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on 1 November 2011
You have Jeremias Scrivner, the human sorcerer from the first novel, and Lord Tlaco, the mage-priest Slann from the second novel, together planning a way to "fix the Great Math" by getting rid of a "miscalculation" by the name of Grey Seer Thanquol. I thought Thanquol's Doom was a brilliant way to tie the various storylines together, while giving readers a third Skaven misadventure.

I say misadventure because Thanquol is forced into yet another political conspiracy between clans by Seerlord Kritislisk -- this time the inventive Skyre clan, and the muscle clan Mors -- involving a war with the dwarves of Karak Angkul. Literally everything goes wrong for Thanquol; I had no way of predicting what was going to happen from one chapter to the next.

The POV switches between the skavens and the dwarves, but this time the alternating narration worked much better than it did in Temple of the Serpent because both views were describing the same point in the timeline. When you leave the skavens' perspective to read the dwarves' perspective, you are returned almost to the exact moment you had left off the skavens' POV, so you are never left to wonder what happened to either group while you were reading about the one or the other.

Despite his obvious negative traits, Werner has done an excellent job developing Thanquol as the ultimate antagonistic character. I haven't enjoyed a bad guy this much, since Darth Vader. Thanquol's Doom provides a lot of insight into Thanquol's twisted way of thinking, as well as showing how powerful he has become since the first two novels. Unfortunately, Thanquol has been so preoccupied with the intrigue of Skavendom that he completely overlooks how many other races perceive him as a very dangerous threat.

This was definitely my favorite of the three Thanquol & Boneripper adventures, the first being Grey Seer, and I hope the three novels will be released in an omnibus like the Brunner the Bounty Hunter: Omnibus.

P.S. Even Boneripper has changed since the first two novels. ;)
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Everyone's favourite squeaky horned rat follower returns in this, his latest adventure as he troubles the great equation of the Slann with his own self-serving ways. As usual with Clint's writing there is action a plenty, some great one lines from Thanquol and Warhammer's most positive spin sorcerer takes things to a new level of deceit.

Add to this the authors own dark humour, some sneaky tactics and double dealing as the tale literally unravels and the reader is in for another cracking story especially when you add the dwarves to the mix as Thanquol manipulates as well as causes a lot of sorcerous damage. Great fun all round.
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on 9 March 2012
As a great fan of Thanquol and his ambitious cowardice, I was eager to read this. Bought a new copy, even. It was sort of OK, but a distinct fall on the others.

As usual the skaveny bits were fine. The weakness is especially in the [spoiler alert, read on with care]

dwarf characters who behaved frankly illogically, and the main plot, which makes not much sense even by the flexible standards of the Warhammer world. Why does this matter? Because you buy into the story, ideally, so when daft things happen it jolts you out of your buy-in.

And the ongoing technological leaps are getting ridiculous, if Clan Skyre are supposed to be able to make [deleted to not spoil]and plenty of them, and dwarfs the copper-link [deleted to not spoil]the semi-medieval war of Warhammer would be over in an instant. No more axes and wizards.

Maybe time for a new new author?

I felt like giving it two stars but added one for old times sake
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on 6 January 2012
Not a bad little book if i'm honest. By no means as gripping as Temple of the Serpent but C. L. Werner does Thanquol justice in his third outing. Great nods to both Felix and Gotrek and we hope they have a new book soon!
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Grey Seer Thanquol has survived Nuln. He returns to the Old World and quickly feels himself being dragged down into the treacherous drama of inter-clan politics. Finding himself caught between Clan Skryre and Clan Mors, Thanquol must lead an army against the dwarfs of Karak Angkul. Seerlord Kritislik, one of the most powerful skaven in the Under-Empire, sends Grey Seer Skraekual with Thanquol. The old grey seer seems to be insane, but there are moments when Thanquol believes the decrepit ratmage is anything but senile. However, all is not lost. Thanquol seeks an artefact of incredible power, a Hand which may assure his ascension to the Council of Thirteen. At first, Thanquol believes this to be easy because Ikit Claw has given him a new Boneripper. This time Thanquol's rat-ogre is a huge mechanical brute. But when the egotistical skaven sorcerer tries to use his new bodyguard against Clan Skryre, he learns that Ikit Claw had been devious enough to install a safety valve, prohibiting Boneripper from causing harm to any Skryre ratkin. Worse, Ikit Claw is in the process of creating a Doomsphere.

Karak Angkul is renowned for its engineer clans, but there is one bold genius that stands out. His name is Klarak Bronzehammer. Klarak brings great pride, progress, and/or dismay to the Engineers' Guild - depending upon whom you asked. Klarak has been sent a warning of the unspeakable destruction Grey Seer Thanquol represents. The dwarfs cannot simply defend their home by repelling the skaven attacks. They will need to be more proactive and go on offense. Unless Klarak's kin can thwart the Skaven menace, the entire dwarf kingdom would be lost.

**** FOUR STARS! Dwarf Mordin Grimstone was a slave in a previous title. Because Thanquol killed his brother, Grimstone took the Slayer Oath and now seeks vengeance. While Grimstone was a slave of the skaven, my respect for him was lower than for other dwarfs. After all, it is demeaning for a dwarf to allow himself to be taken alive. Grimstone's desire to slay Thanquol is greater than the honor and duty to his home. Often Grimstone had to be reminded that duty comes before vengeance. Never before do I recall having witnessed such lack of duty from a Slayer. I cannot help believing that this character has been made too shallow for a dwarf.

Speaking of Slayers, Gotrek Gurnisson and his human companion, Felix Jaeger, have no roles or cameos in this story. However, the author spiced up things up by showing how much Thanquol still fears the duo. More than once Thanquol scans for a dwarf with a human nearby or tries to detect their scents. Well done!

There are some new characters, on both sides, that may be utilized in future episodes. All are well developed with decent backgrounds. In my opinion, C.L. Werner has another epic win on his hands. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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on 16 November 2016
Great condition shame the second book in the trilogy is so expensive.
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on 15 November 2016
Great condition, wonderful book
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