So after almost finishing my first playthrough (I've just reached Ardania)
I have to say Warlock:2 is pretty damned good.
At first I thought it was just a Civ5 fantasy clone, and the story seemed ripped right out of Eador:Masters of the Broken world, also graphically it appears to almost be the same game as the first,
but after much playing I have found it to be a really interesting and well made strategy game.
I'm not sure why it's gotten mediocre reviews,
the gameplay is fine, the pacing great, lots of unit variety, upgrades, items, and a good damage model(units have resistances, that can be countered based on different units strengths, melee, ranged, casters, support)
The terrain also plays a very interesting part in the game, hexes can have positive, or negative properties which affect buildings, and can affect units placed on them in numerous ways, also the landscape can be changed through magic, and be manipulated in a variety of ways.
The map changes wildly over the course of the game and I really liked that dynamic.
The game is quest and combat heavy, and it's difficulty seems to match your own progress through the shards.
A really good turnbased strategy game, stable, simple ui, lots of spells/units/heroes, funny sound effects, amusing Princess Bride like humor fits the style of the game, and interesting game mechanics.