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Fist of Demetrius (The Macharian Crusade) Hardcover – 23 May 2013


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (23 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1849704015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849704014
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William King was born in Stranraer, Scotland, in 1959. He is the author of the Tyrion & Teclis trilogy and the Macharian Crusade, as well as the much-loved Gotrek & Felix series and the Space Wolf novels. His short stories have appeared in many magazines and compilations, including White Dwarf and Inferno. Bill currently lives in Prague.

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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I cannot state that this book is "bad"; neither can I claim that I disliked it or forced myself to finish it. There were however a number of things that did not quite work out for me, namely some of the characters, parts of the plot and the pace of the story itself.

Starting with my "mixed feelings regarding the characters, I rather liked Macharius who is increasingly looking like some kind of Alexander the Great equivalent in Warhammer 40000 (and has been deliberately portrayed based on the Macedonian King). I also liked the narrator, one Leo Lemuel, one of the bodyguards of Macharius who appears rather sympathetic with his mixture of bravery and loyalty, although he seems to have second thoughts at times. Mixed with these were some other characters which I found less plausible. One was the Inquisitor. Another was the Dark Eldar lord. Both characters seemed a bit shallow to me.

Regarding the plot, some scenes were simply great while others were a bit bland, generic or perhaps a bit "over-the-top" at times. This is, of course, essentially a matter of opinion and impressions. The whole story of having the commander in chief of the biggest Crusade for thousands of years discover a rare artefact, have it stolen from him and then go off on his own to chase the thief down across the stars while leaving his whole army behind is difficult to believe. The scene describing Macharius' generals and the arrival of the Space Marines was great.

These, however, after helping Macharius a bit, just seem to "drop out of the picture". Only one of them is detailed to help the Guard Commander track down the Dark Eldar lord and his remaining warriors. This again did not "feel" quite right.
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Format: Hardcover
Like the first book in the series this is a well-written book with an interesting plot. Unlike many 40k books where Space Marines just wade through their opponents without a scratch it's focused on the much more human and vulnerable imperial guard. The mixture of alien enemies and internal imperial politics is quite interesting too. There is one part of the book describing a triumphal march which is quite dull and far too long, but the rest of the book is well paced.
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By Luke McKenna on 28 Feb. 2014
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Great book, classic 40k, has you gripped from the beginning and really cannot wait for the last one to come out
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By matthew fort on 26 Aug. 2013
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fast delivery, book is very good differs from the first in many ways and portrays the xenos very well and the point of view of the guard in fighting them. twist at the end, not sure whether to be upset or find it very funny.
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Mixed feelings 17 Jun. 2013
By JPS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Review first posted on Amazon.co.uk on 3 June 2013

I cannot state that this book is "bad"; neither can I claim that I disliked the whole book or even forced myself to finish it. There were however a number of things that did not quite work out for me, namely some of the characters, parts of the plot and the pace of the story itself.

Starting with my "mixed feelings regarding the characters, I rather liked Macharius who is increasingly looking like some kind of Alexander the Great equivalent in Warhammer 40000 (and has been deliberately portrayed based on the Macedonian King). I also liked the narrator, one Leo Lemuel, one of the bodyguards of Macharius who appears rather sympathetic with his mixture of bravery and loyalty, although he seems to have second thoughts at times. Mixed with these were some other characters which I found less plausible. One was the Inquisitor. Another was the Dark Eldar lord. Both characters seemed a bit shallow to me.

Regarding the plot, some scenes were simply great while others were a bit bland, generic or perhaps a bit "over-the-top" at times. This is, of course, essentially a matter of opinion and impressions. The whole story of having the commander in chief of the biggest Crusade for thousands of years discover a rare artefact, have it stolen from him and then go off on his own to chase the thief down across the stars while leaving his whole army behind is difficult to believe. The scene describing Macharius' generals and the arrival of the Space Marines was great.

These, however, after helping Macharius a bit, just seem to "drop out of the picture" and only one of them is detailed to help the Guard Commander track down the Dark Eldar lord and his remaining warriors. This again did not "feel" quite right. I got the impression that the author wanted to introduce Space Marines into his story to "spice things up" a bit but then has to ditch them (apart, once again, for that lone warrior who seems to be doing most of the work) so as to avoid them taking centre stage.

The battle scenes were generally good. I particularly liked the Eldar assault on Macharius' flagship with their boarding devices and their superior and deadly speed and manoeuvrability. More generally, I liked the idea that the Eldar could get trapped by their contempt for the humans, their superiority complex and their sadistic lusts. However, here again, I felt that the author tended to "lay it on a bit thick". Having mentioned this, the pieces and allusions to Eldar history, and how the Black Eldar came to appear, was rather interesting, even if the read became slow going at times. Finally, I found that the end of the story was very predictable.

So, not a "bad" read, but, unlike with some other volumes, I was not "carried away" this time.
2nd of the Macharius series and well worth reading. 16 July 2014
By Edward Denison - Published on Amazon.com
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As a fan of the Warhammer universe, this was a good book. Macarius seems a bit more than a normal man, but the story handles his actions well. Good book, worth reading.
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