Within this novel readers will find ten stories based on the characters of the Gotrek and Felix series. Below I list each title, author, give a synopsis, star rating, and a very short review. Overall, I would give this novel a three star rating. Gotrek and Felix are not the main characters in every story. In my opinion, fans of the dwarf/human team will be disappointed in about half of these tales. On the plus side, the two stories by Nathan Long are worth the price of the entire book. You will also meet a few of the favorite secondary characters, such as Snorri Nosebiter, Grey Seer Thanquol, and Ulrika Magdova. You do not have to be a fan of the series to enjoy this novel, but it sure does make the stories more fun!
(1) Slayer's Honour by Nathan Long
After their misadventures in the Black Gulf left them stranded south of the Dragonback Mountains, Slayer Gotrek Gurnisson and his rememberer, Felix Jaeger, decide to go after the dread spider known as the White Widow in the dwarf hold of Ekrund. It is said that the spider is as big as a steam tank and would be a grand doom for a slayer. But to go after the giant cave spider, the duo must first help get rid of the greenskin menace that stands in their way.
***** FIVE STARS! Once again, Nathan Long does his best to grant Gotrek the doom he desires so much. This time the dwarf and human face a huge spider, but the author throws a lot of various enemies in their path first. Slayer Agnar Arvastsson and his rememberer, Henrik Daschke, join the pair in battles against orcs, skaven, and more. Non-stop action and suspense kept me glued to the pages until the very end. Awesome! *****
(2) A Cask of Wynters by Josh Reynolds
Slayer Snorri Nosebiter and the templars of the Order of the Black Bear are on a mission of honor. By the request of a new slayer, Grundi Halfhand, they travel to the brewery of Grundi's father to retrieve the Master-Brewer's body and the last cask of Wynters' Own. But more is going on at the brewery than Snorri thought.
*** THREE STARS! Short and sweet with the typical flavor of Snorri, but there is as much action as there is character introductions. ***
(3) A Place of Quiet Assembly by John Brunner
Henkin Warsch decides to visit a place he had last seen twenty years before, the Schrammel Monastery. But things are not quite as he remembers them to have been. Luckily for Warsch, the two others travelling in the coach are Gotrek and Felix.
** TWO STARS! I found the character of Warsch to be very well done; however, the characters of Gotrek and Felix rang false. Low on action. **
(4) Kineater by Jordan Ellinger
Gotrek Gurnisson and Felix Jaeger are part of Zayed al Mahrak's caravan. Zayed had hired ogre mercenaries as additional escorts. Zayed does not realize his error until the ogres betray and attack the group. Surprisingly, the only thing the ogres seem to want is one of the Nitikin sisters. Anya demands that they rescue her younger sister, Talia; however, only Gotrek and Felix agrees to assist.
**** FOUR STARS! This short story does justice to the Gotrek and Felix saga. Lots of action and a twist or two. Well done! ****
(5) Prophecy by Ben McCallum
Kelmain and Lhoigor are brothers. Twins. They have the Changer's favor; therefore, are known for their nightmarish visions. This time the pair share a vision of the Slayer.
** TWO STARS! Gotrek and Felix have been downsized to secondary characters in this story. The brothers' vision touches on Gotrek's beginning as a slayer and Felix's giving the dwarf his oath. The entire story is mostly told in the form of a narration. Beautiful wording, but little suspense or real action. **
(6) The Tilean's Talisman by David Guymer
A skaven called Siskritt seeks to steal a talisman from around the neck of a human merchant. But in order to do so, Siskritt must avoid Felix and Gotrek.
*** THREE STARS! This tale is told from Siskritt's view point. Grey Seer Thanquol is mentioned in passing, but I can see no reason as to why. The story jumps around a bit, but is still pretty good. ***
(7) Last Orders by Andy Smillie
Fredric Gerlach is the barkeep of the Skewered Dragon. After surviving a massive fight in his bar, he is approached by Watch Officer Herman Faulkstein who insists on hearing exactly what had happened.
*** THREE STARS! Gotrek and Felix are minor characters in this story. What small part they play does not ring true to me either. Yet the author does a good job on giving a surprise twist on the plot. Very interesting. ***
(8) Mind-stealer by C.L. Werner
Grey Seer Thanquol has survived Steelgrin's scheme to ransack the treasury of Bonestash. But Thanquol's newest version of Boneripper was damaged in the battle. This Boneripper is a skeletal automaton fuelled by a warpstone heart and driven by technosorcery. As a tinker-rat fixes his bodyguard, Thanquol hears that his mortal enemies, Gotrek and Felix, are near. With the blessings of the Horned One, Thanquol would have his vengeance against them.
***** FIVE STARS! All Felix and Gotrek fans know Thanquol. Thanquol is the most powerful of all skaven sorcerers - at least in his own mind. This story takes place shortly after the third Thanquol & Boneripper novel, titled Thanquol's Doom, ends. In this short tale, the grey seer will learn what it must feel like to be in Boneripper's paws. Awesome! *****
(9) The Two Crowns of Ras Karim by Nathan Long
Felix and Gotrek enter Ras Karim seeking a legendary monster said to haunt the desert south of the city. Thanks to some drugged beer, the two find themselves in a dungeon, guests of the wicked Calip Falhedar and his chief sorcerer, Dujedi. Gotrek is forced to fight a chimera for the entertainment of a crowd while Felix converses with a fellow prisoner named Halim il Saredi and learns about the city's corrupt rulers. Gotrek and Felix help Halim escape, but only because Halim knows where their weapons are stored away. But to retrieve their weapons, Gotrek and Felix must help overthrow the caliph and his sorcerer.
***** FIVE STARS! More goes on than I state in my synopsis. This story is non-stop action and it kept me glued until the very end. *****
(10) The Funeral of Gotrek Gurnisson by Richard Salter
Slayer Gotrek Gurnisson and Felix Jaeger, his rememberer, enter the Sigmar-forsaken town of Kutenholz as they search for the cursed liche Pragarti. Gotrek ends up poisoned by the dart of an assassin. Felix pays to give his fallen friend a funeral, where he meets up with a former lover, Ulrika Magdova. The vampire also seeks Pragarti. The sorceress has managed to elude Ulrika for far too long. But Felix soon discovers that the coffin is filled with books. Gotrek's body is missing. Human and vampire team up to find the body of the dwarf and to deal with Pragarti once and for all.
**** FOUR STARS! A terrific "who-dunnit" mystery/fantasy. This story has several minor twists, as well as a surprise or two. ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.