This is a rather special Recommended Reading post, as this is the first time that I will be recommended a duology set in the Warhammer universe.
The Ambassador Chronicles, written by Graham McNeill, is in fact the first ever book set in the Warhammer universe that I had ever read and I still believe that its probably on of the best books to start off with if you are new to the Warhammer setting. And trust me, it can be slightly intimating trying to dive into this fantasy setting, its 35 years in the making with its heroes, villains and legends to discover. Despite being a little intimidating for first time visitors, it is still a setting I highly recommend fantasy fans take the time to explore. It is easily one of the most detail fantasy worlds created.
So why is The Ambassador Chronicles a good start? For a start it follows a retired general, Kaspar von Velten, who is pulled from retirement to become the Empire’s ambassador to the northern land of Kislev. Not everything is as it seems in Kislev, as
Kaspar has to navigate the politics of the city, join the hunt for an elusive killer and prepare to fight to survive in this strange frozen land. As these books focus on the human lands and politics, you won’t have to worry about becoming accustomed to the more stranger races of the Warhammer world… at least not to begin with. As Kaspar is a stranger to Kislev, the reader gets to learn about this place along with him.
One of the standout elements of these books are the action scenes. Graham McNeill is clearly in his element when writing about a fight, be it a street brawl or a conflict between soldiers. So if you are looking for a fantasy novel where the action is well written, then look no further than these books.
A word of warning: this is the Warhammer world, so be prepared for a book full of darkness and despair, as well as hope. In fact these are first few sentences you will see if you do read The Ambassador Chronicles:
This is a dark age, a bloody age, an age of daemons and of sorcery. It is an age of battle and death, and of the world’s ending. Amidst all of the fire. flame and fury it is a time. too, of mighty heroes, of bold deeds and great courage.
You guys have been warned! If you are a fan of Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings or dark fantasy in general, then I highly recommend The Ambassador Chronicles by Graham McNeill.