Author: Andy Clark
Series: Warhammer Age of Sigmar
Publisher: Black Library
Released: June 29th, 2019
Warnings: Graphic death, decaying, festering, and injuries, animal death
I received a copy of Gloomspite through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Gloomspite is the latest novel that Black Library has put out in the Warhammer Age of Sigmar universe. Written by Andy Clark, this novel is undoubtedly a horror telling, full of some of the worst things Warhammer and the Age of Sigmar have to offer.
Draconium had been a peaceful city on the edges of the Mortal Realms. Sure, they’ve had their struggles here and there. But nothing like what they are about to face. For the Gloomspite Gitz are plotting. And the Bad Moon is about to rise.
“Some monstrous abomination had burst from within Varlen Saul’s flesh as the crown on his brow pulsed with eldritch power.”
Warnings: Gloomspite is a novel full of detailed imagery. It brings the world to life. Sometimes that is wonderful, other times it borders on the graphic, with depictions of death, decay, festering, and injuries. One injury, in particular, involves an eye, so readers with that sort of sensitivity should bear that in mind. There is also a scene with implied animal death.
Gloomspite was a detailed and ghoulish read. It was spine-tingling and terrifying all in one, and boasted a broad set of characters interacting in a lushly described world. Andy Clark’s story was a highly disturbing one, to be sure. But it was also fascinating, the sort of read that gets your mind going and your heart pounding.
I’ll be fully upfront with you here; Gloomspite is the first novel I’ve read that was set in the Age of Sigmar. Yet I had absolutely no trouble following along. If anything, this novel made me eager to read everything there is to offer.
Gloomspite is not a novel for the squeamish. And you probably shouldn’t be reading it right before bed – or dinner. Not unless you want nightmares or an upset stomach. Clark goes above and beyond in his descriptions, bringing these horrors to life in a way that feels all too and very alarmingly real.
The characters in this novel were varied, with more than just the two named during the description taking part. In fact, there are several perspectives in this novel – giving us ample opportunity to see what is truly happening within the walls of Draconium.
Speaking of, this was an extremely fast-paced read. It seemed like every time I turned the page something was happening. Though admittedly that something was usually not in the best interest of our leading characters.
I couldn’t read Gloomspite fast enough. I loved every minute of it, even the extremely detailed and gore-filled scenes. Lately, I’ve been feeling like my favorite novels from Black Library are of the horror persuasion, and this novel helped to confirm that theory. I honestly can’t recommend this read enough, for it is well worth it.