Tuesday, 26 June 2012

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: The Macharian Crusade 1: Angel of Fire - William King

Release Date: 26/06/12


At the dawn of the forty-first millennium, Lord Commander Macharius and his forces embark upon the re-conquest of over a thousand worlds. A man of steel and fire, Macharius is the only one with the will to lead the massed armies of the Imperium to victory. As the crusade rolls onwards, it reaches the world of Karsk. In the city of Irongrad, the Imperial forces face the crusade's end, unless Macharius and his army can defeat the dreaded Angel of Fire.


The return of Bill King to Black Library has felt like a bit of a Coupe and with the artwork for his Blood of Aenarion having recently won the David Gemmell Ravenheart Award I was more than interested to see how he would do when he returned to the world of 40K after all a number of years have passed and legends have been made by many writers.

What unfurls as usual with Bill is a story that is cleverly crafted, wonderfully interwoven with intrigue and of course brings a realistic level of combat that the reader will be devouring at an unbelievable pace. Add to this accomplished prose and top notch dialogue and its almost as if he’s never been away. Great fun all in and a real joy to read.

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