Wednesday, 7 December 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Sisters of Battle 1: Faith and Fire - James Swallow

Release Date: 16/03/06


When a dangerous psychic terrorist escapes from their custody, the Sisters of Battle not only have to hunt down and recapture him, but also need to restore their honour in the eyes of their superiors. Armed with determination, faith and the best training and weaponry the Imperium has to offer, the Sisters will let nothing and nobody stand in their way.


Whilst for many this title is a reread as it was originally written a few years ago, it’s great to go back and see one of the newer chapters emerging into the written word of the Warhammer 40K universe. They’re gutsy, they have conviction and when backed with a mandate and mantra that would cow lesser beings, it’s easy to see why this chapter is perhaps one of the most mysterious as well as enigmatic.

The book is well written, the characters stand out and when you add the thread of dealing with a heretical “witch” to the plot, it’s one that really is one hell of a journey to reach not only the truth at the heart of the matter but also of self-discovery for the characters involved. Well written and decent combat scenes continue throughout which works on so many levels for myself. Great stuff.

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