Tuesday, 13 December 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Space Marine Battles: The Gildar Rift - Sarah Cawkwell

Release Date: 08/12/11


When the ancient warship Wolf of Fenris emerges from the warp, Imperial forces find that it has been overrun by the dreaded Red Corsairs. However, this is no mere raiding party – Huron Blackheart and his entire renegade fleet soon follow, intent on conquering the Gildar Rift and tightening their grip on the sector. Lance batteries and torpedo salvos burn fiery contrails through the void, and only Captain Arrun of the Silver Skulls Space Marine Chapter can halt the renegades’ advance. The fate of the Rift will not be decided in the heavens but on the surface of Gildar Secundus below.


I hadn’t read any of Sarah’s writing before, so when it’s an established series I always look at the architecture of the authors writing to see not only if it fits in but adds something new and unique to the world. What Sarah does in this book is bring the human element to the fore of the Astartes as characters have doubts as well as emotional conflicts that aids in humanising these almost superhero giants.

It’s wonderfully written, contains cleverly crafted space battles and hand to hand which when all brought together gives the reader a story that they’ll remember for quite some time. Sarah for me, is a real find for the Black Library and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future. Magic.

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