➸ [Reading] ➺ Helsreach By Aaron Dembski-Bowden ➭ – Agedanna.info

Helsreach Currently finishing off this rather charming read I say that as while I m a fan of the 40K game , i ve often found the books to be rather dry , dull and lacking in anything other then 1 dimensional space marines.The only other exception I found was the Brothers of the Snake , which shares the excellent character development that makes this book so enjoyable Space Marines have characters and personalities that are not human , that s it , such a simple thing They re not 1D killing machines , they re not human anyHelsreach does a great job of secondary characters as well , fleshing out identities in such a small space allotted to them is something Aaron Dembksi Bowden does very very well so their personalities , fears , ideals are very different, from the average human of the 40K emporium , and thankfully so are the humans in this novel , from the average in game fluff at least It also deals with vast warfare as it is set in the 3rd war for Armageddon for 40 K nerd s for the rest of you it s a global conflict with alien invaders coming back for the 3rd time , in a sensible but entertaining manner as well as the death of characters I d read the reviews that people disliked the switch from 1st to 3rd person perspective of the main character , of which I d disagree as I felt it addeddepth and a reality of thought on the character s part.If you re a fan you will love this , certainly better IMHO than the Dan Abnet series of books IF you re a newcomer or just want to dip in , its a fun read , you don t need to know the history to enjoy the story the copy I have even had a mini map explaining and showing locations. A great first foray into the Warhammer 40k universe, and a must if you re a fan of the Black Templars It struck a nice balance between fast paced action and character development. When The World Of Armageddon Is Attacked By Orks, The Black Templars Space Marine Chapter Are Amongst Those Sent To Liberate It Chaplain Grimaldus And A Band Of Black Templars Are Charged With The Defence Of Hive Helsreach From The Xenos Invaders In One Of The Many Battlezones But As The Orks Numbers Grow And The Space Marines Dwindle, Grimaldus Faces A Desperate Last Stand In An Imperial Temple Determined To Sell Their Lives Dearly, Will The Black Templars Hold On Long Enough To Be Reinforced, Or Will Their Sacrifice Ultimately Be In Vain Details Helsreach by Aaron Dembski BowdenBlack Library Publishing414 Pages This is an advance copy review.Description When the world of Armageddon is attacked by orks, the Black Templars Space Marine Chapter are amongst those sent to liberate it Chaplain Grimaldus and a band of Black Templars are charged with the defence of Hive Helsreach from the xenos invaders in one of the many battlezones But as the orks numbers grow and the Space Marines dwindle, Grimaldus faces a desperate last stand in an Imperial temple Determined to sell their lives dearly, will the Black Templars hold on long enough to be reinforced, or will their sacrifice ultimately be in vain Black Library.comWhile I am familiar on a basic level with the Black Templars I don t know all the details of the major characters, so walking in to this novel I m almost a BT newbie.In a lot of ways, Black Templars are the epitome of what many folks consider Space Marines borderline psychopathic, bio engineered supermen who kill in the name of the crusade and the Emperor Period, full stop Have no doubts boys and girls, these guys are bastards The comparison scenes with the Salamanders Chapter was telling the Salamanders are one of the most humane of chapters protecting the citizens is kept firmly in mind For the Black Templars, its going off to kill stuff and why are these damn civilians in the way Grimaldus is pretty much the worst and the best of these His detachment is telling you can see how a person has been altered in such a way that they are really no longer human any driven by hatred and zeal few of us can imagine to destroy the xenos invaders.I do exaggerate a bit, but Aaron Dembski Bowden is quickly becoming one of the Black Library s best authors of characterful fiction Like Soul Hunter before this, the characters are all very colorful, and come from a variety of backgrounds Each seems like a person dealing with a lifetime of war, indoctrination, mind scrubbing and war Dembski Bowden does a fine job of taking the reader and tossing him right in the middle of a firefight or burning vehicle He even makes Chaplain Grimaldus interesting Now THAT is a feat You d think that a character like that would be boring, two dimensional flat ADB pulls it off He really knows how to make characters come alive on the written page.The scale of the novel is enormous You certainly have the feel of untold bajillions of orks bearing down on you, and that the odds of survival are grim at best The protagonists struggle for every bit of ground they win or lose The odds are overwhelmingly against them yet they struggle on, battered and bruised, losing battle brothers along the way All hope seems lost, yet a spark of hope remains Yeah, like that Dembski Bowden drags the reader all the way down in to the muck, mud and blood, takes away all hope, and slowly gives it back.I enjoyed the Steel Legion parts as well as the Salamander bits The Black Templars are a bit overwhelming for my tastes, but it s a damn fine story The ending left me almost a little flat I m not sure what happened there Without spoiling too much I have no way of explaining it short of saying it was not what I expected That s a good thing Aaron Dembski Bowden has written another gritty, dirty story full of actually interesting characters His action scenes are largely clear, the dialogue witty, the description good I cannot say whether there are 40k canon issues as I m not as familiar as some other reviewers The plot was interesting and kept me going The ending was a bit of a twist but good. Helsreach, an industrial planet at the edge of the empire, is invaded by a horde of blood thirsty space orcs.What follows is a battle of immense proportions.This is written in a very easy style making it an absolute pleasure to read The language is fairly plain meaning you are never confused about where you are or who just got their face smashed in.The story is quite loose and isn t afraid to glaze over a big battle if things are getting stale.I have a rough knowledge of the lore but I don t think it is really necessary, a quick google for Warhammer 40k will bring you back enough images of models to get the gist.The violence is quite graphic and plentiful, the set piece battles are great What I really liked is that the bad guys are actually scary, too often the good guys are over powered.A very enjoyable. Single handed one of the best 40k books available This book follows Grimaldus, the high chaplain of the black Templars If your new to 40k a high chaplain is not just a religious leader, this chaplain gets his hands dirty purging xenos from the Galaxy in the emperors name.Needless to say this book is teaming with action It s doesn t give you much in the life of an average imperial citizen, but it will make you aware of what it s like defending a city that the rest of the empire has written off as casualties. Dang this was a really really good read Probably the best ADB book I have read so far The characters and the action are both top notch And Andrej is the best boy. I was extremely skeptical about reading Helsreach since the vast majority of licensed IP tie in novels that crop up around successful game movie tv franchises are terrible, but this is one of those rare cases when the author absolutely gets it right The Grimdark comes to life from the perspectives of a diverse cross section of characters that are thrown together in the defense of Hive Helsreach against an overwhelming ork invasion while struggling to understand each other and find ways to cooperate All the inter departmental Imperial politics and prejudices from the obscure fluffy sections of the various 40k rulebooks turn up as serious problems that must be overcome by the various forces, and the tensions that result feel very believable The orks actually come off as being rather flat and boring by comparison to all the internal struggles that the characters face, but their jovial wackiness would have felt extremely out of place in this bleak and brutal story so that s probably for the best This book should be required reading for anyone playing any of the Imperial forces in any of the 40k related games, there s something here for everyone to draw from Astartes, Imperial Guard, Titan Legions and even a brief appearance by the Sisters of Battle Aaron Dembski Bowden obviously plays the games and loves the setting, he gets all the little details right in ways that someone who hasn t spent years playing in this particular playground just never would His reverence for 25 years of in game lore combined with great two fisted action and compelling character development make this book a must read for anyone who has ever pushed Space Marines across a felt covered table and it s actually good enough to recommend to anyone else who enjoys a good Starship Troopers style sci fi war story. This is the first Warhammer book I read that regular people not just Asartes actually fight It also introduced me to the Salamanders aka the loves of my life The author was able to make most of the characters likable even the Limbless Lady in a Giant Jaroddly enough Even though there is a central character, the story is mostly ensamble I m glad because if the fate of the planet depended on a guy who really ambivalent about his life, it would have been lame I liked the interaction the Asartes, humans, mechano whatevers all got to have Seeing theme work as a team was interesting, and they re actually pretty supportive of each other as individuals One thing that was completely lame was the adversary Orks basically exist as something for Emperor of Mankind and Co to kill Makes the whole fighting sequences infinately less interesting Cool parts Asartes concerned about a human finding his love Human concerned with helping an asartes preserve his geneseed for future generations Salamander s strategy vs MC strategy Adeptus Mech spends the whole story fixing a robotand it was awesome Limbless Lady in a Giant Jar FINALLY gets to fight. 4.5 stars, but I decided to be genereous in the end Imagine if Darth Vader leads the defense of Minas Tirith in a world, which is far darker than either Star Wars or The Lord of the Rings , and you ll get an idea about what this book is about Grimaldus, the Reclusiarch of the Black Templars must lead the defence of Helsreach against an endless hordes of orks As bonus, you have also clashes between giant robots, which are meaner than both transformers or gundams All in all, a nerdheaven Warhammer rules More detailed review in Bulgarian here


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