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Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders – Book Review [Bellarius]

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Bellarius reviews the Space Marine Battles novel Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders.

“A grim tale of survival and war which exemplifies how to truly write about a space marine chapter.” – The Founding Fields

Redemption Corps by Rob Sanders – Book Review [Eroldren]

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Eroldren reviews Rob Sanders’ debut novel from Black Library, Redemption Corps, an Imperial Guard novel.

“Sidestepping away from the Guardsman norm Rob Sanders instead tackles their elite: Storm Troopers. However, certain aspects of the novel muddle down part of the reading experience.” – The Founding Fields

The Primarchs – Advance Review [Shadowhawk]

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Shadowhawk reviews the third Horus Heresy anthology, a collection of four novellas focused exclusively on a Primarch: Fulgrim, Ferrus Manus, Lion El’Jonson and Alpharius.

“Some of the best Black Library authors writing some of its best fiction, The Primarchs is an absolute must-read because there has yet to be a collection like this in the grim darkness of the far future.” ~The Founding Fields

Review: Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders [EJ Davies]

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EJ Davies takes on one of the more recent books on his reading list with one of the more recent additions to the Black Library writing team – Rob Sanders.

“A rip roaring ride through the inner workings of a chapter on the edge.  Original, entertaining, witty, and gripping stuff from page 1.” ~ The Founding Fields.

The Primarchs – Advanced Review [EJ Davies]

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EJ Davies takes on the latest (again) in the Horus Heresy series with the Christian Dunn edited collection of four novellas entitled The Primarchs focussing on Fulgrim, Ferrus Manus, Lion El’ Jonson, and the twins Alpharius and Omegon.

“A superb collection of stories, with some expansive ideas setting great events in motion for the later payoff in the Heresy.  Great stuff.” ~ The Founding Fields

Space Marine Battles: Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders – Advanced Review [Bane of Kings]

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Bane of Kings reviews the latest Space Marine Battles novel, Legion of the Damned, the first addition to the multi-author series by Rob Sanders, author of Redemption Corps and Atlas Infernal. The novel itself is published by Black Library, out in April worldwide, and is the ninth book in the series.

“An action-packed novel with gripping characters and several bloodthirsty battles. Rob Sanders at his best.” ~The Founding Fields

Warning! There are minor spoilers in this review, but nothing that completely spoils the plot for you.

Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders – Book Review [Shadowhawk]

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Shadowhawk reviews the latest Space Marine Battles novel as Rob Sanders tackles the enigmatic, mysterious and ghostly Space Marines of the Legion of the Damned.

“An in-depth study into the character of the Excoriators and delving into some of the mysteries of the ethereal Legion of the Damned, Rob Sanders leaves you wanting more and more.” ~The Founding Fields

Atlas Infernal by Rob Sanders – Review by Lord of the Night

Lord of the Night reviews the stunning new Inquisitor Czevak novel, Atlas Infernal by Rob Sanders.


“From the Warp, to the Webway, and Terra herself, everyone is out to get Inquisitor Czevak. The Imperium wants him dead for what he has done, the Dark Gods want him dead for what he will do, and the Eldar want him dead for what he knows. But they have all made the same grave mistake. They have underestimated him.”
~The Founding Fields
It has been a while since I read an Inquisition novel. Its mostly been Space Marines hammering at xenos and traitors with bolter and blade, so it was good to get back to the dark(er) corners of 40k and see some of the unsung heroes. But Atlas Infernal is unlike any other Inquisition story, as others deal with the Puritans and the faithful, this story deals with the renegades, and we see them in a whole new light.
Bronislaw Czevak is a hunted man. The Eldar, the Imperium, the Dark Gods and their servants are all after his head, either immediately or after they torture him into revealing everything he has learned during his “guest stay” at the Black Library of Chaos. With knowledge that could shatter the Imperium, and damage the forces of Chaos quite badly, Czevak sets off to fight the forces of darkness. But with Ahriman, the Chosen of Tzeentch, hunting him down for his secrets, the Eldar Harlequinade stalking him for their mysterious motives, and the Puritans after his renegade head, Czevak will need every trick he has just to survive.
Atlas Infernal has proven to be a very good novel, and hopefully the beginning of a new series. Some have complained about the excessive description and if it were about another topic I might agree, however it isn’t describing the gothic architecture of the Imperium, nor the subtle movements of the Eldar. It describes Chaos, in vivid detail. This book has one of the best portrayals of Chaos I have read, it shows a wide spectrum of horror and madness as Czevak travels through the Eye and sees what the Warp can really do when it gets creative.
The characters in the novel, as with any Inquisition cast, come from a wide range of backgrounds. The element of renegades adds far more depth and we get characters like Saul Torqhuil, an Excommunicated Relictor Techmarine who plunders the worlds around the Eye to further the goal of the Relictors, to fight Chaos with Chaos. Epiphani Mallerstang the childish, and fantastically dressed Warp-seer who acts as a pseudo-navigator, and a bratty child, and her childhood friend Hessian, a Daemonhost who gives the team a powerhouse and some cool one-liners. Raimus Klute, the seasoned Inquisitor whose weariness of the renegade life shows us how the duties of an Inquisitor can weigh on those who carry them out, and Torres the captain of the Malescaythe, a rogue trader whose pragmatism is utterly at odds with Czevak’s recklessness.
But of course there is Czevak himself. A spontaneous, realistic yet reckless, daring and intelligent man who shows an amazing mind with his unorthodox solutions to the problems that he usually causes or brings down upon the crew of the Malescaythe. His goals and motivations are a driving force for him through the novel as he matches minds against the Chosen of Tzeentch, Ahriman. The enemy is not neglected and we are given the first portrayal of Ahriman post-heresy. A god in genesis, Ahriman is a scary character, able to be calm no matter what the situation and whose desire for knowledge is boundless.
The action scenes in the novel are not as numerous as most, considering this is an Inquisition novel and unlike the Astartes they don’t solve every problem by shooting it. But the scenes that are here are fantastic, the Rubric Marines of the enemy are given another appearance and we only learn to respect them more, some frightening abilities not yet seen and their master’s sorcerous power always makes for a good battle. And Czevak and crew do not disappoint with some very good fights, particularly from Torqhuil and Hessian, that keep you glued to the page.
The pacing of the novel is very good. Rob Sanders keeps the detective element going through the book, and with plenty of suspenseful moments you will want to keep reading through every page. The book can seem slow at a few parts but these are few and the book will keep you riveted through the entire reading.
Atlas Infernal‘s ending is a joy to read, and Czevak’s very last line is epic and just shouts potential, potential for a new series of adventures, which I sincerely hope is something that Rob Sanders is considering.
I give Atlas Infernal an 8.5/10 for an enthralling story, a great cast of characters, some really funny moments and one-liners, and an epic ending that would be perfect as a movie epilogue.
Should you buy this book? If you are a fan of the Inquisition then yes. This is one of the better novels about the Ordos, but its also a great 40k novel and I would say its one you should definitely try.
Well that’s it for now on the review front. I’ll be moving onto A Dance with Dragons tomorrow which takes precedence over Black Library until I finish it. Until then, AVE DOMINUS NOX!

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Atlas Infernal by Rob Sanders – Advanced Review [Bane of Kings]

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Bane of Kings writes a short review of Atlas Infernal by Rob Sanders, published by Black Library. It is an Inquisitor Czevak novel.

“Unputdownable. Sanders enters unexplored territory with sucess.” ~The Founding Fields