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It is said that all who live belong ultimately to the Undying King. In the shadowy lands of Shyish, Nagash, God of Death, calls forth his soulless legions to reassert his dominion. His dread advance begins with the free city of Glymmsforge, bastion of Azyr in the Realm of Death. 

Standing between Nagash and his prize are the brooding Anvils of the Heldenhammer, an ancient host of Stormcast Eternals, and Lord-Castellant Pharus Thaum, guardian of the Ten Thousand Tombs. 

As battles between the living and the dead rage throughout the Mortal Realms, the War of Heaven and Death begins anew. But even Sigmar’s chosen may not be enough to cease the onslaught. For how does one destroy what is already dead?

©2018 Games Workshop Limited (P)2018 Games Workshop Limited

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Immerses you in the lore of Soul Wars

Tomes from the Black Library are probably best enjoyed when you’re actually part of the world of Warhammer i.e. you’re a table top gamer. There’s something about taking part in the narrative play and painting the miniatures that brings you close to the characters and the world (or in this case realms) they live in. That’s not to say this book can’t be appreciated without playing Age of Sigmar, but it certainly helps. As to the story; well, I’d say it was pretty good. Some reviewers have commented that it seems to consist of many dramatic characters and demi-gods making grand, doom-filled speeches, and this is true. But if you’re Nagash, Lord of the Undead, used to whiling your time for centuries regenerating your body and inner energy, then what else have you got left to do? Andrew Wincott’s narration is superb in this respect, and his narration of the different Nighthaunt characters is immensely entertaining. Who knew there were so many ways to speak in the voices of the undead? In places the story is a bit repetitive. I lost count of the number of times that someone said ‘... all are one in Nagash’. There’s also no trace of romance or development of ‘relationships’ if you”re looking for those elements. This is probably the ethos of Warhammer, and aficionados won’t miss this, but it does tend to make you not care as much for the characters if you don’t think they have much to lose. It also doesn’t help knowing that you can always be reforged by Sigmar or recast by Nagash if you happen to fall by the Lord Executioner’s axe or mashed by a stormsmite maul. But overall I enjoyed this story and it will certainly colour my perceptions when launching my Nighthaunts in future battles!

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Very interesting book

And I say that as a relative newcomer to AoS books, there was so much lore and politicking happening between factions and characters I felt information overload at times, credit to Josh Reynolds and to Andrew Wincott who narrates superbly for blending it all together

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fantastic stuff

brilliant book that continues the narrative in AOS, the complicated morality of the protagonist perfect

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My new favourite book

Such a beautiful read, the voice acting was immaculate and really immersed you in the story. The story itself as out of this world. At one point I had to stop to take in what just happened. Couldn’t recommend this enough for those who just like fantasy stories and to those who love Age of Sigmar.

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I was looking forward to this...

Balthast could have been made to be Balthasar Gelt I felt... but it then went another direction, maybe he still is, but the story had so little in the ending this could have been revealed. Fyrus interesting at first.... grew boring quickly. Lots of repetitive and unnecessary chapters dealing with him being forsaken as a death knight. An unconvincing anti hero. The initial start was good, I liked the direction. However, i was expecting more involvement of nagash or atleast arkhan. They were there but took a back seat. Come on they are waging war on the heavens, they need a more active role! Same to some extent sigmar. Fyrus is secondary, the story only circles in on his character development... what is the point? oh let me guess death. Also what on earth was with the rejoice nonsense nagash employed through a jester... that's not nagash. That's poor writing. Performance was good, but felt reader still retained some of the undead voice often when switching between that and the storm casts.

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Soul wars

Loved it! Kept me gripped all the way through from start to finish. Narrated brilliantly

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Fantastic

An interestingly complex look into lore of Age of Sigmars "Soul Wars"
A good fantasy story that makes you want more.

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Great reading, occasionally sluggish story

It was a great reader, but the story is occasionally so slow and detailed that the tension fades. Some parts are great though.

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Pretty decent

It was Ok, it was missing something and I found anything to do with Nagash boring but still worth a listen.
Trying to get into the lore of new fantasy setting of AoS, still not as good as the Old World 🤷‍♂️

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Excellent Sword and Sorcery

Long one, this, but it moves at a clip and has enough going on under the surface to be thoughtful, even in its climax.

Only potential gripes are that the dialogue can seem repetitive, with gods and mages trotting out the same overblown, egotistical phrases again and again (but that's gods for you, I suppose).

Also pretty momentous for the wider setting. A must-read if you want the essence of Warhammer's current affairs and a look at how the factions compare.

Recommended. Good value for a credit and a fun bit of new Warhammer fiction.

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  • Stålfors
  • 19-11-19

Good story, good narrator, terrible female voices

This is a good narrator with an acceptable range of voices to the different characters. I am just CONFOUNDED with how he seems to think that all females talk in whispers with raspy voices. You really have to hear it to understand. It grinds my gears to no end and completely pulls me out of the story everytime one talks. All of the women in this audiobook are basically Ralph Fiennes' Voldemort. You have been warned.

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  • Quentin Westcott
  • 19-11-19

Boring

I never thought a massive battle with the dead could be so boring.

I got this because I wanted to know more about the Necroquake. It promised fantastic battles and a deeper looking into the battle of Shiesh (spelling?). I got a little of that.

What I got a lot of was a whole lotta long winded speeches and pointless posturing. Over and over and over again. None of the Sigmarite characters made me want to care about them, and it was only marginally better with the undead. Granted the undead were better after all, but still too much pointless internal strife that added nothing to the overall story. Ugh.

The battle wasn't very compelling. It's like looking a picture of a burger in a menu and thinking "oh that's big! Nice!" But what you get is drastically different than what you were hoping for.

It's ok. It was better than listening to nothing I guess.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-19

Top notch

Probably the best Age of Sigmar novel yet. well developed characters with a compelling story that keeps you hooked. Excellent listen!

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  • TellyDad
  • 25-04-19

Great, Worthwhile book.

Well written. I cannot express how well narrated this story was. Incredible performance. highly recommend.

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  • Reed Kaufmann
  • 27-02-19

Good Story, Great Characters

Yeah, Nagash is a bit of a bore, but that's the only minor criticism that I could throw at the book. I do think that is a bit on purpose though, as he is meant to be a foil to Sigmar.

I am continually impressed at the caliber of writing within the Age of Sigmar, Black Library. If you are interested in how the story is progressing, and (if like me) you are interested in seeing what Stormcasts are like as people (not quite humans), then this is a definite read.

The main story arc is entertaining and has its twists and turns and surprisingly good character development. What is even more interesting is that even the minor characters have well written and portrayed threads throughout the novel.

Good read, great characters. Highly recommend.

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  • Christopher
  • 08-02-19

One of the best AoS books so far

Incredibly engaging. Love Balthas and the other characters. Really well written. Hands down the best book in the AoS library thus far

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  • Shawn Carter
  • 24-12-18

Unbearable Drag

Plus:

The setting is fantastically described and paints a great picture (when you understand it).


Negatives:

The God characters are so insufferable. They often go on these long annoying monologues that seem to drag on until it sends the reader into a slumber. They are completely unlikable and un-relatable. I realize they are Gods, but I prefer the characters in my books to be interesting.

The book often has boring sections of dialogue that seem to be entirely pointless filler. Most of the book is just people
standing around and talking.

The narrator isn't great at female voices.

I am just a reader of fantasy (not a Warhammer tabletop fan), so I don't know if this problem is relevant for most of this book's audience. I have no idea what any of the rankings, locations, and mythologies are. So most of the time I am in the dark. The author goes out of his way to set up these really cool war scenes that are absolutely meaningless to me because I don't know what any of the titles mean.

Most of the main characters are members of the same religious order. So I often forget who is who, since they all have the same zealot-like personality.

Speaking of characters, there are tons of side characters that just seem to be entirely pointless to the main plot. I just don't care about them when the author decides to visit them. Maybe characters like the girl who lords over the cats, for example, will pay off eventually, but I just don't care about her right now. It's absolutely painful to follow her around. Imagine all the movies with kids in it that were uninteresting and annoying, its like that.

I don't know if I am going to be able to finish this, I am over half-way through and it's getting difficult to even pay attention.


Overall:
If you are a huge fan of the Warhammer universe, maybe you will get something out of this. I still wouldn't recommend it, due to the slow pace and filler. This book is a horrible chore. Maybe since I just got into Warhammer books, I just don't get it, but I just want something exciting with fleshed characters and real personalities. This book simply fails to meet that need.

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  • Brentwood
  • 28-10-18

Was glad I bought it on a whim.

The author did a good job of writing this more in line with a compelling story versus a narrative of a game experience which I find to plague D&D books. This was my first experience with an AoS book and I'm glad I bought it. the narrator did an amazing job and the only negative I have is it would have been nice to have some more voice differences. He did have a decent amount of change but just not enough to get that top tier narration, but his actual narration voice was what I would say is at level with the best in audible. I would recommend this book and I will go back through the Realm Gate series to enjoy the beginning of AoS books.

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  • Tony B.
  • 26-02-21

Wonderful book

Absolutely loved this book! Really made me want to get into Slaves to Darkness and Stormcast Eternal. This coming from a Khorne player.

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  • Elias Alex hogan
  • 15-01-21

Immersive

A lot of deep meaning as opposed to non stop action. If you want a close look into the minds and ambitions of Stormcast and those who serve Nagash this is a book for you. Stormcast aren’t simply just respawned like in a video game, it’s much more then that.