Tag Archives: Gaunt’s Ghosts

Enter Into The Grim Dark Future (Part 1)


Shadowhawk writes a beginner’s guide to the Warhammer 40,000 range of Black Library fiction, and takes a look at the various factions within the setting, giving an overall perspective over the entire setting.

“In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war, and these are its proponents. Whether you are looking for tales of the average soldier, or genetically modified special forces, or aliens of all sorts, these novels are a good stepping stone into this all-inclusive setting.” ~Shadowhawk

Sabbat Martyr by Dan Abnett – Review [EJ Davies]


“After the events of Straight Silver, The Saint cycle comes to a close with Sabbat Martyr and the arrival of the Ghosts, and the Blood Pact to the world of Heredor.  EJ Davies, in his pursuit to complete the Ghosts saga before the year closes, gives his view.”

“Action, bloodshed, drama, character.  Outstanding Abnett reading.” ~ The Founding Fields.

Straight Silver by Dan Abnett – Review [EJ Davies]


With the Ghosts mourning the loss of Try Again Bragg at the end of The Guns of Tanith, they are committed to the ancient battlefields of Aexe Cardinal. EJ Davies casts his baleful eye over the third in The Saint cycle as the Ghosts tackle a war of arms, and of minds.

“Dan Abnett serves up gripping action, compelling characters, and nail-biting relationships.” ~The Founding Fields.

Guns of Tanith by Dan Abnett – Review [EJ Davies]

Guns of Tanith

EJ Davies, in his ever decreasing quest to complete the Black Library back catalogue, reaches the second novel in The Saint cycle of the Gaunt’s Ghosts saga: Guns of Tanith, following the exploits of the Ghosts as they seek to liberate the world of Phantine from the chaos worshipping Blood Pact.

A rip-roaring book filled with political intrigue, dogfights, and Abnett’s-own brand of visceral, nail biting, hard-edged action.” ~ The Founding Fields.

Honour Guard by Dan Abnett – Review [EJ Davies]


EJ Davies, in his bid to continue his Black Library education, takes on the first in The Saint cycle of the Gaunt’s Ghosts saga, by the man, the legend, Dan Abnett.

“Something of a slightly functional story but with excellent character work turns this from an average to a great book.” ~ The Founding Fields.

Necropolis by Dan Abnett – Review [EJ Davies]


EJ Davies, in his quest to cover the wealth of Black Library releases prior to Horus Rising, takes on the might of Ibram Guant and his Ghosts in the third, and final, of The Founding Cycle.

“A fabulous entry into the Black Library canon, and evidence of why legions of fans have taken the Ghosts to their hearts. Truly great stuff.” ~ The Founding Fields.

Ghostmaker by Dan Abnett – Book Review by EJ Davies



EJ Davies tackles the second Gaunt’s Ghost novel, and the second in the Founding cycle; as Dan Abnett’s first forays into the Sabbat Worlds crusade see the light of day.

“With the potential to be little more than an anthology, Dan Abnett proves not only his talent for writing, but also world building, as we explore more of the Ghosts and Ghosts’ background in a wonderfully crafted book” ~ The Founding Fields.

Salvation’s Reach by Dan Abnett – Advanced Review [Bane of Kings]

Bane of Kings reviews Salvation’s Reach, the latest Gaunt’s Ghosts novel, published by Black Library and written by Dan Abnett.
“Possibly the best outing for Gaunt and his Ghosts yet.” ~The Founding Fields

Salvation’s Reach by Dan Abnett (Advanced Review)

Commissar Ploss returns to book reviews with Salvation’s Reach. The latest novel in the Gaunt’s Ghosts series of books.

“This book is bloody brilliant!”
~The Founding Fields

Note: this is an advanced review. The book will be available for purchase starting October 2011.

Well folks, i’ve finally managed to get another review done. Please forgive the delay.  I was graced with an early look at Dan Abnett’s new book Salvation’s Reach and i have to say, i loved it. Plain and simple.  I could simply save myself the trouble and end the review there but what kind of fan would i be!

Salvation’s Reach is book number 13 in the hallowed Gaunt’s Ghosts series from BL Publishing.  Book 12, better known as Blood Pact saw our favorite regiment of scouts and specialist operatives on a tour of R&R back on the world of Balhaut. Now, there were plenty of things that happened in Blood Pact that effect the way this story plays out, but i won’t really be touching on these. Can’t have spoilers now, can we. lol

Suffice it to say that at the end of Blood Pact the regiment of the Tanith First leaves Balhaut for the planet Menazoid Sigma. 

Menezoid Sigma, we come to find, is a “dispersal point.” Basically a mustering ground for regiments that will be shipping off to war in the near future.  The Tanith First have been drafted into a covert operation, presented by Colonel-Commissar Ibram Gaunt to the Warmaster’s High Command.  Their target? Why, a place called “Salvation’s Reach” of course. :o)

Our wonderful cast of characters is back in action once again; the knife-edge that is Major Rawne, Gol Kolea, Ban Daur, Elodie Dutana (Daur’s significant other), Commissar Viktor Hark, Junior-Commissar Nahum Ludd, and Tona Criid to name a few.  Together, along with a fresh influx of Belladon troops, our intrepid heroes mount a covert assault on the place known as Salvation’s Reach. 

They have with them a person who is key to the operation. A defector of the Archenemy. His head is filled with secret know-how and information that is vital to the mission and it’s success. Naturally, his safety is of the utmost importance, and likewise, challenged at every turn!  Rawne, and the self-appointed “Suicide Kings” are charged with the safe-keeping of this person after an attempt on the defector’s life.

After much travel through the warp, and one outstanding void battle later, the Ghosts launch a two-pronged attack on Salvation’s Reach. One; straight through the front door, loud, large, and in charge.  The second; two small insertion raids that are carried out behind enemy lines so to speak. Gaunt leads this sneaky attack on key areas of Salvation’s Reach, in order to gather vital intelligence and artifacts that Imperial forces can use to dismantle the Sanguinary Lords and finally win the Sabbat Worlds Crusade!

It’s an action packed story filled with battles, babes and booz, not to mention a new love interest for Gaunt.  Oh yeah, did i mention that two brand new characters hailing from Vervunhive make their Gaunt’s Ghosts debut? No, i didn’t? Ah, well you’ll have to find out who they are for yourself. hehehehe

Salvation’s Reach has proven, once again that Dan Abnett is at the top of his game. And even though authors like Aaron Dembski-Bowden are giving him a run for his money, this book clearly demonstrates his mastery of literature.  A thoroughly engaging read, this book is bloody brilliant!

I give Salvation’s Reach a consummate: 10/10 (something, i’d like to point out, i’ve never done before)

reason: Salvation’s Reach  is an outstanding novel. The characterizations are classic Abnett, in the sense that they are fething superb! The pacing doesn’t slow for one moment and will have you constantly turning pages. Thrilling, truly thrilling!  There’s not a fault in this book, and believe me, i looked… looked very hard.

Should you buy this book? YEEEEESSSSS!

Salvation’s Reach is available from Black Library and these fine retailers below: