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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (1 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844168220
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844168224
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett: Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan's website can be found at www.DanAbnett.com

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" If Dan Abnett held a military rank in the Warhammer 40,000 he would be the 'Warmaster'... Not only does Abnett portray the Imperial Guard structure beautifully but he also does the same job for those that serve within the regiments...'Blood Pact' was bang on the money as far as I was concerned. I'm going to be catching up with this series as soon as I get the chance..." - Graeme's Fantasy Book Review Abnett excels at characterisation as well as fast paced action.A" - SF Site Abnett does a bang up job of detailing the various settings in the book and bringing the universe to life. It feels lived in, alive - If there's one thing Abnett does well, it's write a kick-butt action sequence.A" - SF Signal Abnett's prose grabs you by the throat and forces you to witness the carnage!A" - SFX I was impressed by how he was a master of battle sequences, and still could create ambiguous three-dimensional characters forced to deal with moral dilemmasA" - Pat's Fantasy Hotlist Abnett is the Warmaster as far as I'm concerned!A" - Graeme's Fantasy Book Review

About the Author

Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written many novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan's Website can be found at www.danabnett.com

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Charman on 20 Oct 2009
Format: Hardcover
Before I discuss this review, I should point out that there might be spoilers. I should also point out that I'm a shameless Abnett fan and am therefore likely to praise his successes too far and equally whine too much about weka spots.
'Blood Pact' is a very strong novel, for a number of reasons, but first of all, I'd like to mention the previous installment of Gaunt's Ghosts, 'Only In Death'. OID had a decent story and the 'haunted house' element was great, but I couldn't help but feel that something was wrong. Gaunt's supposed death, hyped beyond all sane level before the release was an easily detectable bait-and-switch. The reactions of the Ghosts to their supposedly immortal commander was well played, but too much time was wasted on a see-through plot device. After that, I wasn't too sure how Abnett was going to play things.

Obviously, Abnett himself must have come to the same conclusion. A dozen books later, how does one freshen the concept? A lot of the characters are so well rounded that they don't need work, so they'll pretty much look after themselves, but how to give the reader something new and interesting? Well, after two years work, Abnett rises to the occasion.
The Sabbat Worlds Crusade is in deadlock, the Tanith have been retired from the front and are stewing in their own juices on Balhaut, a world we've heard so much about but never seen. But the commissariat have caught an archenemy officer. The Blood Pact aren't impressed and have sent a kill team to silence him. And that's not all that Gaunt has to worry about...
This is a book about power struggles and politics, which is fantastic. The Inquisition and the commissariat continually attempt to strongarm each other. Gaunt and Prisoner B are playing a game of trust and struggle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chitty on 8 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
Blood Pact is the new entry in the hugely popular Gaunt's Ghosts series set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Being the 12th entry in the series it's usually quite wise to be familiar with the characters as jumping in at this stage more often than not causes confusion, head scratching and the general feeling of being lost. Not being one for tradition this is pretty much exactly what I did. I'm not a complete newbie to the Gaunt's Ghosts books - I read the first, First and Only, at the end of 2008 - and reading Blood Pact left me with only one feeling: why haven't I read more of them?

First, I have to say that despite being part of such a long running series Blood Pact stood up on its own very well. Yes, there were references to what has happened in the past, but Dan Abnett has managed to tell a focused stand-alone story here that was easy to follow and extremely enjoyable. He hasn't sold over a million books world wide for nothing!

Blood Pact starts off really well with some of the Tanith First, bored with the excessive time they have spent away from the front line, embarking on a rather dubious side venture. This does the best thing possible - it introduces the characters and shows that it's not all about war. As we are introduced to Gaunt and his senior officers it quickly becomes clear that they are awaiting new deployment orders and are anxious to get back into the action. Being set on Balhaut, a safe world that isn't too far from the front line, we get to see a city home to the average person and see just how an Imperial World works. Balhaut is also the place where the dead are commemorated and its industry revolves around both this and catering to the Imperial forces stationed there.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Keith W. Harvey on 19 Nov 2009
Format: Hardcover
He is bounden to beleue in ye trinite. And ye felowe beleueth in a quaternitie: Sir Thomas More

Dan Abnett's "Blood Pact"" is the twelfth novel in his Gaunt's Ghost series and, in my mind, his most intimate investigation into the psyche of Gaunt. For the nervous, superstitious, conspiratorial among you, let's add another "Double Eagle," to make the series contain thirteen.

So there are thirteen novels in the series to date. However, Mr. Abnett tends to write quaternities with a single over-arching arc, so that brings us to two completed quaternities, a trilogy, and two extras--"Blood Pact," and "Double Eagle." Of these two, one is hors série--"Double Eagle"--and the other, "Blood Pact" is the beginning of a new quarternity.

The last quaternity began with the novel,"Traitor General" and ended with "Only in Death." In "Traitor General" an Imperial General, who is condemned to death, is captured (rescued)by the Chaos equivalent of the Imperial Guard--the Blood Pact--and taken to the planet Gereon. Gaunt and a select team travel to Gereon to assassinate the general.

Gereon is one of Abnett's greatest creations. It is here that Abnett begins to show what happens to a planet that is conquered by Chaos. Of course, we have seen the images of conquered planets before through the battles but we have not seen the day-to-day existence of those who live under the rule of Chaos before nor have we seen the chain of command of Chaos or its administrative echelons to the degree that we now do.

In "Traitor General,' Abnett begins a descent into detail and world-building that he carries through to the last book in the quaternity--"Only in Death." The third quaternity now called the "The Lost," contains some of Abnett's best writing.
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