no more story to read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow up to Grey seer, 29 Nov 2010
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This is a well written and engaging book, once more the paranoid and self obsessed Thanquol is back on good form, this time dodging clan Eshin assassins, undead pirates and Skink priests in the depths of the Lustrian jungles. Thanquol is less inept than in greyseer and shows that he is a wizard of no small power and cunning and as a character is developing nicely. The plot is interesting with several unexpected twists and turns and is also a good read for those who are a fan of warhammer lizardmen and the Slann giving a good insight of the strange and alien mind of the Slann.
The human characters are nicely written and engaging with their own motivations and desires with a vivid back drop of Lustria. If you are not familar with the warhammer world , the Skaven, the Slann and Thanquol then this book could be hard to follow, for those Fans of the scheming Rat mage this book is a must
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply wonderful, 28 Feb 2013
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Mr. A. J. Evans-crane (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Temple of the Serpent (Thanquol and Boneripper) (Paperback)
The latest adventures of the unfortunate grey seer continue, warning contains clan eshin assassins, old powers and the usual cannibalism. If the rat kin sunk their teeth into you in the Gotrek books then this is a must read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rat, Rat, Rat, Ratties, 27 Aug 2010
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This review is from: Temple of the Serpent (Thanquol and Boneripper) (Paperback)
Fan's of Werner know what to expect from this author, if you're not, I'll help tip you the nod. You'll get great action, hard hitting and pretty fast paced backed up with characters that step from the Warhammer world into the readers imagination. You also get descent dialogue and to be honest some top notch characters. Within this title you get an old fan favourite Grey Seer Thanquol and of course the obligatory Rat Ogre Boneripper. It is fast paced, it has got a whole quirkiness as it's a Skaven offering and of course you get the duplicity of the infamous Ratmen to contend with. All in well rounded and great fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LUSTRIA, 8 Sep 2010
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Nicky Cowan (Renfrew, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Temple of the Serpent (Thanquol and Boneripper) (Paperback)
A great continuation of the series!

Shouldnt have to say to much in this review apart from its Thanquol vs Lizardmen vs Pirates vs Skaven vs Zombies.....

you know you love it
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