Heldenhammer (Warhammer: Legend of Sigmar #1) ★★★☆☆

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Title: Heldenhammer
Series: Warhammer: Legend of Sigmar #1
Author: Graham McNeill
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 341
Format: Digital Edition



Sigmar, son of a local king, has a dream. A dream of uniting all the various tribes as a single united human empire to withstand all the creatures of chaos. This is his story of how he unites the warring tribes whether with force, guile or brave deeds.

He loses his bloodbrother in a fight against orcs and the twin brother, Gerreon, holds it against Sigmar for years. Sigmar is betrothed to Gerreon’s sister Ravenna but Gerreon ends up killing her as well when he attempts to kill Sigmar. Gerreon flees and is seen no more.

Sigmar is turned back from the doors of death by his father and told he has a destiny to prevent the end of humanity. Once king, Sigmar begins uniting the tribes and providing mutual protection against the various orc raiders and wild animals, etc. A few human clans resist and are wiped out. Then an Orc Warlord arises and unites the orcs and goblins into one massive army and descends onto the human occupied lands to wipe them out. Sigmar and all the kings, along with some of the dwarves, face off against this monstrous horde. Sigmar kills the orc Warlord and breaks the horde and all the kings bow to him as Emperor.

The book ends with the remnants of the tribes destroyed by Sigmar taking Gerreon in and plotting vengeance.


My Thoughts:

This didn’t do much for me. The big things, the action and adventure, those are gone into. But the little things, like why does Sigmar have a comet with two tails as his emblem, is completely ignored. Obviously McNeill has a lot to pack into 3 books and can only make room for a certain amount but why did a boy getting cut with a sword on a training field take precedent over the freaking symbol of Sigmar himself?

If you’ve ever read Dicken’s A Childes History of England, you’ll get that same vibe here. “This” happened and then “that” happened and then Sigmar did “Exploit” and then everybody made him Emperor.

Part of why I’m so pissy about this is that I went into this with the attitude that this trilogy had to really impress me for me to keep reading in the Warhammer universe even while I KNEW it couldn’t and wouldn’t. So I’m feeling hypocritical. Bleh. At the same time, I DO want to know how Sigmar became a god and I’m hoping why he didn’t stick around and save the bloody world is answered. Just in case you didn’t know, the world that Warhammer takes place in was destroyed by the forces of chaos when the creators of Warhammer ended the Warhammer game.

This was very much the quintessential media tie in that I’ve come to expect from most franchises. In other words, if you’re invested in the game, media, whatever, you’ll like the books simply because it tells more. If you’re not invested in Franchise X, it probably won’t do much for you.

I did give this the Ultra-Violence tag because the hammer of Sigmar really does some damage and McNeill doesn’t shy away from describing it. Lots of brain matter enters into the equation, yuck.



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19 thoughts on “Heldenhammer (Warhammer: Legend of Sigmar #1) ★★★☆☆

        1. I have not. There is homosexuality in the book so it isn’t one I could read.

          From the reviews I did read, I was pretty iffy if the whole thing would work for me anyway.

          Sorry I couldn’t help more.

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              1. I should have “seller”….He’s always on about “shiny things” (I mean book that just came out). I don’t care about awards and shit like that. Nor whether it’s new or not. But he’s like: “look, look, the new book by such and such…”.

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          1. True, there was a homosexual character. His “partner” was dead, though, so there wasn’t any homosexual activity.

            Honestly, when I read a traditionally-published book now, I always expect one character to pop up and say “Hi everybody, I’m gay. OK, now back to the story you were trying to read.” That’s pretty much what happened here.

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  1. I remember reading the Time of Legends stuff when it first came out. The Old World was my favourite setting so I think I was instantly making it harder to enjoy these.

    Aside from the Nagash books, I felt they tried too hard with the Time of Legends books.

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    1. I’ve simply got no skin in the Warhammer game anymore. I’ve tried 40K, Old World and now Time of Legends. None of them really work for me, so I’ll be done after this trilogy.

      I just have to accept Warhammer isn’t for me 🙂

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      1. I keep trying to go back to it … but I’m really struggling to find the same enthusiasm I once did.

        The Ciaphas Cain novels will always be ones I can enjoy due to how funny they are. And the Witch Hunter series and the Blackheart series were the two fantasy ones I fell in love with. And Gotrek and Felix, of course. Beyond that, it just doesn’t keep me hooked like it used to.

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    1. I feel almost unfair reviewing these because I already know I’m not going to like them, but then, there are a lot more non-WArhammer fans out there than not, so they deserve to know if this is worth their time.

      That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

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