• Soulslayer

  • Gotrek Gurnisson: Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Book 3
  • By: Darius Hinks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Gotrek Gurnisson novel.

Gotrek marches to war alongside his newfound kin, the Fyreslayers. Yet the Slayer's soul burns brightly enough to spark the interest of the Idoneth Deepkin....

Listen to it because....

Gotrek’s relationship with Maleneth and the Fyreslayers, and his unease with the unfamiliar Mortal Realms, make for a ripping yarn. Toss in his capacity for grievous violence, and an aelven enemy upon which to mete it, and you’ve got a recipe for a worthy entry in this classic series.

The Story:

Gotrek Gurnisson is the greatest Slayer of the age. He is a furious relic of a dead world, a sworn enemy of Chaos and a stranger in the Mortal Realms. Now, reborn and hungry for vengeance, he crosses the war-torn lands of Chamon armed with new oaths, pitting himself against the forces of evil.

Accompanied by the lethal aelven assassin Maleneth Witchblade, Gotrek marches to war with the Fyreslayers of the Grymm Peak Mountains, revelling in his newfound sense of purpose. The fire in the Slayer's soul has not gone unnoticed, however. Far beneath the sea, the Idoneth Deepkin are stirring, summoning an ancient power from the abyss—and their sights are set on Gotrek!

Written by Darius Hinks. Running time approx. 9 hrs 49 mins. Narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

©2022 Games Workshop Limited (P)2022 Games Workshop Limited

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Good fluff but short vs the old epics

I am a really big fan of gotrek so I will read every book that comes out.

the age of Sigmar take while enjoyable lacks the depth of the Warhammer fantasy series.

the new characters grow on you however the books don't feel as epic as before

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you know what you are here for... Gotrek

the legend continues with Gotrek doing as he does and doing it well. another book please

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Amazing

The book is brilliant in every way. I highly recommended it. The story is awesome and heartfelt.

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Doesn’t Feel Like Gotrek

TL:DR-This book uses Gotrek’s name and appearance, but this character ultimately feels like someone else is wearing Gotrek’s skin.

I’m not a decades-long fan of Gotrek stories, but the audio dramas with Brian Blessed hooked me hard. I started going through all the old Gotrek and Felix books and got a feel for his history, but I was never an “old fan.” If not for Brian Blessed’s performance on those well-written dramas, I would never have known about them at all, so I never hated that Gotrek came into the Age of Sigmar setting.

This author’s stewardship of the character has hit a sour note for me, I’m afraid. Gotrek doesn’t feel like Gotrek. The story hits the check marks of a Gotrek story but it seems to just go through the motions. Begrudging companion? Check. Powerful enemy with a conspiracy? Check. Making fun of elves? Check. “Gotrek miraculously survives” moment? Check.

Where it suffers is in the characterization. Gotrek has always had a private, tragic wisdom. He was mercurial but stoic. In this book, he spends a lot of time just talking about his feelings out loud. “Show, don’t tell” is the rule for writing character emotions. Gotrek has always had opinions, but he’s never been this open about his feelings and what he’s thinking in his heart. That’s what made the brief moments when he did in the past so memorable. He used to want a Slayer’s death. Now he can’t pick what he wants for more than one novel.

Continuity is a huge problem. From one book to the next, Gotrek’s journey seems confused. What he wants changes completely with each new book in the series. The lack of a driving force for his character that is clearly defined and consistent is robbing his arc of significance. This is true also for his companion.

Malaneth seemed ready to renounce Khaine and become an acolyte of Gotrek at the end of the last book as a preamble to a mighty campaign against the Skaven. All of that is thrown out the window at the start here. She started this series sassy and murderous and ends it almost motherly. I barely recognize her from the cackling, competent assassin of the dramas.

All the stakes and buildup of the last book’s climax and foreshadowed direction are made meaningless in this book’s first pages, and it’s done through exposition. Why? Gotrek had many wild adventures with Felix, but there was a continuity behind it, and the transitions were never so jarring as they are here. Despite how often Gotrek soliloquizes about his feelings, I ended this book with no idea what his goals were.

Where this author excels is in the grandiose set pieces and wildly creative environments the characters experience. While the characters don’t seems to know who they are between books or scenes, they at least have wonderful settings that sell the Age of Sigmar’s fantasy-on-steroids scale.

Jonathan Keeble (unsurprisingly) does a wonderful job with the narration.

The stoic, stolid, cantankerous, private, prejudiced dwarf with a heart of gold is long gone since the days of William King’s sword and sorcery classics. I think that before this series continues, someone has to map out a clear journey for Gotrek with real stubborn dawi goals and stick to it or I worry that Gotrek’s fans will become as lost to him as Felix is.

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  • 08-19-22

Gotrek alright!

Fun! But the most interesting part is the talk about Thanquol and Nuln. The foreshadowing and building up for another skavenslayer book were the coolest part. Jonathan Keeble delivers awesome narrative as always!

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Truly Amazing!

From the start of the adventures of Gotrek and Felix to now, I have always been amazed every time I’ve read/listened to each book. Just really a great story with characters that you will grow very attached to. Big thanks to Jonathan Keeble for another perfect narration, never ceases to amaze as well!

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Gotrek's best

Best Gotrek since AoS. This one gave me hope for future evolution of Gotrek stories.

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Gotrek belongs in the Mortal Realms

Another stellar performance by Johnathan Keeble. This novel and Gitslayer is the highlight of Gotrek's adventures in the AoS thus far. His interactions with his Duardin kin and his philosophy really shines through. This also brings a new aspect to his character that is really the core of his motivation in this new era. Its been a long time coming but this drive is what his story really needed.

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the never ending story, but your fine with that.

continues gotreks story perfectly. now he has a goal for the mortal realms and his part to play. and as always gets dark (a little nicer this time)

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Dang hits hard

Great overall this one really gets y o u to f e e l something

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-22

another fantastic gotrek story

another fantastic gotrek story looking forward to the next adventure, lots of emotion and action

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  • Michael L.
  • 08-02-22

More great Gotrek content

Another great Gotrek story, this time with a good look at the Idoneth.
Can't wait for more!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-22

Great Listen

Great listen, favorite one of the Age of Sigmar series for Gotrek yet !

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  • Rob C
  • 07-22-22

Great book

As always Keeble does an amazing job, and the story had some really good references back to previous stories which I enjoyed. The ending really leaves a lot up in the air so I’m curious where the story goes after this.

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  • Daniel
  • 07-20-22

Simply Fantastic

The Gotrex series is one of the best series of books in age of sigmar at this moment in time, and this book is the best yet, fantastic listening experience and long may the tales of Gotrex continue.

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  • Shadowplight
  • 09-02-22

very nice ending

Memorable ending. Really places Gotrek as of great importance in the realm. Spoiler... I hope Malaneth is alive!

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  • Henry Stocks-Fryer
  • 08-26-22

took me a while to get into it

I've rated this a 4/5 as it's not my favourite Slayer story, it took me a while to get into but it did develop so still worth a read/listen if you follow the story arc.

Keeble on top form as always.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-22

Can't get enough

left me quite speechless. What a wonderful book.
really been enjoying the last couple of gotrek books but this took the cake. loved it to bits and I so badly wish for another book soon

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  • paul sparks
  • 08-11-22

More Witchblade!

That’s just a personal plea of mine, the synopsis of this tale does not do it justice, aside from the usual Gotrek behaviour (drunk/berserk/drunk & berserk) this has humour and lots of it, it has pathos and angst and reminded me of what I enjoyed most about Gotrek & Felix at their best, the ending left room for different paths for our dynamic duo and I would not be disappointed with reading of two separate tales my only caveat is that Gotrek needs a partner be that Felix or the daughter of Khaine

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  • Frank
  • 07-26-22

Worth Waiting for the Audiobook

Another classic Gotrek adventure with a promising adventures to look forward to.
My only criticism is that the audiobook version was not released at the same time as the hard copy version of the book

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  • Lee Salway
  • 07-11-22

hang on to your boots ya beardless manlings

Hinks really starts to hit his stride in this latest adventure with gotrek! Can't wait for the next one