The war is over, and the Mortal Realms have all but fallen to Chaos....
Korghos Khul rampages across the fiery Realm of Aqshy, hunting down mortal kind to slaughter or subjugate to Khorne. His Goretide have crushed all resistance...until the storm.
From the heavens hurtle paladins clad in gold. Sent by Sigmar, the Stormcast Eternals have come to liberate all the realms from the yoke of Chaos. Their leader is Vandus Hammerhand, Lord-Celestant of the Hammers of Sigmar.
After a long age of darkness, there is hope. Vandus must open the Gates of Azyr to unleash Sigmar's righteous fury against the damned. Everything depends on his victory.
Really well put together never really been into the lore behind the scenes, but this has really grasped my attention and made me want to devour more if the books. Also the voice actor was superb one of the better ones I have listened to.
I'm not entirely sure that this is worth an audible credit, but the rest of the books appear to be longer. The story is a good introduction. The voice actor does a great job.
a reboot for a franchise like warhammer fantasy will always be a hard undertaking. The fight scenes are good, the character development is ok. But the biggest negative is the worldbuilding. all we really get is "oh yeah, chaos destroyed everything". fair enough, but where are we, where is Azyr, or akshi? are we in the physical world in this scene or the warp?
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It's the Age of Sigmar starter set but told through a story and it sets up the universe for further tales.
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Great listen, can't wait to start the second book. Great way to learn the fluff behind the story line and helps to familiarise the characters and there relevance in the game. Already purchased the next two books from the lineup and can't wait to continue the journey Into the mortal realms. Hope you will enjoy this book as much as I have.
The introduction of Age of Sigmar performed brilliantly by Jonathan Keeble. Chris Wraight's well-paced battle didn't leave much room for character development
narrator read it brilliantly . story was very good with great descriptions . My only issue was the book felt a bit short . may just be the books im used to listening to are quite long
It was enjoyable, and I appreciate it is basically just an introduction to the series but it is incredibly short with basically just one battle. I bought it in the sale and would have been annoyed if I'd paid full price for it, but I've already bought the second book so it can't have been that bad! :)
I do not pretend to know what the appeal of wargaming is, but something I can really get behind is the stories people fabricate around them. This first foray into the so-called AGE OF SIGMAR(tm) reflects all of that, complete with a lurid description of the named characters of the piece, then establishing them as demi-deitic entities with similarly opposing answers to the question "do you like violence?" The resulting conflict is then is not so much a fight at that point as an argument of opinions with sword strikes and a poor wingless dragon some cruel bastard had nailed a saddle to.
Something I really appreciated about novels of the Old world was how 80's the content was; the dwarves had Mohawks; there were rat people who shot guns of radioactive rock at lizard robot people; almost an entire quarter of the characters came from a satanic panic heavy metal stereotype list.
That's all gone now (maybe?) so all that's left to wonder is the grand question of all marketers vying for that great white money whale of MAINSTREAM APPEAL(tm): will you like it if you just picked it up in a bargain bin? To that end yes, I think. Is it worth paying off on the Amazon Kindle store, land of the self-published? I would say yes again, but the margin narrows.
Nonsensical question for the book: does anyone non-cannibal eat anything at all in Aqshy? Can they eat or is this one of those DISBELIEVING WILLY SUSPENSIONS (tm).
ON FURTHER THOUGHT, I THOUGHT THE ENDING WAS QUITE POIGNANT. Slightly lessened now that I know that Kaljah the Real Survivalist is never to be talked about in fiction ever again. For shame, Mr. Wraight.