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Gotrek and Felix arrive back on the southern coast of the Old World to discover that the orcs are running rampant as the Empire fights off a Chaos invasion futher inland. To honour an ancient pledge, Gotrek agrees to help a dwarf prince reclaim his hold from the greenskin invaders who have siezed it, but our intrepid heroes find more than they bargain for in the cold depth Gotrek and Felix arrive back on the southern coast of the Old World to discover that the orcs are running rampant as the Empire fights off a Chaos invasion futher inland. To honour an ancient pledge, Gotrek agrees to help a dwarf prince reclaim his hold from the greenskin invaders who have siezed it, but our intrepid heroes find more than they bargain for in the cold depths of the mountains. "A snappy serial in the Tolkein vein draws its heroes and villains from a somewhat tired set of fantasy tropes, but Long's storytelling ability makes it worthwhile?the narrative maintains the momentum throughout. An engaging if derivative fantasy tale." -Kirkus Discoveries, VNU US Literary Group


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Gotrek and Felix arrive back on the southern coast of the Old World to discover that the orcs are running rampant as the Empire fights off a Chaos invasion futher inland. To honour an ancient pledge, Gotrek agrees to help a dwarf prince reclaim his hold from the greenskin invaders who have siezed it, but our intrepid heroes find more than they bargain for in the cold depth Gotrek and Felix arrive back on the southern coast of the Old World to discover that the orcs are running rampant as the Empire fights off a Chaos invasion futher inland. To honour an ancient pledge, Gotrek agrees to help a dwarf prince reclaim his hold from the greenskin invaders who have siezed it, but our intrepid heroes find more than they bargain for in the cold depths of the mountains. "A snappy serial in the Tolkein vein draws its heroes and villains from a somewhat tired set of fantasy tropes, but Long's storytelling ability makes it worthwhile?the narrative maintains the momentum throughout. An engaging if derivative fantasy tale." -Kirkus Discoveries, VNU US Literary Group

30 review for Orcslayer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Marco Baier

    Now... I actually consider myself a hardcore Gotrek & Felix fan, so when I picked up this book when it came out several years back, I looked at the cover and thought. "Nathan Long? Who the hell is this guy?" Needless to say, I was highly skeptical and maybe started reading with a hidden desire to not like it because... well, it's not King! But honestly... I couldn't be more positively surprised. This book blew me away. I burned through it in a couple of days and now, after some years have passed, Now... I actually consider myself a hardcore Gotrek & Felix fan, so when I picked up this book when it came out several years back, I looked at the cover and thought. "Nathan Long? Who the hell is this guy?" Needless to say, I was highly skeptical and maybe started reading with a hidden desire to not like it because... well, it's not King! But honestly... I couldn't be more positively surprised. This book blew me away. I burned through it in a couple of days and now, after some years have passed, I read it a second time - and burned through it again in a couple of days! (Which is actually something special for me, since most of my "reading" is done by listening to audiobooks these days. So here is what you should know: - Nathan Long's Novels are set about 20 years after those of William King. The characters are older, grittier, and bulging with more badassery. So it's perfectly fine to start your Gotrek and Felix adventures with Orcslayer. - Nathan Long's writing style is quite different from Mr. King and - call me a heretic - I actually prefer his fast-paced action-oriented approach. There is never a dull moment in this book. Something that from time to time was a problem in King's books when there was too much inner monologue of his heroes - it could get tedious at times. Not so here. - This is a page-turner. A grim, dark, pageturner. - In many ways, reading this book was like watching a roided out version of The Hobbit. It. Was. Awesome.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dragonfire

    Actually, I feel changes in writing style after several chapters and after that I've finally found that this was another author. Most of the humor disappeared from the series and the violent, gloomy atmosphere of the end of the world took it place. However, this feeling is actually trademark of Warhammer (both Fantasy and 40k) universe, so from this point of view the book become more canonical, but plot seems to be very strange. It seems that author didn't care about rules of Warhammer universe, Actually, I feel changes in writing style after several chapters and after that I've finally found that this was another author. Most of the humor disappeared from the series and the violent, gloomy atmosphere of the end of the world took it place. However, this feeling is actually trademark of Warhammer (both Fantasy and 40k) universe, so from this point of view the book become more canonical, but plot seems to be very strange. It seems that author didn't care about rules of Warhammer universe, since chaos beings can't be overpowered by ancient runic magic (whereas we see proofs against it at the books before). However, it's understandable that first book is always hard (especially, when you have brilliant books before it), so I'm looking forward to read the next book

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heinz Reinhardt

    Much darker and bleak in tone than the light hearted, jovial tone of the William King novels. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but on an entirely different level than the prior novels in the series written by King. I think I prefer the King novels, but Long is a very good writer, and it wasn't a letdown despite the jarring change in tone and attitude. Much darker and bleak in tone than the light hearted, jovial tone of the William King novels. Don't get me wrong, it was good, but on an entirely different level than the prior novels in the series written by King. I think I prefer the King novels, but Long is a very good writer, and it wasn't a letdown despite the jarring change in tone and attitude.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    One of my favorites in the series. Nathan Long establishes himself as a worthy successor to ur-scribe William King as the series returned (as did our foe-pulping duo) after a long (aha) hiatus. We get tantalizing hints of Gotrek's life before taking the crest, as well as the fact that the Old World's worst Slayer (he never seems to meet his doom, and yeah, it's an old joke; and yes he DID eventually meet his doom, only sort of not, haha...). We get some proper dwarven life and causes and support One of my favorites in the series. Nathan Long establishes himself as a worthy successor to ur-scribe William King as the series returned (as did our foe-pulping duo) after a long (aha) hiatus. We get tantalizing hints of Gotrek's life before taking the crest, as well as the fact that the Old World's worst Slayer (he never seems to meet his doom, and yeah, it's an old joke; and yes he DID eventually meet his doom, only sort of not, haha...). We get some proper dwarven life and causes and supporting characters with actual personalities, plenty of the series' trademark gore-flinging combat as G F turn a legion of foes into eviscerated paste, Gotrek's devil-may-care attitude toward hurling himself through the air - all the usual good stuff. We get to watch Gotrek and Felix finally air their grievances with each other after two decades of adventuring. We also get some heavy tragedy, and probably the most original concept for a would-be doom for the red-mohawked dwarf - the Sleeper and its Lovecraftian nastiness. Most of the things G F confront are matching power with power, which is never a good idea pitted against Gotrek and his legendary axe, but the Sleeper is far more insidious, and generally more creative than even the followers of Tzeentch, who for all their vaunted subtlety usually just resort to elemental attacks or things with tentacles. I'm surprised GW let Master Long add to its lore like this, though maybe the deal was that it was only going to appear here. Pity - it could have added some cool new wrinkles to the Old World. Recommended, especially for fans.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Well, hardly the best fantasy pulp novel I've read and the well-worn tale has been better-written. I am still giving it 3 rather than 2 stars because the protagonists are Dwarves and it was a fun, fast-paced read. There was some originality in how the dwarves were presented, and the way in which the orcs differed from run-of-the-mill greenskins. I knew that there would be a twist, and guessed the nature of it soon after the descriptions of their odd, un-orclike behavior. Nonetheless I still enjo Well, hardly the best fantasy pulp novel I've read and the well-worn tale has been better-written. I am still giving it 3 rather than 2 stars because the protagonists are Dwarves and it was a fun, fast-paced read. There was some originality in how the dwarves were presented, and the way in which the orcs differed from run-of-the-mill greenskins. I knew that there would be a twist, and guessed the nature of it soon after the descriptions of their odd, un-orclike behavior. Nonetheless I still enjoyed the journey, which is what most fantasy should be about. You don't read it because you don't know what is going to happen, usually. The ending, though expected, was still grim and dour even by WH standards. Unfortunately, because I read Manslayer before this one, I knew that the actions seemed to have very little effect other than a few grumbles from Gotrek and Felix's consistent navel-gazing. Summary: I enjoyed G&F more when Bill King wrote it, and hope that he returns to his creation.

  6. 4 out of 5

    midnightbookreads

    Action Adventure Fantasy, 8/12 of the series Join Gotrek on his fantastical aim of a heroic death with Felix's oath of chronicling Gotrek's death. Within this novel the pair join dwarven forces in their efforts to retake a fallen dwarven hold. With the transition of authors, the series takes a different tone while years lapse over two decades. At this point Gotrek is upset that he has not died yet, and because of this he questions what battles are even worth his time. Felix wonders what remnants o Action Adventure Fantasy, 8/12 of the series Join Gotrek on his fantastical aim of a heroic death with Felix's oath of chronicling Gotrek's death. Within this novel the pair join dwarven forces in their efforts to retake a fallen dwarven hold. With the transition of authors, the series takes a different tone while years lapse over two decades. At this point Gotrek is upset that he has not died yet, and because of this he questions what battles are even worth his time. Felix wonders what remnants of his former life still exists if he was to return home. Discussion/Spoilers I was surprised what controlled the dwarven hold was an elder insect creature that dealt with gods to become more powerful. When Felix is given glimpses of the The Sleeper's past the images that are painted are very similar to those in At the Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft. It was fun to tie in these themes with a tentacled creature that reminded me of that of the brain of Yogg-Saron from Ulduar.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

    Not quite as good as King's books, but still worth your time if you're fans of the series. Not quite as good as King's books, but still worth your time if you're fans of the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    This is one of the last of the Gotrek and Felix series I still had to read and I was surprised by this one. The story was tense and the plot interesting, the challenges Gotrek faced and his difficulty in overcoming them felt real in context of his wider story. The problem with Gotrek as a character has always been that he had been faced with daemons and dragons way to fast in his story arch. If one can beat a raging blood thirster daemon on one's own, how could a bunch of orcs be any challenge? This is one of the last of the Gotrek and Felix series I still had to read and I was surprised by this one. The story was tense and the plot interesting, the challenges Gotrek faced and his difficulty in overcoming them felt real in context of his wider story. The problem with Gotrek as a character has always been that he had been faced with daemons and dragons way to fast in his story arch. If one can beat a raging blood thirster daemon on one's own, how could a bunch of orcs be any challenge? But Orcslayer really managed to pull it off and for that it gets a lot of praise from me. Secondly, the story at first felt classic, I won't get into details but as most of the time when people team up with Gotrek and Felix, they often don't last very long but die to serve the purpose of the story. Afterwards there is a big celebration or a ironic twist forcing the couple to depart. In this book however more people died at times unexpectedly then in any gotrek and Felix before and we get several unexpected twists, it felt as if Nathan Long really wanted to give the pair something new and fresh to happen to them and cudoes for him! However if I do have a critism, it is the timing in the wider story arch. Publishing wise this story came after giantslayer when Gotrek and Felix ended up on Albion to help Teclis stop chaos sorcerers. Orcslayer happens years perhaps even decades after that and we get hints of their travels taking them to the southland, ind and Cathay. Seriously?? I mean orcslayer is great and all but what about these other places? Yeah later on there are short stories in anthologies and one book that takes them to the southland and tomb king Khalida's court, but still what about these other places?? Off course this had nothing to do with Nathan long but with Games workshop marketing, ind, Cathay and Nippon are places mentioned but not to be visited in a book for they don't (or didn't) have any figures to sell. No wonder that the regions that later on still get a few pages to them, are those of which figures existed. The second reason is that is about the time the first invasion of Archeon took place that ended with a huge plot wise failure ending up to it being written out of the canon. Still they needed to have their big characters move in that general direction for sales reasons. I love that in Elfslayer, which I have already read, Gotrek is super depressed that they missed the big fight that was later on reduced in importance to a oversized scouting and test war. So yeah orc slayer, unexpected high note in the series

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gilbert Stack

    When Nathan Long takes over as author of the Gotrek and Felix series, he advances the storyline two decades into the future. Gotrek and Felix are trying to return to the empire as Gotrek continues to seek his elusive doom and Felix continues chronicling his heroic efforts to die. The novel starts on a high note as Gotrek has himself catapulted onto an orc ship so he and his axe can reach the bad guys. Then matters slow down a little so Gotrek and Felix can find their latest quest—helping a forme When Nathan Long takes over as author of the Gotrek and Felix series, he advances the storyline two decades into the future. Gotrek and Felix are trying to return to the empire as Gotrek continues to seek his elusive doom and Felix continues chronicling his heroic efforts to die. The novel starts on a high note as Gotrek has himself catapulted onto an orc ship so he and his axe can reach the bad guys. Then matters slow down a little so Gotrek and Felix can find their latest quest—helping a former friend recover a dwarven stronghold. There are two very good things about this novel. The first is an extended look at dwarven grudges—epitomized in the senseless enmity between Gotrek and his former friend. The second is the fascinating force behind the orc invasion of the dwarven stronghold. The clues that things are off—that this isn’t a typical orc attack—grow throughout the novel and the solution to the mystery is both creepy and fitting for the Warhammer universe. My only real complaint about the novel was that it ran a little too long. If you liked this review, you can find more at www.gilbertstack.com/reviews.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Le Chat Noir

    Adding this on the 5th of April 2020: I have no idea why this isn't in my "read books" I was just thinking about writing a fanfiction to complete the Gotrek and Felix series when I decided to check if any new books have cropped up. Turns out a new author did pick the series back up and finished it. That's when I noticed that two of the books that I've read were not accounted for, I'm thinking perhaps when I moved my shelf from Shelfari to here some of the books didn't register properly? Perhaps. A Adding this on the 5th of April 2020: I have no idea why this isn't in my "read books" I was just thinking about writing a fanfiction to complete the Gotrek and Felix series when I decided to check if any new books have cropped up. Turns out a new author did pick the series back up and finished it. That's when I noticed that two of the books that I've read were not accounted for, I'm thinking perhaps when I moved my shelf from Shelfari to here some of the books didn't register properly? Perhaps. Anyway, I don't remember what this book was about being as I read it about 8 years ago, what I do know is this is one of my favorite "brain candy" type series. I'm going to add it as "read" with this little note (on both of the books), if I choose to re-read the book I'll add a proper review underneath all this. For now though, I'm glad the series got a proper ending, I will be re-reading the last book I read to jog my memory and then the final two books. Chose a 3star rating as that's about my average rating for these books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Good Man’s Reviews

    Not going to lie, I was worried about reading this book. And for good reason. Reason number one - I don't like Warhammer books revolving around Dwarfs, I read a few and for some reason I just can't get into them. Maybe its because the Dwarf race is just to gruff for me or maybe its because i just find them boring when a book is just about them. Reason number two - this is the first of the remainder of the Gotrek and Felix books (except the End Times last two books that complete the series) that ar Not going to lie, I was worried about reading this book. And for good reason. Reason number one - I don't like Warhammer books revolving around Dwarfs, I read a few and for some reason I just can't get into them. Maybe its because the Dwarf race is just to gruff for me or maybe its because i just find them boring when a book is just about them. Reason number two - this is the first of the remainder of the Gotrek and Felix books (except the End Times last two books that complete the series) that are written by a different author. The first seven books are written by William King and they were amazing then all of a sudden we get a new author? Yea I was real worried about this book, but it turns out I shouldn't have. This book was great, it keeps you guessing as to what's going on and who the bad guy is. It manages to keep me interested even though it was about Dwarfs. I just really really enjoyed this book. It did take a while to get used to the new writing style and I had to take a double take when they mentioned that it's been 20 years since the first book! What? Either way it was a great book. 🙌🏻🙏🏻

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vanteacher

    The adventures of Gotrek and Felix continues with a different writer. I read this faster than the previous books. I lost some sleep. That's a good sign. The bathwater got cold more than once. This was a smashing adventure and I already have the 9th book queued. The book is about a dwarf, his magical axe, his rememberer and some serious orc ass kicking. The pace does not let up and I even read this in my lunch break at work. The filling out of warhammer culture, especially the dwarfs, was fun to re The adventures of Gotrek and Felix continues with a different writer. I read this faster than the previous books. I lost some sleep. That's a good sign. The bathwater got cold more than once. This was a smashing adventure and I already have the 9th book queued. The book is about a dwarf, his magical axe, his rememberer and some serious orc ass kicking. The pace does not let up and I even read this in my lunch break at work. The filling out of warhammer culture, especially the dwarfs, was fun to read. I always though it was dwarves, but hey. Gotrek got more talking lines in this one than all the previous ones combined. I liked it. Its satisfying, like a cold beer on a warm day... and then getting your ass kicked after. Three orc thumbs, an eyeball and an arm up!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Dodds

    As always Gotrek and Felix novels are so amazingly awesome to read and this book did not disappoint at all. But as with all books they were kind of light hearted amongst all of the action that goes on in each book, but this book was much darker than the others and a lot more tension between Gotrek and Felix. As well as more personal in depth look at Gotrek and his past with the dwarven prince Hamnir and their story which was the focal point of the tension between the two. At some points as well As always Gotrek and Felix novels are so amazingly awesome to read and this book did not disappoint at all. But as with all books they were kind of light hearted amongst all of the action that goes on in each book, but this book was much darker than the others and a lot more tension between Gotrek and Felix. As well as more personal in depth look at Gotrek and his past with the dwarven prince Hamnir and their story which was the focal point of the tension between the two. At some points as well their were moments that the author did an excellent job of making me feel weary like the characters were which was great.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Iain

    A solid entry in the Gotrek & Felix saga. More epic in scope than most titles to date, with a fair (and appreciated) level of complexity. Gotrek speaks more in this book then in all of King's entries in the series combined ... and he's better for it. Still, I can't believe he and Felix have been journeying for 20 years ! A solid entry in the Gotrek & Felix saga. More epic in scope than most titles to date, with a fair (and appreciated) level of complexity. Gotrek speaks more in this book then in all of King's entries in the series combined ... and he's better for it. Still, I can't believe he and Felix have been journeying for 20 years !

  15. 5 out of 5

    Peter Bobovsky

    Avoiding any spoilers I can say that this is...different. It's not bad, but it's pretty apparent it's not the same author. The plot, while interesting, has a very new way of developing and while this isnt a bad thing, it's not something you expect from Gotrek. Avoiding any spoilers I can say that this is...different. It's not bad, but it's pretty apparent it's not the same author. The plot, while interesting, has a very new way of developing and while this isnt a bad thing, it's not something you expect from Gotrek.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Miikka Lehtonen

    Originally I was skeptical about the change of author, but so far it seems that Nathan Long brought some new life to a series which seemed to be listing badly by Giantslayer. Let's see how this keeps up in Manslayer... Originally I was skeptical about the change of author, but so far it seems that Nathan Long brought some new life to a series which seemed to be listing badly by Giantslayer. Let's see how this keeps up in Manslayer...

  17. 4 out of 5

    Wouter Brouwers

    A fun romp, a quick read. Gotrek the slayer goes to free a dwarven fortress from an orc invasion and his trusty sidekick Felix is there by his side. Will they survive the orc onslaught and the sinister secret buried deep below the fortress?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth

    Gotrek has to kill his own kin to save them.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Billerskine

    I did not like Nathan Long's version of Gotrek and Felix. William King's version is much better. I did not like Nathan Long's version of Gotrek and Felix. William King's version is much better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carl Phillips

    Back to being good again. I might be a sucker for dwarf heavy storylines...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Jeffrey

    Sorry William King, but Nathan Long writes Gotrek & Felix better than you. There was more character development in this one book than the previous seven combined!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Alvis

    A very fun read and thought not quite a full return to the Gotrek and Felix knew, it's a great start. A very fun read and thought not quite a full return to the Gotrek and Felix knew, it's a great start.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Thom

    It appears that Giantslayer was King’s sendoff to this series and, fortunately, Long’s writing has greatly grown on me. At this point in time, Felix and Gotrek have been travelling together for over 25 years, and they join a clan trying to reclaim their dwarfhold from an army of orks. They uncover something terrifying far below. A great story, with a very Lovecraft vibe, absolutely loved it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Here we go again... This was the eight book in the Gotrek and Felix Saga. The first was Trollslayer, followed by Skavenslayer, Daemonslayer, Dragonslayer, Beastslayer, Vampireslayer and Giantslayer. They were all written by William King but unfortunally he left and for four years there wasn't a Gotrek & Felix book. And so Nathan Long appeared and start writing them. I've already read BlackHeart trilogy and I really enjoy his writing style so I start reading this one with the same professionalism Here we go again... This was the eight book in the Gotrek and Felix Saga. The first was Trollslayer, followed by Skavenslayer, Daemonslayer, Dragonslayer, Beastslayer, Vampireslayer and Giantslayer. They were all written by William King but unfortunally he left and for four years there wasn't a Gotrek & Felix book. And so Nathan Long appeared and start writing them. I've already read BlackHeart trilogy and I really enjoy his writing style so I start reading this one with the same professionalism expected but of course I knew it wasn't William King (whom for me is one of the best writers on role in BL). Beastslayer, Daemonslayer and Skavenslayer are on the top five books published by Black Library and probably in the top ten of all time favourites. But what can you expect from this book? Gotrek and Felix return from travelling to Ind, Cathay and Araby and are back to the Olde World. I really wanted to read about their adventures on that distant lands but that won't happen. They arrive in a Dwarf port and there they find out that the Empire, Dwarves and Elves are fighting Archon so Gotrek want's to travel north but due to the invasion of the Orcs and Goblins they can't leave the port of Barak Varr. There they met Hammir, a long friend (now feud) of Gotrek. Gotrek treats Hammir as an Oathbreaker (the worst name you can give a Dwarf) but Hammir enlists Gotrek help due to an old pledge made by him. With the help of several hundred dwarves they travel to Karak Hirn to take back the hold from the Orcs. From this moment on we are present with several tries made by the duo and several other characters to open the gates to let the main army in but the Orcs are behaving almost un-orcish style giving the dwarves trouble after trouble. I think for a being (Gotrek) that defeated Daemos or Dragons - orcs aren't that hard but Nathan Long brought an ancient being to life. This being remind me of HP Lovecraft deity but maybe I am wrong. With this novel we don't get the humour William King gave us with each book but there is a change to the grim world Warhammer is and we get to see a lot more interaction from Gotrek with Felix. We also learn more about Gotrek past before Felix. The ending was good, the main evil character, as I said was in my opinion not has hard as other beings and Gotrek is still invicible and I wonder if anyone can defeated him because he already survived a single combat with a Bloodthirster of Khorne, being hit by a stone hurled by a trebuchet, being catapulted into an orc ship and falling three hundred feet off a cliff (these last ones were on this book). Would I recommend it? Yes. Of course. It's not William King but Nathan Long is quite a good writer.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Gotrek is a slayer dwarf, one who has committed a sin so great the only atonement is seeking out an death in battle worthy of an epic. Felix is a poet and swordsman who is wanted by the Empire for his participation in the window tax riots. Gotrek saved Felix's life from being trampled by the Empire's troops. While hiding in a tavern, very inebriated Felix swears an oath to follow the slayer dwarf and write the epic of his death. In this series of books the duo fight; chaos worshipers, goblin wol Gotrek is a slayer dwarf, one who has committed a sin so great the only atonement is seeking out an death in battle worthy of an epic. Felix is a poet and swordsman who is wanted by the Empire for his participation in the window tax riots. Gotrek saved Felix's life from being trampled by the Empire's troops. While hiding in a tavern, very inebriated Felix swears an oath to follow the slayer dwarf and write the epic of his death. In this series of books the duo fight; chaos worshipers, goblin wolf riders, trolls, cultists, beastmen, sorcerers, skaven, a deamon, a dragon, a vampire, giants, men, a wizard, orcs, dark elves, and the undead and a necromancer. Through all of this Gotrek wonders if he will ever find his doom, Felix wonders if Gotrek's doom will be the end of him and if he is crazy for standing at the Slayer's side for as long as it takes. This series was started by William King and is continued by Nathan Long. These were the first books of the Warhammer/Black Library brand that I had read and got me started reading Warhammer novels. I will keep reading the Slayer series until the very day that Gotrek meets his epic doom.

  26. 5 out of 5

    James Wallace

    While a definite change from William King's writings it's a nice change of pace. Using a time skip from the last book helps explain a slight change in attitude of both Gotrek and Felix. Though the William King books had a strong feel of High Fantasy this feels "Higher" if that makes sense. Demons and magic have been a staple of the series but the style applied by Nathan Long makes it feel grander. The biggest issue I've had so far is the time skip does leave questions about the cliffhanger left by While a definite change from William King's writings it's a nice change of pace. Using a time skip from the last book helps explain a slight change in attitude of both Gotrek and Felix. Though the William King books had a strong feel of High Fantasy this feels "Higher" if that makes sense. Demons and magic have been a staple of the series but the style applied by Nathan Long makes it feel grander. The biggest issue I've had so far is the time skip does leave questions about the cliffhanger left by Giantslayer. It ended with a bandaid fix to a rather large issue that while Gotrek and Felix were more or less removed from the situation at the time, the time given for that fix was 10-20 years, within the time frame of the time skip. A more minor point is that Felix's sword now has a name, with no explanation of how the name was discovered or any other reference to it beyond the passing mention of the name early in the book. This may be explained in a later book, but it stood out enough to make me pause during my read wondering if I missed the mention of the name or how it was discovered.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maetco

    Storywise the book was the same old same old, so nothing great but didn't suck *ss either. I liked the fact that Gotrek was involved as a person a lot instead of just being a plot device "how to survive X". There was a clear difference in the writing style compared to King. Long has a lot more Hollywood feel in his writing. Some will like this some won't. IMO it makes warhammer feel too much like D&D/any generic high fantasy world but on the other hand it helps keeping the book entertaining 24/7 Storywise the book was the same old same old, so nothing great but didn't suck *ss either. I liked the fact that Gotrek was involved as a person a lot instead of just being a plot device "how to survive X". There was a clear difference in the writing style compared to King. Long has a lot more Hollywood feel in his writing. Some will like this some won't. IMO it makes warhammer feel too much like D&D/any generic high fantasy world but on the other hand it helps keeping the book entertaining 24/7. Edit. I have now read all Gotrek & Felix books. Here is my order of preference: Rank Book # Writer 1 Skavenslayer 2 William King 2 Daemonslayer 3 William King 3 Shamanslayer 11 Nathan Long 4 Manslayer 9 Nathan Long 5 Beastslayer 5 William King 5 Elfslayer 10 Nathan Long 7 Orcslayer 8 Nathan Long 8 Slayer 14 David Guymer 9 Kinslayer 13 David Guymer 10 Zombieslayer 12 Nathan Long 11 Giantslayer 7 William King 12 Dragonslayer 4 William King 13 Vampireslayer 6 William King 14 Trollslayer 1 William King

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jay Fitzloff

    This is the seventh in the Slayer series, and the first to be written by newcomer Nathan Long. Going in, I had my doubts. William King had set an amazing precedent with his six-novel run about a Dwarven slayer determined to die in glorious battle and his human companion sworn to tell his tale. Color me pleasantly surprised. If it weren't for the name on the cover, I never would have known it was a different author. Not only that, I would rank this book as third-best in the series (with Skavensla This is the seventh in the Slayer series, and the first to be written by newcomer Nathan Long. Going in, I had my doubts. William King had set an amazing precedent with his six-novel run about a Dwarven slayer determined to die in glorious battle and his human companion sworn to tell his tale. Color me pleasantly surprised. If it weren't for the name on the cover, I never would have known it was a different author. Not only that, I would rank this book as third-best in the series (with Skavenslayer and Giantslayer being first and second, respectively). I must add, however, that this is a terrible place for newcomers to this series and the Warhammer fantasy universe to begin. If you yearn to read tales of gory battles, then you've gotta start at the beginning - Trollslayer - and work your way forward.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

    King signs off and Long takes over In this volume the last novel from William King and first from Nathan Long are included, William King's last, Giantslayer is an above average effort, better than some of his last few but nowhere near the heights of the series, To be honest I can see why they brought in Nathan Long because his first novel is a fine return to form in Orcslayer, plenty of hack and slash and the best ending since way back in Daemonslayer (Book 3), his second effort goes marginally d King signs off and Long takes over In this volume the last novel from William King and first from Nathan Long are included, William King's last, Giantslayer is an above average effort, better than some of his last few but nowhere near the heights of the series, To be honest I can see why they brought in Nathan Long because his first novel is a fine return to form in Orcslayer, plenty of hack and slash and the best ending since way back in Daemonslayer (Book 3), his second effort goes marginally downhill in Manslayer but it is still better than the later King novels, Long seems to be a more consistent writer than King, hopefully he can take the series back to where it belongs as 5 star quality, 3 stars for Giant and Man and 4 nearly (and nearly 5) stars for Orcslayer

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jay Little

    I am a huge fan of the Troll Slayer series, and Nathan Long has done an excellent job carrying the torch after William King ended his run. The adventures of Gotrek & Felix continue to be exciting, action-packed romps through the rich, dark, gothic Warhammer Fantasy setting by Games Workshop. I love the simple mindlessness of orcs. And that is definitely on display here. Lots and lots of greenskins rampaging about causing havoc. Lots and lots of greenskins dying by Gotrek's axe. The traditional fa I am a huge fan of the Troll Slayer series, and Nathan Long has done an excellent job carrying the torch after William King ended his run. The adventures of Gotrek & Felix continue to be exciting, action-packed romps through the rich, dark, gothic Warhammer Fantasy setting by Games Workshop. I love the simple mindlessness of orcs. And that is definitely on display here. Lots and lots of greenskins rampaging about causing havoc. Lots and lots of greenskins dying by Gotrek's axe. The traditional fantasy conflict between orcs and dwarfs plays out fairly well here... but there is a bit of a contrivance toward the end that I rolled my eyes at. Despite that, good fun.

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