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Grudge Bearer (Warhammer) Mass Market Paperback – 16 Jun 2005
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About the Author
Gav Thorpe works for the internationally renowned hobby company Games Workshop as part of the Games Development team, a prolific Black Library author, he has written Angels of Darkness, 13th Legion and the fantasy trilogy Slaves to Darkness.
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I found the writing standard basic but adequate. And much the same with the plot. The story while unremarkable in itself does give you a good insight into the workings of dwarf culture in warhammer. It also establishes the king of Zhufbar as a character within the setting and gives that particular hold a sense of background. On the downside there were a few moments in the plotline that I did not find convincing, in particular the ending - though I won't spoiler it.
It's not a bad little book, quite well written (a pleasant surprise as I tend to shy away from GW staffers attempts at writing novels) and gives a good flavour of the culture of the Warhammer Dwarves as they battle over a number of centuries against a variety of enemies.
The only thing I didn't like is when one chapter ends with a cliff hanger and the next starts 20 years on (and this can be unclear, notably the war against the Skaven...) but aside from that Gav Thorpe has done a good job here (and the final battle epic got me itching to get some miniatures on the tabletop even if it would have to be a Warmaster game not Warhammer).
Ok, Gav Thorpe isn't Tolkien and the book doesn't have the depth of Tolkien's Dwarf history, but it was enjoyable, adds to the background of the game and if he writes another Dwarf book I'll probably read it.
From the very beginning, I found myself rooting for the lead Dwarf. Thorpe managed to make the main character into an incredibly likeable person, with a very old-fashioned set of values. A bit like a favourite great uncle or grandad. Couple that with a huge hammer and we've got a winner on our hands.
The story is divided into a series of adventures and battles. Battles with just about anyone the dwarves can fall out with. The dwarves find themselves locked into a steady cycle of retribution via their 'Book of Grudges'. Highlights include a fight in a pub over the quality of the beer: "Beardlings Best Effort." And a battle where everyone else runs off.
I cannot believe anyone could like Warhammer and not like this book. Gav Thorpe's finest hour!
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Although we were given just a brief glimpse of a Dwarf Hold in William King's "Dragonslayer", this book takes us right inside the daily life of one such underground city stronghold of the Dwarves. In particular it focuses on the aspect of Dwarven (Dwarvish?) culture that deals with grudges, and their great relish in carrying them on for generations if need be in order to finally settle perceived wrongs against them.
There are epic battles aplenty in this book, with the Dwarves facing off against Orcs, Skaven, massive Chaos hordes and even....each other? But one part that had me questioning was that the Dwarves are depicted as very bloodthirsty when in the course of carrying out a grudge, so much so that they would even be willing to massacre innocent women and children. I wonder....?
Still, on the whole I would say that I enjoyed it and it's a pretty good book, and would rate it overall a 4.5 -- Well worth checking out while you're waiting for William King to get busy and give us more Gotrek.
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