This is basically a history book chronicling the events that occurred during the Storm of Chaos. The barbarians and Chaos Hordes invaded from the north, while the Greenskins attacked the Empire from the east. Humans, elves, and dwarves banded together to battle against the invasion.
The book is written from the perspective of a scholar from Altdorf, while a young man, named Stefan, is writing him letters detailing the invasion from the front lines.
The events in the book are great. Ominous perversions of nature foreshadow the invasion. Then small battles lead up to the Warhammer equivalent of World War II. The book describes the heroes, weapons, tactics, and battles. The writing is descriptive and inspirational.
This is a useful book if you want to immerse your imagination in the Warhammer Universe.
Aside from quality writing, the information in the book is presented poorly. Many of the letters from Stefan are typed in a very small and very fancy cursive font that resembles the text used in wedding invitations. It's printed over graphics that look like stained and burned parchment and it's incredibly difficult to read.
The book also features art. The quality of the art ranges from Excellent to Magic Card Quality to Partially Painted Sketches. In many cases, the art doesn't match the text. For example: On page 74, Stefan talks about Chaos Siege Engines and says he included a sketch. If you look below, there is a picture of a Chaos Demon. On the opposite page, there are two knights fighting. On the following page, there is a massive picture of a battle. On page 78, there is a picture of elves. Page 79 is a full page sketch of the Chaos Siege Engine. Why isn't the art next to its description?
This book would have been much better if a little more thought was put into the layout of the pages and the art complimented the text.
Overall, this is a pretty good deal at $8. It's a paperback book, but it is 8.5" x 11.5" and is almost 100 pages. It is useful if you want some inspiration about the events surrounding the Chaos War and some pretty good art references.
- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Games Workshop Ltd (14 April 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844162095
- ISBN-13: 978-1844162093
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 0.8 x 28.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
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