Book 1 of the Ambassador Chronicles
In the icy Northern Wastes, a mighty army of darkness prepares to sweep southward and lay waste to civilised lands of the Empire. In this dangerous time, retired Imperial general Kaspar von Velten is sent to Kislev as ambassador to the court of Tsarina Katarin.
READ IT BECAUSE
Kislev is under-explored in Warhammer fiction, but Graham McNeill rights that here with a tale that delves into the very heart of what makes the Kislevite people who they are.
BLACK LIBRARY HALL OF FAME: AUGUST 2016
"One of the first things to strike me about this book is that its a great ""grimdark"" novel that just happens to be set in the Old World. There are battles and brawls aplenty, of course, and bone-jarringly realistic they are too, but they’re secondary to the plots, intrigue, and threat of war that Ambassador Von Velten finds in the Kislevite capital. And all without a tabletop character in sight – unless you count Tzarina Katarin!
Read it for an immersive encounter with Kislev and its people, a little-reported region of the Old World, from its palaces to its taverns, via its stables and its sewers and even an asylum. There's no question that Kinslayer would have been a much hollower experience had I not read this book. Read it for one of the great fantasy characters in retired general-turned-ambassador, Kaspar von Velten."
– David Guymer
Grizzled ex-general Kaspar von Velten finds himself unprepared for his duties as the new ambassador to the court of Tsarina Katarin, the dangerous and unpredictable Ice Queen of Kislev. Not ready for the power struggles and politics, Kaspar is soon using his battlefield experience to cajole, influence, and get his way. But when a member of the Tsarina's family is murdered in Kaspar's homeland, relationships become strained to the point of war. Can Kaspar unravel the mystery and stop the impending conflict?
Written by Graham McNeill