Chaos God of Old Night
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: The Eternal Night
Best 40k Series of Black Library?
After a suggestion by Baron Spikey I decided to make this poll to answer a question floating around the Black Library boards and has been asked many times. Which is the best 40k series currently available?, there is a lot of series at the moment and many are considered to be the best by a majority vote or a minority vote, some are liked and some are disliked but many series have been put forward as the best by different people. If this thread gets enough votes I may make a fantasy version just so we can have completeness, but for now just 40k options are available.
My favourite series is the Word Bearers series by Anthony Reynolds. I was fortunate enough to get Dark Apostle and Dark Disciple before they became hard to find and thoroughly enjoyed them, and once Dark Creed was released I finished it on the very day I got it in the mail, I couldn't put it down and haven't done that with a book since. I enjoyed the characters and their relationships with each other, from Marduk and Burias's early camaraderie and later animosity, and Marduk and Kol Badar's barely contained hate for each other but their grudging respect for the other's skills was very interesting to follow, and later it showed that Kol Badar was the best ally Marduk had.
The Word Bearers had never really appeared in novels before this, and Anthony Reynolds did them justice, the Word Bearers rituals and their home base are described in visually stunning detail, the Infidus Diabolis is appropriately dark and foreboding to the reader, picturing it is quite enjoyable. The Word Bearers characterization as a Legion, how they act and how they make war was excellently done by Mr Reynolds and the acts of their religion and their chants are very cool, such as Marduk's flesh being covered in the tattooed scriptures of Lorgar and all the catechisms of hate and defilement that they speak as they slaughter the enemy are very well written.
My favourite was Burias, it was always great when he became Burias-Drak'shal, but by the third novel he had become whiny and despondent over not advancing in the Legion, and though it was good for the plot I found it annoying. Kol Badar is my favourite of the series now, followed by Marduk and then Burias.
From what Anthony Reynolds has said the series will continue in the future, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Marduk, now on the Dark Council, and perhaps one day he and Kol Badar will settle the score between them.
Ill say that if it had more books the Night Lords series would be my favourite, but with only one novel so far I don't think it counts as a full series yet. Though when Blood Reaver is released it will very likely take the place as my favourite 40k series over the Word Bearers, which will become my second favourite. But until then the Word Bearers remains my favourite full series.
Last edited by Lord of the Night; 12-28-10 at 02:11 AM.