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5.0 out of 5 stars The Reclusiarch's Tale, 5 Sept. 2011
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This is a very dark and gloomy tale of the Black Templars, perfectly in keeping with the world of WH40K. There's plenty of action for those who enjoy the fight scenes best, and an interesting spread of different Imperial groups represented, including the Guard and the Titan Legions. In fact, there's a fair bit of coverage given to the inner life and workings of an Imperial Titan, so anyone looking for an insight into that group should definitely take a look.

The main thread of the story follows Grimaldus, the recently promoted Reclusiarch of the Black Templars, as he's forced to find his feet in his new position and deal with the various stresses put on him by the demands of orchestrating the defence of Hive Helsreach against an invading ork army. Stresses which come not only from the Guard, Titan Legion and citizenry, but from within his own personal squad too.

Dembski-Bowden's style is fluid and engaging, and he handles character development and interaction with as much skill as he does the fight scenes. I'd thoroughly recommend this one to anyone looking to explore the mindset of the Black Templars with a particular emphasis on the Chaplain's side of things. Be warned though, this is not a happy book.
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