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There is no peace amongst the stars...
on 26 April 2007
I was very wary of this book when I picked it up. Even though i'm a big fan of the Warhammer 40,000 game I always viewed the Black Library novels as mere trash fiction, no more than cash-ins. The previous Warhammer and 40k novels I have read have done much to reinforce this judgment. However, I am very pleased to say that in this case I was wrong and happily so!
This omnibus contains the first three books in the Soul Drinkers series (Soul Drinker, The Bleeding Chalice and Crimson Tears), with the fourth (Chapter War) having only recently been released. For me the series got better as it progressed. At the end of Crimson Tears I rushed out to buy Chapter War straightaway!
In the fast-paced, action-filled stories the Soul Drinkers must choose whether to betray the Imperium they are sworn to protect or put at stake the honour of their entire chapter. A decision is made and they muct live with the consequences, facing enemies both within and without, human, alien and daemon, along the way.
The only real negatives with this book are the oft-repeated stock phrases that the author uses, which is a particular problem in the first book.
I would recommend this book to any fans of the 40k universe. It offers a glorious insight into the workings of a Space Marine's mind as well as offering several viewpoints on the state of the Imperium. It is full of glorious action sequences and plot twists and has enough character development to keep you interested.
If you are not a fan of the 40k game then I hesitate a little to recommend this book. Although the Black Library claim that anyone can enjoy the books I would disagree and say that a knowledge of the Warhammer 40,000 universe would greatly increase your understanding of certain characters, decisions and events that occur or are referred to in this series. Still, that is not to say don't buy this book. Much of the information about the 40k universe is readily available on Games Workshops's website and Wikipedia. It will make very interesting additional reading for any sci-fi fans!
As for me, this book has given me faith in the Black Library so i'm off to give Dan Abnett's novels a go!