January 29, I always liked Warrior Priests. A great piece of fantasy fiction indeed The main protagonist of this story is Jakob Wolff, a holy man in the service to Sigmar, the founder of the Empire and its chief deity. Accompanying him is Ratboy, his faithful servant, who owns his life to the Warrior Priest. Wolff has a personal score to settle down with Surman, who was responsible for the deaths of his parents, many years ago. Shocked and appalled, Wolff vows to find his sibling and bring him to justice for his crimes.
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Just as with our last, this review is an interesting one too and we hope you like this one as well. My first book by Darius Hinks was Sigvald, a wonderfully mad, dark fantasy novel about a Slaaneshi champion and his adventures in the Chaos Wastes. It was with excitement and great expectations I went on to read his first novel, Warrior Priest. We are introduced to the main characters as they save a woman from being burned at the stake for witchcraft. She is saved by them, but not in the way we expect.
The saviours and heroes of Warhammer are dark and brutal and in Warrior Priest we get a fine example of that sort of hero in the Sigmarite priest Jakob Wolff. Almost from the start there is tension between Anna, the Shallya priestess, and the warrior priest. Their ideologies are opposites; one is a healer and the other a warrior, and gives an interesting view into the different religions of the Warhammer world that is rarely seen.
Not as much as I would have liked to see but glimpses from time to time. The atmosphere in the first half of the book is reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic world. Hinks conveys this feeling of despair with grey, rainy days, filth, mud and desolation. The degree of violence is high and horrible in its brutality; I like it as this gives more depth to the battle scenes. There is one very atmospheric fight with man against beast, which gave me the chills. About two thirds into the story, it changes pace and the reader is forced into the point of view of another character that is suddenly introduced.
Important for the story as he is, his inclusion feels disjointed from the rest of the story and comes out of nowhere. It was hard to keep on reading until the end as I thought the main plot was turning weaker and weaker. There is a particularly disgusting and graphic scene that almost made me wretch, concerning corpses and the semi-dead, quite realistic considering the circumstances.
This is what the author excels at and what I love to read. His descriptions are very vivid and intense. I totally lost my appetite several times throughout the story. The actual ending feels more of an afterthought from the writer and was fascinating but rather unnecessary to the main story. The story and characters deserved a better closure.
Another minor character is left completely out of a big portion of the story despite having a good start in the beginning. I could argue this works with the story and the setting but is leaves me disappointed once again with the female characters nothing new when I read a Black Library novel. Take a look from all sides. His characters are flawed, they come across as real people and we understand them. They suffer, they get hurt and their faith is strong. When this happens, it throws me right out of the story and makes my teeth hurt.
At times it feels as if the world of Warhammer and its many horrors is the main focus of the story, not the characters. Most importantly keep reading Darius Hinks because he is an interesting author and I expect many dark and violent tales from him in the future. Many thanks to my betas, Merci and Liliedhe. Their help was much appreciated. Share this:.
Warrior Priest by Darius Hinks (A Review)