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After his father dies a coward's death on the battlefield, the new dwarf king is forced to fight to restore the honor of his family, in a Warhammer novel. Original. After his father dies a coward's death on the battlefield, the new dwarf king is forced to fight to restore the honor of his family, in a Warhammer novel. Original.


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After his father dies a coward's death on the battlefield, the new dwarf king is forced to fight to restore the honor of his family, in a Warhammer novel. Original. After his father dies a coward's death on the battlefield, the new dwarf king is forced to fight to restore the honor of his family, in a Warhammer novel. Original.

30 review for Grudge Bearer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Richard Thomason

    Some reviews accuse this book of being light and not getting to the heart of what Warhammer dwarfs are about. In fact, it explores many facets of dwarf life in a remarkably short space, with humour and sincerity in equal measure. It manages, despite its focus on dwarfs alone, to give a sense of comparison with non-dwarf cultures (particularly human) and their seemingly flighty ways. The book is episodic, but the scenes are chosen with care and purpose (I will not spoil). Each provides a unique in Some reviews accuse this book of being light and not getting to the heart of what Warhammer dwarfs are about. In fact, it explores many facets of dwarf life in a remarkably short space, with humour and sincerity in equal measure. It manages, despite its focus on dwarfs alone, to give a sense of comparison with non-dwarf cultures (particularly human) and their seemingly flighty ways. The book is episodic, but the scenes are chosen with care and purpose (I will not spoil). Each provides a unique insight into the dwarf mentality. The narrative is biographical, and really forms a Warhammer version of traditional views of medieval kingship: accession to the throne, youthful vigour in the early reign and settling the legacy of the predecessor, before moving to accomplish one's own stated aim, and eventually consideration of the future. Anyone who has read medieval literature, and particularly religious biography, will understand the conventions behind the selection of episodes Thorpe has made. Of course these real-world tropes of the genre are clothed in Warhammer emblems. Instead of chapters 1, 2, 3, etc., we have grudges 1, 2, 3, etc., which help set the overarching continuity for the book. The commitment to uphold the forebears' legacy, and the practicalities of enacting that, are both a source of strength and a weakness to their society, all typified in Barundin and his efforts to lead Zhufbar to glory. There is visceral combat, and you can almost see the models being moved on the battleboard. But Thorpe knows, unlike many, where combat ceases to be thrilling, and when martial narrative should be drawn to a close. In all it is very canonical, but satisfying. *** POTENTIAL SPOILER: QUOTATIONS CONTAINED*** Several details reveal a close appreciation of dwarf culture. The issue of time within the book is well handled, with many references to concrete units of measurement that emphasise the dwarfs' sense of longevity and permanence, e.g. the time it takes to design and build the brewery. Attention to vocabulary sees 'kinsdwarfs' written, rather than 'kinsmen' (though there is one authorial slip in this regard). We acquire an ever expanding knowledge of the appearance of Grungni, in humorous ways that echo our own sacred oaths taken in vain ('by Grungni's hairy arse / nose ring' for example). We are introduced to a number of dwarf ales, e.g. Beardling's best effort, though never find a full-blown keg of Bugman's XXXXXX. Dwarfs use writing chisels (of course), and have gravel-filled pillows. All details provide a lasting impression, that suggest enough for the mind to know what else there is. ***END POTENTIAL SPOILER*** Gav Thorpe has done a wonderful job with this work. I feel re-connected with the Warhammer world, which has recently been cast off by its creators. It's the first book of his that I've read, and I will be reading more of his works in Warhammer Fantasy and 40K. If you like Dickens-style Nicholas Nickleby, with every minor event given to you, go elsewhere. If you like the idea of dwarfs, grudges, ale, and grit, then read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bill

    Grudge Bearer by Gav Thorpe is another Black Library (a.k.a. Games Workshop) novel, and I use the term novel loosely. What it really is is a collection of short stories strung together by having the same main character. Basically it's semi-biographical in nature, and tells the story of a Dwarf prince (king after his father is killed in the first story) who goes from one vendetta to the next, in what seems to be true dwarf fashion. The stories were written well enough, but the whole seemed too di Grudge Bearer by Gav Thorpe is another Black Library (a.k.a. Games Workshop) novel, and I use the term novel loosely. What it really is is a collection of short stories strung together by having the same main character. Basically it's semi-biographical in nature, and tells the story of a Dwarf prince (king after his father is killed in the first story) who goes from one vendetta to the next, in what seems to be true dwarf fashion. The stories were written well enough, but the whole seemed too disjointed for me to be happy with it. Telling the story of one guy over the course of about 200 years must be a challenge, but I've seen it done better. It's full of the old Warhammer flavor, but frankly that's not a particularly rare sauce these days. I cannot highly recommend Grudge Bearer unless you're a die-hard GW cultist, or a true fan of dwarves.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Felix

    Dwarves. Nuff said.

  4. 4 out of 5

    The Good Man’s Reviews

    I kinda liked this book? I mean I plan on reading every Warhammer (not 40K) book published and this one is one of the shorter ones I’ve read, that being said it took me almost 2 weeks because I’ve been a little busy and it didn’t excite me all that much. Gave Thorp is one of the top tier Warhammer writers and never fails to produce good stuff but I found this one a little lack lustre. Maybe it’s because it’s about Dwarfs and I’m not a huge Dwarf fan? At least not enough to be really excited to r I kinda liked this book? I mean I plan on reading every Warhammer (not 40K) book published and this one is one of the shorter ones I’ve read, that being said it took me almost 2 weeks because I’ve been a little busy and it didn’t excite me all that much. Gave Thorp is one of the top tier Warhammer writers and never fails to produce good stuff but I found this one a little lack lustre. Maybe it’s because it’s about Dwarfs and I’m not a huge Dwarf fan? At least not enough to be really excited to read a book solely dedicated to them and their deeds. Or maybe that it only concerns their inner conflict and grudges? Either way this wasn’t a struggle for me to read and nor was it a absolute pleasure, for me it was more middle ground, not bad but not great. I’m kinda glad it was a short one or else I think it would have gone on too long. But I would say that if your interested in reading books and the Dwarf race and not sure where to start, then this is one of the best books to read, it sheds light on their grudges and their society ect. A great book for anyone who likes the Dwarfs and wants to know more. Would I recommend? Pfftt it’s a Warhammer book, of course I would 🙌🏻🙏🏻

  5. 5 out of 5

    C. Scott Kippen

    Ahh, dwarfs or dwarves, Whatever you like to use. I love ’em. Put ’em in a game, a book, a RPG, and I will be drawn to them. I don’t know why, but dwarfs fascinate me in literature. And I particularly like the lore that Games Workshop has worked around their dwarfs in their universe. Grudgelore is just, really, a collection of short stories around various grudges that need to be resolved by particular set of dwarves we are following. If you are not a fan of Warhammer dwarfs, this book may be har Ahh, dwarfs or dwarves, Whatever you like to use. I love ’em. Put ’em in a game, a book, a RPG, and I will be drawn to them. I don’t know why, but dwarfs fascinate me in literature. And I particularly like the lore that Games Workshop has worked around their dwarfs in their universe. Grudgelore is just, really, a collection of short stories around various grudges that need to be resolved by particular set of dwarves we are following. If you are not a fan of Warhammer dwarfs, this book may be hard to follow or even to enjoy. The book assumes that you are a fan of the universe that is being played in and assumes you know certain things. What the skaven are. What the greenskins are. If you are not a fan of this universe, there is very little here to like. This book is less than 300 pages, so there is not too much to say about it overall. I liked it, but I don’t think you average every-day reader would much here to like. However, if you are fan of dwarfs of the Warhammer ilk. Pick this up.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Siwy

    Czym Krasnoludy różnią się od długowiecznych Elfów? Krasnoludy nie zapominają i nie wybaczają, nawet po latach przyjdą egzekwować sprawiedliwość za wyrządzone krzywdy przodków. Bohaterem książki jest Barudin Król jednej z warowni w Górach Krańca Świata - Zhufbar-u. Barudina poznajemy jeszcze jako młodego podrostka, który zostaje królem gdy jego ojciec ginie na polu walki zdradzony przez tchórzliwych ludzi. Barudin przyrzeka pomścić ojca, niestety nie może wypełnić swojej przysięgi dopóki nie wypeł Czym Krasnoludy różnią się od długowiecznych Elfów? Krasnoludy nie zapominają i nie wybaczają, nawet po latach przyjdą egzekwować sprawiedliwość za wyrządzone krzywdy przodków. Bohaterem książki jest Barudin Król jednej z warowni w Górach Krańca Świata - Zhufbar-u. Barudina poznajemy jeszcze jako młodego podrostka, który zostaje królem gdy jego ojciec ginie na polu walki zdradzony przez tchórzliwych ludzi. Barudin przyrzeka pomścić ojca, niestety nie może wypełnić swojej przysięgi dopóki nie wypełni wcześniejszych przyrzeczeń ojca. Dla Krasnoluda najważniejszy jest honor, a przysięga to rzecz święta. Za złamanie przysięgi grozi jedyna słuszna karą... W przypadku własnych pobratymców wygnanie i śmierć w walce z godnym przeciwnikiem. W przypadku innych ras, odpowiednie wynagrodzenie w złocie i zemsta za wyrządzone krzywdy. Książka podzielona jest na kilka części opisujących kolejne okresy życia Barudina, można by rzec że jest to zbiór oddzielnych opowiadań, które się zazębiają i uzupełniają tworząc pełną całość.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peter Rybarczyk

    Not a good, not a bad, book. I'd say that is pretty average, but it has some moments. The book tells the story of Barundin, the dwarves King of Zhufbar, one of the last kingdoms of the dwarves. And it is doing it quite well. The story starts when Barundin is taking his throne and ends a few hundred years later in the middle of his reign. It gives a great overview of Dwarves' society, their politics, and traditions. Also, it did a truly great job of showing how different their life is from humans, Not a good, not a bad, book. I'd say that is pretty average, but it has some moments. The book tells the story of Barundin, the dwarves King of Zhufbar, one of the last kingdoms of the dwarves. And it is doing it quite well. The story starts when Barundin is taking his throne and ends a few hundred years later in the middle of his reign. It gives a great overview of Dwarves' society, their politics, and traditions. Also, it did a truly great job of showing how different their life is from humans, because of its length & how seriously they are about grudges. But that's the end of the good parts. Now let's take a look at the plot or more lack of it, the story is written without any, even a simple plot twist. Readers can guess how each chapter will end at the beginning of reading. Probably, if the author had more time/resources, to build a better story this could be a really good book, but without that, it's just average.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Declan Waters

    An interesting story telling method to span a few centuries of the reign of a Dwarven King and his thanes. As an early book from the re-started GW inprint - Black Library - the editing of this is a little poor and made some of the paragraphs a little difficult to read. The Dwarfs are known for their Grudges and this starts with one involving humans who cause the death of the main character's father. The Grudges within are essentially a series of short stories as more and more wrongs are done, an An interesting story telling method to span a few centuries of the reign of a Dwarven King and his thanes. As an early book from the re-started GW inprint - Black Library - the editing of this is a little poor and made some of the paragraphs a little difficult to read. The Dwarfs are known for their Grudges and this starts with one involving humans who cause the death of the main character's father. The Grudges within are essentially a series of short stories as more and more wrongs are done, and need to be corrected / revenged. A fun little story, but probably only for those interested in the Dwarfs or still playing the earlier warhammer games (from the world that was)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    This was my first Gav Thorpe book and to be honest I was apprehensive going in because I had internalized a received opinion from the community that his writing is not the best. To be sure, as far as the world of Warhammer authors go, this was no Dan Abnett or Guy Haley, but I was pleasantly surprised at how readable it was. Workmanlike writing, to be sure, but the story was fun, the characters had enough depth to keep you going, and the plot device of cycling through a series of grudges over a This was my first Gav Thorpe book and to be honest I was apprehensive going in because I had internalized a received opinion from the community that his writing is not the best. To be sure, as far as the world of Warhammer authors go, this was no Dan Abnett or Guy Haley, but I was pleasantly surprised at how readable it was. Workmanlike writing, to be sure, but the story was fun, the characters had enough depth to keep you going, and the plot device of cycling through a series of grudges over a dwarfs life was unique and interesting.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tony

    I love the Dwarf race in fantasy literature. This book was followed a Dwarf King from youth to old age and his Revenge Grudges against the Skaven, Goblin and Human races. The battles and characters were great. But it should have been at least 1000 pages or a number of books, rather than (I felt) a 250 page rushed story. I wanted more depth and tales of this Dwarven king.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Will Kendal jones

    I would enjoy 're reading I would enjoy 're reading

  12. 4 out of 5

    Travis Cook

    Very weak story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Among Fantasy books, I prefer ones that have non-humans as the main characters. Elf, dwarves, dark-elves and others... (evil characters are also particular good.. it's difficult to be in their head.) I have read so far a book from William King's Warhammer epic Gotrek & Felix "Slayer" series, which have a slayer and a human. I have enjoyed so much the dwarf that I read this book with a particular interest... This book takes us right inside the daily life of one such underground city stronghold of t Among Fantasy books, I prefer ones that have non-humans as the main characters. Elf, dwarves, dark-elves and others... (evil characters are also particular good.. it's difficult to be in their head.) I have read so far a book from William King's Warhammer epic Gotrek & Felix "Slayer" series, which have a slayer and a human. I have enjoyed so much the dwarf that I read this book with a particular interest... This book takes us right inside the daily life of one such underground city stronghold of the Dwarves. In particular it focuses on the aspect of Dwarven (Dwarvish?) culture that deals with grudges, and their great relish in carrying them on for generations if need be in order to finally settle perceived wrongs against them. There are epic battles aplenty in this book, with the Dwarves facing off against Orcs, Skaven, massive Chaos hordes and even....each other? But one part that had me questioning was that the Dwarves are depicted as very bloodthirsty when in the course of carrying out a grudge, so much so that they would even be willing to massacre innocent women and children. (this is the conclusion we see in the sixth grudge against the humans who have betrayed Barundin's father) I must say that came with a shock.. I didn't knew that.. they were so bloodthirsty... Well this book overall was a good book and sincerily made me want to read the others books from William King... -- Well worth checking out while you're waiting for William King to get busy and give us more Gotrek.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tanner scott Harris

    Encapturing If you are looking for a shorter book that you wanna just dive into and lose yourself in this is it. The feeling that I receive from this book is quite similar to reading eragon, and is just as amazing from a mythic standpoint! I highly recommend to anyone who wants an amazing magic gruesome adventure!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Gonzalez Gomez

    Definitivamente tengo que darle una segunda oportunidad pero no he conseguido pasar de la página 30. Escrito como el culo, lenguaje pobre e insulso, sin apenas ritmo narrativo. Me ha parecido un muermo y un tostón a la altura del Silmarillion.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    Such a good book to read if you are a fan of the Dwarves. Tons of action in the form of big battles (Hey, this IS Warhammer Fantasy!)Also, short and sweet. Just enough character to give depth. I like the look into Dwarven culture. Don't mess with Dwarves; they WILL remember. Such a good book to read if you are a fan of the Dwarves. Tons of action in the form of big battles (Hey, this IS Warhammer Fantasy!)Also, short and sweet. Just enough character to give depth. I like the look into Dwarven culture. Don't mess with Dwarves; they WILL remember.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    A disappointing look at the lives of Warhammer dwarfs. A dwarf king goes from battle to battle, encountering and leading many different Warhammer models, while giving a scant view of the life of the dwarfs.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ben Arispe

    Gives you a nice look at the lives of the dwarf kingdon in old world Warhammer. The chapters are set up as short stories with an overall plot over generations of men.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joel

    Quick and light fantasy. Don't know enough of the wider Warhammer mythos to truly appreciate I guess. Quick and light fantasy. Don't know enough of the wider Warhammer mythos to truly appreciate I guess.

  20. 4 out of 5

    John Somers

    7/20.

  21. 4 out of 5

    John

  22. 4 out of 5

    Radek

  23. 4 out of 5

    Juan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ross

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joe

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Bruce

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nicolò Rossi

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nikol Dostal

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jan_lt.Col

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lorcatar

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