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Publisher's Summary

A Warhammer Age of Sigmar novel. 

Witness the destructive forces that are on the rise in the Realm of Beasts first-hand, and see the indomitable defences of Excelsis tested like never before. 

Listen to It Because

This tie-in novel coincides with the launch of Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Dominion, and it brings you right up to date with the events that are taking place in the bestial realm of Ghur. 

The Story

In the rain-soaked shanty towns of Excelsis, sellsword Niksar Astaboras drunkenly barters his way to a meaningless existence. Little does he care for the war that rages between men and monsters beyond the city walls, despite portents of its encroaching threat. Mortal life in the Realm of Beasts is short enough, and to leave the shelter of civilisation is to surrender to certain death. 

But death is coming to Excelsis. The forces of Destruction are on the move, and the realm quakes with each thunderous step. In the wildlands, a sinister new foe overwhelms even the mighty Stormcast Eternals. Yet just as all seems lost, an unexpected champion rises – one to whom Niksar is inextricably linked – ready to lead a crusade into the very heart of darkness. Embroiled in this harrowing journey, Niksar is forced to choose between loyalty and the chance of survival, and in so doing discover his true worth in the greatest battle yet against the savage forces of Destruction.

Written by Darius Hinks. Narrated by Richard Reed.

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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My standards were low but I was still disappointed

I'm gonna try to keep this spoiler-free as possible.

I went into this book hoping for nothing more than what I think everyone expected: a bunch of cheesy action designed first and foremost to advertise the new miniatures and story for us for Age of Sigmar. I am a 40K reader and player who was drawn into the setting by the Kruleboyz Orruks and the Dominion box as a whole and wanted to listen to the book to get a bit of background and flavor on the two armies while I work.

I may be judging this book unfairly, as I feel like the main shortcoming is that it simply fails to deliver what it says on the tin. If you like the idea of reading about the Stormcast or Kruleboyz fighting each other, bad news: the Stormcast take a deep backseat and the Kruleboyz are barely in the book at all. The plot and cast are centered around the Cities of Sigmar faction as our characters wander around Ghur in pursuit of a very ill-defined and ethically sketchy 'crusade'.

This is very frustrating. I want you to advertise to me, GW! I want to read about the cool toys you make! Why is that so difficult? I get the feeling Darius Hinks was either not given the proper information on the subjects of Dominion or he just didn't have any interest in those subjects, which would be fine for any other book but is pretty annoying on a book named after a box of miniatures.

While the prose isn't actively bad by Black Library standards the overall effect is very underwhelming. I would simply say that there are several BL books that execute a similar idea in a much more compelling wayb; Peter Fehervari's 'Fire Caste' comes to mind as a particularly unfavorable comparison. This book has no named villain or even a strong antagonist, and the stakes feel very low and consequences for the character's actions weak or nonexistent. The main characters themselves are not well-defined enough for them to take up as much of the book as they do and the side characters are too few and too uninteresting to make up for it.

Overall I would recommend avoiding Dominion, it just doesn't deliver what most readers are going to want out of it.

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Great Ghur-egon Trail Crusade Story

Overall, I found this a great listen, although I assume opinions will vary widely based on which AOS factions most interest you.

Most of the story focuses on a group of humans and duardin crusading to establish a new city of Sigmar at a prophesied strong point in the wilds of Ghur, which we view through a kind of seedy guy pulled into the group by his sister and pursuing his own interest. I guess I tend toward Warhammer stories that feature “regular” people set against these crazy and usually dark worlds, so I really enjoyed hearing about the cast of Freeguild, Kharadron, zealots, and nobles struggling with the roles of faith and personality in a new society. Most of their challenges come from the fantastic environmental dangers of Ghur, with some horrifying beasts, and the Kruleboyz merely represent the capstone of harsh wilds that must be overcome with human perseverance. While fitting some stock archetypes, I found the characters engaging in how they bounced off one another. To me, the Cities of Sigmar element was the most enjoyable part of the story.

Meanwhile, the group of Stormcast tasked with accompanying the settlers is pulled by conflicting duties and the mystery of a new greenskin faction. While it started strong with insight into how differently Stormcast may view reality, this part felt kind of like the “Ultramarines problem” of being so noble that it became boring and led to stupid decisions. There are only so many times the Eternals can fall for another trap or illusion and remark that greenskins aren’t usually this cunning. Some of this came from the fact that we as readers already know more about the enemy, and that the Kruleboyz (with a Z) fell into a weird place of being too sadistic to be fun but not evil enough to be truly terrifying. By the end, the Stormcast thread wrapped up in a more interesting place than I expected and redeemed some of this part for me.

If you’re interested in Cities of Sigmar shifting toward the Dawnbringer Crusades and the human perspective in AOS, I’d highly recommend Dominion.

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a fine read

I really liked this AOS book . this is they thing they need to keep doing. For to long these books have been sad battles that lacked characters that you can get behind . this one was a step in the right direction .

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Unremarkable

the only good thing about this book is the way it describes ghur and its denizens. Otherwise, this book is your typical warhammer book with characters you'll forget the names of in a week after completing it.

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Not worth the time

Decent narrator but poor story. It doesn't help that the characters are all unlikeable or incredibly stupid. There are better BL options available

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boring 😴 sleeping stuff.

zzzz sleepy time . I like books to keep me interested at work . this put me to sleep an it wasn't break time.

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oof

Awesome ideas and some interesting approaches to the stormcast. However a Mary sue protagonist with the dummy side kick became painful after the first few chapters. Action is great, the characters were awful. Some back stories and characters feel like they are abandoned before they take off. This feels like it was written to fill a need, not because someone wanted to do so.

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Great Rees by Richard Reed

Reed made the story way more interesting with him giving a voice to every character speaking out loud because of my adhd any reader with a static monotone voice puts me to sleep and makes any story boring but reed put actaucly emotion into the story making it feel real as a audio drama

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not what I was expecting

like so many people I read the reviews of this book and was disheartened by what they had to say. however after listening to it I was very satisfied on the story an the performance. an excellent listen.

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A total mess

This story is all over the place, the characters act completely arbitrarily to facilitate conflict, and the ending is completely unsatisfying. It’s passable to fill the time while painting the dominion box, but if you’re not an AoS fan there’s nothing here for you.

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  • charles
  • 07-09-21

Age of Sigmar evolves.

This was a great introduction to the new edition of AoS with a good selection of flawed characters who all develop in interesting ways as the story develops. The Kruleboyz don't appear until rather late in the story, but when they do it is impactful. The narration by Richard Reed was great.

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  • martin clarke
  • 09-02-21

Fantastic introduction to the new edition of Age of Sigmar

I really enjoyed listening to Dominion, the story and setting are great and the voice work really complements the narrative well. I particularly enjoyed the insight into human society across the mortal realms.

I would highly recommend this book to anybody looking for an insight into how Stormcast Eternals have developed as well as the Kruleboyz as a faction (love how dark they are).

Think any Age of Sigmar fan will love this but also works as a stand alone tale if people haven’t read/listened to any Warhammer literature before!

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  • Peder Holdgaard Pedersen
  • 07-12-21

Great book

Great book. Surprisingly it gave off some Malazan vibes - a few moments almost feeling like a homage or easter egg. Either way, it's a good book on it's own. The near-absence of antagonists was refreshing and the character building was great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-21

One of my favourite books

After already being a huge fan of Warhammer Age of Sigmar but this book made me an even bigger fan the book kept me hooked the whole way through.

I 100000000% Recommend any fan of fantasy novels to read this amazing book.

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  • Sammy
  • 09-13-21

Great listen

was a great listen for an AOS Fan, enjoyed it to the end, and the narrator was Awesome

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  • Yordan
  • 02-19-22

Amazing

Simply amazing,loved every moment of it. Best warhammer audio book I have ever listen!

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  • Shadowplight
  • 02-10-22

Good but don't get your hopes up

The best thing about this book is the dwarf getting obsessed with creating things. Ends with for sigmar, for sigmar on repeat unfortunately. Enjoyable book for most part.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-21

Great introduction to the new edition

It's not entirely about Stormcasts vs Kruleboys, but the fact that it centres around the construction of a City of Sigmar by mortals adds a lot of character to the Mortal Realms, and makes the outcome of such battles matter. I didn't enjoy the realmgate wars as it was fatiguing to have constant warfare between largely faceless armies, instead this book feels much more meaningful as there are characters that we want to survive involved in the fighting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-21

The best Age of Sigmar book I've read to date.

This is a great audiobook. Well worth the listen. Normally I prefer 40K novels and find AoS based literature hard to get into but this is really good.

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  • dbroadway87
  • 07-31-21

A great introduction to the 3rd edition

Really enjoyed the book, great characters and a really good feel of what’s going on in the realm of beasts. Does a great job of telling the story that goes with the 3rd edition of the game.

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  • DancingRook
  • 04-12-22

Exceptional

Amazing story, loved it and will definitely listen again. Even if you don't know or like Age of Sigmar it's a great story regardless.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-21

Solid AoS - if a little repetitive

A solid tale set in the Mortal Realms of Age of Sigmar.

The main thing that bugged me was the overuse of "howl" (it's used even when a different descriptor would have been more appropriate).

Richard Reed is reasonable as a narrator, if a little breathless which lends a certain "on the edge of disaster" feel that whilst appropriate for some scenes didn't quite fit the rest of the book.

All in all enjoyable!

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  • Chris Patten
  • 07-31-21

A thrilling listen from start to finish.

I approached this timidly as the book ‘Indomitus’ (the equivalent of this novel set in 40K) was absolutely terrible. And yet this is easily my favourite book of the year so far.

The main characters (which are human) are easy to get behind and the book doesn’t get dry when done from the point of the stormcast externals like I thought it would. The new orks add a menacing and almost horror element to boot. Fantastic book. A must read for anyone remotely interested in AoS. Here’s hoping this book inspires some new character models!

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  • Arthur
  • 07-12-21

enjoyable

liked it alot, liked the character development too.
the narrator is really great~pretty good read before playing the dominion boxset.