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Lukas the Trickster by Josh Reynolds. 10/10

A sleeper hit, and one of the best takes Ive EVER read on the space wolves! It hits their culture in a truly sublime way. Lukas the Trickster is an -incredible- canny and funny character. His appearance in Ashes of Prospero is nothing compared to this take on him. I really want to see where his wyrd takes him now, its bound to be epic beyond belief.

The Dark Eldar is also not neglected, Duke Sliscus is a wicked delight to read about as well the intra-deldar intrigue and their labyrinthine scheming.

Read it, READ IT! It cannot be stated hard enough!
 

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Voice of Mars 6/10

Felt much more jumbled compared to Eye of Medusa. I think it had far too many characters compared to the first book.
I just hope the plot gets properly resolved in book 3 as its interesting, even if its dragging alot and painstakingly dripfeeding information about the 'macguffin'

Eye of Medusa felt much fresher because it focused a lot more on world building, and pun intended - fleshing out the Iron Hands. As well had a clear focus on the main protagonist for most of the book.
 

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Shroud of Night - an 8/10 and a WTF-is-this/10

Really of two minds on this one. On the one hand, Andy Clark tells us a good story of an Alpha Legion warband's shenanigans. Slightly too many characters in it but they're amusing enough.

On the other... Celestine and Khârn are both in the book (not a spoiler, Celestine is on the cover and Khârn mentioned on the back) and especially the latter's parts are just... eyebrow-raising levels of WTF?

 

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Ashes of Prospero, 5/10.

In the hands of anyone but Thorpe, this would have been a great book. It has almost all the major SW characters in it, we see how bad a shape the SWs are in after the wider events taking place after the return of Guilliman. Sadly Thorpe's style lets the story down badly. His portrayal of both Njal and Lucas are very different to what we've seen previously, as if he hadn't read the material featuring them.

Some interesting fluff in it though.

 

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War of Secrets by Phil Kelly. 2/10

Uninspired bolter porn of the worst sort. Everything that could go wrong with the primaris and the Dark Angels went wrong, except for the Tau plotline which turned out to be the highlight of the book and saves it from total avoid on sight. But Phil Kelly went way over the rails with the single uber Tau.

The Tau..



Read at your own peril. I was close to putting it down halfway through.
 

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War of Secrets by Phil Kelly. 2/10
Damn, I was looking forward to this. Oh well, considering the volume of good stuff coming from BL at the moment, the odd bad one is to be expected.

Devastation of Baal. 7/10. Well written, with some interesting glimpses into the psyche of Dante, and the BA and successors as a whole. It also brings the BA up to date with the return of Girlyman.

 

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Damn, I was looking forward to this. Oh well, considering the volume of good stuff coming from BL at the moment, the odd bad one is to be expected.

Devastation of Baal. 7/10. Well written, with some interesting glimpses into the psyche of Dante, and the BA and successors as a whole. It also brings the BA up to date with the return of Girlyman.


 

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Cult of The Spiral Dawn - 8/10.

Love Peter Fehervari as an author, this book fails to score higher only as it is quite short and another 100 pages would have added a much deeper level!
 

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HH:
Pharos 6/10
Aurelian 5/10
The Path of Heaven 9/10
The Purge 4/10


40K:
Path of the Renegade 10/10
Path of the Incubus 9/10
Path of the Archon 5/10
Gods of Mars 9/10
Dark Imperium 5/10
Carcharodons: Red Tithe 6/10
Dante 10/10
Devastation of Baal 7/10
Eye of Medusa 9/10
 

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Wolfsbane, 8/10. A good look at the conflict within Russ, and also contains some good flashbacks to his first meeting with Horus, and how the fact that he was the second son found affected their relationship after that. The battle on the Vengeful Spirit is also really well rendered.
 

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Angels of Caliban 3/10 (Caliban plot 8/10, Ultramar plot 1/10)
Fabius Bile: Primogenitor 9/10
Vaults of Terra: the Carrion Throne 8/10
Sons of the Hydra 5/10


Primarchs series:
Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar 7/10
Lorgar: Bearer of the Word 9/10
Fulgrim: the Palatine Phoenix 9/10
Vulkan: Lord of Drakes 4/10 (alas....)
Leman Russ: the Great Wolf 6/10 (first 150 pages 4/10, ending 10/10)
 
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