Sunday, 20 January 2013

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Space Marine Battles 11: Siege of Castellax - CL Werner

Release Date: 22/11/12


The Chaos Space Marines of the Iron Warriors Legion have long been renowned as the masters of siege warfare, able to inflict devastating firepower and unimaginable cruelty upon their foes. On the world of Castellax, twisted Warsmith Andraaz builds his own empire even as a system-crushing ork Waaagh! approaches, and drives his own slaves ever harder to meet their production quotas and supply materiel for the Legion’s many warbands. Their walls are strong and their weapons ready, but how long can the planet hold out against the deadly greenskin invasion when whisperings of rebellion begin to pass between the Iron Warriors’ downtrodden vassals?


I’m a huge fan of the Space Marine Battles yet sadly for me this title didn’t live up to what I was expecting almost feeling as if it was going through the motions rather than delivering a novel to keep the reader sated. Yes there were battles, yes there was epic marine action but for me the plot felt like it was lacking something and for me I think what hit it clear on the head was that I didn’t get on with the characters. They felt a little flat, they didn’t jump out as the heroes of epic proportions as you’d expect and when a novel just really feels like tis following a pattern then you have to sadly question it.

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