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Legion of the Damned (Space Marine Battles) Paperback – 29 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library; Edition Unstated edition (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849701423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849701426
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Rob Sanders is a freelance writer, who spends his nights creating dark visions for regular visitors to the 41st millennium to relive in the privacy of their own nightmares. By contrast, as Head of English at a local secondary school, he spends his days beating (not literally) the same creativity out of the next generation in order to cripple any chance of future competition. He lives off the beaten track in the small city of Lincoln, UK. His first fiction was published in Inferno! magazine.


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Quick review - I think it's a great book with strong characters and a refreshing approach to intra chapter relationships, quite rare to see so many quarrels within a loyalist chapter but this aspect of the story is handled very well I think.

The only thing I'd say on the negative side is that for a book called Legion of the Damned there's damned little reference to the legion. I'm about 85% of the way through and I'm hoping that the eponymous marines actually get a look in. Given that I bought the book specifically because I wanted to find out about the LotD I'd feel a bit cheated if they weren't developed a bit here.

Let's see how it ends.

Yeah - finished it now and there was nothing new about the legion that wasn't already part of the existing body of 40k lore. Bit cheeky that. I consider myself mislead.
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Finally after years of trying to find out as much as possible about the Legion of the Damned they get their own book.
Unfortunately they never really get the limelight.
Great book, well written, good characters, great battles. Wrong title. I don't bother with many of the Space Marine Battles books and this one was bought on the strength of the title. I won't be making that mistake again.
If you're looking for a book featuring the Legion of the Damned then this isn't the book for you. They make a guest appearance at best!
I gave the book 4 stars on the strength of the writing, which was good. It lost a star because the author gave it the wrong title.
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Having just finished reading the 420 pages of this book I have to say the title is (in my mind) wrong.
It whould be the Battle of Certus Minor or The Excoriators.
The Legion of the Damned do make an appearance and yes they do save the day but you can probably count on both hands the number of pages they appear in.

Other than that it was a good read.
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I've been a fan of the 40K universe for many years now. I love how bleak it is, with failing technology, an Emperor that has to be sacrificed to daily to keep him alive, and with alien and darker threats on every side. If you're not already a fan of the universe then this probably isn't the best introduction, but if you are then dive straight in.

Back in my youth (when I actually played the game) the Legion of the Damned were probably my favourite chapter, simply because of the mystery of them. I was hoping that more about their history and what they were would be revealed in this book, but despite the name they only play a small (if significant) role in the events of the story.

That disappointment aside this book does a good job of reflecting the grim future of the universe. The stilted style evokes the ritualistic lifestyle of the Imperium, especially the space marines. In some ways this was a trip back to my tabletop gaming days, but I found the universe just as compelling, with some brutal military science fiction.

There isn't a great deal of depth to the characters (except for some nuances for the lead), but things move at such a pace that it doesn't matter too much. It does suffer from the faceless enemies syndrome a little, but that is to be expected from a battle on the scale of this. There were some exceptions, especially for the World Eaters - brutal champions of my favorite Chaos Gods.

Overall this is a tense and action packed story, that fits the universe well. And I now have the taste of reading more in this fiction again :-)
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The Legion of The Damned is an exciting Space Marine Battle Book, and a good addition to the series. Its strengths lay in a fairly straight forward story that follows an interesting chapter, The Excoriators, along with engaging characters, and explosive action scenes that are clearly writtten and very exciting.

The first observation is that this novel does not follow the eponymous chapter, or ultimately reveal much about them. Though The Legion of The Damned feature throughout the book, they remain a background presence for the most part, often times not turning up for several chapters at a time, making the book's title a bit of a misnomer.

Fortunately, The Excoriators, who can reasonably considered to be the genuine focus of the story, are a fascinating Chapter. They wear battle scars with pride, are centemptuous of The Imperium's Ecclesiarchy, and are willing to use dubious methods to avoid humiliation at The Feast of Blades ritual combat which launches the story. An interesting factor is that The Excoriators have suffered several defeats. Dejected and somewhat directionless, their indulgences in self-doubt and even open descent makes for a more interesting, dramatic Chapter to follow than the sometimes flawlessly stoic Marines from some other books.

Similarly, Zacharia Kersh is a an engaging protagonist. Dishonoured and mistrusted, he's a virtual Pariah among even his own Chapter, but is their sole hope for vindication at The Feast of Blades, before a greater responsibility is made his. The friction between him and his Chapter sometimes feels a bit 'Un-space-Mariney', but does make for some compelling drama.
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