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Skavenslayer Book two of the Gotrek and Felix series continues with our heroes trying to eke out a living in the great merchant city of Nuln Much like the first book, Skavenslayer comprises of a series of short stories This time, however, each story revolves around a central narrative concerning the titular Skaven, a race of cunning ratmen, and their efforts to conquer the city I enjoyed Skavenslayer muchthan the first book, as it brings out one of the Warhammer universe sunique aspects, in bl Book two of the Gotrek and Felix series continues with our heroes trying to eke out a living in the great merchant city of Nuln Much like the first book, Skavenslayer comprises of a series of short stories This time, however, each story revolves around a central narrative concerning the titular Skaven, a race of cunning ratmen, and their efforts to conquer the city I enjoyed Skavenslayer muchthan the first book, as it brings out one of the Warhammer universe sunique aspects, in blending elements of horror with oddly placed humor.You see, although the Skaven are a very real danger in being a literal plague of rats, they are also extremely paranoid and greedy, and tend to seize defeat from the jaws of victory through their own convoluted attempts to best their peers In addition to Gotrek and Felix, Skavenslayer is as much about the Skaven Thanquol, a sorcerer who is both the greatest of his kind and the most inept, and his underlings, each representing one of the great clans of Skavendom and who each desire seize all the glory for themselves.Overall I highly recommend this book, both for its fleshing out of the Warhammer world, as well as the continued development of Felix My only major qualms are that aside from his usual cracking of heads, Gotrek didn t see much time in the spotlight and remains as much of an enigma as he was in the first book. Skavenslayer is far better than Gotrek and Felix s previous adventure, Trollslayer Where Trollslayer sped through multiple adventures way to fast for my liking, Skavenslayer focuses on a single, very detailed adventure, and brilliantly captures the races of man and skaven.Gotrek and Felix are some of my favorite characters in fantasy literature Take a fearless dwarf seeking death at the most powerful enemy, and a less than confident former nobleman who owes him a blood debt, and you have two v Skavenslayer is far better than Gotrek and Felix s previous adventure, Trollslayer Where Trollslayer sped through multiple adventures way to fast for my liking, Skavenslayer focuses on a single, very detailed adventure, and brilliantly captures the races of man and skaven.Gotrek and Felix are some of my favorite characters in fantasy literature Take a fearless dwarf seeking death at the most powerful enemy, and a less than confident former nobleman who owes him a blood debt, and you have two very extreme warriors working together to save the world Gotrek and Felix always find themselves in a place to do good in the failing fantasy world of Warhammer, and Skavenslayer puts them in the path of a Skaven horde seeking to bring down one of the greatest cities in the world HERE BE MINOR SPOILERS They also meet one of the most colorful and intriguing villains they have ever faced Thanquol, the Grey Seer.Thanquol is the leader of the skaven horde and his plans are constantly interrupted by the deadly duo, not to mention several other clans of Skaven all seeking the glory of conquering Nuln But where villains from other works would focus on destroying the thorn in their side, Thanquol uses the skaven instinct to gain glory and backstab comrades to direct Gotrek and Felix into the paths of his rivals Every instance of this is pure joy to read, as the skaven are thwarted time and again from conquering Nuln by their own leader and his unwitting heroic pawns Skavenslayer paints a wonderful picture of Imperial men and Skaven societies, and honestly, the Skaven POV characters eclipsed even the main characters It was fun to read about all the schemes, about the false confidences, glorymongering, and justifications for failure from the Skaven leaders When an elite band of skaven warriors fell to Gotrek and Felix, for instance, the leaders would flee, and blame their warriors, who must have been green recruits given to them by their rivals The conniving skaven are so fun and so falsely elitist that everything they do ends up in hilarious disasters And when they do succeed at things, they are despicable, vicious, and terrifying.However, before I praise the story too much, I d like to say Skavenslayer suffers a lot from bad editing and shallow characterization Outside of the brilliant skaven viewpoints, so much of its writing is amateurish and shallow Felix has some fun characterizations, but also tends to be shallowly written and clich d in other ways Gotrek has very little characterization, or dialogue, and mostly broods or bloodlusts He s heroic, but it doesn t go a lot into him.I think the author, William King, was really just beginning to understand novel writing after being a primary writer of warhammer lore which wastelling than showing But despite this, Skavenslayer has been my favorite warhammer experience in Novel form.I can t wait to readGotrek and Felix novels Hopefully there isThanquol in Gotrek and Felix s future, and I hope William Kin s writing continues improving as I go Skavenslayer has a lot of genius in it I want to seeof that This was the first Warhammer book I ve read I ve heard from most people that play Warhammer that the books are pretty hit or miss, but since this is my first I don t really have a good field of reference Regardless I enjoyed this, so either this was a hit or the books are better than the picky nerds make them out to be.The writing style took a bit to get used to Every few pages, and towards the end of the book every few paragraphs the center of narration shifted It made the book feel very fa This was the first Warhammer book I ve read I ve heard from most people that play Warhammer that the books are pretty hit or miss, but since this is my first I don t really have a good field of reference Regardless I enjoyed this, so either this was a hit or the books are better than the picky nerds make them out to be.The writing style took a bit to get used to Every few pages, and towards the end of the book every few paragraphs the center of narration shifted It made the book feel very fast paced, at times too fast passed, there was never really a break from it till the epilogue I know this was the second in the series, but it was written so well that I didn t feel like I missed anything, and I m pretty sure if I had read the first one it wouldn t have felt like they were needlessly re hashing old information.Story wise I really enjoyed the way they portrait the shaven as their own worse enemies This book is the worst thing I ve read in quite a long time The story is told in a series of episodes Feels like it may have originally been published in a magazine or something in which the nefarious rat man Skaven try various plots to invade the generic fantasy city of Nuln and are repelled with minimal effort.I m told that the heroes arefun if you read the first book in the series, and I admit, I haven t Gotrek is a disgraced dwarf who wants to redeem himself with a noble death in This book is the worst thing I ve read in quite a long time The story is told in a series of episodes Feels like it may have originally been published in a magazine or something in which the nefarious rat man Skaven try various plots to invade the generic fantasy city of Nuln and are repelled with minimal effort.I m told that the heroes arefun if you read the first book in the series, and I admit, I haven t Gotrek is a disgraced dwarf who wants to redeem himself with a noble death in combat, but can t, because he s too good at fighting In fact, almost every conflict in the book is resolved by Gotrek easily showing up at the right place at the right time and killing all of the bad guys without breaking a sweat His personality mostly comes through in generic one liners like let s get kiling Meanwhile, his sidekick, and the typical viewpoint character, is Felix Born into a wealthy merchant family, he s left a guaranteed cushy lifestyle of wealth for adventure Felix is the blandest character imaginable, and about half the ink in the book is wasted on his banal thought process Felix gets a letter We get three paragraphs of him mentally listing all the characters who might want to write him before he bothers to read the return address Felix decides to buy something in a shop Get ready for two pages of him looking at every other item in the shop first and deciding not to buy them one by one It seems like every time King wrote a chapter, he came up a few thousand words short, and padded his wordcount with constant dips into Felix s tedious stream of consciousness This book builds mystery by letting Felix speculate ten possible outcomes to every decision he makes before telling you what happens Felix also has a perfunctory romance plot in this novel, which is a constant source of anxious walls of text for him, and not much else.The Skaven are backstabbing, selfish, factional, power hungry manipulators, and what little fun there is to be had in this novel is in seeing their general, Grey Seer Thanquil, habitually rationalize his own duplicity and cowardice while scheming against his political rivals for the exact same traits In the hands of a better writer, this could have been a blast, but the best scheme he can come up with under William King s pen is to send letters to our flavorless protagonists once per episode, tipping them off to his rivals invasion plots so that they can foil them again and again without needing to do anything but sluggishly react The Skaven never feel like anything close to a credible threat to our heroes Between curbstomp battles between Gotrek and the rat monster of the week, King makes an effort to describe the Skaven s plots effect on city s population, but none of it carries the least bit of weight, because nothing bad ever happens to any character who anyone could possibly care about.Most of the Skaven characters seem to exist for promotional reasons This book seems to be intended mostly to get the reader interested in playing as the Skaven in the Warhammer Fantasy game by showcasing all the different character units There s a clan of ninja rats, a clan of rats who spread disease, a clan of steampunk tinkerer rats, and a clan of rat Dr Frankensteins, who breed different kinds of non anthropomorphic rats as biological weapons We also see giant rat ogres highlighted At times, Skavenslayer feels like an extended commercial for a Warhammer expansion, like a G.I Joe episode featuring all the new G.I Joe toys Each unit gets a loving look at its special abilities and flavor text before Gotrek steamrolls it and we move on to the next one.I don t know who I could recommend this to Even if you re obsessively interested in Warhammer lore, the Skaven in your imagination at your game table are almost certainlyinteresting than this Memorable quote Two babies with one bludgeon This book essentially centres on the adventure of Felix and Gotrek in the city of Nuln The book is divided into 3,4 chapters, each one describes an encounter with the Shaven The final chapter is about the siege of Nuln, which is the cumulation of all previous chapters.I also like how the King depicts the Shaven They are evil and cunning enough to induce great atrocities, but at the same time they are just funny enough to keep the overall tone of Memorable quote Two babies with one bludgeon This book essentially centres on the adventure of Felix and Gotrek in the city of Nuln The book is divided into 3,4 chapters, each one describes an encounter with the Shaven The final chapter is about the siege of Nuln, which is the cumulation of all previous chapters.I also like how the King depicts the Shaven They are evil and cunning enough to induce great atrocities, but at the same time they are just funny enough to keep the overall tone of the book light To my shame I do admit that I laughed a little bit too much at their mischiefs, something I can t remember the last time I did Still, While I suppose it is necessary to develop a long term antagonist for a series, I do wonder if it deserves that many pages in just one book.Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable experience, especially with the last chapter drawing all the plots to a nice conclusion.One thing though, in the lore, Nuln is a great city of knowledge and engineering, and the book confirms as much While it is understood that events take place from the point of view of Felix being a commoner in most parts It would be nice to seeof the other side of Nuln, and not just another generic city in Warhammer universe, full of drunk, crazies and enemies But that s just nitpicking, the book is great The main problem with this book is it s just not that good I picked this up purely for the skaven content, which did not disappoint, and the maniacal mindset of the skaven characters hides all of King s writing weaknesses Who cares how cohesive the plot and structure are They re diseased, mutated, mad rats I ll forgive a multitude of writing sins if it means getting to read the ratmen s dialogue and ridiculous schemes The human driven sections make the bad writing obvious The characters re The main problem with this book is it s just not that good I picked this up purely for the skaven content, which did not disappoint, and the maniacal mindset of the skaven characters hides all of King s writing weaknesses Who cares how cohesive the plot and structure are They re diseased, mutated, mad rats I ll forgive a multitude of writing sins if it means getting to read the ratmen s dialogue and ridiculous schemes The human driven sections make the bad writing obvious The characters repeat the events of the previous chapter at the beginning of every new one, just in case you forgot, and the jumps between Felix and random skaven often end up either repeating events or just ruining a joke by stating the obvious It readslike an RP thread in places one character does something, the next reflects on those actions from their pov and acts, and so on Speaking of stating the obvious, that s all Felix does He s such a boring and predictable character Even his best moments are eclipsed by even just being boring The background characters are even flatter The entire love interest plot line was pointless and Felix s odd reflection about where his relationship was going mid skaven invasion was honestly surreal Who cares, there s a war on I m glad I never picked up the new Felix Gotrek omnibus, but it was worth reading an old copy of this to learnabout my favourite faction Gotrek Felix Return To The City Of Nuln To Lie Low And Gain Some Steady Employment Being A Sewer Jack Would Seem To Be Fairly Mnudane Work Until The Skaven Raise Their Furry Heads The Maze Of Sewers Provides A Perfect Staging Post For The Foul Chaos Rat Men, As They Seek To Overwhelm The City Luckily There Are Two People Below Ground Who Like A Good Fight Second book of the series, this one, like the previous one, is strongly episodic in nature It has a stronger unifying theme than Trollslayer, that being the Skavens plotting to topple the city the main characters have taken residence in.The Skavens constitute a peculiar shift in the standard doom gloom tone of the Warhammer setting the are silly, paranoid and comically inadequate at organizing their plans.Sadly the book is just the usual reapplication of the standard template used in most of Second book of the series, this one, like the previous one, is strongly episodic in nature It has a stronger unifying theme than Trollslayer, that being the Skavens plotting to topple the city the main characters have taken residence in.The Skavens constitute a peculiar shift in the standard doom gloom tone of the Warhammer setting the are silly, paranoid and comically inadequate at organizing their plans.Sadly the book is just the usual reapplication of the standard template used in most of Games Workshop novels The Bad Guys put a wicked plan in action The Good Guys show up on the scene The Bad Guys are slaughtered into oblivion, and their plan is twarthed This pattern is repeated in every chapter of the book, making it completely predictable and spoiling any bit of tension for the characters fate the author might have written in When I think of this book, the word Shit comes to mindWoah there fanboys, no need to bring out the torches, this has nothing to do with the quality of the book which is awesome but the profession of our two heroes at the beginning of the book They are sewer jacks, making sure that the canalization network below the city Nuln stays clean You know what else you find in sewers apart from the obvious Rats And some of them walk on two legs and talk.Enter the Skaven Without spoiling the When I think of this book, the word Shit comes to mindWoah there fanboys, no need to bring out the torches, this has nothing to do with the quality of the book which is awesome but the profession of our two heroes at the beginning of the book They are sewer jacks, making sure that the canalization network below the city Nuln stays clean You know what else you find in sewers apart from the obvious Rats And some of them walk on two legs and talk.Enter the Skaven Without spoiling the story, it is a lot of fun and similar to book one,a set of short stories tied together by several chapters Not sure if they showed up in a magazine first, or if this was Mr King s way of breaking into actual novel writing Didn t do the story and bad, though An enjoyable and bloody read A fine book, but a bit disappointing after Trollslayer I think that s for two reasons first we see much less of Gotrek This really is a story focused on Felix which is fine, but when several minor characters say and thinkduring the tale than the tale s dwarven co star I wasn t happy with the shift Second, the book is less an anthology anda cohesive whole Part of the charm, I found, in Trollslayer was the variety As each story stoodor less alone they were able to be A fine book, but a bit disappointing after Trollslayer I think that s for two reasons first we see much less of Gotrek This really is a story focused on Felix which is fine, but when several minor characters say and thinkduring the tale than the tale s dwarven co star I wasn t happy with the shift Second, the book is less an anthology anda cohesive whole Part of the charm, I found, in Trollslayer was the variety As each story stoodor less alone they were able to be focused, impactful Here there sa traditional story arc across 300 pages and it rises and falls as one might expect Personally I prefer the powerful punches of Trllslayer I ll read the next title in the series, but if Gotrek remains sidelined, that ll probably be the end of it for me


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