Grimblades is Nick Kyme’s addition to the Warhammer Armies line of books from Black Library. It follow a band of halberders as they try to survive one of the bloody devastation of the goblin warlord Grom the Paunch. The Paunch is a massive orc warloard who has eaten troll meat which has made him massive, intelligent, and unstoppable. With a vast army of trolls, orcs, snotlings, and goblins, he is murdering and plundering his way across the empire.
Only one man, Prince Willhelm has managed to summon an army and the courage to face this menace. Part of this army are the Grimblades. Each man has his own past that will confront him over the course of the book, and each will face demons real and imagined. All they have to rely on is each other as they face the meat cutter machine that is the Paunch. But he is not the only threat to this band of brothers. There is treason in the empire, a plan from within to kill the prince, and the Grimblades are the only ones that can uncover the true masters behind the plot and save the prince. In so doing, they can save their entire empire.
No matter what I write, it isn’t enough praise to heap upon Kyme for this magnificent book. I have easily read 100 books in the last two years, and this was easily the best. I have given others 5 stars, but that isn’t high enough for this book. Usually in fantasy books, you have a pretty good grip on character relationships but this has more twists and turns that a spine wrenching roller coaster. There are also unexpected deaths, plot twists, and the end made me laugh and even shed a tear. When a book can elict enough emotion from you that you look schizophrenic reading it, the writer has been able to do something amazing, and Kyme has done that.
Even though this book takes place in the Warhammer universe, you do not need to know anything about Warhammer to enjoy this book as it is entirely self contained. It is simply the best fantasy book to come out in years, and the best war fiction as well.
If you’ve been waiting to try Warhammer, jump on and check this one out. If you are a veteran of Black Library’s books, than add this one as quick as you can get your hands on it. You will not be disappointed.
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