Wednesday, 27 June 2012

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Space Marine Battles 10: Wrath of Iron - Chris Wraight

Release Date: 26/06/12


After months spent in the service of the Chaos god Slaanesh, the ruling classes of the Contqual sub-sector have finally brought true damnation upon their people - innumerable hordes of foul and lascivious daemons swarm from a tear in the fabric of reality to embrace their mortal pawns and drive them on to ever more depraved acts of worship. It falls to the merciless Space Marines of the Iron Hands Chapter to cleanse these worlds of the warp's unholy taint, and it is upon the surface of Shardenus that the fate of a billion lost souls will be decided.


As a long-time fan of the Warhammer Space Marine Battle series (this being the 10th book in the series) I’ve come to expect more and more from each offering to see where the various authors push the boundaries. Here in this title, Chris Wraight takes the Iron Hands deep into the heart of a battle against followers of the Chaos God Slaanesh on a world that has turned from the light of the God Emperor.

The combat is gruelling, the inter combatant relationships fraught as mistrust vies against the goals and when added to an author who knows how to gain every twist from the reader to the maximum effect, allows the reader to get a story that will haunt them long after the final battle is won as the cost of blood and death is counted by friends and foes alike in a never ending eternal struggle. Add to this great dialogue and an author who feels like they’ve explored the inter unit relationships in depth and all in you’re in for a real treat. Great stuff.

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