Book Review: ORION VAULT OF WINTER

PrintE-mail Written by Ed Fortune

Orion Vault of Winter Review

Book Review: Orion Vault of Winter / Author: Darius Hinks / Publisher: Black Library / Release Date: Out Now

Wood Elves are a common mainstay of many fantasy worlds, and are quite often a strange fit; forest dwelling, bow wielding magical races may be part of the furniture, but they often seem an unnecessary garnish onto already well worked out fantasy worlds. So it’s rather refreshing that Orion Vault of Winter deals almost exclusively with these often ignored and frequently underestimated creatures.

Set in the Warhammer fantasy world, Orion Vault of Winter tells the tale of the Orion, God of the Wood Elves, cursed to obey the fall and the rise of the seasons through a cycle of death and rebirth. Alas, the blessed woods that the elves inhabit are under siege by the forces of Nurgle, lord of rot and decay, and thus the rightful inhabitants of the land must fight to protect the very thing that defines them.

What this allows Hinks to do is create a series of set pieces, some exploring the nature of the pagan beings that control the forest, and others simply being extremely bloody battle sequences. We get to read about all manner of ghastly Beastmen beating the tar out of Wood Elves, and vice versa. The problem is that the pace between these moments is rather slow, and sadly, the scenes themselves seem hampered by the setting. Black Library books tend to expand upon the worlds they are inspired by, but in this case the action is actually restricted by the existing setting material, making it predictable in places. However, if you’re a fan of the Warhammer setting, or a secret Legolas groupie, you will enjoy Orion Vault of Winter a lot, though we suspect the sequel will be better.



Suggested Articles:
With impeccable timing comes this new biography of George Lucas, perhaps the most important geek ico
The Language of Dying tells the story of a woman taking care of her father, who is in the final stag
For Jim Sturges Jnr. life is tough. Distinctly average in every way, he is regularly bullied by the
BBC Books has republished the three novels which began the Doctor Who literary phenomenon back in th
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in Book Reviews

GEORGE LUCAS: A LIFE 08 December 2016

THE LANGUAGE OF DYING 08 December 2016

TROLLHUNTERS 08 December 2016

DOCTOR WHO BBC BOOK REISSUES 07 December 2016

IN CALABRIA 03 December 2016

PURGED 03 December 2016

AN A-Z OF CUMBRIA AND THE LAKE DISTRICT ON FILM 29 November 2016

THOUGHT X: FICTIONS AND HYPOTHETICALS 29 November 2016

BATMAN: A CELEBRATION OF THE CLASSIC TV SERIES 25 November 2016

FINK ANGEL: LEGACY 22 November 2016

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144
Notice: Undefined index: sub_content in D:\inetpub\wwwroot\modules\mod_yt_content_slideshowii\tmpl\theme4.php on line 144