I used to keep track of the books I read on facebook. But for some reason I haven’t recorded any of the books I read this year! Weird. So I thought, maybe I should do so here on the blog. It’ll get me writing on it more (not much more, as I don’t read fast enough these days), and I like keeping track of things like this. I also record my boardgame plays on BoardGameGeek, fyi.
A few hours ago I finished reading Broken Honour by Robert Earl.
It’s a Black Library novel set in the Warhammer Fantasy world, focusing on the ongoing fight between the Empire and the Beastmen.
The story follows the Gentleman’s Free Company of Hergig, a ragtag bunch of ex-prisoners and their mercenary captain, as they trek through the lands of Hochland, encountering ravenous hordes of Beastmen on numerous occassions. There are a handful of sub-stories interwoven throughout as well, including one that follows the Beastlord himself.
I very much enjoyed the book. Heh, this is something you’ll hear me say a lot about the books I read, the games I play and the movies I watch. I’m easy to please, which makes my reviews somewhat skewed to the positive. Anyway, Broken Honour is an entertaining read, especially if you enjoy the Warhammer world, and especially if you enjoy the Empire or Beastmen factions in it. I picked up the book at the height of my interest in the Empire, and even though I’m less invested now, I still enjoyed all of the references to the playable army book and background. Throughout the story you meet and hear about all sorts of units and characters that you’d recognize from the tabletop game. Which makes the read a touch more interesting and familiar.
The writing is pretty fast-paced. When I read a book, if I can imagine it as a movie (or mini-series, if it’s too long), then I am content. The story never drags, which is in part attributed to the interwoven stories, and how they are woven…inter…ly. Chapters are divided amongst the various sub-stories simply, with merely a break between them. And each chapter might go back and forth between the stories a couple of times each. With potential for chopiness, it actually flowed well, and quickly.
Overall, I’d be happy to recommend Broken Honour, again, especially to those who have an interest in Warhammer, the Empire or Beastmen. Even without knowledge or interest in the game, one should be able to enjoy this book. The pace and the action really hold the book up through its 409 pages.
Broken Honour goes back to the bookshelf. Next to read is Star Wars – The New Jedi Order: Force Heretic II: Refugee by Sean Williams and Shane Dix, fourth last book in the NJO series.
*Cover image has been borrowed from The Black Library.