This is the second book about Sigmar Heldenhammer. In the first book, Sigmar unites all of the tribes of humans under one banner, in this book he is crowned Emperor and must keep his fledgling empire from splitting apart.
I gotta say, the beginning of this book was a bit, "oh no! theres something terrible happening!" So Sigmar rides in with his trusty sword-brethren and after a terrific fight, comes out victorious! This happens 2-3 times before the story changes, and thats when the book becomes interesting.
Sigmar is tempted by the gods of Chaos and almost succumbs to their temptations, but it isn't until the last battle where the book really shines. This battle is written very well. It is visceral, and I could totally envision what was happening in my head as if I were watching a movie of what Mr. McNiell had written.
I been kinda down on some of McNiell's other books. They were, in my opinion, over complicated for what is essentially pulp fiction, but this one is different. There were two many plots, and they were written tight enough so that I didn't have to use a pen and paper to keep track of where each of the characters were.
Even though it was kinda repetitive in the beginning, I still give this book four skulls split by Ghal-Maraz out of five.