I’ve never played Warmachine, so I went into this novella with a bit of a bias, but in the end that didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.
Would I have liked it more if I was a fan? Sure. But I didn’t find it unreadable because I wasn’t.
(Though it was clearly tie-in fiction, and was genre tropey to the max. Not necessarily saying it’s a bad thing, since I do enjoy that stuff, but it’s still there.)
Overall, The Butcher of Khardov is an interesting character study since we get soooo many POVs—both from Orsus and those around him—as he reacts and makes certain decisions that shape who he ends up becoming.
I was skeptical of this novella in the opening section, but the more I read, the more drawn I was to the character.
This is a short read that had hints of deepness, but unfortunately never materialized into something more.