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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it. Do it now., 19 July 2011
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This review is from: The Saint: A Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus (Gaunt's Ghosts Novels) (Paperback)
Anyone who read my review of the first volume in this collection, The Founding, may have guessed that I'm a fan of Dan Abnett. I've read a fair bit of his work in various forms and have yet to come across a bad story. This is no exception. I think the Gaunt's Ghosts series is now up to 13 novels and these collections do a nice job of splitting them down into seperate 'story arcs'. I happen to have a minor touch of OCD when it comes to starting at the beginning and could never bring myself to jump on board somewhere in between. If, however you find yourself in possession of The Saint, having not yet read The Founding you'd be able to pick it up easily enough. Which is probably one of the strengths that this series has. There is plenty of continuity for sure, but each novel isn't so wrapped up in it that it can't be enjoyed as an individual story.
For me, this is where Gaunt's Ghosts really picks up. I've heard it said before that the characters are lacking in depth. Not something I would have agreed with in the first place, but here in these four stories is where you start to get attached to them. If you have read The Founding then you will have already been on a long journey with them, but now as you go further and further into the depths of chaos infested space, Mr Abnett begins to show just how cold blooded he can be by ripping the readers heart out with the odd completely unexpected death here and there, showing that anything could happen. None of the characters are safe from the authors pen, which I feel really adds something.
As the title would suggest this omnibus has an ongoing slow burning theme exploring the existence of an almost mythological figure known as Saint Sabbat and how a resurrection may be just what the imperial forces need to turn the tide of the campaign in the Sabbat Worlds.
As with the other collections, this one includes a foreword by Dan Abnett himself, as he looks back on the series which makes for interesting reading and a good introduction.
In essence, The Founding was almost like a prologue. The stage has been set and now the war can really get going.
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