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Malekith (Time of Legends: The Sundering #1)

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The third book in the Time of Legends series begins the epic tale of the Sundering. Malekith triggers a tragic sequence of events that plunges the realm of the elves into a civil war from which they will never recover.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 30th 2008 by Games Workshop
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Oct 19, 2014 Bookwraiths rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, warhammer
Malekith was my first foray into the Warhammer Universe, and in hindsight, I have to say it took me too long to sample this wonderful place. Sure, some will argue that the world of Malekith is yet another retreaded version of LOTR with a bit of Moorcock mixed in, but to me, even while such criticism holds a small sliver of truth, I honestly could careless because this stuff is good. Warhammer has gained another fan!

But why should anyone consider reading the novel Malekith?

The world of warhamm
Dylan Murphy
May 26, 2015 Dylan Murphy rated it it was amazing
God damn! Gav Thorpe really knocked it out of the park with this one!
Malekith was a terrific adventure, full of exploration and ambition, betrayal and violence. So many twists and turns it'll make your head spin!
The pacing was excellent, the characters were well rounded and believable, and each grew as they went through their respective arcs. The action was intense and the intrigue kept me on the edge of my seat!
This first tale of the downfall of the Elves was phenomenal, and I can't wait to rea
Alexander Draganov
Jan 08, 2014 Alexander Draganov rated it it was amazing
This is probably the most epic fantasy I have read in my life, which is no small feat considering the fact that I have devoured everything by authors such as Terry Brooks, Raymond E. Feist and David & Leigh Eddings, am quite familiar with later authors such as Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind and am fond of Dungeons & Dragons stuff. Nevertheless, this is the first Warhammer novel which I finish (I have started Malus Darkblade but did not like it) and I did it because I love the Eldar Pat ...more
May 09, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
Aenarion, Uniter of Ulthuan and the whole of the elven race, the first Phoenix King, and defender of the world during the first two Chaos Incursions has passed. After much debate between the Princes of Ulthuan, Aenarion's son Malekith is not chosen as Aenarion's successor. It is decided that Malekith's older half sister will wed Bel Shanaar, and bel Shanaar would rule. malekith is fine with this ruling, and returns to his realm of Nagarythe were he rebuilds his realm and prospers. Growing bored ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Nicholas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
For those of you not familiar with the Warhammer universe, Malekith is the king of the Dark Elves, a cruel and heartless leader who will gleefully expend the lives of anyone he pleases to achieve his own ends. This book, however, is dedicated mostly to the time when he was a noble and upright prince of the Elven kingdom of Ulthuan with the last quarter (roughly) of the book telling the story of how his ambition caused him to turn to dark powers. So it's the classic 'hero falls into darkness' plo ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Brian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Warhammer fans, Dark Elf fans
Shelves: fantasy
Having read the background on the Dark Elves for WHFB I knew the story. In reading Gav Thorpe's novel I have a greater apprecitation for Malekith and his followers. In many ways I was reminded of Mordred and Morgan LeFay, another infamous M and M pairing of mother and son, when you see the ambition of Morathi push her son Malekith to achieve new heights. At times I found myself feeling sad for the prince, but then he would speak or do something in such an arrogant fashion that it was quickly for ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Jesse rated it did not like it
Warhammer fluff at its worst. The writing is so sloppy and half of it doesn't even make sense. Malekith climbs on top of a shaggoth and hacks its head off while one of his arms is broken. Morathi gives her son Indraugnir v.2 and betrays him in the next chapter. Eataine is portrayed as more susceptible to pleasure cults because it's rich and idle, but the cults are rooted in Nagarythe, which is portrayed as super-martial-disciplined. On page 384, Malekith manages to both "pause to consider" and " ...more
Mar 25, 2010 Kaohlir rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of Elves, a dark fall into the desparity of the Sundering
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Dec 08, 2011 Devin rated it liked it
I honestly don't expect much from Black Library novels except to see the histories of a game world I really enjoy come to life in my mind.

That's what I got out of this book. It was a lot of fun to read the beginnings of the fall of the Elves of the Warhammer World. I'll admit, the moment that Malekith returned to Ulthuan after his 1000+ years in the 'Colonies' (building the kingdoms of the Elves & Dwarves), and we first get introduced to Eoloran Anar & his grandson Alith...I had a fanboy
May 11, 2014 MegaSolipsist rated it it was amazing
This was the first Time of Legends book I read, and one of my favourites. I felt that the sequels simply had much less compelling main characters, as they focused on different parts of the conflict.
Malekith definitely has a bit of a Horus vibe, for those familiar with the 40K equivalent of ToL, The Horus Heresy (which actually came first).
Malekith is really brought to life in this, and trancends the usual 2D villains than fantasy often tries to hoist upon us. I could really feel the friendship a
Jan 08, 2014 Ryan rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Ugh! This is the first Warhammer title I've picked up and was sorely dissappointed. The prose got tired fast; every description was "like" another thing. Editors should have picked up on this overuse of simile. The character development was incredibly shallow, especially given the potential (disgruntled Prince, crazy mother, loyal captains) and plot holes were many. Thorpe did, however stick to the storyline and included the characters from the gaming universe and their reasons for being there, ...more
Mar 07, 2014 Joey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-sundering
The book was great it had a few slow parts but over all was way better than nagas the sorcerer. The book had times where I got confused but that got straightened out pretty quickly. It had a horror side to it that I never saw coming. Overall the book ended too fast. I still recommend the book to people
Apr 11, 2012 Mark rated it it was ok
The simplistic, mass-market style of writing in this book disappointed me. Moreover, the author wasted his (and my) time detailing the entirely forgettable account of Malekith's adventures overseas with dwarves and trolls while glossing over what should have been the crux of this story: the conflict with the Phoenix King and the associated tangles with Morathi.

If you're looking for a good read which takes place in the Warhammer universe, consider the works by C.L. Werner; his Witchhunter series
Mar 15, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it
This is the first book in the Sundering series and follows Malekith, the Witchking of the dark elves, corruption and rise. Solid fantasy fare. If you are familiar with Games Workshops Old World setting for the WHFB games you'll feel right at home. I liked it and for any high elf or dark elf players it’s a must read.
I am looking forward to the next books. All in all another quality entry in the black library and Gav Thorpe is still one of the best authors in its stable.
Housewife Bubuchu
Aug 10, 2015 Housewife Bubuchu rated it it was ok
Сухо, скучно, бледно. Бесстрастная историческая хроника фэнтезийной реальности. Настолько безлико и пресно описать мир вархаммера и тамошних эльфов пожалуй не удавалось никому. Малекит неплох, но ради него читать весь этот талмуд не имеет смысла. Автор не позволил себе выйти за рамки рулбука по "Темным эльфам".
Разочарована вдвойне, поскольку его же романы по темным эльдарам разительно отличаются. И детализацией и атмосфернстью и экшеном с интригами.
Thommy Doombringer
Jan 22, 2014 Thommy Doombringer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
Graham Houle
Apr 11, 2009 Graham Houle rated it it was ok
this book startedout well, good development of a new world, but then towards the middle floundered and focused too much on long descriptions when they weren't necessary and really slowed the plot down. the ending was also very quick and abrupt. It left everything unfinished,
Jun 16, 2012 Tahni rated it did not like it
Truth be told, I didn't finish this book. As far as writing style goes, I didn't think it was terrible - the writer does have a way with words, but the story itself and the way in which it was presented wasn't interesting to me in the least, so I ended up just passing on it.
Oct 13, 2012 Darrin rated it really liked it
Not bad. I liked the main character. Malekith is seen as a hero yet flawed. The story was solid. This was my third foray into the Fantasy Warhammer universe and where i enjoyed this book I liked the Sigmar story more and the Nagash series is my least favorite.
David Earle
Feb 07, 2010 David Earle rated it really liked it
Very much for fans of the Warhammer world, this book kicks off the trilogy of the Sundering in high style. An excellent portrait of Malekith, the elf prince who is destined to become a Sauron-like Dark Lord and sunder the elven race forever.
Mar 12, 2010 Felix rated it it was amazing
Who was Malekith before being the well-known Witch King of Naggaroth, scourge of the seas and relentless threat to Ulthuan? And what's with him and dwarven ale? If you connect the phrase "born bad" with this character, think again. Or read the book.
Sean Cunningham
Jul 05, 2011 Sean Cunningham rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
A droning history that felt like it could have been lifted almost directly from a game source book. One for players of Warhammer wanting setting backstory, but not recommended for anyone else.
May 31, 2011 April rated it liked it
I feel that this book dragged on particularly in the middle, but I labored through it being a fan of the story and already knowing how it would end.
Sep 07, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this book as I play Dark Elves in Warhammer and it was interesting as parts of it tied into Nagash and Sigmar too. It was a great read.
Adeel Hasan
May 01, 2013 Adeel Hasan rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Not top of the line literature if you know what I mean. :)
But if you like stories about wars with elves and dwarfs and magic, this is one to read.
Mar 18, 2011 Chris rated it did not like it
A super boring and long drawn out book. Only a die hard WHFB fan would like this book very much at all.
Feb 21, 2010 Craig rated it really liked it
Some of these Elf names? Whew! Tolkien eat your heart out! But story and characters? Great stuff!
Nov 10, 2010 Victor rated it it was amazing
Rivals Tolkien & Moorcock. One of the best fantasy novels of the past 3 decades.
Nov 21, 2012 Patt rated it it was ok
I love the Druchii but this was a let down i quit the series as of this book
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Gav spent 14 years as a developer for Games Workshop, and started writing novels and short stories in the worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 when the Black Library imprint was launched in 1997.

He continues to write for Black Library, and his first 'homegrown' novel series The Crown of the Blood has been released via Angry Robot.

Currently living in Nottingham, Gav shares his home with his lo
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