Monday, 24 May 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40k: Helsreach - Aaron Dembski-Bowden


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.


Having been impressed with Aaron’s writing previously I was looking forward to this novel as he has a pretty nifty style of writing. Here in Helsreach you can tell that he’s improving all the time, so much so in fact, that this novel is written in the style of an old soldier. It keeps the descriptive to a minimum as most readers don’t need it embellished upon, only to get the facts and figures along with the glorious combat sequences that he’s becoming well known for.

Add to the mix a damn high body count (including God Machines) and you know that its not only going to be a bloody as well as brutal fight for the world but also that he won’t hold back leaving chapters weak in its wake. Great stuff from a rising star of the Black Library and one that will definitely win him some more 40k fans.

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