Monday, 15 February 2010

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Rynn's World - Steve Parker


When the ork hordes of Warlord Snagrod lay waste to the planet of Badlanding and wipe out the Crimson Fists sent to stop them, Chapter Master Kantor prepare a hasty line of defence on the Fists home planet of Rynn's World. Tragedy strikes when an errant missile destroys the Space Marine's Chapter monastery and most of their warriors. With a handful of Crimson Fists left, Kantor must fight the campaign of his life, to defeat Snagrod's orks and prevent his Chapter's annihilation.


With many a Marine fighting to save a world within their area of space, it’s not often that you see the sheer desperation on the scale of chaos presented within. Here the chapter fight to save their own home world where even a victory comes at a massive cost yet to lose means an even greater loss to the survival of those who live under the guiding light of the God Emperor.

Beautifully written, the sheer desperation comes through as each Marine looks within himself to give his best for his chapter and each sacrifice comes at great personal loss to not only the brotherhood as a whole but to the reader. Heroes are never needed more in this dark offering and the sheer scale shines through. I just hope that the other titles in this series are as hard hitting as the Black Library goes from strength to strength.

No comments: