Published: July, 2013

Page count: 416

Publisher: The Black Library

ISBN: 1849703523


When noted academic Kaspar Wollendorp is called to the asylum of Schloss Werdentraum to hear the testimony of insane playwright Jeremiah Bickenstadt, he fears a wasted journey, only to discover that Bickenstadt once enjoyed the rough hospitality of Skarsnik, the king of Karak Eight Peaks himself.

What follows is an astounding story, as Bickenstadt recounts Skarsnik’s rise to power from scrawny runt to feared warlord. But when the reteller of the tale is a lunatic, and the tale was first told by a master liar, how much can truly be trusted?

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  3. Hannes says:

    I love the night goblins so much! I would love to here about there ways. There culture, there relations to squigs and orcs, mushrooms and everything. Because they really do have a culture. A lot of people view the green skin as just dumb, that might be true but that just makes more twisted ideas about the world possible. I have always viewed goblins as more “human” than orcs. They are the ones pushing innovation an schemes. But what have made the night goblins claim independence from their orc kin? They usually spawn from the same sloop pits don’t they, has its tribe figured out a way to stop orcs from spawning or do they simply feed them to the squigs when they do? God I find these things so interesting. Any way im looking forward to your novel.

    • guyhaley says:

      Hi there,

      Thanks for your enthusiastic comment, you sound like you love goblins as much as me. I can’t post pages of my BL work online, but I can answer some of your questions:

      The book is told mainly directly from Skarsnik’s point of view, but through a narrator who is also a character in the book.

      Orcs, goblin, snotlings and squigs spawn everywhere their spores take root (not in the “drops”- the slop pits). But the environment dictates what greenskins are born. Underground, the soil is generally too poor to create orcs.

      The goblins are not human, they are vicious, evil, horrible creatures that do unspeakable things! So Skarsnik’s dark deeds do indeed get described.

      Hope that helps. The book is out already.

  4. Hannes says:

    oops i posted only half of my comment. here is the rest.

    Greetings. I want to know about the book about skarsnik. Will the book be told from the perspective of Skarsnik himself for some parts or is it mainly from the narrators point of view? Will there be juicy dialogs with skarsnik, will his vicious acts be told in graphic detail and will an explanation of nightgoblins worship of the bad moon be explained? Perhaps you gold send me a couple of pages as a sneak peak and let the novel speak for it self?

  5. John says:

    I absolutely love this book! By far my favourite Black Library novel despite there being many BL books by several authors that I love. Death of Integrity and Baneblade is up there as well.

    When is your next BL book coming out? Can’t wait,

    • guyhaley says:

      Thanks for that John, that’s very kind of you. My apologies that I didn’t reply earlier to this (I always will!). I’ve had a busy weekend.

      My next BL novel is out in May, I think. I have three novellas coming out too this year.

      I don’t know if you have an ereader, but there is a tie-in short to Skarsnik called King of Black Crag on the BL website. That’s set around the same time and is about Gorfang Rotgut.

      Thanks again!

  6. John says:

    I’ve read both King of Black Crag and Engine of Mork, both were excellent in my opinion.

    Any chance of a hint of what your new novel is about?

  7. Gorfang says:

    Hi there
    I’d like to know what you think about the fate of Gorfang Rotgut in “Thorgrim” novel, to me it makes the Background of zones around Karak Eight Peaks a bit too plain and boring……

  8. John says:

    Is there any chance that there might be another greenskin novel(fantasy or 40k) from you in the future?

  9. John says:

    I’ve a question about how this novel relates to Headtaker by David Guymer.

    At the end of Bickenstadts story about the Warlord, he has killed Skruk Spittletail and more or less destroyed his clan and sits comfortably in the City of Thousand Pillars.

    Then in Headtaker, which I assume takes place some indefinite amount of time afterwards, suddenly Queek Headtaker controls the city. How did that happen? How did the Headtaker beat Skarsnik out of there? Or did the Dwarfs kick him out and then Queek bested the Dwarfs?

    • guyhaley says:

      Ah, there’s some confusing nomenclature here. The City of Pillars is the Skaven stronghold in the depths of Karak Eight Peaks, the Hall of a Thousand Pillars is the old Dwarf throne room in the first deep, and the heart of Skarsnik’s domain after he defeated Skruk. Note he only beat the Skaven, not destroyed them.

      Control of the undercity changes often. Sometimes the Skaven hold most of it, sometimes the goblins drive them back. But The City of Pillars (the upper bits of which were flooded by Skarsnik in the novel) comprises large parts of the lower deeps and is always under Skaven control. Likewise, the goblins hold the surface city, the upper deeps and the mountain halls in the eight peaks – most of the time.

      The dwarfs occupy the citadel in the centre of the surface city and, according to Thorgrim/ Headtaker by David, the halls in Kvinn Wyr plus numerous smaller outposts, including the East Gate. Their holdings also are subject to contraction and expansion.

      It’s an ever-changing picture. But the Skaven city – The City of Pillars – as depicted in Headtaker is the deep, deep part of Karak Eight Peaks and not the upper portions, which is where Skarsnik still is. So although Queek and Skarsnik have fought many times by the time of Headtaker, the overall situation is roughly the same: Skarsnik at the top, Queek at the bottom.

      • John says:

        Oh thank you for your very detailed reply. That clears everything up for me.

        I wish there could be a sequel to Skarsnik to tell of these new conflicts.

        Also it’s very awesome that you reply to comments, explain things and interact with fans. That’s great.

      • guyhaley says:

        No problem! Thanks very much for reading and enjoying it, and talking to people is what this blog is for! It’s my pleasure to talk to the folks who read my books. It gets a bit lonely otherwise 😉

  10. Ivan says:

    Hi there
    So much time has passed and I’m not sure I get the answer, but I think I can take the risk.
    At first. the book is absolutely amazing. Really, one of the best books ever written about Warhammer Fantasy. By far my favourite BL novel especially given my love for the Night Goblins. So thank you very much for this book.
    Also, I’ve a question about Night Goblins worship of the Bad Moon – What, in fact, is the Bad Moon? Mannslieb or Morrslieb? Or something else? I am particularly interested in the fact of Bad Moon presence on Realm of Chaos map, given in 8ed Daemons of Chaos Armybook – gobliny-looking Bad Moon flying around Slaanesh(sic! not even Tzeench, which had moon-faced dudes in past editions) realm. It’s like a little…weird, isnt it?
    Well, I would be happy to read your response and any information that you share.
    Thank you in advance.

    • guyhaley says:

      Hi Ivan,

      Thanks very much. I’m glad you liked Skarnsnik. It remains one of my favourite books.

      I’ve always thought of the Goblins being frightened of Mannslieb, as it is so bright and horrible (the sun is of course, the Evil Sun).

      But then the moon face and ogre sun have been part of the Warhammer iconography for so long, a long time before Night Goblins per se existed. A lot of these ideas grow up around the pictures and models, and vice versa. So it’s open to interpretation. Personally I reckon there’s a bad moon in Tzeentch’s realm because the goblins were frightened of the moon, and their fear of it made a shadow in the Realm of Chaos, and that sort of became the supernatural manifestation of the bad moon. Which covers off all options!

      Whatever, it’s magic. Anything is possible!

      Best regards,


      • Ivan says:

        Thank you for you answer.
        Yes, I noticed a few references about Mannslieb and goblin’s fear of it while reading book. I had just a little bit confused, when the Mannslieb was named Evil Moon(not the Bad Moon) similarly with the Evil Sun, which does not take of any prominent place in the Night Goblin “pantheon”. Hence there was my question – what if the Night Goblins worship the other moon?
        But now I see your point. After all, the world of Warhammer has always room for fantasy (ie imagination).
        As for Bad Moon’s shadow if the Realm of Chaos – just wow, that sounds great. Thank you again!

        Best wishes,

    • guyhaley says:

      Ah it’s in Slaanesh’s realm? I bet it flies around everywhere.

      • Ivan says:

        Yes, flying directly over the Palace of Slaanesh and Six Circles of Seduction, har-har. After this, I’m starting to rethink the scene in the tavern which was almost at the beginning of the book..Oh, those lustful goblins!

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