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God King: The Legend of Sigmar (Time of Legends) [Mass Market Paperback]

Graham McNeill
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28 Dec 2010 Time of Legends (Book 3)
Sigmar, the first Emperor, is a god amongst men, a peerless leader and an unbreakable warrior. Having defeated the Chaos invasion of Middenheim, the Empire knows a measure of peace. But in the vast deserts of Nehekhara, another empire is rising. Nagash, the most feared of necromancers, is determined to claim dominance over the Old World, crushing all before him with an unstoppable and nightmarish army. Legions of unnatural creatures swarm the Empire. Sigmar must defend the lands of the living from the hordes of the dead and prevent Nagash's terrible vision of power coming true.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Black Library; 1 edition (28 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844168999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844168996
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 10.9 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 918,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graham McNeill: Hailing from Scotland, Graham McNeill narrowly escaped a career in Surveying to join Games Workshop, where he worked for six years as a games developer. In addition to many novels, including False Gods, Fulgrim and Mechanicum for the prestigious Horus Heresy series, Graham has written a host of sf and fantasy short stories. He lives in Nottingham, UK. Visit his website at www.graham-mcneill.com

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Hailing from Scotland, Graham McNeill worked for over six years as a Games Developer in Games Workshop's Design Studio before taking the plunge to become a full-time writer. In addtition to many previous novels, Graham's written a host of SF and Fantasy novels and comics, as well as a number of side projects that keep him busy and (mostly) out of trouble. Graham lives and works in Nottingham and you can keep up to date with where he'll be and what he's working on by visiting his website. Join the ranks of the 4th Company at www.graham-mcneill.com --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Conclusion 27 Dec 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fans of the Time of Legends series will have been biting at the bit to get their hands on this title by David Gemmell Legend Award Winner Graham McNeill's third part of the Sigmar Trilogy. Within is a tale deeply woven within the mythos of the Warhammer world and one where two of the world's heavyweights prepare to meet each other in a battle to the Death (or Undeath in one of the combatant's cases.)

Woven to the level that this title not only demands but deserves, Graham's prose alongside his almost eldritch ability to interweave a tale with known facts makes this one of his best books to date. Add a huge dollop of serious combat alongside massive bloodshed and you know that it's a battle that will have fans talking about it for ages.

Finally add to this some great dialogue as well as some seriously good battlefield humour and the reader will not leave this series disheartened, a serious reread may just be around the corner and to be honest with you, I started the whole series from scratch just so that I could relive the epic life of the Empires greatest hero.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It was Ok 8 Jun 2011
By Dazzo
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As I say it was ok, actually it was pretty damn good, up until the end which I felt just lacked...something. Perhaps I was just overloaded by all the death and killing which went on for a long time, not that its a problem per-say Blood for the Blood god and all that jazz, but I did find myself skimming parts just for a bit of relief.

Also there was to much of the modern empire in the telling of the story, parts wouldn't look out of place in contemporary empire stories which I found annoying.

But still a worthy read when alls said and done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars McNeill at his best 20 Feb 2011
Format:Paperback
Having patiently waited for the conclusion of the Sigmar trilogy to be released I eagerly opened and read this book upon arrival. I expected to enjoy this chapter of the story, and as always with the Black Library I was not disappointed. This story builds upon the previous books and shows the development of the protagonist from a leader of warriors and people in a newly flourishing empire, to an epic hero of myth. This final part of the trilogy maintained the same stylish action, as well as the realistic and emotive dialogue that had made the previous books so good to read, and so easy to become involved in. This is a real clash of the titans, and fans of the Warhammer universe will be delighted to see one of their fictional heroes given the send-off that he deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sigmar vs. the Lord of Death 10 Sep 2013
By T. R. Alexander TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A year after the defeat of the Norsii invasion at Middenheim, Sigmar returns from his punitive expedition in the North to an Empire that still has its toughest challenge ahead of it. The dead do not rest easy in their graves as the first and greatest necromancer, Nagash, has come to the Empire and he will put an end to the world of the living in his attempt to reclaim his lost crown.

The third and final book in the 'Sigmar Trilogy', 'God King' is an entertaining book once it gets going. The book is generally well written and easy to read but I did feel that it took some time for it to draw me into the story and I feel the first half could have used a little streamlining (the subplot about the troubles of the Jutones and Endals as they are assaulted by Nagash's forces could probably have made a reasonable short story in their own right as the events didn't really affect the main plot much). Despite this the book was a very enjoyable read once it got going and the climactic fight outside Reikdorf is a suitably climactic way to finish of the trilogy. Having said this, I do think a little more time could have been spent on the aftermath of the battle to round out the story a bit better.

The characters in the book are all mostly well written and there are some nice moments of reflection on death and growing old at various points in the book. Nagash himself is probably a little underused with most the point of view of the undead side of the conflict following his vampire lieutenant Khaled al-Muntasir. The character of Redwane could also have done with a little more attention towards the end of the book. On the other hand I did think that Wolfgart and his family were handled very well and their subplot was probably the one that I found most enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good end to a solid series 25 July 2011
By vassvdm - Published on Amazon.com
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'God King' is the third and last installment of the 'Sigmar' Time of Legends series, set 2500 years before the 'current-day' Warhammer world, at the birth of the first Emperor, Sigmar Heldenhammer.

Although Sigmar has so far succeeded in forming and defending hi beloved Empire - his greatest test lies before him. An evil and extremely powerful necromancer from a distant southern kingdom has turned his eyes to Sigmar's Empire in view of retrieving a powerful artifact of his own creation.

McNeill gifts us another solid novel in the same vein as the previously released 'Heldenhammer' and 'Empire', but fails in some key areas.

One of these is once again the characterization of the villains - I'm a bit disappointed that between Mike Lee and Graham McNeill in the Times of Legend series nobody has yet truly been able to enter Nagash's psyche and give us some explanation of how he became such a black-hearted fiend, who never seemed to have anything in common with a human being. Also, his supposed genius mind has never been explored to any extent (we were told of his great intelligence, but it was never really shown).

Finally, I was a bit disappointed by the ending of the book, which did not wrap up Sigmar's legend and left a lot of questions opened with regard to the end of the first Emperor's reign and his famed exodus from the Empire. Will we get a second Sigmar series in the future?

Overall I rate 'God King' at three-and-a-half stars.
4.0 out of 5 stars A fitting conclusion to the series 13 Feb 2013
By David Bresson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In God King, McNeill wraps up the Sigmar trilogy. This novel soars to heights the previous two only hinted at, culminating in the final battle between Sigmar and evil necromancer Nagash (himself a focus of another Time of Legends trilogy by Mike Lee). This was a very enjoyable read, and I was sad to finish it. I wanted to read more of Sigmar's exploits. Although I must say I was a little confused by how the book ended, as it did not wrap things up tidily, leaving room for more to be written about Sigmar's life. I wanted more explanation on how Sigmar ascended to God-hood. There are hints of this in the book, but only that, hints. Still, the story here is solid, the battles thrilling, and I enjoyed the trip back into Warhammer history once again. I loved all the characters and watching Sigmar prevail against the ultimate evil. McNeill did a wonderful job writing this one! I heartily recommend this novel!
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever written 15 Oct 2012
By Barbarion - Published on Amazon.com
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Legendary!!! The way the author writes in the last part of the epic tale of Sigmar is mezmorizing. Going deeper into the depths with each character giving the reader more insight on the lives affected by Sigmar. I give this book a 10 out of 10.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional ending but weird ending 25 Oct 2011
By Thomas Lau - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The book itself is a fantastic culmination of the Sigmar series. Suddenly an ancient evil has risen again and is headed to the Empire to reclaim his lost possession. Nothing will stop Nagash from attaining that what is his.
The Empire suddenly finds itself assailed from all sides by an evil genius that is older and darker than any other known enemies the Empire has ever faced: Nagash.
The various Empire cities suddenly are surrounded by hordes of undead, isolating and besieging them. Sigmar must find a way to stop Nagash, even if it means he will damn himself.
All the while ambitions are exploited during the time of troubles.

The only strange problem was that once again author and artist never talked about the cover art. I do not wish to spoil it, but the very object Nagash fights to attain is depicted to already be in Nagash's possession. Thus the cover art rather deflates the overall impression.
Last but not least, Nagash is depicted as a giant of an undead necrotic force of will. How is Sigmar able to flying tackle / hammer smash him in the picture?
(Imaginary trampoline is the answer)

The current Time of Legends series:
- The Sundering Trilogy (Elf)
- The War of Vengeance Trilogy (Dwarf)
- The Rise of Nagash Trilogy (ancient humans)
- Blood of Nagash Trilogy (early human empire)
- The Legend of Sigmar Trilogy (human Empire)
- The Black Plague (human empire)
- Age of Legend book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sigmar is truly tested in the Empire darkest hour! 6 July 2011
By Jacob - Published on Amazon.com
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The Empire has withstood the onslaught of a chaso horde lead by his former friend and driven back to thier coasts. Sigmar on the other hand has raided far from home in the hopes of finding his former freind and end the armies of chaos forever with no luck. While away Nagash lord and master of the undead has invaded the Empire. Sending his forces and making the ripe land of the living into a spoiled and foul land of the dead. Sigmar realizing that his empire faces a foe before recorded history and given one chance to surrdenr by handing over the very crown Nagash has been seeking for a thousand years he sees no choice but to fight til the last. Will the empire last with many of its nobles turned into the immortal blood drinkers of ancient Kemri. Other plotting to kill thier fellows for postion and power. Dwarves still fighting thier wars and allwoing the race of man further into the dwarven weapons that might change the face of war forever. Can Sigmar stand against the awesome might of Nagash and live? Will the empire see its final days before it has truly taken root? You must read this to see what happens in "God King". The last in the Sigmar Trilogy of The Time of Legend Series.
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