Monthly Archives: January 2011

Walmart.com has some BL Books at insanely low prices!

I’ve got a list of in-stock books from Black Library that are available from Walmart.com, the website of one of the United States largest retail chains. They’ve got them at insanely low prices at the moment, so it’s beneficial to you to pick these up now, while they still last!

ok, so here’s what i’ve been able to find:


The Killing Ground – by Graham McNeill

price: $7.88

Hellforged – by Ben Counter

Price: $6.00

Volume 1 of the Imperial Guard Omnibus 

Price: $9.00 

Blood Ravens: The Dawn of War Omnibus 

Price: $8.00

Savage Scars by Andy Hoare – Advanced Review [Bane of Kings]

Savage-Scars

Bane of Kings writes a short review of Savage Scars by Andy Hoare, published by Black Library.

“Andy Hoare does action right. No restraint, no forgiveness.” ~The Founding Fields.

Note: This is an advanced review for Black Library and this novel is not available for purchase until March 2011. 

Now then, this was to be my first White Scars Novel that I’ve read, and also my first novel that I’ve read written by Andy Hoare, who has also written novels such as Hunt for Voldorius, and an older novel, which is now out of stock on Black Library’s website – Rogue Star.

The Plot of this novel is fairly simple, with White Scars, along with Imperial Guard, Ultramarines, Scythes of the Emperor and Iron Hands, among other chapters including the Novamarines on a crusade force against the Tau Empire. However, there are a few minor twists and turns to it, such as the stakes being raised higher as the novel goes on.

First of all, Lucian Gerrit, main character of Andy Hoare’s Rogue Trader Novels returns to fight once again, despite this being a White Scars novel and not a Rogue Trader Novel, so this will be a plus for those who were around in the earlier years of Black Library novel. Unfortunately I missed these two books, and am hoping for a reprint.

Sure, there may be very little scenes where somebody is not firing a bolter or in close combat, but Andy Hoare does describe the action very well, even if the novel is a bit fast paced.

The novel is focused around the actions of three main characters, putting them each in different settings and making them each have their own objectives. Lucian is leading the Imperial Guard, Sarik, the White Scars character and presumably the astartes on the cover, is the second, and the third is Lucian’s daughter Brielle, currently in league with the Tau. Unfortunately, even though there is character development in this novel, there is very little seen, but nonetheless, the great action kind of makes up for it, unless you think that the key to a good novel is character development.

Now, you don’t really have to pick up the Rogue Trader novels from a second hand bookstore or eBay to understand what’s happening in this novel, as Andy Hoare explains it all at the beginning, which sets up the scene for this novel.

And, on that bombshell, I leave you with:

Rating: 3/5

 

Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz – Review [Bane of Kings]

Ravens Gate cover Horowitz[4]

Bane of Kings writes a short review of Raven’s Gate by Anthony Horowitz in the Power of Five series.

“The First in an epic Young Adult series.” ~The Founding Fields

Black Library News – January

Howdy y’all. Commissar Ploss here with some updates for yous crazy souls. I’ve got the scoop on Black Library News for the Month of January. check it out!

Just click the link and you’ll be directed to the document: Black Library News – January

DropSiteMassacre – Friend of TFF

Time to promote a friend!

DropSiteMassacre is a Black Library, 40k Book Review blog, from a 40k fan for 40k fans. DSM and TFF were founded almost at the same time, and as such have a lot in common. 
I visit his site all the time and always enjoy the reviews i read over there. I admire his work greatly and applaud him.  Lately he’s slowed down a bit, but i have to give the man props, since he’s now a proud father!!!

So, i’d like to take this opportunity to further our collective wargaming community by promoting a friend of mine, and a friend of The Founding Fields.  So, i’ve linked his latest review of the Ravenor Omnibus by Dan Abnett. I hope all of you will take the time to head over there and show him the same kind of love that you all have shown me and my staff. I would really appreciate it. and i believe, as a Commissar, i have a duty to make sure that’s an order!

So here it is the link to DSM’s review of the Ravenor Omnibus by Dan Abnett:

http://dropsitemassacre.blogspot.com/2011/01/ravenor-omnibus-by-dan-abnett.html

CP

http://dropsitemassacre.blogspot.com/

Double Book Review – Age of Ra [James Lovegrove] – Kell’s Legend [Andy Remic]

Please welcome our newest reviewer Millennium to the team! He’s here to kick things off with two brand new reviews! Age of Ra by James Lovegrove(Solaris Books) and Kell’s Legend by Andy Remic(Angry Robot Books).  He’s even provided his 5 point rating scale for us to reference. You’ll be sure to see many more reviews by him in the future.

RATING SCALE: 1-5

1 don‘t even pick up
2 slow to read and hard to under stand
3 ok, but easy to forget
4 Good book amazing read
5 need to buy! it’s a must have 

The age of Ra by James Lovegrove

A mix between ancient Egyptian gods and futuristic battles where humans are pawns in a game; this book is extremely well written. With every twist and turn that unravels the mysteries of a man and his lost brother. Even though that it has a slow start it has thrilling and unexpected twist of fate. But what’s fate to a god. It takes place in a semi futuristic time kind of like the star wars where even though they have all this cool technology many things are like the old Egyptian times. The main character is extremely easy to relate to. I’m glad that for my first review it was this book. At first it takes some getting used to flip flopping from the real world to the point of view of the gods. But you get used to it quickly.

The way that they depict the gods is sort of strange like a family reality show and with a mix of back ground info but even if you don’t know any of the old Egyptian gods they fill you in pretty well. When David goes out on a routine mission he’s thrown in for the fight if his life and was left for dead is captured and has to watch as all of his men die (after an epic battle including mummies!) he defies all odds gets captured again but with a bit of luck he hocks up with some riders.

The next thing you know he’s signed up with a town called Freegyptians who despise the gods and would if they could have it rid the world of them. As a whole it’s a great book and had me excited to pick up the book.

BUY or PASS: This book is definitely a buy. 

I’d have to rate it a 4.

Kell’s Legend by Andy Remic

Enter: Kell, the legendary warrior from fabled tales. He is a fearsome warrior from years gone by, but when his own village is attacked he is forced to pick up his blood axe to save his granddaughter from mechanical fiends and other horrible creatures, he brings us along a bloody ride while exploring the secrets of a race of vampire/ machine like people that are trying to over throw the empire.

This book is so enticing that you won’t be able to put it down. In the beginning every things all fine and you don’t know where the book will take you then out of the blue total chaos brakes out. In a few short chapters the whole village is over ruined and enslaved. The least likely character is a total killing machine with some past problems ends up risking his life for a thief that he barley knows which puts his granddaughter’s life at risk. Throughout the way he has to constantly fight of these huge grotesque beasts that are also part machine and even more disturbing part human. At the same time as were following Kells story were fallowing a young women who’s also trying to escape.

Throughout her whole life she had to live with the idea that she was impure of blood which is no fault of her own and is punishable by death. She seeks out the answers of her father’s past and intertwines both hers and Kells fate.

BUY or pass: definitely a buy

RATING: 5 it is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.

you can buy Kell’s Legend and the Age of Ra below:
 

God King by Graham McNeill – Review [Bane of Kings]

God-King

Bane of Kings writes a short review of the third novel in the Sigmar trilogy, God King.

“An epic conclusion to the Legend of Sigmar Trilogy.” ~The Founding Fields

Prospero Burns by Dan Abnett – Review

Commissar Ploss here with another book review. His first review for 2011, no less. Prospero Burns by Dan Abnett.

The Vlka Fenryka – Be it man, beast, xenos, daemon, or demigod, they will kill it. They are the Emperor’s sanction.
                     -The Founding Fields 

 So i’ve just finished reading Prospero Burns.  I have to say, there was a lot of anticipation surrounding this novel. Lots of hype. I for one was one of those who couldn’t wait to get their hands on it. 

So when i finally did (The folks at BL were nice enough to send me one),  I was very eager to get going.

The novel’s central character is a man by the name of Kasper Hawser.  Founder of the Terran “Conservatory”, he has been a driving force behind the compilation and collation of knowledge from Terra’s past.  A crazy turn of events has him leaving on a trip to Fenris to “observe” the Space Wolves on their home planet.  It’s nothing but trouble from then on through. 

I have to add here that Abnett has taken the name “Space Wolves” and almost struck it completely from the manuscript. Settling on something much more badass. Vlka Fenryka. The Rout. It is the name the space wolves give themselves in their own tongue of Juvjk, their “hearth-cant” language.  With Juvjk comes another “language” of sorts that Abnett has added. Wurgen, is their war tongue, used to describe things associated with battle and war.

Getting back to Hawser and the main plot, Hawser does become an observer of sorts to the Vlka Fenryka.  He becomes what is known as a skjald.  The Rout’s version of a remembrancer. Although instead of using recording devices in the classic sense, a skjald uses his memories to make accounts of battles and tell of the wondrous deeds of the Vlka Fenryka.  Traveling with the men of Tra (Third Company), Hawser makes accounts of the battles that he gets to witness with them. Recounting those tales in front of all the men usually after the battles or during times of rest.

The book is very flash-back heavy… very very very flash-back heavy…  To the point where it really drags on you.  Unlike Mr. Abnett’s other books, i found it waaay to easy to put this story down and move onto other things. That’s probably what took me so long to read it. I just couldn’t read another recurring dream sequence anymore… it really got old after a while.  

Another thing. I mentioned up at the beginning of this review that there was a lot of hype and expectation surrounding this novel, and with a cover as grand as this, and a title just as tantalizing, i have to say, i was sorely disappointed for about 15/16th’s of this book…  If you’re looking at this book thinking, “ooh, Russ is on the cover, there must be some awesome fighting in this book! It’s gotta be about the battle of Prospero, just look at the title!,” I’m sorry to say that you’re wrong…  Very little of this book has to do with Prospero burning… almost equally lacking are any scenes with the Wolf King. That’s not saying he doesn’t make an appearance, it’s just that he’s a minor character at best…  Even the description from Black Library is a sad misrepresentation: 

The Emperor is enraged. Primarch Magnus the Red of the Thousand Sons Legion has made a terrible mistake that endangers the very safety of Terra. With no other choice, the Emperor charges Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves, with the apprehension of his brother from the Thousand Sons home world of Prospero. This planet of sorcerers will not be easy to overcome, but Russ and his Space Wolves are not easily deterred. With wrath in his heart, Russ is determined to bring Magnus to justice and bring about the fall of Prospero.

                                                                        -Black Library

 It felt like it isn’t until the last 30-50 pages or so that Prospero is featured in the setting.  I’m sorry to say, but it was frighteningly disappointing.  My expectations were unnaturally high, and why wouldn’t they be, just look at that description, cover, and title… 

Now, with all that said, the story does wrap up quite nicely. With all of the flashbacks coming together in a climactic conclusion that makes utterly no sense until those end pages. I was pleased with the way that things came out, even though i’ve just slagged the novel’s preparation by it’s publisher. lol In the end, you realize that this book was more of a psychological thriller than a gritty hardcore war novel. Which is fine! just…not what i was expecting. That being said, it was written quite well. Very well i might add. My disappointments were dulled some by the ending and the way that Mr. Abnett wrapped things up.

I have to unfortunately give this book a mediocre 6/10.

Reason: with the way that BL hyped this thing up as a Wolves vs. 1k Sons book, it sure wasn’t.  This isn’t meant to be a stab at Dan Abnett’s character mind you, it’s just my honest opinion. Had i expected something along the lines of a psych thriller i probably would have rated it higher. I just can’t in good conscience give it anything more that 6. I did put it down a lot, it dragged along, and only at the end, was the story slightly redeemed.  I had that “Is that it!?” feeling running through my gut, when i read the account of Prospero… perhaps 20 pages at most being dedicated to the subject plastered in the title.

Should you buy this book? No.

I feel horrible having to say no.  But, if you are a fan of the 40k Universe and have read all the Horus Heresy books thus far, then you’ll want to pick it up just for the sake of your collection.  Otherwise, if all you’ve heard is the hype, don’t do it. I’m sorry to say that like me, you’ll probably be disappointed…  And Abnett is my favorite author… So i’ll always buy his books, i’m just shocked i wasn’t enthralled by this manuscript… 

If you would care to buy the book, you can find it below: