Î Read Î Helsreach by Aaron Dembski-Bowden µ Currently finishing off this rather charming read I say that as while I m a fan of the 40K game , i ve often found the books to be rather dry , dull and lacking in anything other then 1 dimensional space marines.
The only other exception I found was the Brothers of the Snake , which shares the excellent character development that makes this book so enjoyable Space Marines have characters and personalities that are not human , that s it , such a simple thing They re not 1D killing machines , they re not human any Helsreach does a great job of secondary characters as well , fleshing out identities in such a small space allotted to them is something Aaron Dembksi Bowden does very very well so their personalities , fears , ideals are very different, from the average human of the 40K emporium , and thankfully so are the humans in th A great first foray into the Warhammer 40k universe, and a must if you re a fan of the Black Templars It struck a nice balance between fast paced action and character development.
When The World Of Armageddon Is Attacked By Orks, The Black Templars Space Marine Chapter Are Amongst Those Sent To Liberate It Chaplain Grimaldus And A Band Of Black Templars Are Charged With The Defence Of Hive Helsreach From The Xenos Invaders In One Of The Many Battlezones But As The Orks Numbers Grow And The Space Marines Dwindle, Grimaldus Faces A Desperate Last Stand In An Imperial Temple Determined To Sell Their Lives Dearly, Will The Black Templars Hold On Long Enough To Be Reinforced, Or Will Their Sacrifice Ultimately Be In Vain Details Helsreach by Aaron Dembski BowdenBlack Library Publishing414 Pages This is an advance copy review.
Description When the world of Armageddon is attacked by orks, the Black Templars Space Marine Chapter are amongst those sent to liberate it Chaplain Grimaldus and a band of Black Templars are charged with the defence of Hive Helsreach from the xenos invaders in one of the many battlezones But as the orks numbers grow and the Space Marines dwindle, Grimaldus faces a desperate last stand in an Imperial temple Determined to sell their lives dearly, will the Black Templars hold on long enough to be reinforced, or will their sacrifice ultimately be in vain Black Library.
comWhile I am familiar on a basic level with the Black Templars I don t know all the details of the major characters, so walking in to this novel I m almost a BT newbie.
In a lot of ways, Helsreach, an industrial planet at the edge of the empire, is invaded by a horde of blood thirsty space orcs.
What follows is a battle of immense proportions.
This is written in a very easy style making it an absolute pleasure to read The language is fairly plain meaning you are never confused about where you are or who just got their face smashed in.
The story is quite loose and isn t afraid to glaze over a big battle if things are getting stale.
I have a rough knowledge of the lore but I don t think it is really necessary, a quick google for Warhammer 40k will bring you back enough images of models to get the gist.
The violence is quite graphic and plentiful, the set piece battles are great What I really liked is that the bad guys are actually scary, too often the good guys are over powered.
A very enjoyable.
Single handed one of the best 40k books available This book follows Grimaldus, the high chaplain of the black Templars If your new to 40k a high chaplain is not just a religious leader, this chaplain gets his hands dirty purging xenos from the Galaxy in the emperors name.
Needless to say this book is teaming with action It s doesn t give you much in the life of an average imperial citizen, but it will make you aware of what it s like defending a city that the rest of the empire has written off as casualties.
Dang this was a really really good read Probably the best ADB book I have read so far The characters and the action are both top notch And Andrej is the best boy.
I was extremely skeptical about reading Helsreach since the vast majority of licensed IP tie in novels that crop up around successful game movie tv franchises are terrible, but this is one of those rare cases when the author absolutely gets it right The Grimdark comes to life from the perspectives of a diverse cross section of characters that are thrown together in the defense of Hive Helsreach against an overwhelming ork invasion while struggling to understand each other and find ways to cooperate All the inter departmental Imperial politics and prejudices from the obscure fluffy sections of the various 40k rulebooks turn up as serious problems that must be overcome by the various forces, and the tensions that result feel very believable The orks actually come off as being rather flat and boring by comparison to all th This is the first Warhammer book I read that regular people not just Asartes actually fight It also introduced me to the Salamanders aka the loves of my life The author was able to make most of the characters likable even the Limbless Lady in a Giant Jaroddly enough Even though there is a central character, the story is mostly ensamble I m glad because if the fate of the planet depended on a guy who really ambivalent about his life, it would have been lame I liked the interaction the Asartes, humans, mechano whatevers all got to have Seeing theme work as a team was interesting, and they re actually pretty supportive of each other as individuals One thing that was completely lame was the adversary Orks basically exist as something for Emperor of Mankind and Co to kill Makes the whole fighting sequences infinately less interes
5 stars, but I decided to be genereous in the end Imagine if Darth Vader leads the defense of Minas Tirith in a world, which is far darker than either Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings , and you ll get an idea about what this book is about Grimaldus, the Reclusiarch of the Black Templars must lead the defence of Helsreach against an endless hordes of orks As bonus, you have also clashes between giant robots, which are meaner than both transformers or gundams All in all, a nerdheaven Warhammer rules More detailed review in Bulgarian here