Death’s Legacy (Blood on the Reik #3) (Warhammer) ★★★☆☆

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Title:        Death’s Legacy
Series:    Warhammer: Blood on the Reik #3
Author:   Sandy Mitchell
Rating:    3 of 5 Stars
Genre:     Fantasy
Pages:     416
Format:   Scanned Digital Edition

 

 

Synopsis: Spoilers

Rudi and Hanna are on the run, yet again. They head to another big city so Hanna can attempt to join another magic college and Rudi can work. Hanna gets turned away, pretty much goes darkside and joins her mother. Rudi gets captured by the witch hunter and imprisoned at a major temple to Sigmar. There he learns his heritage and finds out that his own parents were going to use him as a vessel to hold a demon prince, only the ritual was aborted. Now Rudi has a demon entwined with his own soul.

Now Rudi must work with those who were trying to kill him to free his soul. He must not die or the demon will be freed and destroy the continent. Meanwhile Hanna has joined one of the dark gods and has her own plans for Rudi.

Rudi survives betrayal on all levels and ends up being entombed alive with a ritual that will keep his soul attached to his dead body, thus denying the demon access to it. The book ends with Rudi contemplating the coming hundreds of years as he has to lie in the tomb and moulder away.

 

My Thoughts: Spoilers

I went and looked up some Wiki info for the Warhammer novels. They have ended and apparently it is because the dark gods win and everything is destroyed in the final series or two. So that is the tone of everything. Even if the good guys can hold off the forces of chaos, it doesn’t matter because we the readers know the ultimate end.

This was not a good series to get introduced to the Warhammer universe. The story was good and the ideas were neat, but my goodness, Mitchell’s writing was technically correct, but more time was given describing their journey (in which nothing happens by the way) than when things were hopping. Long stretches of boringness that should have been excised from the book by a good editor. VERY pedestrian writing.

I saw Hanna’s betrayal coming from book 1, but I did not expect it to take the shape of the game of gods that it did. I was expecting something more personal but this worked pretty good. Hanna wanted Rudi dead to release the demon, which would have been weakened by the priests of Sigmar. Hanna and company would then have swooped in, killed the demon, gotten major kudo power points for killing a demon and that power would have allowed them to take over the temple of Sigmar in the name of their god. Which would have weakened Sigmar and strengthened their god. But reading chapter upon chapter of Rudi doing research while in prison to get to that? Boring. I thought about giving this 2 ½ stars but the ending pulled it up that half star.

Finally, the covers for this trilogy. They’ve looked really cool. They look like what I want to be reading about in a universe called Warhammer. Scary looking, bad ass beings of power with huge weapons. If the story contained within had only lived up to the bar set by the covers. I feel cheated.

I’ve got my next Warhammer trilogy that I’m going to read, but I wish I could find someone who could point me to a good beginning point.

★★★☆☆

bookstooge

 

  1. Review of Book 1
  2. Review of Book 2
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12 thoughts on “Death’s Legacy (Blood on the Reik #3) (Warhammer) ★★★☆☆

  1. Oh my! My fiance Loves Warhammer, its all he reads. He still feels like he is a novice though. I have never come across someone who reads them as well. Im sorry you didnt like this one too much. His passion for it makes me want to pick up some of the books as well, but I am not sure where to start. Good to know this isn’t the best place. Great review!

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  2. Nathan says:

    Sandy Mitchell’s 40k books are among the best but they are very accessible to new readers and funny as hell; not quite parody but definitely mocking the very world they are set in.

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  3. Bookwraiths says:

    Try the Time of Legends. These series about Malekith, Nagash, and Heldenhammer are the beginning of the Warhammer Universe and are good reads if you like pure sword and sorcery tales. I personally thought Malekith was the best with Heldenhammer a bit below that, then Nagash, which started out good then deteriorated quickly through the last two books.

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  4. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    Sucks this wasn’t so impressive. It sure does sound like a universe in which you can easily get lost. Hopefully your next trilogy will be much better.

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