Saturday, 9 July 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor Czevak: Atlas Infernal - Rob Sanders

Release Date: 07/07/11


Inquisitor Bronislaw Czevak is a hunted man. Escaping from the Black Library of the eldar, Czevak steals the Atlas Infernal - a living map of the Webway. With this fabled artefact and his supreme intellect, Czevak foils the predations of the Harlequins sent to apprehend him and thwarts his enemies within the Inquisition who want to kill him. Czevak's deadliest foe, however, is Ahriman - arch-sorcerer of the Thousand Sons. He desires the knowledge within the Black Library, knowledge that can exalt him to godhood, and is willing to destroy the inquisitor to obtain it. A desperate chase that will bend the fabric of reality ensues, where Czevak's only hope of survival is to outwit the chosen of Tzeentch, Lord of Chaos and Architect of Fate. Failure is unconscionable, the very cost to the Imperium unimaginable.


In a world where religion, politics, machinations and continual war occur, there are some that concentrate on the battle aspects, some who concentrate on ferreting out the truth and then you have Rob Sanders who mashes it all up and presents the reader with a thought provoking title where the road to the Warp is paved with good intentions.

Add to this a memorable lead character, some great twists, solid combat which when backed with the relevant dogma’s alongside struggles really presents the reader with a cracking read. Whilst some may be tempted to skip some of the pages, its one of those books where the devil (or elder) is in the detail and a key clue could easily be missed. Finally add to this a unique storytelling voice and it was a title of high adventure with creative concepts.

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