Trollslayer: A Warhammer Gotrek and Felix Novel by William King

Updated on October 25, 2019
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Who Are Gotrek and Felix?

Gotrek Gurnisson and Felix Jaeger are two characters from the world of Warhammer fantasy. Gotrek is a dwarf, belongs to the cult of Grimnir, and is more often refer to as a trollslayer (hence the title of the book). Having undergone some unknown incident in his past, Gotrek has sworn to seek death in glorious battle. All Dwarves take oaths extremely seriously.

Felix is a human and the son of a noble. He has somehow become entangled with Gotrek and undertaken an oath to record his adventures and ultimate demise in a saga. Of course, this means Felix must survive Gotrek's numerous adventures—something Gotrek doesn't always take into consideration.

Gotrek leads the pair on numerous travels taking them far and wide in pursuit of his goal of a glorious death in combat. Felix tags along as an often unwilling participate.

Cover art for "Trollslayer"
Cover art for "Trollslayer"

The Old World

The adventures of Gotrek and Felix take place in the world of Warhammer fantasy (before the age of Sigmar). In Trollslayer, their adventures take them through the Empire, into the Border Princes, to the fallen Dwarven city of Karak, to Eight Peaks, then back into the Empire through the Drakwald forest toward the Empire city of Nuln.

The old world is a vast, sprawling place where between the numerous cities and towns, deep dark forests, wastelands, and cave-networks hide a motley array of orcs, goblins, trolls, and chaos-worshippers. This gives Gotrek many opportunities to seek out his doom. Some he finds intentionally, while others he just seems to blunder into.

The towns and cities are no escape from trouble either, as the minions of chaos are everywhere, and man is oft corrupted by the dark powers.

Map of the Old World
Map of the Old World

Adventures

As you may be able to guess, the bulk of Gotrek and Felix's adventures are driven by Gotrek's oath to die a glorious death in battle. In one, they venture out on Geheimnisnacht (a Warhammer night like Halloween except with real ghouls, ghosts, and monsters). Another involves a treasure-quest into the abandoned Dwarf Stronghold of Karak Eight peaks. All the while, Gotrek seems to blunder almost blindly into enemy after enemy.

Often, Gotrek can hear or smell trouble long before Felix realizes just what trouble Gotrek has gotten them into!

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Summary

This original Gotrex and Felix novel reads more like a collection of related short stories set in chronological order than a novel. That aside, it's still an excellent read and a good introduction to the grim world of Warhammer fantasy as well as the characters of Felix Jaeger and Gotrex Gurnisson.

The world is grim and dark, with many a mishap belaying Gotrek and Felix as well as foes innumerable to fight against, both obvious and not-so-obvious. It will be a delight to both Warhammer and fantasy fans and has plenty of sequels to continue the fun.

As it is an old book, and now an omnibus edition is available. it contains the first three Gotrek and Felix novels and may prove a better buy for those interested.

4 stars for Trollslayer by William King
Back cover of "Trollslayer"
Back cover of "Trollslayer"

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      Warhammer fan 

      2 years ago

      Looks like a good read from the olde Warhammer.

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