Forged in the fires of conflict, the Iron Kingdoms is a fantastic realm where the combined power of magic and technology thunders across a landscape shaped by war. Dominating the field of battle are rare individuals who have mastered both arcane and martial combat and who boldly lead mighty armies in the ongoing struggle to claim victory over these ancient lands.
An untrustworthy ally is more dangerous than a known enemy.
Lord General Coleman Stryker is one of the greatest heroes of the Iron Kingdoms. As a warcaster, Stryker leads the armies of Cygnar and commands the power of the mighty steam-powered automatons known as warjacks.
Chosen by his king to liberate the conquered lands of Llael from Cygnar's long-standing enemy, the Empire of Khador, Stryker finds himself forced to work with one of his most bitter enemies - the exiled mercenary Asheth Magnus, a man to whom Cygnar's king owes his life. Unchecked, Magnus could easily betray Stryker, undermine the mission, or even bring Cygnar to its knees. But to claim victory for his king, Stryker will have to find a way to put his faith in a man he can't trust.
As the war against Khador and its own fierce commanders looms, Stryker's success or failure will become the flash point that determines the fate of all the Iron Kingdoms.
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Nice story to catch up on the mk3 fluff
For fans of the Iron Kingdoms only
I might not ever listen to this book again. Stories set in the Iron Kingdoms are great additions to the game I love, but as stand alone stories they tend to leave a lot to be desired. Because of the nature of the game Warmachine, conflict *must* arise no matter how foolish or silly. This puts the narrative fiction in a precarious spot, constantly having to create conflict out of thin air.
I'd recommend the book to my friends who play the game Warmachine, sure. It's a decent piece of fiction considering the setting.
Michael Levine's performance is utterly fantastic. His pacing is spot on and his voices are some of the best I've heard in the audiobook format. Levine's performance was a joy and seemed to be totally natural.
I listened to this book over the course of week. The story line didn't keep me coming back for more. The IK stories lack a lot of tension because characters frequently do not or can not die. The fiction lacks suspense.
Maybe this book isn't for you, check out Michael Levine's other narration. He's splendid.
- Tim Baer