Monday, 9 November 2009

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40k: Salamander - Nick Kyme


Hailing from the volcanic world of Nocturne, Space Marines from the Salamanders Chapter are in search of an ancient artefact that leads to a world overrun by Chaos. They are the fire-born: implacable warriors with iron hard determination. But all is not what it seems as far more dangerous foe is revealed. As bitter rivalries break out amongst the Salamanders their endurance will be tested to the limit. Will the Salamanders survive long enough to discover the truth about this world and the revelations that will shake the very foundations of this Chapter forever?


Setting the scene for the following books to follow, Salamander is something of a novel offering to be honest. What makes it unique is the fact that the enemy that the Marines are fighting within, is one of their own chapters, which whilst abhorrent to the combatants is something that really does make the reader sit up and pay attention. Politics, double dealing and a great deal of bloodshed are to be unleashed and if you want it done well you have to send a marine to do a man’s job of it. Whilst a certain amount of this offering is background you can’t help but notice the attention to detail that will make this trilogy something special to get your hands on, it’s a modern day (for the Adeptus at any rate) internal civil war the likes of which haven’t been seen for millennia. Great stuff.

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