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Wrath of Iron (Space Marine Battles) [Paperback]

Chris Wraight
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21 Jun 2012 Space Marine Battles
After months spent in the service of the Chaos god Slaanesh, the ruling classes of the Contqual sub-sector have finally brought true damnation upon their people - innumerable hordes of foul and lascivious daemons swarm from a tear in the fabric of reality to embrace their mortal pawns and drive them on to ever more depraved acts of worship. It falls to the merciless Space Marines of the Iron Hands Chapter to cleanse these worlds of the warp's unholy taint, and it is upon the surface of Shardenus that the fate of a billion lost souls will be decided.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849701814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849701815
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.8 x 19.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Wraight is a writer of fantasy and science fiction. His first novel was published in 2008. Since then, he's published many books set in the Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40,000 and Stargate:Atlantis universes. He's based in the south-west of England.

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About the Author

Chris Wraight is a writer of fantasy and science fiction, whose first novel was published in 2008. Since then, he's published books set in the Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40,000 and Stargate: Atlantis universes. He doesn't own a cat, dog, or augmented hamster (which technically disqualifies him from writing for Black Library), but would quite like to own a tortoise one day. He's based in a leafy bit of south-west England, and when not struggling to meet deadlines enjoys running through scenic parts of it. Read more about his upcoming projects at

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It is a good book - but not a fully likeable one 30 Jun 2012
By Z
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To start with - my credentials. I own all but four of the Warhammer books - Fantasy + 40K. My favourite Space Marin Battles story was Battle of the Fang, for it's story telling - also by Chris Wraight, with my recent read being Legion of the Damned; being my favourite Space Marine Battles story for capturing the heart of what the battlefield for such warriors of the Imperium is like. So you see, Chris Wraight already set the standards of Space Marine Battles (the other Battle of the Space Marines are mostly very close in quality but not any where up to his standards - The Gildar Rift being one of the better ones along with Helsreach).

Wraight is a good writer with a bright future with the Black Library, his style is assessable but suitably immersion and he is excellent at understanding the minds of who he writes about. That is what makes his approach to story telling in Wrath of Iron great. He doesn't keep you locked in the viewpoint of the Space Marines - allowing you to appreciate more of the 'battle field'. This is very useful and in his favour considering his subject matter for this novel. This is because the Iron Hand are what they think themselves quietly - efficient, loyal Astartes, great warriors, but most importantly monsters. The opening of this book - written by their Primarch was the best part of the book for it really captured for me the image and message of the chapter. All of the facets mentioned above; of the Iron Hands, is linked to their mechanisation + belief in their technology. As they gain 'power' they lose 'humanity' which makes their viewpoint boring + difficult to enjoy reading. However that is who they are. Wraight stays true to who they are, what they are + where/how they came to be who they are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No real Heroes 13 July 2012
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This is indeed the 10th volume of the Space Marine Battles Novel. It is original in several ways, but also not original at all in others.

One of my first reactions was that, yet again, and just like Angel of Fire, this book was about an Imperial army spearheaded by Space Marines that attacks a planet corrupted by Chaos and seeks to reclaim it for the Empire of Mankind. Yet again, they make planet fall and attack the main and huge city of the planet, here called Shardenus Prime.

However, there is where the parallel stops. Instead of being commanded by Lord Macharius, the undisputed leader of the Imperial Army, the commander is Rauth, Captain of Clan Raukaan of the Iron Hands. The imperial Guard and their commanders are under their orders, and somewhat resentful because of the way the Iron Hand commander uses them in a rather callous way without bothering to explain his decisions and the threats that they are facing.

The originality, however, is that the Iron Hands, despite their valor, are depicted in a way that makes them hardly sympathetic. Sympathy, approval or any human feelings, seem to be almost totally absent from their behavior. Rauth and his brothers simply do not care for humans who are there to be used as canon fodder, freeing up the Iron Hands to accomplish what the others cannot do.

Another interesting feature which, while not original, is nevertheless well done, is to tell the story from multiple perspectives. We have that of the Iron Hands, but also that of the Mechanicum with the interesting character of the "female" (to the extent that such a term means anything for a Magos) Magos Ys, of the Titan Princeps, of Nehata, the Lord Commander of the Imperial Guard and of Heriat, the General-Commissar who is his second in command.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Combat 23 Jun 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
As a long-time fan of the Warhammer Space Marine Battle series (this being the 10th book in the series) I've come to expect more and more from each offering to see where the various authors push the boundaries. Here in this title, Chris Wraight takes the Iron Hands deep into the heart of a battle against followers of the Chaos God Slaanesh on a world that has turned from the light of the God Emperor.

The combat is gruelling, the inter combatant relationships fraught as mistrust vies against the goals and when added to an author who knows how to gain every twist from the reader to the maximum effect, allows the reader to get a story that will haunt them long after the final battle is won as the cost of blood and death is counted by friends and foes alike in a never ending eternal struggle. Add to this great dialogue and an author who feels like they've explored the inter unit relationships in depth and all in you're in for a real treat. Great stuff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What a dissapointment 27 July 2012
By Dazzo
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Not at all sure what went wrong here, Chris Wraight has done some of the best BL novels to come out in ages, he's right up their with Dan and Aaron as far as im concerned, but Wrath of Iron was just such a let down. There was none of the glorious exploration of a space marine chapter as in Battle of the fang, or any of the interesting characters we find in his warhammer novels. Instead we have a few good ideas and beautiful scenarios in the beginning which get consumed in an overly fragmented and war porn indulgent mess. I actually skipped most of the last third of the book as I was so bored with it, its supposed to be about the Iron Hands first and formost, instead they almost seem to be sidelined in favour of an Imperial guard story arc only showing up to show how tuff marines are and finish off the bad guys in fashionably over the top style.

Its the White scars all over again, a chance to really develop a lesser known chapter squandered on a trite point A to point B story, I'm upset because I know he is so much better than this.
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