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Heroes of the Space Marines (Warhammer 40,000 Novels)

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It starts off as your average spess mahreen fluff but as the situation grows dire the space marines slowly crack under pressure and do some heinous things. I believe the 8 I mentioned are good enough for even non-40k fans to read; pulpy, war-torn sci-fi reading! From reading this, you'd think every third Space Marine was a traitor of some sort, rather than being the nigh-on unbreakable fanatics they're supposed to be. There are some stories about loyalist marines slicing their way through hordes of xenos and so on, but quite a few stories are about Chaos marines, initiates etc. I enjoyed reading these short stories, you know what you are going to get with Warhammer 40,000 novels; lots of bloodshed and action.

Young men take part in a Chaotic ritual that they don't truly understand, but one thing is for certain: the only victors will be the traitorous Night Lords. Oh there is the inclusion of Huron BlackHeart the Tyrant and it was interesting to see that every chaos space marines present on that reunion bow to him.

These specialists provide vital support as honour guards and aides – Company Champions defend their Chapter's honour with martial excellence, Ancients guard its inspirational banners, and Company Veterans lay down hails of fire from relic bolt weapons. Honour among Fiends' by Dylan Owen is the fourth story of the collection and is easily one of the best in the book. I was rather dissapointed in the first story, "The Skull Harvest" by Graham McNeil, I've read his other works and have enjoyed them, so I had high expectations, but was severely let down. Gav Thorpe - Renegades - 3/5 It's avenging sons story - to my knowledge doesn't connect to any previous publish tale.

The first story `The Skull Harvest' by Graham McNeill, sees the Iron Warriors Warsmith Honsou and his men compete in a tournament for the right to raise an army. he most heroic battle-brothers in a Space Marine company often form an elite retinue, sworn to fight alongside their Captain. The story is very well written and is both entertaining and funny in places with some nice action scenes and a good plot. Finally One Hate is a rare example of an Aaron Dembski Bowden story that doesn't hit the mark, the crime in this case being that it's not very interesting.The final story in this collection is `One Hate' by Aaron Dembski-Bowden which although good is something of a retread of `And They Shall Know No Fear. As other commenters mentioned, the title does clash with a few stories, as some of them deal with Chaos Space Marines, who are hardly heroic! It's a team of Deathwatch (as you probably know,they are taken from different chapters with different beliefs trying to work together. Ten stories, with 5 of them being focused on Chaos Space Marines hardly makes for a "heroes" collection, but aside from that, the book was good. Out of the 8 stories I liked the ones that stood out the best and that made this anthology worthwhile were: Honor Among Fiends, Fires of War, Labyrinth, Headhunted, And They Shall Know No Fear, and, One Hate(details on each in my updates).

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. This anthology features an Ultramarines series tie-in by Graham McNeill featuring the Iron Warrior Honsou, a prequel story to the Salamander series by Nick Kyme, a tie-in to the Imperial Fists series by Chris Roberson and Deathwatch and Night Lords stories, setting the stars ablaze with the fury of the Space Marines.But this is a really good intro to many of the series the Black Library has going, so it's worth reading just for that - assuming you have any interest in the 40K universe, and if you don't why are you reading this anyway? In the grim darkness of the Warhammer 40,000 universe mankind is beset by foes in a galaxy wracked by eternal war. Better than that Soul Drinkers nonsense, but not as good as the Ultramarines series, or Brothers of the Snake.

All of those are the heroic Space Marine fluff style stuff that makes me want to die a hero, and that is exactly what I was looking for when I cracked the book. I do like that the main character is one of the potential recruits and the conflict within the Night Lords force is also nicely done.

Ein Geschichte über eine abtrünnig gewordene Kompanie, ein bisschen Nigthlords sowie Sons of Malice (selten). Headhunted' by Steve Parker is my favourite story included in this book and sees a Deathwatch Killteam infiltrate an ork ship.

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