Monday, 29 June 2009
SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Ed. Nick Kyme and Lindsay Preistley - Heroes of the Space Marines
In the grim darkness of the Warhammer 40,000 universe mankind is beset by foes in a galaxy wracked by eternal war. Step forth the Space Marines, superhuman warriors and the ultimate protectors of humanity. Heroes of the Space Marines is an anthology of stories about these brave champions and their dark counterparts, the Chaos Space Marines.
This anthology features an Ultramarines series tie–in by Graham McNeill featuring the Iron Warrior Honsou, a prequel story to the forthcoming Salamander series by Nick Kyme, a tie–in to the new Imperial Fists series by Chris Roberson and all–new Deathwatch and Night Lords stories, setting the stars ablaze with the fury of the Space Marines.
One thing that Black Library always does well is compendium’s of short stories. They’re cracking value for money as for the cost of a book, you get to try a number of their authors to see which style fits your tastes as well as a chance to pick up a favoured author’s within. Here in this offering you get tales from all points of view, be it the Orks, Chaos or even the saviours of mankind, the Adeptus Astartes (or Space Marines to most people. LOL)
Add to the mix that the reader never knows the outcome of the tale until the last few lines and you’ve got a cracking series of stories. Great stuff.