God King – The Legend of Sigmar Book 3 – Graham McNeil (Black Library)
A book about Sigmar and the continuing struggles he went through forming the empire. This may be book 3 in the series but be under no illusions, reading the first 2 books is not a prerequisite. There are no major plot gaps and it holds its own as a standalone book, don’t get me wrong though, reading the first 2 books will help you develop a deeper insight into the man who would become a god. When reading the back of the book to see what I was in for I was mightily happy to see the name Nagash. Before even turning to the first page you know exactly how the story is going to end but as in all his other books Graham McNeil excels at keeping you interested and has enough twists and turns in there to keep you guessing.
There is plenty of action in here and where it differs from other Black Library books is that while it is fast paced it is not all consuming to the point of making you forget what else is going on in the book. Alongside the action you get a remarkable amount of character development which leaves you wanting to know what is going to happen next once the book ends. The interaction between the different people and factions is intriguing and the deceit and scheming is very attentive.
The final battle is what this book builds to throughout and delivers everything you could want. This truly is the battle between good and evil, life and death, etc.
One thing to note is that at the end of the book Graham McNeil hints that he wants continue to write about Sigmar and with all the loose ends there is plenty of scope for this. Good solid read. Will Pywell