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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library; First Thus edition (14 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844161552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844161553
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 775,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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James Swallow is the only British writer to have worked on a Star Trek television series. Internationally published, Deus Sanguinius is his second novel for Black Library.

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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By lone pilgrim on 23 Jan. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Deus Sanguinius is the second and final book in the Blood Angel saga that began with Deus Encarmine. I gave that book a poor review and I'm afraid things haven't improved at all for the next installment.

I was hoping that my difficulties with Encarmine lay with the fact it had to introduce lots of characters and the plot, and that once the characters were established the pace would quicken. If anything, it slowed. We get page after page of dense blocks of text explaining the dull and earnest inner thoughts of the characters and yet still we don't care about them. For all the internal monologues the book feels very thin in terms of characterisation and none of the characters has any real story arc or significant emotional journey.

It's all so predictable. The writing is right on the nose, too, with no subtext at all. The bad guy you suspect in book one turns out to be the bad guy in book two. The goodies win. The baddies lose. There is no surprising 'twist' in the tale. Everything builds to a conclusion you already leapt to halfway through the first novel.

Just when you think the turgid prose will be jettisoned in favour of a decisive, pacy finale the descriptions lengthen. We get over 100 pages of the last climactic battle! The material in these two novels seems to have been stretched very thin indeed, in fact there is only enough plot for one book.

Very, very disappointing.

Deus Sanguinius is as slow as an Obliterator moving through difficult terrain and as deep as an Ork who has taken a bolter shell to the brain.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By AMR on 24 Sept. 2008
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I have no idea of how this book got through Games Workshop's quality control. This is the pinnacle of milking the franchise by grinding out novels from talentless writers.

Characters so bland they are impossible to remember from one page to the next, TERRIBLE snorefest of a "plot", and a big departure from what I consider cannon in WH40k literature.

It must be hard to write something this bland, even Mephiston comes across as consistent as wet cardboard, and that is a feat worthy of note.

I love Science Fiction. I love the Warhammer 40k universe. That is why I hate this book so much. Do yourself a favor, and if you like WH40k in general, or Space Marines in particular, check out other writers. You will definetly be disapointed if you buy this book.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Pedersen on 14 Jun. 2008
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Again he clearly shows his total lack of understanding of the 40.000 lore. Having half a chapter fall to the lure chaos and killing half the chapter, a chapter who is one of the founding legions and one of only three legions to have defended the Emperors Palace on Terra during the Horus Heresy is so wrong in so many ways. Having them fall to chaos by somekind of Battle Brother claiming to be the reincarnation of Sanguinius is so wrong. Every Blood Angels is ravaged by the death of their blessed primarch and having a pretender going around and claiming to be sanguinius is like putting a big sign up saying i want to die.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Predictable conclusion to Deus Encarmine 6 May 2005
By Keius - Published on
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This novel was short, predictable and conclusive.

Anyone who's read the first novel can already guess with

90% accuracy what will happen in this one:

Blood Angel vs Blood Angel and what will happen in the end.

I rated this 3 stars, exactly the same as the first novel

since this novel should have been the second half of the

first novel. My review of the first novel still applies

to this one as well.

The overall feel of this novel is the same as the first since

it continues off exactly where Deus Encarmine left off.

The one good thing I will give it is that the action is

fast and the story progresses at a good rate thus making

it a very quick read.

One thing that still irks me to no end is that the

author should have been more familiar with Blood Angels and the

Adeptus Astartes in general. When an imperial inquisitor has

the authority to promote Blood Angels to leadership positions

in the official ranks even before they are corrupted, something is seriously off kewter with the authors knowledge.

The only time this might actually work is inquisitors

and the Grey Knights.

Another thing to note if the readers have read recent space

marines novels, every single novel seems to end with Exterminatus. Check out Crimson Tears, Lord of Night,

Iron Hands, etc. I had predicted before reading this novel

that some poor planet would need to be exterminated in order

to keep some kind of "space marines love to blow up planets


My next prediction: in a year or so, these two novels will

be released in a single novel edition.

If you must read this novel and you haven't read the first,

wait until it comes out in a single novel format.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Comic Book in Words 11 July 2005
By Sean B. Schoonmaker - Published on
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The bottom line is that if you enjoyed the first book, you will most likely find the conclusion fun as well.

However, that out of the way, those who are looking for more than just comic-bookish situations, a comment which I will explain below, might want to pass.

The heroes are VERY heroic, the villains VERY evil, and the ambiguous characters are very conflicted. There is no room for the reader to figure things out; if the author wants you to notice something, you'll get bludgeoned with it.

The plot is melodramatic, given to extremes and deus ex machina. Why talk to someone you can fight, dominate, or control. When things seem hopeless, there's always a deific hand to show the way.

While the book certainly succeeds in its efforts to be "bigger than life," it does so at a level that fails to impress more discerning readers.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good Book, but with Flaws 16 Nov. 2005
By Dan - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
THis book was very action packed, which I liked. It tried to keep slow moments to a minimum.

Only problem that I have is that the author creates a lot of conflicting interests with the actual 40k universe. First the black rage is a gene curse that the blood angels keep secret. Why would a inquisitor be allowed to share in some of their chapter rituals? Also other than the Ultramarines most founding chapters are weary of Inquistors.

I think if the Author decides to write more the 40k fans, he should research his plot line a little more.

All in all, it was an entertaining action book, but if you are looking for more character building you should pass.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Deus Sanguinius was... 2 Aug. 2005
By Ork Warboss - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Excelent. A great read and good plot. Great follow up on Deus Encarmine.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A weak Story 17 Mar. 2006
By A. J. Valenti - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As with the first book, this story is weak in every respect. The plot is shallow and predictable, and the author's understanding of the Warhammer 40K storyline is minimal (at best).
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