Tuesday, 24 April 2012

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Soul Drinkers: Phalanx - Ben Counter

Release Date: 02/04/12


Phalanx, the great star fort of the Imperial Fists, is playing host to Space Marines from half a dozen Chapters, alongside Inquisitors, Sisters of Battle and agents of the Adeptus Mechanicus. They have come together to witness the end of a Space Marine Chapter, as the once-noble Soul Drinkers, now Chaos-tainted renegades and heretics, are put on trial for their crimes against the Imperium. But dark forces are stirring and even this gathering of might may not be enough to guard against the evil that is about to be unleashed...


One of the Black Library’s most underated authors in my opinion is Ben Counter and whilst perhaps he’s not out there as much as Abnett or McNeill, his writing is solid, with cracking use of pace and top notch characterisation. In this title he presents more of the same with solid combat sequences, a twist or two and when backed with a lead character that really keeps you glued makes this a story that was hard to put down.

All in for me, Ben is an author who likes to give the reader what they want and when you add the passion that is obvious beneath the writing for what he does, it carries it off without any real hitches. Great stuff.

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