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In this storming tale of courage and heroism, a band of dwarf adventurers make a doomed attempt to reconquer the lost dwarf hold of Karak Varn.


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In this storming tale of courage and heroism, a band of dwarf adventurers make a doomed attempt to reconquer the lost dwarf hold of Karak Varn.

30 review for Oathbreaker

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    If your anything like me, you picked up this book because you love Dwarves. They're my favorite fantasy race, and it's difficult to find books that centers on them. This has, unfortunately, led me to read some books of questionable quality and this is one of them. There are far too many main characters in the book to ever manage to really feel attached to any of them. Which is a good thing, as most of them will die. I'm not kidding here, the author seems to love to senselessly kill his characters If your anything like me, you picked up this book because you love Dwarves. They're my favorite fantasy race, and it's difficult to find books that centers on them. This has, unfortunately, led me to read some books of questionable quality and this is one of them. There are far too many main characters in the book to ever manage to really feel attached to any of them. Which is a good thing, as most of them will die. I'm not kidding here, the author seems to love to senselessly kill his characters off, oftentimes almost as an afterthought. There's so little back story to any of the characters, you start to get their names confused anyway, and are constantly having to look back to see who so-and-so was. The story has a fairly short arc, going from bad to worse, and worse, and worse. It becomes almost painful to keep reading as dwarves die meaningless deaths, and more and more enemies are thrown at them for no real reason. As if thousands of Skaven weren't enough, Orcs and Goblins appear as well, and then a dragon shows up just because the dwarves weren't in enough trouble already. On top of this, after finishing the book, I realized that the time line laid out doesn't really make any sense. Things that should have happened several years ago are spoken of as having occurred just months before... and small jumps in the times it would take for things like travel don't seem to add up. The ending itself, while somewhat keeping with the dwarven lore set forth in the Warhammer universe, is just so bad you feel wronged by having read it. Ending the book in this way, with no hope for the few remaining characters, sank the battleship. Honestly, the book seems rushed- if the story had been told over two or three longer books, it may have worked better. It needed the time to get back stories for the characters set out, properly describe locations, and have a story arc that flowed better. I can't say much for author's work; I found this book to be poorly written, but I haven't sampled anything else by him either. All in all, I wouldn't recommend this book, unless you were desperate. One would be better off reading Markus Heitz's "The Dwarves" series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul McNamee

    Fast romp, delivers on its promise of gruff dwarfs bludgeoning orc, goblin and skaven skulls. Basically a riff on Moria, if Gimli had decided to go back with an army to clean it out. Various facets of Warhammer Dwarf society are touched upon.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holden Attradies

    This book was a mess and I was glad seeing I wasn't the only one that felt that way. It had the components to be a good read but the delivery was just lacking. It was crazy hard to follow, with FAR too many point of view/main characters all with similar names and not enough time spent on them to really allow the reader to differentiate between them. And during the second half of the book the action became even harder to follow with the section breaks sometimes not actually switching between char This book was a mess and I was glad seeing I wasn't the only one that felt that way. It had the components to be a good read but the delivery was just lacking. It was crazy hard to follow, with FAR too many point of view/main characters all with similar names and not enough time spent on them to really allow the reader to differentiate between them. And during the second half of the book the action became even harder to follow with the section breaks sometimes not actually switching between characters or making it near impossible to tell where in the Dwarven keep the characters were. And before you had your footing there was another section break and you were following another character you never really got to know. It did have some stellar passages. All the parts from the point of view of the greenskins or skavens were pretty cool. And there were some awesome battle scenes, it was just hard to care about the Dwarf characters because we barely got to know most of them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    I love everything else I've read by Nick Kyme, and I'm a huge fan of the dwarfs, but this book left me with a big fat "meh". Introducing the band of dwarfs that the story would follow was chaotic and the dwarfs were too similarly named and introduced too quickly to keep them straight until I was probably 2/3 through the book. The plot felt very rushed and jumbled for the majority of the book, and the plot only started to have momentum near the end of the book, with an ending that starts strong a I love everything else I've read by Nick Kyme, and I'm a huge fan of the dwarfs, but this book left me with a big fat "meh". Introducing the band of dwarfs that the story would follow was chaotic and the dwarfs were too similarly named and introduced too quickly to keep them straight until I was probably 2/3 through the book. The plot felt very rushed and jumbled for the majority of the book, and the plot only started to have momentum near the end of the book, with an ending that starts strong and ends a bit wobbly.

  5. 5 out of 5

    The Good Man’s Reviews

    This books falls under the banner of "generic warhammer" for me, while I've said before that books about dwarfs are not my favourite subject, this one I found to be more tedious than most. It had a few scenes with the Scaven they were too few and far between to break up the tedium. But if you like or are interested in warhammer books about dwarfs then you'll certainly like this one 🙌🏻🙏🏻

  6. 4 out of 5

    Zombie_Phreak

    This was an okay book. It had the Dwarves trying to retake an ancient hold that was overrun by Orcs an Skaven. Overall it just had way too much combat in it, and very little character development and not much plot. Also the book had too many characters that seemed to be bland and hard to tell apart. At some points it was like you had to take notes of who was who in order to keep them straight. Still it was an enjoyable read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Michael Eklund

    Kyme manages to catch the Dwarf culture, and how they think and act. There is some excitment, and some good writing but the back of the book says it all, "...doomed attempt..." . And there is way to many characters, but they all end the same way.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ross

    Couldn't fully finish the last 100 pages, had to skim it. The book was good the first couple hundred pages then quickly turned into a snail paced borefest. This almost 400 page book could have easily been cut to a crisp 280 and have been more enjoyable.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Epic. One of my all time favorite books. Two thumbs way up!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho

    Well, first of all let me say that I tried to read this book in February and after arriving page 100 I stopped. I love dwarves and believe me when I say I wanted to read and like this book. In the first 100 pages I was feeling a bit dissapointed. Since I tried never to leave a book un-read I started for second time (in the page I had left) and read it until the end and I was glad I did it. After reading Gav Thorpe's dwarf book "Grudgelore" I must say that I enjoy the other one better. This book h Well, first of all let me say that I tried to read this book in February and after arriving page 100 I stopped. I love dwarves and believe me when I say I wanted to read and like this book. In the first 100 pages I was feeling a bit dissapointed. Since I tried never to leave a book un-read I started for second time (in the page I had left) and read it until the end and I was glad I did it. After reading Gav Thorpe's dwarf book "Grudgelore" I must say that I enjoy the other one better. This book has good things believe. They are centered on dwarves and only dwarves (with a couple of pages dedicated to goblins and skaven). Of course the Gotrek series are the best dwarven books. For me they are in another level of magnitude, the William King ones because I still haven't read any book written by Nathan Long. The dwarves in warhammer are far better than those in forgotten realms or dragonlance. But that is easily explained since Warhammer world is a grim world where the ending is inevitable. That made the dwarves of warhammer akin to Tolkien. They are a dying breed (as the elves). The plot? Well a dwarven stronghold Karak Varn, has been overrun by skaven and the goblins and a band of dwarves from several strongholds ask an audiance to the High King to retake the hold. The first 150 pages is the meeting of the characters as they go into the stronghold and the rest of the book is all the process of retaking it. This band is comprissed with several characters with nordic names. It was hard at the beginning because they not only introduced themselves with their name but clan and most of times with the profession. But as I write them down it was not hard for me... It was the main fault of the book in my humble opinion. The battle scenes are the main focus of the novel and inbetween them the writer tries to develop the characters. I must say that apart for two or three of them I didn't care for them. In the end I didn't knew who was the main character... (maybe that was the design of the book). The ending was good and not predictable. I must say that in the last one hundred pages I was trying to guess who was Nick Kyme trying to kill or not. I must say that Nick is good with Dwarves. There is a second book I will read and I hope that is better than this. Should I recommend it? To dwarven lovers? Yes but they must buy the Grudgelore to guide them. To anyone who plays and read warhammer novels? Yes. To a newcomer? No, maybe start with Gotrek and Felix.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Batsap

    It was entertaining enough and I enjoy anything to do with dwarves, as they are my favourite fantasy race. I just wish the author had learnt to use a thesaurus properly instead of just choosing the word with the most syllables, regardless of whether it was really the right word to use or not. It got better as I got more into the story, but then I would just get jarred out again by a poor word choice.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Roberto Kearney

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nilcalv

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Donovan

  15. 4 out of 5

    Eddy N.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicolò Rossi

  17. 4 out of 5

    Deimos Dit Le Padré

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alan Woodham

  19. 5 out of 5

    Roger

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michal Frátrik

  21. 5 out of 5

    Snickering Imp

  22. 4 out of 5

    Greg

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  24. 4 out of 5

    Barry

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael Merillo

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stuart Follen

  27. 4 out of 5

    Fred Newcombe

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  30. 5 out of 5

    Paweł

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