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Void Stalker by Aaron Dembski-Bowden – Advanced Review [Lord of the Night]

In Midnight Clad. He is coming for you!

Lord of the Night reviews the breathtaking final novel of Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s acclaimed Night Lords trilogy, the novel Void Stalker.

“Never before has a book resonated within me as Void Stalker has. Through this rollercoaster ride of revealed secrets, whispered prophecy and epic battles Aaron Dembski-Bowden has managed to create one of Black Library’s best novels. So this one’s for him… In Midnight Clad!” - The Founding Fields.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy – Review [Lord of the Night]

If he's the good guy, who or what the hell are the bad guys?!

Lord of the Night reviews the gripping first book of the magical detective series Skulduggery Pleasant, titled Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy.

“Magic, action and humour are blended seemlessly together in a series that is filled with brilliant and unique ideas, and possibly the only series in the world where the undead talking skeleton is actually the good guy!” - The Founding Fields

Path of the Renegade by Andy Chambers – Advanced Review [Lord of the Night]

Lord of the Night reviews the very first in the brutal Dark Eldar series, Path of the Renegade by writer Andy Chambers, but thankfully not the last.
“Brutality, cruelty and intrigue abounds in this dark novel that for the very first time shows the inner workings of Commorragh and its twisted denizens. Chambers has really brought them to life in all their monstrous glory.”The Founding Fields

Warhammer Heroes: Luthor Huss by Chris Wraight – Advanced Review [Lord of the Night]

#5 - Luthor Huss by Chris Wraight (Reviewed by Lord of the Night)

Lord of the Night reviews the latest in the epic Warhammer Heroes series, Luthor Huss by Chris Wraight, his third entry into the series.


“By Sigmar! Wraight has done it again. A truly fantastic novel loaded with faith and fury!” ~The Founding Fields


Aurelian by Aaron Dembski-Bowden – Limited Edition Review [Lord of the Night] (Warning! Spoilers Inside)

#3 - Aurelian [Novella] by Aaron Dembski-Bowden (reviewed by Lord of the Night)

Lord of the Night reviews the fifth limited edition novella Aurelian by acclaimed author Aaron Dembski-Bowden, the author of the Horus Heresy novel The First Heretic, the Night Lords novel Blood Reaver and the Space Marines Battles novel Helsreach. As with all my Limited Edition reviews this will contain a summary of Aurelian’s plot for those who did not get a copy, so for those who don’t want a summary avoid reading the first half of this review.

“Heretically brilliant! Aaron Dembski-Bowden must have Kairos Fateweaver on his shoulder telling him just what to write to ensure a successful book.”

Horus Heresy: Deliverance Lost by Gav Thorpe – Advanced Review [Lord of the Night]

#1 - Deliverance Lost by Gav Thorpe (reviewed by Lord of the Night)

Lord of the Night reviews the latest in the critically acclaimed Horus Heresy series, the very first Raven Guard novel titled Deliverance Lost by Gav Thorpe, writer of the Path of the Eldar trilogy and The Last Chancers series.

“A novel that erupts from the shadows into a world of lies, betrayal and mysteries revealed! Thorpe has shot into the Horus Heresy and he’s here to stay.”~The Founding Fields

The Gildar Rift by Sarah Cawkwell – Advanced Review [Lord of the Night]

#4 - The Gildar Rift by Sarah Cawkwell (reviewed by Bane of Kings)

Lord of the Night reviews the smashing debut novel of Black Library’s newest author-(ess) Sarah Cawkwell, aka Pyroriffic of the Bolthole, The Gildar Rift, the seventh novel of the Space Marines Battles series.


“A stunning first-novel debut for the Black Library’s latest author Sarah Cawkwell, she has more than earned a place in the  Book of Honour.”~The Founding Fields


Blood of Aenarion by William King – Advanced Review [Lord of the Night]


Lord of the Night reviews the anticipated first novel of the Tyrion and Teclis trilogy, Blood of Aenarion, by the returning William King, author of Gotrek and Felix and the Saga of Ragnar Blackmane.

“A superb return to Black Library by legendary author, William King.”

~The Founding Fields

Nocturne by Nick Kyme – Advanced Review [Lord of the Night]

Lord of the Night reviews the earth-shattering conclusion to the Tome of Fire trilogy, Nocturne by Nick Kyme, author of Salamander, Firedrake and the Space Marines Battles novel Fall of Damnos.

“The fires of war have erupted across Nocturne, and the anvil beckons to all her children. Loyalist and Traitor both will be tested against the cold metal of the anvil, and against it, they will be broken and cast aside or reforged in the Circle of Fire, according to Vulkan’s will.”
~The Founding Fields

Its been a hell of a ride but the Tome of Fire trilogy has ended, and what an ending it was! Salamander was the novel that got me interested in the Sons of Vulkan, Firedrake was the novel that got me hooked, and Nocturne was the book that sealed me as a Fireborn (When I’m not a Chaos God that is). I may not have read Nocturne as fast as I would have liked, but that didn’t make it any less epic.
The Salamanders are against the anvil. With the Librarian Dak’ir in chains, subject to scrutiny over an ancient prophecy that names him savior or destroyer of Nocturne and his Chapter, the Salamanders are divided over his fate. If he is a doom he must be destroyed for the greater good of Nocturne, but… what if he is their salvation through fire? And in the dark depths of space Brother Tsu’gan, believed dead by his Chapter, fights to survive on-board the Hell-Stalker, home to the traitorous Dragon Warriors. He will be tested like never before, all the while the malicious sorcerer Nihilan’s plans to bring about the death of his world are coming to fruition.
The Salamanders’s darkest hour is upon them. Their enemies are legion and possess something that could destroy them forever. But the Salamanders, and all of Mt Deathfire’s sons, are Fireborn, and if they are to die, they will die in the fires of battle in the living hell that is Nocturne! And in this cauldron of war, the future of a chapter and a warband will be decided.
The characters in this novel come to a stunning head as their stories reach the conclusion of their arc. Dak’ir and Tsu’gan take the center stage as always as Dak’ir’s destiny as the Ferro Ignis comes to a blazing crescendo, and Tsu’gan’s trials finally reach their end. But we get plenty of other point of views through the story, and entirely new ones like Val’in the aspirant through whom we see the trials that all Fireborn must go through to become a Brother; Forgemaster Argos who gives us a look at the inner workings of one of Nocturne’s most dangerous weapons; Vel’cona the and even some returning older characters like Chaplain Elysius, Librarian Pyriel and Sergeant Praetor.
The enemies are not lacking with characters who keep us fascinated with the battle. Sorcerer Nihilan is the central enemy, still wishing for nothing more then revenge, but the traitor Astartes may harbour another desire, something far worse than revenge. His Glaive warriors, Ramlek and Ekrine return, with new members Thrak’n and Nor’hak, and alongside them the Archon An’scur, and many wicked Dark Eldar at his back. The traitor Marines Malevolent return as well, with the mystery of why they are there? And just what has happened to them that they refuse to speak of?
The action of the novel is fantastic. Nocturne is a living hell, as its inhabitants so eloquently put it, and in its cauldron many battles are fought, and Nocturne does not sit them out. Magma flows, vicious scaled monsters, earthquakes and dust clouds clutter the battles, adding a new flavour to the traditional Astartes battles. After all, how often does a homeworld rally to the aid of its denizens? The diverse forces under Nihilan’s command, Kroot, Dark Eldar, Dragon Warriors and hordes of cultists makes for diverse battle, but of course we have plenty of fire from the Salamanders. Even void-warfare from the Lord of the Burning Skies Dac’tyr that is a nice contrast to the siege and running battles on the surface, and the Firedrakes finally take to battle in what all 1st Companies are known for, Terminator armour.
The pacing of the novel is great. Kyme keeps the story going for different characters, the atmosphere shifting for each one as the story shifts from Librarian, to warrior, to Apothecary, to Chaplain and to Traitor. The story never slows down as new revelations and old legacies are brought to the surface. And of course the chapters are nicely divided into two segments, each segment of an appropriate length that is easy to read and engrossing at the same time.
The ending is mind-boggling, the battle has ended, and all who fought have been broken or reforged by Vulkan’s will. But the price is high, many have fought their final battle, but new generations will rise to take the place of these heroes, and through this, the Circle of Fire never ends, but continues onwards, unending and undying. And the final cliffhanger is the best I have ever read, even the cliffhanger of Defenders of Ulthuan cannot compare to this one. The Tome of Fire is over, but the Circle of Fire has not even begun.
I give Nocturne a 9.4/10 for a fantastic story, beautiful character arcs that have come to a close, and for some it has only just begun. On a separate note I want to give a secondary score to the cliffhangar of the story, the epilogue on its own. A full 10/10 is what this epilogue deserves and nothing less, it was a fantastic way to end the series and set the stage for what comes next.
Should you buy this book? If your a Salamanders fan then you’ve already made up your mind on that one, you don’t need me telling you what to do. But for general fans who could use a reference the answer is Hell YES! This is a must-read end to a must-read series. I’ve never really felt as strongly for Loyalist marines as I have Chaos Marines, but the Salamanders series has changed that. This is definitely something that all Black Library fans should read.
“Nick Kyme is the Fireborn of authors!”
~The Founding Fields
Well that’s it for this review. My only remaining brand new BL novel is The Outcast Dead, but i’m wrestling with the decision to put it aside for now and pick up Gaunt’s Ghosts which I have seriously neglected, fething hell I never even finished Honour Guard! But until then,
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The Red Duke by C.L Werner – Advanced Review [Lord of the Night]

Lord of the Night reviews the latest Warhammer Heroes novel, The Red Duke by C.L Werner, author of the Thanquol and Boneripper series, Brunner the Bounty Hunter and Matthias Thulmann: Witch Hunter.
“The Red Duke is a nightmare on the lands of Bretonnia, a fae tale that is told to disobedient children and scared peasants around the campfire. But there is more to the tale than simply a hero and a villain, in fact the roles may very well be the other way around.”
~The Founding Fields

Yet another novel down, and this one is a smash. The Red Duke is a great story of heroism, betrayal and revenge from beyond death. But of course things are never so clear when you deal with the troubles of the past as this novel so clearly demonstrates. C.L Werner has surpassed Wulfrik in this latest Warhammer Heroes outing, as we get a story with a hero who is a monstrous villain, and yet still sympathetic.
The story of the Red Duke is a mysterious one. Nobody can remember who he was, only what he became and the cruel deeds that made him a figure of dread throughout Bretonnia. Some say he died at Ceren Field, on the lance of King Louis the Righteous and the rays of the sun. Some say he returned 500 years later and was slain finally at Ceren Field, both times his army scattered and destroyed, burnt so as to never return to the living world. But the truth is far worse, as the Duke still haunts the shadows of Bretonnia, and he will tell us the truth of what happened all those years ago. The truth of heroes and villains, of monsters and magic, and of honour and betrayal.
A good cast of characters lends weight to the tale but the Red Duke stands heads and shoulders above them all. Once a great general who fought for honour and justice, loved by his family and his wife, the greatest swordsman of Aquitaine and respected even by his enemies, the Duke is now a cruel tyrant, trapped in memories of the past, reliving his cruelties that make even the Skaven and Dark Elves look kind, because even death is not an escape from the Duke’s clutches. But behind his madness lurks the mind of an extraordinary tactician and a fearless swordsman who was never bested in life.
But the Duke is not alone in the narrative. Supporting characters from the knights Leuthere D’Elbiq and Count Ergon Du Maisne on their quest for revenge and atonement, the damsel Iselda who aids them with the powers of the Lady, and on the Duke’s side the necromancer Renar whose advice may be the key to the Duke’s triumph over Bretonnia. These characters are well written and we see just how important honour is to a Bretonnian through Leuthere and Ergon, and a very dark side to Bretonnia is illuminated through this.
The best action of this series comes from the threat of the undead. There’s plenty of sword battles, displays of powerful magic and no Bretonnian novel would be complete without a knightly cavalry charge, lances tearing into the enemy and the thunderbeat of hooves. But the fearless forces of the undead meet all of these without pause, fighting from the will of their master and the unlife infused into them. But we also see the weaknesses of the undead, and while they are a potent force, they are far from the perfect warrior.
The pacing of the story is very good. Each chapter begins with a flashback to the Duke’s past, this keeps the narrative ordered as the story doesn’t break into flashbacks randomly but rather keeps an ordered pace as each flashback links with the others to reveal what truly happened five-hundred years ago. The atmosphere really feels like a vampire movie, you can just picture the Red Duke in black and white as he regales us with the tale of his rise and fall. And the story moves at an ideal pace, keeping the reader interested the whole way through by switching narratives from past to present.
The ending of the story is a great one, both amazing and disappointing, not for quality I assure you! But for the actions of characters who such hopes were placed upon. We see that a Bretonnian values honour, but the value they place on honour is so great that any pragmatic or practical man would be utterly horrified at their folly. And the Duke still stalks the shadows, where he is bound and what he will do are a mystery, but for now all that matters is that we know the truth of what happened so many years ago.
I give The Red Duke a 8.7/10 for a gripping story, characters who enthral you with their stories, and a hero who may have been relatively unknown before this, but hopefully soon will become as well known to readers as Nagash, Malekith and Archaon. And all the while we see just how bad Bretonnia was, is, and always will be.
Should you buy this book? Any fan of Bretonnia (If there are any) will enjoy this novel, as will any fan of the Undead and the Vampire Counts. But for general fans of Warhammer its another question. But the answer is the same. Yes, I think this is the best of the Warhammer Heroes novels yet and any fan of Warhammer will definitely enjoy The Red Duke.
Well that’s it for Fantasy and C.L Werner for now, the latter more than the former sadly as I must wait for Dead Winter but not for Black Library. Next up is Nocturne and The Outcast Dead, the former of which I will be starting today. Until then,

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