The war rages on and another summer passes. With fall approaching, I am looking back at the books I read and what is on the horizon. I always enjoy the summer as I try to relax a bit more and do a little reading however, as much as I like the summer I really like the starting of fall. Especially for reading books. Something about the change in seasons/weather just puts me in the mood to start a new adventure. without further adieu, here is what I read over the past 2 months.
Savage Scars – Andy Hoore
Where do I begin.. well, to read my initial thoughts let me direct you to this previous post. Overall I enjoyed it however, originally I chose this book because I was interested in learning more about the Tau. How they act, fight, etc. While there was some great moments I felt that the book never strayed farther or more in depth than what has been presented in the Tau Empire codex. The weapons, vehicles and warriors acted in a way that you would expect to see on the table. Although this is smart for the author to consider, you have to remember that it is a book and creative license is expected.
Aside from the description of the Tau units, I thought that the book’s strongest quality was watching this epic war play out from different points of view. The author did a great job of bouncing from one view to the next while keeping the story moving forward. Now, I must admit that I heard about the multiple perspectives from another review and at first I wasn’t too impressed by it but I did find it very easy to follow. This brings me to my biggest complaint about the next book.
Fall of Damnos – Nick Kyme
I was extremely excited about reading this book. The only other Space Marine Battles book I read was Rynn’s World and I loved all the action. So needless to say, I was expecting a similar experience with The Fall of Damnos. Unfortunately, I was left fighting just to finish it.
The beginning started off alright. I feel they threw a ton of characters at you right up front, between IG and the Ultramarine characters, for me it was hard to relate and keep up with what was going on. Not to mention getting caught up to speed on the Necrons. As the book continued I felt things became clearer and I could finally settle into what Damnos was up against. Honestly, this book was not for me and if this book was a 40K model it would be a Necron. Tedious and tough to get through. Maybe that was the author’s intension.
Purging of Kadillus – Gav Thorpe
Despite the bad reviews and my last experience I was even more excited to get into this book. And thank God I did because I really enjoyed it. So much in fact that I read it in under 2 weeks… which is good for me cause typically I just read for about an hour or less a night. I’m also a slow reader.
Kadillus was a great example of how to bounce between characters while keeping the scale of the war epic. Gav Thorpe kept it to like 5 characters and bounced around a bit. He had fun and it shows in this book. Having read some of his other books such as Path of the Warrior and Angels of Darkness. Overall I find him to be a great author. He doesn’t hand you the story on a platter and allows the reader to figure it out. Not in Kadillus. It’s just a story of war. Win some, lose some either way you get two sides fighting hard, and that was entertaining to me. I don’t expect these Space Marine Battle books to give me something to think about.
There were maybe two spots I was losing interest but really no complaints. Great build up to a final battle. Solid entertainment. No complaints.
Helsreach – Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Coming off a high with Kadillus I quickly purchased more Battles books, Battle of the Fang and Helsreach. At first I tried to get into Battle of the Fang but after reading the prologue I just had to stop. Don’t get me wrong it started well enough, it just wasn’t where my head was. I just got off a huge war with Orks and still needed to spill xenos blood.
I jumped right into Helsreach and never looked back. Currently, I am just past half way and the book is moving. I wish I had more time to read otherwise I would have finished it already. It starts off at a great point and quickly moves into the action. I love how the Templars are portrayed because I never really learned anything about them before. Most of all, the thing I like best is what it takes to fight a war from with in a Hive. Always seeing picture of these type of wars and never reading about it, I have to say that the author paints a great picture of it.
Not sure what’s next for my fall to winter reading (usually slows down, and for good reason… more painting needs to happen) but I’m thinking either Gaunt’s Ghosts books 1-3 or finishing up the Path series by Gav Thorpe as I hear the last two are better than the first.