Dead Winter: Book One – The Black Plague by C.L. Werner. Book review

Dead Winter: Book One – The Black Plague by C.L. Werner, The Black Library, P/B £7.99

Reviewed By Steve Dean

*Switches to dramatic voice-over mode* “It is a time of legends! More than a thousand years after the Age of Sigmar, the Empire [no, not that one] he struggled to create has been brought to the edge of ruin by the greedy, incompetent ruler Boris Goldgather.”

Goldgather? Really? Talk about stick it in your face. Unfortunately the story doesn’t get any better after we get past all the clichéd nonsense. It’s basically a narration, with few characters to cheer for or identify with, particularly at the beginning. The story is pedestrian, the pacing non-existent and it reads like a travelogue. The ending is pretty much revealed by the blurb, and by the fact that this is book one, where traditionally everything goes wrong.

I get the impression from this that GW are building up to a major new release of rules and miniatures, and this is just promotional material. In which case they should be giving it away free.
C.L. Werner has written some decent books for BL, but this one just doesn’t work for me. This is the second book in the “Time of Legends” series I’ve read recently, and on this evidence I hope I don’t have to read any more.