Saturday, 3 November 2012

FANTASY REVIEW: Warhammer Fantasy: Time of Legends: The War of Vengeance 1: The Great Betrayal - Nick Kyme

Release Date: 25/10/12


Thousands of years before the rise of men, the dwarfs and elves are stalwart allies and enjoy a era of unrivalled peace and prosperity. But when dwarf trading caravans are attacked and their merchants slain, the elves are accused of betrayal. Quick to condemn the people of Ulthuan as traitors, the mountain lords nevertheless try to prevent conflict, but the elves’ arrogance undoes any chance of reconciliation and war is inevitable. Snorri Halfhand, son of the High King and no particular friend of the elves, is at the vanguard of the war with his cousin Morgrim Blackbeard. At the city of Tor Alessi a vast army stands against the dwarfs. Here Snorri will meet his destiny against the elven King Caledor as the first blow is struck in a conflict that could bring about the fall of two great civilisations.


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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