For a while now I’ve been reading this anthology of heroic fantasy stories set in the universe of the Warhammer role-playing game, using the stories as breaks between novels. It’s a good collection of tales, and as usual with Warhammer, you get a variety of stories ranging from pure sword-and-sorcery (the title story “Swords of the Empire” by Dan Abnett and “The Nagenhof Bell” by Jonathan Green) to fairly-clued mystery (“The Case of the Scarlet Cell” by Gordon Rennie) to a Western with fantasy trappings (“Meat Wagon” by C.L. Werner). I enjoyed all of them. Abnett’s yarn is probably the best-written of the bunch, with a nice plot twist. From what I can tell he seems to be the superstar of the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 authors, but this is the first thing I’ve read by him. I’ll probably get around to reading one of his novels before too much longer.