The Soul Drinker's Omnibus (Warhammer 40, 000) Paperback – 4 Dec 2006
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Ben Counter is fast becoming one of Black Library's most popular authors. An Ancient History graduate and avid miniature painter, he lives near Portsmouth, England.
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This omnibus contains the first three books in the Soul Drinkers series (Soul Drinker, The Bleeding Chalice and Crimson Tears), with the fourth (Chapter War) having only recently been released. For me the series got better as it progressed. At the end of Crimson Tears I rushed out to buy Chapter War straightaway!
In the fast-paced, action-filled stories the Soul Drinkers must choose whether to betray the Imperium they are sworn to protect or put at stake the honour of their entire chapter. A decision is made and they muct live with the consequences, facing enemies both within and without, human, alien and daemon, along the way.
The only real negatives with this book are the oft-repeated stock phrases that the author uses, which is a particular problem in the first book.
I would recommend this book to any fans of the 40k universe. It offers a glorious insight into the workings of a Space Marine's mind as well as offering several viewpoints on the state of the Imperium. It is full of glorious action sequences and plot twists and has enough character development to keep you interested.
If you are not a fan of the 40k game then I hesitate a little to recommend this book.Read more ›
That said though, I thought main character development throughout the book was slim. The Space Marines are typically pious and stoic in a 'fight or death' kind of way, and you could argue that they would have stock answers for every question and generally speaking those answers would have 'By the Emperor' in them somewhere. The whole book though leans away from the typical Adeptus Astartes and lends itself gloriously to explore the mind of the Space Marine but doesn't quite hit the mark. You can guess what is happening in the minds of main characters like Sarpendon and Pallas, but you never feel privvy to their private thoughts. Ben seems to develop these skills later on, but for more 'human' characters perhaps.
By and large though the writing style and enormous talent and creativity allows Ben to describe a wonderful world at every opportunity, whilst weaving a well-thought out plot through all the books in this omnibus. I expect this author will only improve, and its a delight that my introduction to the Black Library has been with this book.
The only 40k books I have read since that are better/on par with Soul Drinkers are Dan Abnett's!
I grabbed this predominantely due to the price and I used to be into W40k stuff when I was a kid.
The first book was a stuggle for me and I ended up putting it down for a 'fairly' long time, while being about one third of the way through. After finishing Horus Rising, (with a renewed interest), I attacked it with a new spirit of Grr-ness; then I got hooked. It was awesome! I thought it was quite intense, but still quite good too. I slipped easily into the second book and ratted through that while getting impatient with some of the drawn out fight scenes, which I think is both a good thing (showing it's fun), but also annoying.
The third book I was a bit of a dissapointment (it was a stuggle like the first, something to do with 'the enemies' facing the Soul Drinkers, but also felt like it was dragged out too much, and a bit more like I was watching a game of pong). The only consolidation I got was finishing it, and also knowing what happened.
The first chapter of the next book looks cool. Although from the third book, I'm dubious to buy it! Can't say never though..
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(Bought as gift) Book cover and edges partly destroyed — keep and handle your books in a better way, also during dispatch and maybe you'll have happier costumers !Published on 6 Jan. 2013 by Christina
The Idea behind the creation of the soul drinkers gave this space marine novel an identity all of its own. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2012 by Paul
Honour/betrayal/bad/good/wrong/right/day/night/life/death it's got it all:) brilliant read, nearly 5 stars you need superhuman gods as found in 'The Horus Heresy' for 5 stars.Published on 17 April 2012 by Mr. L. D. Grainger
They were the most loyal of all of the legions. Descended from Rogal Dorn, most loyal of the primarchs, a chapter of the imperial fists. This omnibus charts their fall from grace. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2011 by Linsfella
I know this is sci-fi but a lot of what is in the novel beggars belief. Which is a shame considering the concept was promising enough, i.e. Read morePublished on 2 April 2009 by Alpharius
Being an avid fan of the warhammer 40k novels, I thought I couldn't go wrong with this. Especially when it was recommended to me by a worker at games workshop. Read morePublished on 15 Feb. 2009 by H. M. Jones