Sigmar vs. the Lord of Death,
This review is from: God King (The Time of Legends) (Paperback)
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.
The book also includes a brief interview with author Graham McNeill that is quite interesting.
I am unsure what mark I should give this book as although it does start out somewhat slowly it does become greatly entertaining as the story progresses with some truly great moments scattered throughout the narrative. On balance I would probably say that 'Empire' is slightly better than 'God King' as it is more consistently enjoyable throughout but 'God King' has individual moments that are better than either of the previous books in the trilogy. Overall I would probably give the book four and a half to five stars as despite its faults it is still entertaining and makes me want to read the trilogy over again from the start (if only I had the time).