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Blood of Asaheim (Space Wolves) Hardcover – 14 Mar 2013

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (14 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184970306X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849703062
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,165 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 the author of the Space Wolves novel Battle of the Fang. He has also written Schwarzhelm & Helborg: Swords of the Emperor and Luthor Huss in the Warhammer Fantasy universe. He doesn't own a cat, dog, or augmented hamster (which technically disqualifies him from writing for Black Library), but would quite like to own a tortoise one day. He's based in a leafy bit of south-west England, and when not struggling to meet deadlines enjoys running through scenic parts of it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2013
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I was both a bit weary and rather curious about this book, largely because after the author's superb "Battle of the Fang", I was afraid to be disappointed because I did not think that Chris Wraight could do as well again. In truth, this one is not quite as good, although it is still worth a very respectable four stars in my view, and I was therefore NOT disappointed. So, what is to like in this one?

The prologue is great, with an opening scene that simply throw you into the book. After that, you get introduced to Space Wolf Ingvar and his difficult return among his pack after more than half a century. With little time to adjust, both he and his pack, or rather what is left of it, get send to garrison what seems like a backwater, a shrine world held by the Sisters of Battle of the Broken Heart. There a rather nasty surprise awaits them on arrival because the shrine world is under attack by elements of plague-ridden Death Guard and a vast army of their followers. I will not tell anymore of the story, to avoid any spoilers, but the plot is rather good, even if not excellent.

However, rather than the plot itself, the book's two main qualities are the characterisation and the battles. Concerning the latter, I was particularly impressed by the book's opening scene, by a ferocious void battle opposing the Wolves' old frigate to a powerful enemy destroyer and by the fights opposing corrupt but nevertheless very powerful Death Guards to the Space Wolves. With regards to the characters, and beyond the specificities ascribed to each of the Wolves, two common features stand out and run through the whole book. The Space Wolves, like the whole of the Empire, have seen better days, and the mixture of decline and weariness that the author manages to convey is quite remarkable.
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2013
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Usually I'm a huge fan of the Space Wolves and any action that they take part in, however this time there was just something about it that I couldn't get into. It wasn't a badly written book, far from it but for me I found the character one that I just couldn't associate with, the action sequences seemed a lot of the same old what's gone on before and for me it really didn't give me something unique or a tale that stood out on its own.

That said, the author does give it some good action sequences, some solid prose but all round for me, it's a book that I just couldn't get on with.
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This book, unlike so many other Games Workshop/Black Library offerings reveals the Vlka Fenryka (Space Wolves) in a light simply unmatched. The image painted on your mental retina of the inner workings of bonds, brotherhoods and attitudes to serf, honour, warfare and tactical acumen is excellently portrayed, Even if you have no interest in such matters, the book offers action, intrigue and a thrilling ride into a rich science fiction diegesis. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Madmarx on 12 Nov. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Normally I love Chris Wraight work. Battle for fang was a real page turner and even wrath of iron which had pretty mixed reviews had its moments. But this just didnt work for me.
The first third of the book just seems to drag. Characters get introduced but it basically comes down to giving a simple trait (young, old, buff) to each marine, they drop random fenrisian words into every sentence breaking the reader flow and and everything anyone says is dripping with exposition.
Eventually the pack head off on a mission, seems the sisters of battle have been having troubles with dark forces and the space wolves are here to help. This promised some tense moments between the Ecclesiarchys militant wing and the wolf pack but it just doesnt go any where, sure theres the usual snide comments and pushing and shoving but it just feels like it pushed aside to get to the action.
And the action is good, Wraight is a master at writing space marines and excels at writing close quarters no holds bar combat, the book really picks up at around the half way point. Characters show signs of development, the sisters start to gel with the marines.
And then its pretty much over. The whole book feels like a victim of trilogy writing. It doesnt feel like a natural ending, more like someone ripped out the rest of the book and wants to charge you for an actual ending 12 months from now. Im all for cliffhangers or natural lingering plot threads to draw us back but this felt more inline with cutting Empire strikes back at the point luke meets yoda for no real reason.
Im sure that when all three books are released it gonna be a great read but for now it just feels like someone wrote a great novel and randomly chopped it up to act as a cash cow.
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Excellent book well worth reading and it's an actual book too often the black library releases novellas or audio dramas failing
To go the extra mile and releasing
A good book this was worth a read, I think u have to have knowledge of warhammer 40 k to fully get it but a good reac
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A good solid read. Actually managed to get me excited about the shapeless block of s***e that is the Caestus Assault Ram! Wraight's next challenge for this series then, is to vindicate the abomination that is the Stormfang/Stormwolf Gunship. Good luck Chris.
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