Saturday, 3 September 2011

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Path of the Eldar 2: Path of the Seer - Gav Thorpe

Release Date: 01/09/11


The ancient eldar are a mysterious race and each devotes their life to a chosen path that will guide their actions and decide their fate. Thirianna abandons her simple existence to embark upon the mysterious Path of the Seer. She will tread a dark and dangerous road that leads her to the other realm of the warp, where daemons are made flesh and nightmares are manifest, for only there can she realise her psychic abilities. After unleashing her powers in battle and communing with the spirits of her craft world, Thirianna turns her skills to discerning the future amidst the myriad strands of fate. Her visions reveal a great threat descending on Alaitoc, and both the living and the dead will march to war to defend it.


What Gav Thorpe does well is present the reader with characters that they can not only associate with but breathes life into cultures that are hard for readers to imagine. Here in the second title in the Path of the Eldar series he brings the magical aspect to life as the Eldar fight to save their homeworld from the trespasses of the Space Marines.

As usual the characters are wonderfully descriptive as well as emotionally rounded, the plot line is fast paced and with the addition of bloody combat for each step taken by both sides its one that the readers will love as it takes a different angle in the world as opposed to the oft treaded ground of the warriors of mankind. Add to this some decent twists and turns with an overall arc that demonstrates that the fight for survival is harsh as well as brutal and it’s a book that really adds some extra depth to the universe.

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