Monday, April 26, 2010

Soul Hunter

As I'm now starting on Aaron Dembski-Bowden's novel "Helsreach", I figured I best jot down my thoughts on his previous novel "Soul Hunter" first.

Soul Hunter follows the 10th Company of the Night Lords traitor legion, primarily the character Talos whom was the former apothecary turned de-facto Sergeant of his squad. In it he is cursed with visions of the future such as his Primarch Conrad Kurze, the Night Hunter, was. We follow him and his squad of Astartes through hell and back as they battle against both Imperial and Chaos forces alike.

When I first started this novel I was timid, half expecting it to be another edition of "bolter porn" and full of senseless action scenes, fandom and little to no plot. Instead I was immediately sucked in and impressed by Mr. Debski-Bowden's writing prowess. He manages to flesh out and add a layer of depth to the members of the Night Lords legion as I never expected. And it doesn't stop there, he may also actually rival the great Mr. Abnett in  the way he spins the novel's plot. This is no point A to point B story folks, it's a fast and furious rollwer coaster that throws a few sharp turns and unexpected corkscrews at you. There were moments when the story managed to take even me for surprise. I loved every second of it.

I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Lovely piece of work, I highly recommend it.


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