- 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 (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Legion of the Damned (Space Marine Battles) Paperback – 29 Mar 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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 :-)
There is a gloriously nostalgic homage to the halcion days of Rogue Trader (The original WH40k way back in the late 1970's when Games Workshop started up, where contests between squads of marines would take place, and those left alive at the end were declared the winner) in Th Feast of Blades, which, for me, was the highlight of the entire book.
Rob Sanders may be a good writer, but I found his continual usage of different titles for singular characters all used in the same paragraph/chapter/page somewhat more than confusing most of the time.
Every time this style of writing appeared, it seemed that a conversation between one or two characters suddenly became a public debate between a dozen or more characters instead.
There's a lot of internecine politics going on, not just between chapters, but also between the Excoriators themselves, which just mimics the Salamanders books written by sanders as well.
This could have been a much better book, if the title and storyline had centered around the Excoriators alone, and not thrown everyone off by the title the book was given.
The Legion of the Damned were originally a successor chapter of the Ultramarines, for those whose memories don't go as far back as mine does, or those who weren't born before the mid-1980's, when Rogue Trader died out, and WH40k came into its own.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A good read but wrongly titled. The legion only appears at the end so a bit disappointing!Published 13 days ago by taz99
Not really about the legion, but great book about the lore.
Inspired some interesting models!
This is a good read but for 1 small point. If your wanting as the title and art work shows about the legion of the damned then you'll be greatly disappointed. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Scott H
Very disappointing and missleading... Very very little to do with the Legion of the Damned. Minor paragraph appearences here and there throughout the story and then only a small... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Paul Vince
After competing against the other Imperial Fist Successor Chapters in the Feast of Blades Zachariah Kersh, the Excoriators finest warrior, is given command of the Chapter's Fifth... Read morePublished 22 months ago by T. R. Alexander
Loved the book, at first disappointed about the lack of the Legion of The Damned actually in the book, but that is really to be expected, if you know any fluff about the Legion of... Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2014 by Martin