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The War of Vengeance: The Great Betrayal (The Time of Legends) Paperback – 25 Oct 2012


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (25 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849701911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849701914
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Kyme is a writer and editor. He lives in Nottingham where he began a career at Games Workshop on White Dwarf magazine. Nick's writing credits include the Warhammer 40,000 Tome of Fire trilogy featuring the Salamanders, Fall of Damnos, the Space Marine Battles novel and his Warhammer Fantasy-based dwarf novels and several short stories. Read his blog at www.nickkyme.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ValeWalker on 10 April 2013
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The Time of Legends series are in my opinion, some of the best books currently being produced by Black Library and The War of Vengeance: The Great Betrayal is no exception.

The story is about the dwarves and the high elves and the conflict that breaks out which threatens to destroy both of their nations. It is slow to get going but that's good I think, watching as tensions gradually rise and seeing how the characters attitudes gradually shift as events develop was for me more interesting than the fighting. The story is told mainly from the dwarf perspective with the author occasionally switching to the elves to clearly demonstrate what is happening on both sides. When I read it I couldn't help feel the dwarves were being willfully oblivious and just generally had an axe to grind which makes them seem unlikable when compared with the calm and noble elves. Something happens later in the book which makes the dwarf hostility a bit more understandable though and from there on, things really do go downhill as both races see hopes for peace slipping away ....

I noticed that the author was walking a fine line between showing no preference to the elves or dwarves. While it is a great story, everything that happens feels like a bit of a draw or a stalemate. It's as though he doesn't want to offend either race or their fans by seeing one take a bit of a battering. Casualties feel evenly distributed between the races, a similar number of nobles die on both sides and more things that I can't say without spoiling the plot. The book is a fantastic read but this annoyed me ever so slightly :p

Anyway, I'm looking forward to book 2, I hope it is released soon :D
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This is the first instalment in a new six book series under the banner of the Black Library's Time of Legends series (essentially the fantasy equivalent of the record breaking Horus Heresy saga) and delves into the story behind The War of Vengeance, the great conflict that would turn the dwarves and elves against each other. I don't play Warhammer and only have a sketchy idea of the history behind the races, so it seemed a perfect fit to see if this was something that Joe Average could pick up off the shelf and enjoy- more often than not tie-in fiction comes across as having a lot of baggage of the do I need to read all 18 of the previous books to understand it variety.

There are multiple storylines woven through TGB that Kyme uses to flesh out his world, providing different viewpoints on the events that Snorri and Morgrim are at the forefront of, expanding the scope of the principal thread of the story, hinting at hidden plots and generally keeping it fresh and the reader hungry. The path that the story follows twists and turns, balancing gentle worldbuilding and intrigue with beautifully savage action and this, combined with a cast of well plotted and interesting characters, is what kept me turning the pages. He's managed to seed the novel with sense of the epic scale of the brewing conflict, making it a meaty and most satisfying read right up to the merciless death that brings TGB to a close. If you've never liked or understood Dwarves, either in Warhammer or general fantasy, you'll be wanting to grow a beard and carry an axe by the time you finish this. It approaches their culture with respect, eschewing cheap shots and short cuts, and in doing so, makes it all feel very 'grown up'.

So, could Joe Average pick up and enjoy The Great Betrayal? A resounding yes- and more than that, he should. This is good, solid fantasy writing that deserves a prominent place on any bookshelf.
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By EMW on 5 Oct. 2012
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I love the Time of Legends series, personally my favourite being the Sundering series about Malekith and the elves. So naturally I was attracted to this book, it also featuring elves, although in this they take a secondary role to the dwarves. Now, I hate, and have always hated, dwarves, be it in warhammer, lord of the rings, everything (except real life!) so I consider it to the author's credit that I could even read let alone enjoy this book, being from their point of view.

He crafts, for the most part, an exciting story about the great war between the dwarves and the high elves, informing us on the origins of these two races hatred for each other. However, the reason it loses a star for me is that I found it a tad predictable. Indeed a 'twist' at the end of the book I guessed as soon as it was introduced early in the book.
However, overall this is a solid effort, and a good read. I would pick up the next installment (yes, it is another trilogy!)
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct. 2012
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If you're a fan of the Warhammer world, then the Time of Legend's series is one that you have to read as they're all set around the crucial points in history that not only shapes what is to come but in this case, brings the past to the fore in a series that has been oft hinted at but never fully explored.

Here within the opener, Nick Kyme's writing style explodes into a politically charged epic that charts the steady decline into an age old hatred between the Elves and Dwarves. Set mainly from the Dwarf point of view this book really does get down to the bare bones as well as giving the reader original grudges to go into famed book.

Add to this solid prose, some magical combat sequences and when blended with his own particular writing style really delves into this era to bring it to life, so much so you'll be reaching for your bow or perhaps even your grudge settler axe. Magic.
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