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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (9 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184970046X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849700467
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Wraight is a writer of fantasy and science fiction. His first novel was published in 2008. Since then, he's published many books set in the Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40,000 and Stargate:Atlantis universes. He's based in the south-west of England.

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About the Author

Chris Wraight is a freelance writer based in the south west of England. He has written a number of books and short stories for Black Library set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe, starting with Masters of Magic in 2008. His most recent title is Iron Company.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dazzo on 22 Jun 2011
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Wow, after the last couple of space marine battle books I was not expecting to much, but I need not have feared, this book is an absolute tour de force. Harder sharper and colder the new direction of the space wolves really works, no longer the norse version of the ultramarines these guys are winter blooded killers. this book is another gem in the series (Rynns world & Helsreach being the others).

Plus we finally have some light shed of the Spacewolf successors the Wolf Brothers and some cruel teasing about Russ himself, loved it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nick on 15 July 2011
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This is my first experience of reading a 40k book, and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. Wraight has an absorbing, vibrant writing style that really draws you into the savage world he's portraying. It must be hard to inject life into the Space Marines, as they're not what what you would call deep or multi-faceted, but the author manages to juggle a handful of POV characters that each feel relatively unique and mostly likeable; my favourite is the loner Wolf Scout Blackwing, who remains enjoyably brutal and wearily laconic throughout. There's also an intriguing but brief look at the lives of the human soldiers that serve the Space Wolves, and the lot of the supersoldiers themselves, so there's a nice amount of variation going on besides the expected protracted gunfights that litter the book. This isn't groundbreaking or genre-busting stuff, but it's not supposed to be. If you find the grim and violent future of 40k interesting, then this book will give you all the ultraviolence and background flavour on the Space Wolf chapter you could want. Good stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ImperialRacoon on 12 July 2011
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So far I've been very disappointed with the Space Marine Battles series. It's all seemed very directionless to me and it's difficult to really care about any of these events even if they are supposed to represent major battles in 40k lore. This book breaks that trend and is the first in the series that is a must read.

I do agree that the book is more enjoyable having read Prospero Burns and also a Thousand Sons but I would say its not necessary to read them, it would be a good book regardless.

Absolutely loved the end of this book and it fills out a pretty critical if minor part of the whole 40k saga as it gives meat to why the Thousand Sons are in modern day 40k reduced to roving bands rather than a formal force. I also thought that Chris handled the final battle against Magnus extremely well - it was always going to a tough one when you have an ascended daemon Primarch as the bad guy. I read the final hundred pages at breakneck speed I was so desperate to get to the end.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jun 2011
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OK, if I had to pick one chapter of mankind's Astarte's to follow I'd have to select the Space Wolves (sorry Graham) as I love their brutality as well as Norse heritage. They have great characters and with their heroes it was only matter of time before they'd step into their own during one of the massive sieges of the Space Marine Battle series. Here you get an almost Gemmellesque scenario as Dros Delnoch is replaced with the Fang and the Marines own home planet as the forces of the Thousand Son's attacks Fenris.

Its beautifully written, with the brutality of every inch of bloody ground ingraining its own memory upon the landscape. Add to this great author description, cracking prose and characters that the reader will care about and it's going to be a hard one for the Wolves to not only swallow but will cause more than a few mournful howls from the commanders of their troops on the war game battle tables around the world. A real gem of an addition and perhaps my favourite Space Marine Battle title to date.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Johnmcl7 on 19 Jun 2011
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Before reading Battle of the Fang I'd highly recommend Prospero Burns from the Heresy series first, while the storyline in the two books isn't really specifically linked in any way the Heresy book introduces the concept of the almost 'rebooted' Space Wolves which Battle of the Fang continues rather than linking in with any of the two existing Space Wolves omnibus. A quick couple of tips for reading Prospero Burns, despite the title don't expect many battle scenes and be patient with it as a lot of the book doesn't fit together until you reach the end. That aside Chris Wraight does a good job continuing the new more serious and less stereotypical version of the Space Wolves which are far more credible than the previous version, as I'd enjoyed Prospero Burns I've been looking forward to Battle of the Fang for a while and it's been worth the wait.

The general structure of the book is quite similar to Storm of Iron giving a mix of viewpoints from the Space Wolves, their 'mortal' warriors and the attacking enemy which is certainly not at all bad as that book in my opinion is one of the better WH40K novels. As you'd expect from the title and the series it's in much of the book is devoted to battles and combat but the author manages to keep the book going at a good pace without it getting stale as I find happens in some of the other prolonged battles in other novels. Unfortunately a bit like the Heresy novels you can tell from the start which characters are going to survive and which probably aren't based on whether they're known characters or not but it doesn't spoil the book too much. As given away by the cover, Bjorn the Fell-handed is part of the book and given the awe and respect his character deserves and in fact I'd say the dreadnoughts were one of the highlights of the book.
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