Grey Seer (Warhammer: Thanquol & Boneripper #1) ★★★☆☆

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Title: Grey Seer
Series: Warhammer: Thanquol & Boneripper #1
Author: C.L. Werner
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 296
Format: Digital Edition




Thanquol is a skaven magician, one of the Grey Seers. After having several of his plots foiled by Gotrek and Felix, Thanquol is sent on a dangerous mission to Altdorf, capital of the Empire, to recover the Wormstone, a huge piece of warpstone that will give its user tremendous power.

Of course, being skaven, Thanquol plots how to seize the stone for himself or at least how to use it to climb up the rungs of power. But since his “allies” are skaven too, they all are also planning on how to take it for themselves.

Upon finding out that the Stone is actually weapon more effective against skaven than humans, Thanquol plots on how to wipe out the city of Altdorf AND the skaven city of Under-Altdorf, thus gaining prestige and favor with the Council of 13. A human wizard of Altdorf has been keeping an eye of the skavens and with his cronies does his best to stop said plan. The other skavens of Altdorf also do their best to stop Thanquol, since dying isn’t really what they want to do.

The book ends with Thanquol’s plan going awry yet again, most of the skavens fighting him dying and most of the humans fighting the skavens dying.


My Thoughts:

First off, Boneripper is just a name that Thanquol gives to his current giant rat bodyguard. It’s almost more of a title than a name, as he seems to go through them at a pretty rapid pace. Now that I know that, I won’t be expecting a real duo as main characters.

I’ve not read any of the Gotrek and Felix books, which I gather is where Thanquol is originally introduced. From the little bit that is referenced, I’m not sure I WANT to read those books. They sound like a right pair of brutal thugs. Given, I’m getting that from Thanquol’s viewpoint, but even still.

So, I finally read a book about the skavens. Giant magical rat people with all the characteristics of rats. Cowardly, self-serving, backstabbing and generally bad guys. You’d think that would depress me but for some reason it really didn’t. What DID get me down was how the humans opposing the skavens were just as much scumbags, even the wizard guy. With characters like that fighting against Chaos, I’m kind of glad Chaos ends up taking this world.

I keep going into these Warhammer books thinking they’re alternates to the Forgotten Realms books. Ha, not even close. Warhammer is bleak, bleak, bleak. It is a good thing I have a month or two between them. Any sooner and I’d be overwhelmed and have to defenestrate myself, which just wouldn’t be cool.

I’ll definitely be finishing this trilogy. I’ve also got 2 more Age of Legends trilogies to work through but after that, I don’t know that I’ll be staying in this world anymore. It’s just too bleak and depressing for me.




14 thoughts on “Grey Seer (Warhammer: Thanquol & Boneripper #1) ★★★☆☆

  1. I read a Gotrek & Felix omnibus and was fairly unimpressed…basically they get themselves in a tight spot and then go into overpowered berzerker rage and kill everything (rinse, repeat ad nauseum).

    On a tangentially related note (different dark fantasy series/author), have you ever read any of Glen Cook’s “Instrumentalities of the Night” series? I was hoping to read some more of his stuff after reading the “Black Company” books last year, but was fairly unimpressed with the first few Dread Empire books.

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    1. re: G&F: that was the feeling I got from the tiny bit I read about them in this one too.

      As for Cook, I’ve got several of his other series on tap, But Instrumentalities is not one. Not because I don’t want to try it, but more because I want to take a break from his fantasy mould. I’ve got his Garret PI and also his Starfisher trilogy and his Darkwar trilogy. Once I’m done with those, one way or another, we’ll see if I feel like trying another series by him…

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  2. Sorry to read that about quiting the WH world, then again, I might be reading all these books through star spangled glasses… I have the follow up to this novel but wont be reading it untill i own the first novel. C.L Werner has a way of making things very bleak and depressing. I have read a lot of his work within old world setting. He does Chaos very proud in my opinion.

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      1. Cant seem to get enough of it… Gotrek and Felix aint that bad tho, they do cuase a lot of shit but this is due to the fact that he is a slayer looking fir his glorious death, but it eludes him, while Felix is the supposed poet that he appointed to witness it all… Give and take, grain of salt kind of thing. Maybe we can still find you one novel you would like one day. I’ll keep looking

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