Title Spotlight: Grunts

Sick of the Good Guys always winning no matter the incredible odds stacked against them?

Tired of being tricked into cheering on the wholesale slaughter of an entire race?

Fed up with grey eyes, a noble bearing and a sword with a name being used as a shorthand for ‘good’?

Then have we got a book for you . . .

What is an orc?

An orc is an 18 stone fighting machine, made of muscle, hide, talon and tusk, with a villainous disposition and a mean sense of humour. And, of course, an orc is a poor dumb grunt – the much abused foot soldier of the Evil Horde of Darkness.

The usual last battle of Good against Evil is about to begin. Orc Captain Ashnak and his war-band know exactly what they can expect. The forces of Light are outnumbered, full of headstrong heroes devoid of tactics – but the Light’s still going to win. Orcs – the sword fodder in the front line – will die by the thousands.

Life’s a bitch.

You can find Grunts and more of Mary Gentle’s work via her Author page on the Gateway website, and read about her in her entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.