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Default Applause for Aaron Dembski-Bowden. Savage Weapons SPOILERS!

I have read several short stories in both WHF & WH40k. But I must say, hats off to you, Mr. Bowden.

Savage Weapons is THE best short story published by Black Library in my opinion, and I've read alot of them. The story, characterization & dialogues are masterfully written.

The story has some extremely cool moments, such as the "friendly" conversation between two Night Lords honour guards & their I Legion counterparts .

And my favourite moment of the story has to be "Forgive me brother". Absolutely hilarious moment.

Also THE most important revelation for Dark Angel players :


I give this short story 10/10. A brilliantly written story in an exceptionally good collection of short stories. 2nd best has to be Rules Of Engagement in my humble opinion. Graham Mcneil proves that he's the better Ultramarines writer than Nick Kyme. Very well written story.

I would really like Mr. Bowden to write the next Dark Angels HH book, continuing the story from Fallen Angels. I also have Blood Reaver, but am gonna start reading it now.

P.S. And the ending...

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FUUUU (not directed at you)! I havent been able to pick up Blood Raver yet. Neither Age of Darkness. Hopefully my local store will get them in sooner or later.
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God I want to click that spoiler. Where did you get the book?

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He is indeed a very talented author. The First Heretic was my favorite BL read


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God I want to click that spoiler. Where did you get the book?
I preordered AOD, Blood Reaver & Caledor the moment they were avaliable for pre-order. Avaliable at www.blacklibrary.com . They arrived Friday evening.

And hey, dont worry too much about clicking the spoiler. It's NOT bad news for Dark Angels fans, I assure you ;)

I suck at being a reviewer, but am going to do my best to explain how Blood Reaver turns out. Need a day or two to finish it though. But I must say, when talking about cover art & presentation, I think that Soul Hunter's blue tint & glossy cover made that novel's cover look far better than BR. But lets not judge a book like this one by it's cover ;)

Giving away the prologue is OK IMO, so lets just say that Uzas ( my favorite character in ADB's NL series ) goes all Hannibal Lecter on a live Marine Errant...

P.S. Sorry forgot to add, read Rules Of Engagement, then you'll know why Graham Mcneil is still king of the Ultramarines.

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Just to note, the "revelation" about the Lion wasn't really much of a "revelation" since most people already knew that.

I am interested to see if this really is a 10/10. I very..... Very much doubt it, but, at this point, color me curious.

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Just to note, the "revelation" about the Lion wasn't really much of a "revelation" since most people already knew that.

I am interested to see if this really is a 10/10. I very..... Very much doubt it, but, at this point, color me curious.
If there is only one gripe about this story, it's that Curze's gift of foresight is a bit too powerful. So powerful that he can see beyond the WH40k universe & into the discussions that Dark Angel players have on forums about the Lion's loyalty

But still very nicely done there by Mr. Bowden.

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If there is only one gripe about this story, it's that Curze's gift of foresight is a bit too powerful. So powerful that he can see beyond the WH40k universe & into the discussions that Dark Angel players have on forums about the Lion's loyalty .
True but considering that his powers caused horrible migraines and began to damage his sanity over the years, its really a trade-off. His powers are very strong, but they cause him a lot of harm in return. And they are involuntary, most lore shows that his visions came on without warning and he couldn't just call on this power when he chose.

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True but considering that his powers caused horrible migraines and began to damage his sanity over the years, its really a trade-off. His powers are very strong, but they cause him a lot of harm in return. And they are involuntary, most lore shows that his visions came on without warning and he couldn't just call on this power when he chose.

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That is correct, but no one in the 40k Universe other than a few of the high ranking Dark Angels in the 41st millenium may or may not have that doubt. Everyone else ( the citizens and the rest of the Marine chapters etc. ) regards him as a mythical hero of the Imperium.

But Curze was talking about US here. As in, we the people in REAL LIFE, not the citizens of the fictional WH40k universe lol.

But still, it's a nice touch, a fan-service I guess
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But Curze was talking about US here. As in, we the people in REAL LIFE, not the citizens of the fictional WH40k universe lol.

But still, it's a nice touch, a fan-service I guess
I can't really comment, not having read Savage Weapons yet. But are you sure that is how it was intended?



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