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A let down
on 21 June 2011
I have read far too many of Black Library's books to count them. I will be the first to admit, that I have enjoyed the vast majority of them...but sadly, Gavin Thorpes "Purging of Kadillus" is a not one of those.
My initial response to the book was that it was "ok", but having now had time to reflect on its content, my opinion is now rather that the book is "poor".
Thorpe has written some excellent stories - first among them being the "Path of the Warrior" book, concerning the enigmatic Eldar. And that he does very well. The iconic Adeptus Astartes, however, seem to perpetually be beyond Thorpe's grasp. I have read many of his stories - "Angels of Darkness" and "Call of the Lion" as well as listened to his audiobook "Raven's Flight" - and have noticed that whenever the author tries to portray Astartes, they come across as flat and...well...boring.
Being a fan of the Dark Angels Chapter - the protagonists of this particular book - I am very disappointed by the way they are portrayed. Their commander, Belial, comes across as insecure, second-guessing, and keeps turning to an attached, junior character for validation and confirmation of everything he does. The Chaplain, Boreas, is stubborn to the point of sheer stupidity and arrogant to boot - the sole redeeming character is that of Scout-Sergeant Naaman, whose exploits are interesting and whose insights are enlightning.
Of the Space Maries Battles series, I have read three - "Rynn's World", "Helsreach" and this one. This stands as by far the worst.
When compared to a writer of Aaron Dembski-Bowden's caliber - an author who has also written about the Dark Angels in the short story "Savage Weapons" - Gav Thorpes short-comings become painfully clear. Sadly, it seems that Black Library has given the task for detailing the exploits of the Dark Angels to Gav Thorpe, so we can expect further trash like this book from his hand.
Alas and woe.