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on 29 August 2010
This book is part of the Space Marine Battles Novel collection published by the Black Library. These collection of novels aim to give the reader a greater understanding of the Space Marines than ever before and also to try and provide and stronger link between tabletop gaming and the Warhammer 40K literary universe. This book does exactly that.
This book deals specifically with the Crimson Fists Space Marine Chapter and the assault upon their homeworld of Rynn's World by the Orks of Warlord Snagrod. After the near annihilation of the chapter following the destruction of their fortress Arx Tyrannus the chapter sets out to survive the coming weeks against all adds until reinforcements arrive. This book tells that tale.
The two main characters of this novel are Chapter Master Pedro Kantor and Captain Alessio Cortez, who fans of the Warhammer 40K tabletop game should be familiar as they are or have been playable characters. These characters are well developed by the author Steve Parker, and the reader gets to see a greater deal of interaction between Space Marine characters than in many other Black Library Novels.
Also included in this book in the middle pages are a couple of glossy colour maps and diagrams of the area of Rynn's World and the the surrounding lands that really help the reader to visualise to conflicts mentioned thoughout the novel. In addition to this if you are a fan of the Warhammer 40K tabletop game then these maps can be really useful and they can help you plan a narrative based campaign based on the novel - recreating engagements described in the book.
Overall I would recommend this book to any fan of the Warhammer 40K tabletop game, Black Library novels or even just a Science Fiction novel fan in general.