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4.0 out of 5 stars The Soul Drinkers face orks and themselves in the latest in the series., 7 May 2007
This review is from: Chapter War (Soul Drinkers) (Mass Market Paperback)
I only recently began to follow the Warhammer 40000 Black Library material, as with many other readers of science fiction, I pretty much viewed most black library material as existing only to cash in on the success of the game with trashy action sci-fi. The first series to begin changing my view of them in this light was the Ultramarines series, although even this had strong elements of action for the sake of action. Certainly books like the Space Wolves series were almost entirely dull, action-based affairs. The Soul Drinkers series however offered something better. All of the characters had depth and their motivations were clear yet I found that I genuinely grew angry at the wrongs done to the Soul Drinkers chapter during the course of the original trilogy. The books also improved as they went along, with Crimson Tears, the third book in the series, being the best.

I finished Crimson Tears about two weeks before Chapter War was released and was incredibly anxious to read the new release. Chapter war picks up where Crimson Tears left off, with the Chapter fresh from their escapades against Dark Eldar and the Crimson Fists loyalist space marine Chapter and follows them instead to fight on a world besieged by the green horde of the Orks. Another fellow space marine chapter, the Howling Gryphons, have also been despatched to deal with the ork threat, but once again their focus shifts when they learn of the presence of the excommunicate Soul Drinkers. As this happens however, the Soul Drinkers themselves descend into a brutal power struggle, and yet more dark secrets of the chapter are also unfolding.

The premise was excellent but despite this, I felt that the novel perhaps over-reached itself. It was still a superb piece of science fiction writing and continued the series admirably, but perhaps because of the sheer brilliance of Crimson Tears, I found that this was perhaps a small step backwards in terms of personal reading enjoyment.

Still, if you are thinking of reading any Black Library material, begin with the Soul Drinkers series, you won't regret it.
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