by Guy Haley
Book in the Warhammer series, published 2013
Publisher: Black Library
The goblin chieftain Skarsnik’s name is known and feared throughout the Old World. When a greenskin horde threatens the borders of the Empire, the greatest military minds in Altdorf seek assistance from a most unlikely source – the disgraced poet Jeremiah Bickenstadt.
Though long since consumed by madness, he claims to have spent a great deal of time in the company of the feared Warlord of the Eight Peaks, and can offer a unique insight into what it is that drives and motivates him. From humble beginnings, a monstrous legend is born.
The story is wrapped in multiple layers, from the overall point of view of the Doktor Wollendorp, who interviews a mad playwright in an asylum, to said madman’s retelling of his experience in Skarsnik’s realm, and the things the Goblin Warlord told him. The heart of the story is the autobiography of Skarsnik, Warlord of Karak Eight Peaks, and the most powerful Night Goblin in history. What follows is an account of Skarsnik’s schemes and ploys as he uses not only his gifts, but everyone and everything around him to advance his cause.