• The Return of Nagash

  • Warhammer Chronicles: The End Times, Book 1
  • By: Josh Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Andrew James Spooner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (182 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Book one of the End Times.

As the forces of Chaos threaten to drown the world in madness, Mannfred von Carstein and Arkhan the Black put aside their difference and plot to resurrect their dark master: Nagash.

The original bad guy of the Warhammer World returns for the End Times, ready to destroy the land of the living and begin a new age of undeath. If you like Warhammer, this is a must-have - nothing that has ever happened within the Old World or without has been more pivotal to the future of the world.

The story:

The End Times are coming. As the forces of Chaos threaten to drown the world in madness, Mannfred von Carstein and Arkhan the Black put aside their difference and plot to resurrect the one being with the power to stand against the servants of the Ruinous Powers and restore order to the world - the Great Necromancer himself. As they set about gathering artefacts to use in their dark ritual, armies converge on Sylvania, intent on stopping them. But Arkhan and Mannfred are determined to complete their task. No matter the cost, Nagash must rise again.

Written by Josh Reynold. Narrated by Andrew James Spooner.

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

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Twilight

This review contains spoilers. So there is a dull drab brunette self insert generic vampire girl that all the male vampires simp for. There is no Nagash. Instead the story is told through the angst ridden character of Edward Van Carstein and his hip family. Twilight had a much better description for it's single battle then this slog of I made more dead guys get up written 500 different ways. Never imagined a book about necromancy would be slower then a girl getting hit on by werewolves and vampires but here we are.

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I feel tricked

This should have been titled something else. There is very little Nagash. Typical bait and switch…going to stick with 40k and give up on fantasy. The narrator was good though.

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At least it isn't Age of Sigmar.

I repeat myself, at least it is not Age Of Sigmar. I know let's spend 30 plus years world building and make stormcast eternals because we need space marines for our space marines.

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fantasy at its Finest

This series is long overdue in coming to audio. I love the diversity of the cast. the plot twist rich fantasy world building stacked on war from various different cultures. there's so much packed into this book. I'm about to hear it a third time.

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The Dead Arise!

LOVED this book. Been wanting a book that focuses on Nagash and his servants for so long. Truly excellent story - highly recommend.

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Fairly enjoyable

Fairly enjoyable book about the undead, however Nagash is sadly not present for 99%+ of the book.
Of coarse when he does show up I become satisfied.

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Good if your familiar with Age of Sigmar

First and foremost, I loved it! The narrator is great! However it does very little in the way of explaining the details of the universe your in. If you know the “Cast” for lack of a better word, you’ll find it’s a wonderful listen.

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Great book!

Loved it, read very well and wad a fast paced and exciting story throughout. Great cast of characters with varied and deep interactions.

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good audio, generic Vampire is forgetable

good audio performance. should have focused less on generic vampires, and only on Manfred. And of course more of Nagash. it is end times, introducing characters, that are not mentioned in the army books is stupid. no one cares about Erikan Elysa or Marcos (though I enjoyed Marcos a bit). if they had skipped Elysas sidedish story, there would have been enough space to give Nagash more time in the end. Seriously that is the one anoying part. it's understandable, these vampires were included, and they were fine in there own novelseries before the endtimes, but in Endtimes, we want to see only the moves of the big playes and maybe a short episode of a notable sidekick. these Vampires don't belong to that group sadly.

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Exciting start

Great pacing, but all the conflict feels anticlimactic. Great world building though. Really makes you want to find out who is who and what happened where.

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  • Robin Dahlström
  • 09-09-21

The End Times is here!

As someone who got into WHF after End Times i was fascinated about the End Times books. And the first one is a good one. But it comes with a warning label. The book presumes that you know the lore and who the characters are. It is a well written book and all the characters are well written and for someone who know the lore this was a treat. The narrator was excellent and was able give the different characters their own voice.

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  • PMC
  • 01-24-22

👏

I absolutely loved this tale. Highlights were definitely the portrayal of Snikrat. Absolutely hilarious and brilliant.

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  • Douglas Spooner
  • 12-17-21

Brilliant

I really enjoyed this from start to finish. So engaging and filled in the gaps for the end times for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-21

Great Memories

Loved hearing the End Times story and having contact with old heroes from the land that was. please tell me the others are coming!

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  • sam
  • 11-11-21

great book even better as a audiobook

what to say great listen 10/10 say what you will about the end times but the narration and the story so good

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  • Mike
  • 11-01-21

Fantastic as a book, even better as an audiobook!

I personally have always been a fan of the End Times series, and have been waiting a long time for them to be made into an Audiobook series. Here's hoping the sequels will be done quickly!

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  • Magic Inc.
  • 10-12-21

Wow. Genuine 5*.

Genuine 5* and not just a GW fanboy review. The story was awesome. Very descriptive without being boring, good action and the characters were well written. The story flowed very well. Story keeps you entertained all the way through.

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  • farao258
  • 10-08-21

wonderfull book and voice actor

Loved this book so much, i've only listened to the warhammer novels so far and this one is by far my favorite. All characters you know from the game and lore is mentioned in some way or another and it was a wonderfull experience. The voice actor was remarkable and threw me in to the world of warhammer right from the begining to the end.

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  • Kderbyshire
  • 09-16-21

One of the best Warhammer fantasy novels

I first read this in a rush on release while having to cross reference all the name drops that were unfamiliar to me. Be warned, Josh Reynolds fills the book with Easter eggs that I doubt anyone got all of the first time. But the beauty of it is that characters that were simply named pieces of art in an army book with no further background feel just as organic and tied to the world and it's history as those who had legitimately been around for decades at this point.

The narrator was superb. No struggling with names and a suitable level of gravitas in a story that dips into horror quite frequently.

While I tentatively hope that they carry on to do the rest of the series in audiobook form, the quality of the writing never really matched this first entry (book 5 came closest).

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  • Emil Veselinov Milanov
  • 09-14-21

A somewhat rushed but deeply satisfying listen

As a fan of the Vampire Counts and Mannfred von Carstein in particular, for me this book was a real treat. Loved the epic sweep, the haunted atmosphere, the displays of magical prowess. Mannfred is a great character and I also found myself really liking Arkhan the Black. Josh Reynolds' narrative is well structured and something about the way he describes magic and battles in the Warhammer world just works. The narration by Andrew Spooner is also top notch! My only complaint is that the book was too short and some important events were only mentioned instead of being properly presented in the story. Personally, I would have preferred it if the book was longer and the author took more time to expand some existing scenes and to add a few additional new ones, but that is just me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-21

Love this book!

Such a great book in the warhammer series and was so excited when I saw it had been made into an audiobook. Andrew James Spooner does an incredible job of bringing this book to life.
Overall outstanding

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-24-21

Sexy story about old doom balls doing disco!

Pretty supreme, listen to the tale of old greg fighting ding dongs over the whatcha me call it, trying to gets that flawless victory 👍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-21

One of the best Warhammer books I have experianced

I have read/listened to quite a lot of books from the Black Library and while I find the majority of them to be entertaining and enjoyable not many have been particularly memorable. The Return of Nagash is certainly memorable, the writting of Josh Reynolds and performance of Andrew James Spooner is spectacular, I felt immersed in the story and it's characters from the very first Chapter and as a Nighthaunt player, Nagash has a special place in my heart this book only amplified my love for him and those who serve him, "Nagash is all and all are One in Nagash".

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  • Allison
  • 10-02-21

fantastic

yet another brilliant addition to the ongoing tale of negash some old favourites show their heads I thoroughly enjoyed this well-performed well-written thank you