Battle of the Fang (Space Marine Battles) Paperback – 9 Jun 2011
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About the Author
Chris Wraight is a freelance writer based in the south west of England. He has written a number of books and short stories for Black Library set in the Warhammer Fantasy universe, starting with Masters of Magic in 2008. His most recent title is Iron Company.
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Plus we finally have some light shed of the Spacewolf successors the Wolf Brothers and some cruel teasing about Russ himself, loved it.
I do agree that the book is more enjoyable having read Prospero Burns and also a Thousand Sons but I would say its not necessary to read them, it would be a good book regardless.
Absolutely loved the end of this book and it fills out a pretty critical if minor part of the whole 40k saga as it gives meat to why the Thousand Sons are in modern day 40k reduced to roving bands rather than a formal force. I also thought that Chris handled the final battle against Magnus extremely well - it was always going to a tough one when you have an ascended daemon Primarch as the bad guy. I read the final hundred pages at breakneck speed I was so desperate to get to the end.
The general structure of the book is quite similar to Storm of Iron giving a mix of viewpoints from the Space Wolves, their 'mortal' warriors and the attacking enemy which is certainly not at all bad as that book in my opinion is one of the better WH40K novels. As you'd expect from the title and the series it's in much of the book is devoted to battles and combat but the author manages to keep the book going at a good pace without it getting stale as I find happens in some of the other prolonged battles in other novels. Unfortunately a bit like the Heresy novels you can tell from the start which characters are going to survive and which probably aren't based on whether they're known characters or not but it doesn't spoil the book too much. As given away by the cover, Bjorn the Fell-handed is part of the book and given the awe and respect his character deserves and in fact I'd say the dreadnoughts were one of the highlights of the book. Too often I feel the dreadnoughts are a bit misunderstood as just walking tanks or given minor roles which don't fit in well with them being the finest warriors to have served in the chapter left in hibernation for many years only to be woken when the chapter is in great peril. The author combines the sheer power of the dreadnought chassis combined with the misery for the sole occupant trapped inside. Similarly the Terminator marines are suitably well depicted as the huge powerful warriors bigger even than the usual 'Sky Warriors', throughout the book there's a mix of 'mortal' warriors alongside the Marines to give a view of the Astartes from our point of view although the book never dwells too long on that aspect and is the better for it.
In short, I'd highly recommend Battle of the Fang particularly having spent half the day finishing it off rather than the couple of chapters I intended.
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Once again against our arch nemesis the Thousand Sons. Great story, loved every page, was gutted when I reached the end!Read more
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