This is our third look at the expansive game, Warhammer 40,000, over the past 12 months. See our previous reviews on 11 April 2014 and 11 August 2014. This time around we are going to briefly review two books that provide even more explanations and details surrounding the battles and wars in the 40K universe. Then we will take a quick look at the recently released Two Volume set, Warhammer-The End Times-Nagash.
The first novel we looked at was entitled “Stormcaller,” by Chris Wraight which was actually a sequel to his initial Warhammer 40,000 novel, “Blood of Asaheim.” In this one, the Space Wolves return to battle the Forces of Chaos, specifically the Death Guard. The Space Wolves of Jarnhamar are expert fighters, feeling invincible, but they are up against a mighty foe. However, Njal Stormcaller, a Rune Priest assists the pack, and Wraight successfully introduces the ever-plotting Cardinal Delvuax and Confessor Klaive as new characters to complicate matters for the Space Wolves. This 318 page novel is a good effort from Wraight and well worth the read. Look for the hardcover edition at the Games Workshop website for $24.99.
The second novel was “The War for Rynn’s World.” This edition included not only “Rynn’s World” by Steve Parker, but also another novel, “Traitor’s Gorge,” by Mike Lee and several short stories. Our comments will relate to “Rynn’s World” which stretches 440 pages or so. The beginning of the book sets up a bleak situation for the mighty Space Marines of the Crimson Fists. The ork hordes seem to have the upper hand, and Kantor, the Chapter Master, needs a miracle to survive. But, the Crimson Fists were basically born to wage war, and there will be no surrender. The battle scenes are brutal as you would expect, but the words flow nicely and it is hard to put this one down. The book also features several color pages of battle maps and a pair of character paintings, which are a nice addition. This fine book retails for $40.00, and can also be found at the Games Workshop website.
Lastly, we looked at the first two books in the Nagash series (actually a set of books in the Warhammer realm, rather than Warhammer 40,000). The first book spans 297 pages and is the first chapter in “The End Times.” Evil seems to be winning, and the Dark Gods have chosen Archaon Everchosen, a human traitor, now aligned with 4 ascendant daemons, to lead the final assault. The book details a complex series of battles, including beautiful drawings, and colorful artwork throughout. Nagash is actually the Lord of Undeath and he must be resurrected through a complex ritual including the assembly of specific artefacts before he can help defend the world from its final destruction. A photo showing the infamous Nagash accompanies the review. The companion book reveals 19 campaigns focusing on the most important battles described in the first book. Players can then recreate these famous battles themselves. There are new rules introduced as well as new tactics, all laid out perfectly in this 96 page supplement. These are a “must have” set of books for the true “Warhammer” fan. A package, containing both books can be purchased in affordable softback editions for $74.25 at the Games Workshop website.