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Sacrosanct and other stories – Review

Sacrosanct

This must be my first foray into the Age of Sigmar literature. Before Warhammer Age of Sigmar, there was Warhammer Fantasy and I, like any true novices, know nothing about that either. So what is “Sacrosanct and other stories”? It is an anthology of short stories centered on, well, the worlds and characters living in the world of the Age of Sigmar.

The Age of Sigmar literature started with the Realmgate Wars Saga, which is unanimously not recommended because it acts as an introduction of models and campaign of the tabletop game, called, of course, Age of Sigmar. There are some short stories in this book that relate to that era and events, and not surprisingly, are my least favorite. There are so dull that I understand why Age of Sigmar managed to upset all the fans of the Warhammer Fantasy at release. The game was not yet fully formed and even the narrative couldn’t hold a candle against the shadow of what Warhammer Fantasy had been before. (Again, it’s not my personal opinion as I discovered this setting relatively recently and I have yet to read any volume of Warhammer Fantasy.)

Sacrosanct and Age of Sigmar

But AoS is not so bad, after all – judging only from this volume of short stories. There is plenty to like here, from the imaginative fantasy settings to the weird Stormcast Eternals copied straight from Space Marines of 40K.

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Nexus and other stories – Review

nexus

I am not a new grunt in the vast armies of Warhammer 40K so when I see the label “Great First Read” I’m wary of going in without my helmet of doubt. But I’ve learned to expect the best from Warhammer’s anthologies, so I quickly delve into Nexus and other stories.

I’ll start with the conclusion. The anthology Nexus and other stories is a mixed bag, with more than half of the stories being lackluster and not very good at representing the Warhammer Universe (in my opinion). On the other hand, they are excellent at preparing the newcomer for the varied literature of Warhammer. From brilliant gems (like Eisenhorn stories) to run-of-the-mill battle campaign novelization (like Nexus); from stories that advance the world to stories that act as a presentation of new merchandise. You have everything here.

Different people like different things. As a non-player of Warhammer, I prefer the intricate plots and interesting characters over the simple battle campaigns or new merchandise presentation as a novel/short story. If you’re a fan and a player of the wargame, your tastes may differ.

Therefore, the winner stories in this volume are the following (in my not so humble opinion). One mention. It’s been a few months since I’ve read these stories, so I mostly forgot their content – especially for the not-so-impressive stories. I’ve marked which one I liked best and my feeling towards them remained in my mind. The following mini-reviews are mostly based on feelings.

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