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Blood Ravens: The Dawn of War Omnibus (Warhammer 40, 000: Dawn of War) [Paperback]

Cassern S. Goto
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3 Mar 2008 Warhammer 40, 000: Dawn of War
Omnibus edition of the three "Dawn of War" novels, which tie in to the best-selling THQ computer game.

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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165353
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 12.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Good 1 Feb 2009
I was a little dubious about buying this book with it being so closely linked to the dow computer game. However I must say I am very please with what the auther has done with the story, he's kept it far enough away from the game to make it a worthwhile book to read but links in with the game on just a paragraph here and there. The book is written superbly even if a little confusing at first, you get the entire story from the prospective of each different race not just the blood ravens, this gives more insight into other parts of the story the game does not give, the second of the three books inside this omnibus gives you a great perspective of the elder which I really did enjoyed. Another point to add is the small story between book 1 and two gives you a greater insight into the character of Gabriel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unfairly judged... BY HERETICS! 17 July 2013
By Link000
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I have read many reviews of this book, many bad ones which put me off getting it. The one benefit of them I suppose is the fact I got it for dirt cheap, albeit in only fair condition. Now, I have read many a 40K book in my time so I'm judging it by that standard and my opinion is, it's no where near as bad as some make it out to be. I'll not say it's perfect it either but it's still good. Fair enough, the game and books are linked but you cannot really compare the book to the game. The book explores the story the the game is based upon in much more detail, meaning sequences are far more drawn out but, if you actually liked the story then they're also more interesting too. Sequences such as Isadors fall to Chaos, the role the Eldar play, who/what the demon is or where the Necrons came from and why. The books kept me engaged and still do as I'm only half way through the third but they are enjoyable, from a 40K readers perspective. I have read better and can recommend titles if asked but this Omnibus, isn't what it's made out to be by a lot of it's othe reviews. It does have some merit and if you liked the idea of the story the game tells, you'll like these books.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for canon purists. 9 July 2011
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I think the first thing to say about this one is that it's rife with artistic license. If you can get past that and you love the Eldar, then you'll probably really enjoy it.

As far as readability goes, it's not bad and I didn't ever get bored. There are places I thought the style was clunky and overly introspective, and I personally feel he makes his Space Marines a bit *too* human and not Codex-compliant enough, but then I suppose that's how he's chosen to develop the chapter. As I mentioned, if you're into Eldar then the three books are full of Eldar stuff, very often to the extent that it pushes to one side the Blood Raven plot, not something I think should be the case in a trilogy that's supposed to focus on them.

There's an extra story in this one which he wrote after the trilogy to flesh out one of the main characters, and I think that's definitely worth a look. Certainly, I thought it was one of the better-written parts of the book.

I definitely would not recommend this book to die-hard WH40K canon purists, and there certainly were points where I honestly wondered what on earth the author was thinking with certain somewhat heretical things he has the marines doing (and more importantly getting away with). If you've only played the games and don't really care about that kind of thing though, you'll probably be fine with it.

Overall, I would have given it a 3 star because it's got some fairly decent characters and fun plot in it, however it gets a 2 star because of the poor quality writing, and the fact that it's supposed to be a WH40K book, not an original novel. Why not work within the already rich canon set-up rather than deviating from it?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Blood Ravens 2 Mar 2010
By Barry9
I find C.S. Goto can be hard to read and have put off reading the third story because of this, i have not had this problem with other 40k Writer's.
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