Every two weeks we read a new book in the WH40k universe and discuss it on our podcast. We invite you to read along with us and join in on our conversation via comments, Twitter, email, or vox cast.
For this episode, we’re reading The Bookkeeper’s Skull by Justin D Hill. You can purchase it at Amazon, Black Library, or Audible.
From the back of the book:
On the captital world of Potence, young enforcer cadet Rudgard Howe is caught up in a bitter internecine feud to inherit his father’s position of Chief Enforcer. As the tithe fleets approach, he is sent on his first mission to ensure that the planet’s distant agri-facilities fulfil their quotas to the God-Emperor. Farmed with serfs and managed by ex-Militarum soldiers, the agri-facilities are places of shocking brutality and hopelessness. But when he is sent to the outlying farmstead of Thorsarbour, Rudgard discovers a community where the crops are left to rot as the inhabitants indulge in the bloody ecstasy of a sanguinary cult. As Rudgard imposes the strict Lex Imperialis upon the farmstead, he begins to uncover a place where sanity is rapidly slipping. Just a single step into his nightmarish mission though, a series of cruel deaths threatens to dismantle everything he has ever known about the Imperium, his faith in the Emperor, and the strength of his very soul.
Questions to ponder after reading The Bookkeeper’s Skull:
- Did you like the book?
- What parts stood out?
- What was Unworthy’s role in the narrative? Did you find him compelling?
- What was “up” with Gambol? Did he add to the overall story?
- Did you like Howe as a protagonist? Were you invested in his story?
- Did you like the narrative structure of being a memoir, of sorts?
- We’re the grox a good red herring or too much?
- What did you make of the titular skull?