dinsdag 20 maart 2018

Black Library Celebration 2018

A free book you received in Games Workshop stores during the last weekend of february, this 160+ page novel bundles 6 short stories in one volume.

While not unique or new, the stories where mostly on e-pub available before, and now have found their way into a paperback format.

There are two stories each for their main settings, being Warhammer 40k, Age of Sigmar, and the Horus Heresy (their bestselling, and really good, book line) respectively.

The Absolution of Swords by John French

On the Ecclesiarchy world of Dominicus Prime, hersey runs rampant - but Inquisitor Covenant and his warband have come to cut out the poison as only the Inquisition can.

A Trick of the Light by Josh Reynolds

Lukas the Trickster, scourge of friend and foe alike, descends into the ice caverns of Fenris and faces a beast of legend that may be a match for the Space Wolf: the dread doppelgangrel.

Bear Eater by David Guymer

When Hamiclar Bear-Eater and a handful of Astral Templars cross the Sea of Bones, they find a civilisation untouched by Chaos, and attempt to bring them back into the light of Sigmar.

Pantheon by Guy Haley

In the age before Chaos, during a time of myth, the pantheon of gods ruled at Sigmar's hand.  As dark times return to the Mortal Realms, Sigmar beseeches the goddess Alarielle to heed a tale of those better years, one he hopes will restore not only her faith but the faith of all noble creatures.

The Last Son of Prospero by Chris Wraight

His body ravaged by the flesh-change, Thousands Sons sorcerer Revuel Arvida clings to life by the merest thread.  And even if Malcador the Sigilite can save him, what will remain?

Into Exile by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

When the traitorous allies of Horus and Kelbor-Hal seized Mars, the visionary adept Arkhan Land became a man marked for death.  As his world crumbles around him, whom can he trust?

What I liked about it

* Well, the Inquisitor story is great as even being innocent makes you guilty.  The Pantheon story takes a trip back through nostalgia to the World that Was (aka, "my" Warhammer) and Into Exile is great as it is written backwards, making it a unique experience in the book

What I didn`t like

* Bear Eater.  Sigmarines are pretty boring, and getting more so as book after book, being it the Into the Realms campaign books or the novels, the golden boys are just more of the same.  At least Space Marines had different personalities in their chapters woven over 20+ years of lore writing, while these blokes get everything rammed in to fast in my opinion.

But it was a lovely freeby and a good companion on public transportation trips for sure :-)

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