Blood Reaver – Review

Flashback Friday

Perpetually Past Due

Blood Reaver by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Originally published in 2011, Limited Edition (pictured above) published in 2016

Pages:  407

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

“The Covenant of Blood tore through the warp, splitting the secret tides like a spear of strained cobalt and flawed gold.”

Blood Reaver takes place a few months after the end of Soul Hunter. Octavia is now the navigator of the Night Lord’s strike cruiser, Covenant of Blood, Talos and First Claw continue to fight and live in the darkness that surrounds them physically and mentally, and Septimus is still a slave; albeit a slave with some sexy facial bionics. Like Soul Hunter, the title refers to an actual character in the book and in this case it is the Tyrant of Badab, Huron Blackheart of the Red Corsairs traitor Space Marines. Years of battle damage have taken their toll on the Covenant of Blood

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Soul Hunter – Review

Flashback Friday

Perpetually Past Due

Soul Hunter by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Originally published in 2010, Limited Edition (pictured above) published in 2016

Pages: 377

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

“It was a curse, to be a god’s son.”

In Soul Hunter, by Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Talos is a Space Marine in the 10th company of the traitorous Night Lords legion. He and his battle brothers search the galaxy, seeking vengeance and blood for the death of their primarch, Konrad Curze. Along the way, Talos and his squad encounter other traitorous legions and internal political conspiracies as they attempt to regain the glory of the past.

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Xenos – Review

Xenos by Dan Abnett

Published in 2001

Pages: 314

Genre: Science fiction

“Hunting the recidivist Murdin Eyclone, I came to Hubris in the Dormant of 240.M41, as the Imperial sidereal calendar has it.”

To someone who has never read a story taking place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, this sentence probably sounds like a bunch of gibberish. Despite this, Xenos, by Dan Abnett, contains a compelling mystery at its heart, which quickly overcomes any confusion by the reader. Taking the main character Eisenhorn from the hibernating world of Hubris, into the fourth dimension in search of a demonic text held by corrupt aliens, the novel sets up a series of books in a universe where war is the norm and intrigue lurks around every corner. Continue reading “Xenos – Review”

Leman Russ: The Great Wolf – Review

Leman Russ: The Great Wolf  by Chris Wraight

Cover illustration by Mikhail Savier

Published in 2016

Pages: 171

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

“The night was clear of cloud, lit only by a scatter of blue-white stars above the towering flanks of Krakgard.”

Leman Russ: The Great Wolf, by Chris Wraight, is the second book in the Primarch series by the Black Library. Named after the leader of the Space Wolves Legion, the novel tells the tale of a duel between Russ and one of his brothers, as well as the events that lead up to it. A story about siblings, legacy, and the intentions behind great undertakings, Leman Russ: The Great Wolf  transcends a simple tale of battle to create a compelling narrative. Continue reading “Leman Russ: The Great Wolf – Review”

Roboute Guilliman – Review

Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar by David Annandale

Published in 2016

Pages: 181

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

“One empire had come to Thoas to crush another.”

In Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultrimar, by David Annandale, pragmatic stoicism meets the unhinged rage of insane aggression as the mighty Ultramarines seek to destroy their green-skinned foe. This is the first in a series of books following the Primarchs; a group of demigod warriors in the year 30,0000 who lead the armies of the Emperor of Mankind in his quest to take over the stars. Tales of heroism, folly, and philosophical quandaries all mix in this short, but entertaining, book. Continue reading “Roboute Guilliman – Review”

Void Stalker – Review

Void Stalker by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Originally published in 2012, Limited Edition (pictured above) published in 2016

Pages: 462

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

 “It knew itself only as the Eldest.”

The Exalted is dead and now Talos leads the beleaguered remains of the 10th and 11th companies of the Eighth Legion aboard the reclaimed warship Echo of Damnation. This is where we find First Claw and the cast of characters from the previous books in Void Stalker. After experiencing a frightening prophecy which makes up the prologue, Talos awakens and finds himself facing a world he thought he would never see again. With no memory of directing his subordinates to head to the planet (Tsagualsa), Talos must figure out why he has returned to the place where the Legion separated into its disparate war bands centuries ago. Continue reading “Void Stalker – Review”

Blood Reaver – Review

Blood Reaver by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Originally published in 2011, Limited Edition (pictured above) published in 2016

Pages:  407

Genre: Science fiction, military fiction

“The Covenant of Blood tore through the warp, splitting the secret tides like a spear of strained cobalt and flawed gold.”

Blood Reaver takes place a few months after the end of Soul Hunter. Octavia is now the navigator of the Night Lord’s strike cruiser, Covenant of Blood, Talos and First Claw continue to fight and live in the darkness that surrounds them physically and mentally, and Septimus is still a slave; albeit a slave with some sexy facial bionics. Like Soul Hunter, the title refers to an actual character in the book and in this case it is the Tyrant of Badab, Huron Blackheart of the Red Corsairs traitor Space Marines. Years of battle damage have taken their toll on the Covenant of Blood and it is because of this that Talos and company seek Huron’s help for repairs. The aid of the Tyrant of Badab comes at a price, however, and the 10th Company finds itself thrust into a suicide mission: attacking the fortress world of a Space Marine Chapter. Continue reading “Blood Reaver – Review”