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James Swallow: James Swallow's stories from the dark worlds of Warhammer 40,000 include the Horus Heresy novel The Flight of the Eisenstein, Faith & Fire, the Blood Angels Omnibus and Red Fury, as well as short fiction for Inferno! and What Price Victory. He also wrote the script for the audio book Heart of Rage, also featuring the Blood Angels. Swallow's other credits include writing for Star Trek Voyager, scripts for videogames and audio dramas. He lives in London, and is currently working on his next book.
Following the tragic events that led the Blood Angels to the brink of civil war, the Chapter's strength has been badly depleted. The Blood Angels must act, and act quickly, before their enemies learn of their weakness and attack. With tempers flaring, and mutants running wild on their homeworld, can the Blood Angels and their successor Chapters put aside their rivalries and work together to rebuild the Chapter before it is too late?
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Inquisitor Ramius Stele had engineered a hideous plan with a warp daemon. Brother had turned against brother, putting the Blood Angels on the brink of a civil war within their Chapter. Many brothers are now dead. Unless a solution can be found, the IX Legion Astartes may be forced to recluse themselves. They have new inductions of aspirants, but they will not be enough. This is talk of cloning, but the possibility of mutation is daunting. A gathering of the entire successor Chapters is called for. The conclave will decide whether or not the Blood Angels survives to see the next millennium.
Brother-Sergeant Rafen is given the difficult task of convincing Seth, the Chapter Master currently on the planet of Eritaen, to answer the conclave summons even though it would interfere with his sacred duties. Seth's Flesh Tearers will do their utmost to goad Rafen into challenge, but Rafen has been ordered not to engage them no matter how much they might deserve being beaten to a pulp. The biggest problem is that Astartes always seek for a tactical advantage in all situations. Should Seth's Chapter find out how weak the Blood Angels have recently become, would they use the knowledge to their own advantage somehow? If so, what would the repercussions be? If not, can everyone put aside their rivalries and work together to rebuild their force before their enemies show up?
***** The Astartes is too proud for its own good sometimes, and it makes for some volatile scenarios. I especially enjoyed watching Rafen and Noxx go head-to-head more than once. The author, James Swallow, has done an incredible job with all the character developments and individual characteristics. If you have not read the Blood Angels Omnibus, I urge you to do so. Knowing the background makes everything in this book so much clearer. If you do not read the omnibus, you will not find yourself floundering too badly. The author gives new readers a pretty good picture. I look forward to the next installment! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.Read more ›
loved this book and the fact that it had lots of second founding chapters in it!
plot is again layerd and surpising with and end that makes you desperate to pick up the fourth book. Dont want to spoil it was i really enjoyed the read so pick it up and before you know it your putting it down to grab the Black Tide
This is only the second black library book that I've read and I must say, although not quite as polished as Dan Abnett's excellent Horus Rising, I really enjoyed it.The focus of the story is dealing with what makes the sons of Sanguinius unique when compared to other chapters. All in all, this was a fast paced, exciting and entertaining read. I'd thoroughly recommend this to anyone even vaguely interested in the 40k universe.