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Intruiging and compelling 40K novel with a Dark heart,
This review is from: Fire Caste (Warhammer 40000) (Paperback)
In his debut novel 'Firecaste', author Peter Fehervari carves out a bloody slice of the Warhammer 40K universe with a very jagged blade. Set against the backdrop of hideous tropical death-world Phaedra, it plunges the reader into a desperate and bloody confrontation between the Arkhan, a forsaken Imperial Guard regiment and the Tau. However, Phaedra harbours many dark secrets - and she will not give them up easily...
What immediately sets 'Firecaste' apart from the usual 40K fare is its author's very unique approach to characterisation. Eschewing traditionally cliched hero/villain archetypes, he instead populates his world with a multitude of damaged, cursed souls. Each feels so convincingly drawn it is a wonder there is enough space in the book to contain them all. Similarly impressive is the intricately constructed plot. But darkness is never far away. Corruption, treachery and shadowy agendas permeate the dense narrative and the proceedings positively drip with intrigue. To his credit, the author employs some very inventive story-telling devices to weave his twisted tale, in particular flashbacks which memorably convey the agonising torment of a haunted commissar.
One of the books' strengths is the manner in which it cunningly envelops the reader in a complex and multi-layered narrative. There are a fare share of surprises along the way, with some shocking revelations in store for both the Arkhan and Tau. However, those looking for hardcore action will certainly not be disappointed. The storyline is punctuated by some suitably riveting pulse-pounding battle set-pieces which ensure that the reader's attention is never lost. These harrowing episodes are depicted with such savage intensity that I almost winced whist reading. 'Firecaste' is a page-turner of the very highest order.
Peter Fehervari's able prose is as fertile as the putrid jungle world he so evocatively conjours up, which makes this a mature, compelling and fascinating read. Make no mistake however - 'Firecaste' is not for the faint-hearted. The author is not afraid to take the reader into some seriously grim territory. This is a world of starkly uncompromising violence and horror, where no-one is left untainted by the darkness. If you like your 40K fiction laced with a dose of dripping venom, then this book definitely is for you - and marks Mr Fehervari as a talent to watch out for.