Monday, 18 January 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Sons of Dorn - Chris Roberson


Having survived the Imperial Fists brutal recruitment regime, rivals Zatori, du Queste and Taloc advance to the ranks of Scouts. When they join the Imperial Fists in their action on Vernalis, a planet blighted by Chaos, their loyalty to the Emperor and their fortitude in battle will be sorely tested. Will they be able to overcome the power of the Roaring Blades Traitor Guard, or will old enmities lead to their downfall?


With many a fan of the Adeptus Astartes there always seems to be a plethora of books surrounding the better known chapters with some escaping the attention of fans to disappear into the darkness as if they’d never existed. What works extremely well within this tale is that we have a new Chapter and Brotherhood to follow, who whilst small allows a greater freedom with perhaps a greater sense of achievement for their chapters glory as this unknown brotherhood storm the planets to save mankind from falling to the forces of chaos. What perhaps makes them more human is their lack of all the gene traits of other chapters which means that they suffer for each wound taken, they face almost insurmountable odds as perhaps what feels like one of the Poorest Astartes Chapters allowing the reader to not only sympathise but enjoy their triumphs against the odds.

Well written, cracking battle sequences but above a humility as well as honour driven novel that will definitely improve the chapters battle presence on many a tabletop. I’ll look forward to seeing future novels in this series as they face off against other foes.

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