Soul Hunter

Soul Hunter❮PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Soul Hunter ✩ Author Aaron Dembski-Bowden – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The Night Lords were once among the most potent forces of the Imperium, Space Marines who used fear itself as their weapon Now, cast adrift from the Emperor s light and hunted as heretics after their The Night Lords were once among the most potent forces of the Imperium, Space Marines who used fear itself as their weapon Now, cast adrift from the Emperor s light and hunted as heretics after their monstrous betrayal, the Night Lords clad themselves in symbols of death and fight the Long War, bringing pain and terror to all who worship the corpse god of Terra A summons from Warmaster Abaddon sends these rebels on a dangerous journey that leads inexorably to a conflict with the Emperor s chosen warriors, the Blood Angels. Highly entertaining foray into the 40K universe I enjoy these books because of the great tech, the military strategy, the great battles and the action that fills the story, and this book did not disappoint In terms of the 40k books I ve read before, this one is at the top in terms of storyline and feeling Not a great in depth character study going on here, but that didn t stop me from enjoying several of the character s perspectives and getting behind them Definitely going to start on book 2 Highly entertaining foray into the 40K universe I enjoy these books because of the great tech, the military strategy, the great battles and the action that fills the story, and this book did not disappoint In terms of the 40k books I ve read before, this one is at the top in terms of storyline and feeling Not a great in depth character study going on here, but that didn t stop me from enjoying several of the character s perspectives and getting behind them Definitely going to start on book 2 shortly Phenomenal Sometimes in certain movies, for me at least, things come together almost to perfection The final confrontation between Deckard and Roy Batty at the end of Blade Runner, with the rain and the lighting and the sweeping camera angles the first thirty minutes of Saving Private Ryan, when the camera closes in on Tom Hank s face with bombs going off and dudes picking pieces of themselves up off the beach the scene from the original Starship Troopers when the drop ships have to release t Phenomenal Sometimes in certain movies, for me at least, things come together almost to perfection The final confrontation between Deckard and Roy Batty at the end of Blade Runner, with the rain and the lighting and the sweeping camera angles the first thirty minutes of Saving Private Ryan, when the camera closes in on Tom Hank s face with bombs going off and dudes picking pieces of themselves up off the beach the scene from the original Starship Troopers when the drop ships have to release themselves early because of the surprise attack from the bugs and the music is blaring and everyone is freaking out and the captain keeps yelling, remember your training These scenes stand out to me and are among my favorites This is a book made up of nothing but scenes like that Quotable lines, amazingly vivid and intense action, and breathtaking intensity are on full display Aaron Dembski Bowden is an amazing writer His ability to maintain tension along with writing some of the most frenetic but easy to follow action pieces is beyond admirable It is enviable I m on a massive Warhammer 40K kick right now and while I love the Eisenhorn trilogy because it was my introduction to this universe, this is the best Warhammer book I ve read so far I may even be able to say it is one of the best books I have ever read, period Everything in here is in my wheelhouse There is no fluff in these pages, no fodder, no filler Just straight action, drama, intrigue, and mystery, interspersed with cheer out loud moments and some bad ass dialogue that was never cheesy or forced If you have ever contemplated reading a book set in this universe, you can t find a better place to start Five, no doubt about em, stars Details Soul Hunter by Aaron Dembski BowdenBlack Library Publishing411 Pages This is an advance copy review.Review I generally don t care for Chaos Space Marine novels I think it s because I have a difficult time seeing how I ll be able to relate to the characters How can I root for the bad guys Dark Creed proved me wrong on that, and since Soul Hunter came in my monthly care package from BL, I was willing to give it a shot This is the first Aaron Dembski Bowden book for me as well, so I was Details Soul Hunter by Aaron Dembski BowdenBlack Library Publishing411 Pages This is an advance copy review.Review I generally don t care for Chaos Space Marine novels I think it s because I have a difficult time seeing how I ll be able to relate to the characters How can I root for the bad guys Dark Creed proved me wrong on that, and since Soul Hunter came in my monthly care package from BL, I was willing to give it a shot This is the first Aaron Dembski Bowden book for me as well, so I was anxious to get a taste of what he brings to the table I wasn t let down.Let me say that the author does an excellent job in sucking you in to the whole vibe of, well darkness The Night Lords are like the Batman Chapter of Traitor Marines Darkness and fear That s their shtick They really have it down pat From the very prologue I was hooked.The author has a real wit to his dialogue He wraps the characters in interesting quips that are entirely defining I could go on and on about each character, but seriously, each one definitely has a specific voice which is awesome very akin to Dan Abnett in that respect The author is also quite a tease We don t even know the protagonist s name for 43 pages.The story is good The plot is a bit slow I think I spent the whole novel half holding my breath It is very cool to see some real meat on the Night Lords and get an insight in to how the former great legions well all the traitor legions have decayed The portrayal of the relationship with the Black Legion and the Warmaster is revealing.It appears that Chaos Space Marine is a very broad term Even Traitor Marine is a huge generalization These guys are all unique, which makes for an interesting story I m very impressed that the author does a good job at making the reader feel so betrayed It makes it possible for the reader to sympathize, and it really worked.There is definitely the feeling that this book is just a prelude to something much bigger I am assuming that this is the beginning of a series at this point I have only this novel to go by Still the story plays out nicely.It has what I consider the appropriate amount of Grim Dark Future of the 41st millennium I can t say that of a lot of Warhammer 40k fiction Even the top dogs of the Black Library bullpen often can t really get that perfect balance I mean, I believe the purpose of the grim, dark future type stories is that in the midst of a really shitty universe, where mankind is either on the edge of extinction, or under the lash of one tyrannical regime or another, it is possible to see glimmers of hope, or in this case at least revenge Man is powerless, small, one among untold billions meaningless Even demigods die an ignoble death Yet there is something cool about one person, astartes, slave, and navigator doing something unique.That s what it s all about.Aaron Dembski Bowden captures this.Actually, the author would be in my mind a kind of hybrid of writing styles Like the dark love child of Graham McNeill and Dan Abnett Abnett I think writes great action and characterizations, dialog McNeill can pull offthinker novels and also is strong in characterization etc Kind of a perfect storm in writing styles really.My only complaints are as follows 1 A bit of slowness Not bad I just think some folks may notice it I dig it, but I m not your typical reader It s got a lot of action, don t get me wrong it just has some very contemplative bits that not everyone will fully appreciate 2 It feels like a prelude Not really a complaint When I got the book I started reading it with no foreknowledge Is it a prequel It may be I don t judge books by the series I judge the book by the book By the end you feel like it s about to go off Maybe it s the finally finding out that it s a series at the end instead of at the beginning Anyhow, totally minor quibble that really means nothing 3 The writer is clever maybe too clever for me I think there were parts where something happened that I simply missed it Like an inside joke where you re not in the know Still, it didn t really detract from the story I m just not as versed on the Night Lords I think that someone who is not versed in 40k lore may miss out on some of the fun.Rating That s it Seriously, those are some minor quibbles For my first Aaron Dembski Bowden novel, I was pleased with the story, the vibe, and the overall entertainment value Totally good read.4 of 5 Stars This is flat out my favorite book set in the Warhammer 40,000 universeand one of my favorite all time military sci fi novels What makes it work so well is how Aaron Dembski Bowden turns the stereotypes of the 40k universe on their ear The protagonists are Traitor Space Marines of the Night Lords Legionan army of superhuman warriors genetically engineered from the worst dregs of a criminal planet, who later betrayed humanity in a galactic war Soul Hunter is set centuries after that betr This is flat out my favorite book set in the Warhammer 40,000 universeand one of my favorite all time military sci fi novels What makes it work so well is how Aaron Dembski Bowden turns the stereotypes of the 40k universe on their ear The protagonists are Traitor Space Marines of the Night Lords Legionan army of superhuman warriors genetically engineered from the worst dregs of a criminal planet, who later betrayed humanity in a galactic war Soul Hunter is set centuries after that betrayal, and tells the story of one company of the Night Lords as they struggle to survive and bring down the galaxy spanning human emperor.However, though they are unquestionably evil, the author makes each of his protagonists a complex, fully fleshed out character with believeable and even sympathetic personalities Dembski Bowden is really good at making the Night Lords muchambiguous and totally different from the stereotypical brutes you d expect He also takes a fascinating look at the lives of the prisoners and slaves serving aboard the Night Lords ship Though slaves, their skills are so desperately needed by their masters whose infrastructure is slowly rotting away after centuries of war that the slaves are respected and almost treated as comrades.It s really fascinating and turns the trope of Chaos Marines as predictable, demon worshiping, cardboard cutout villains on its ear The terrific characterization, description combines with a few first rate battle scenes for a crackerjack novel I ve read it reapeatedly and will probably do so again soon The sequel, Blood Reaver is very good also I just Wow, Im completly sucked into the story at this point and I seriously cant wait to read the rest of these books this is how you write some seriously amazing bad guys I m a little late to the Night Lords Party but what an amazing party it is Ave Dominus Nox I just Wow, Im completly sucked into the story at this point and I seriously cant wait to read the rest of these books this is how you write some seriously amazing bad guys I m a little late to the Night Lords Party but what an amazing party it is Ave Dominus Nox A fun dark read I absolutely loved it Of all the Marine books out there, there is very little literature wise in the way of the Night Lords except for short stories and the like We had Lord of the Night and then along came Soul Hunter.For any fans of the Night Lords these are a must read, not only does it immerse you into the action early on but you get an affinity with First Claw and their own private thoughts and battles You get the impression that they might not like each other all that much but when it comes to working togethe Of all the Marine books out there, there is very little literature wise in the way of the Night Lords except for short stories and the like We had Lord of the Night and then along came Soul Hunter.For any fans of the Night Lords these are a must read, not only does it immerse you into the action early on but you get an affinity with First Claw and their own private thoughts and battles You get the impression that they might not like each other all that much but when it comes to working together they work pretty well as a team even if one of them is slipping into the madness that is the Blood God You also get an insight into life for the humans who live in the vessels underworld and how they live day to day as slaves for their Night Lord masters I was surprised to see that for humans they are treated quite well by their masters and not, perhaps as one would expect for a traitor Legion to be using them as sacrifice or cannon fodder.Aaron Dembski Bowden has taken the Night Lords and brought them into line with the books on the Ultramarines, Blood Angels and others, they may be damned but they have burst into the 40K world and announced their intention.they have come for you if the rest of the trilogy is as good as this then the Night Lords are here to stay.Dominous Nox Well, after taking way too long to get to these, I ve finally finished Soul Hunter The first novel in the Night Lords trilogy, also one of the most highly praised novels to come from Black Library ever, and man was it good The whole novel was absolutely fantastic, ADB s phenomenal world building and characters really shine through in this one with First Claw at the front and center, with loads of wonderfully done side characters and cameos from Septimus, Talos artificer to the big man Warmast Well, after taking way too long to get to these, I ve finally finished Soul Hunter The first novel in the Night Lords trilogy, also one of the most highly praised novels to come from Black Library ever, and man was it good The whole novel was absolutely fantastic, ADB s phenomenal world building and characters really shine through in this one with First Claw at the front and center, with loads of wonderfully done side characters and cameos from Septimus, Talos artificer to the big man Warmaster Abaddon himself , they were all done with an insane amount of skill to make their characters really bleed from each page The action was extremely well written, and the terror really oozed off of every page when our boys in blue went hunting.I think one of my favourite parts of the novel was how much it showed away from the glorious front line and the False Emperor s Angels of Death We really get to have a pretty detailed and lengthy glimpse into the life of a Chaos Warband, and there s not a lot of glamour From killing and raiding for survival, to making a tactical withdraw out of the system to ensure you live to fight another day From the bridge full of enslaved officers to the black market down in the near pitch black of the depths of the Covenant of Blood, the novel was immensely enlightening, and thoroughly enjoyable AJ Shadowhawk is our newest book reviewer on staff here, and he starts off on TFF with a wonderful review of Soul Hunter by Aaron Dembski Bowden I hope you ll all welcome AJ and make him feel at home CP One of the most intriguing and unusual novels from Black Library, Soul Hunter will challenge your perceptions about life as a Traitor Astartes The Founding FieldsI have read precious little of the published work of Aaron Dembski Bowden, limited to his Horus Heresy novel The First Heretic AJ Shadowhawk is our newest book reviewer on staff here, and he starts off on TFF with a wonderful review of Soul Hunter by Aaron Dembski Bowden I hope you ll all welcome AJ and make him feel at home CP One of the most intriguing and unusual novels from Black Library, Soul Hunter will challenge your perceptions about life as a Traitor Astartes The Founding FieldsI have read precious little of the published work of Aaron Dembski Bowden, limited to his Horus Heresy novel The First Heretic and his short stories in the first two Space Marine anthologies and the Horus Heresy Age of Darkness anthology Up until I picked up Soul Hunter and its sequel Blood Reaver at Games Day UK 2011, I was fairly impressed with his work There is something about the quality of his work, the style, the characters, the setting, the unexplored concepts that is highly evocative and suitably tight in its execution.Truth be told, I was never interested in the Night Lords novels until very recently and my friends kept asking me to give them a chance Of course, after reading his Horus Heresy work, I was really looking forward to seeing how he tackled a proper full length 40k story Short stories only get you so far.So it was with a fair bit of excitement that I picked up this novel and started reading through it My first reaction after getting through the first few chapters was one of surprise and not a little disappointment.I think that is a case of buying too much into the hype surrounding the novels Everybody praises Soul Hunter as one of the best BL novels, the reviews are stellar, the author himself is lauded all across fandom, and even has a cult following that would like nothing less than to have him be the mover and shaker in the Horus Heresy stories yet to be told.And that really threatened to ruin the book for me and I nearly put it down because of how simple, straightforward and slow it seemed.But I am glad I stuck through with it I knew a little about what to expect in terms of the plot since I find spoilers so irresistible.But you know what I enjoyed the novel I certainly have mixed feelings about it but it is one of the books which I will happily read again and again for the sheer entertainment value.The Night Lords are a legion that has never really had any major screen time until Aaron came around They featured in Graham s prequel short story Chains of Command for his Ultramarines novels, and they featured in Lee Lightner s first Space Wolf novel, Sons of Fenris In the former, the Night Lords undertake a tank assault while in the latter they use misdirection and traps in a city battle Two different cameo portrayals and two very unsatisfying outlooks on the legion If there is , I have yet to get around to reading any of it.For me, Soul Hunter challenged my perceptions of the legion I d always seen them as vicious, murderous, Raptor loving Chaos Marines Those last two words are important Chaos Marines The Night Lords are anything but They are also not Raptor lovers like most people believe them to be While the other eight legions gave themselves over to the Chaos Gods, the Eighth Legion remained separate from that inevitable corrupting influence, succeeding for the most part.They are also not the well off, living the high life type of Traitor Marines I thought all Chaos warbands are They are something totally different and Aaron does a great job of portraying that aspect of it He hammers it at you again and again until you accept it and then a bitI don t say that with any disrespect however and I laud his efforts at making it so crystal clear again and again.It is needed.The once proud legion is now split off into warbands, scavenging off their dead enemies, allies and brothers alike They are losing direction because their Primarch s guiding influence has been lost to them Bereft of purpose, they have been reduced to brokering deals with otherspowerful than themselves for what amounts to scrap Some among the splintered legion do not even care about staying true to the Night Haunter s visions They are all out for themselves.All except for the First Claw of Tenth Company Talos, Cyrion, Xarl, Uzas and Mercutian the newbie There is a very clear vibe throughout the novel that First Claw is just tired of the state of the legion, and their company in particular Numbers are at an all time low, their Captain is a maniac, too much infighting in the company and so on.Things need to change, sooner the better.But that is not all the novel is about We get a very human perspective into the shadows and darkness legion in the form of Talos servants, his artificer Septimus and the company s new navigator Octavia, as well Septimus interactions with the other human crew of the company s strike cruiser Covenant of Blood So we don t see the legion just from the Space Marines points of view, but from that of the regular humans as well.It makes for a very nice and unusual narrative that I must say I find unique in the current offerings of Space Marine centric novels for precisely that reason This approach is very common in the Horus Heresy series as well.Although unlike the Heresy novels, where I am getting slightly bored by the constant human perspectives in nearly every book, it is refreshing in the mainstream 40k novels It makes for a very gloomy, dichotomous and engaging reading which on a lot of reflection I find that I actually quite enjoyed When I first finished reading the novel I didn t like it, but having thought about it, my feelings were unfounded.What makes Soul Hunter a great novel is that it challenges you at every turn It forces you to accept that not all the traitor legions and warbands are coloured with the same heavy brush stroke of They are evil Chaos worshippers It forces you to accept that sometimes even the elite Space Marines sometimes do not get to fight on their own terms with a proper execution of their trademark doctrines It forces you to accept that not all Space Marines, whether good or bad notice I don t say good or evil , actually act all the time like Space Marines Cyrion is perhaps the best example of this and he is my favourite character in the entire novel for his witty quips and comments.In that same vein, Aaron s dialogue is also very good and as someone who struggles quite a bit with it for my fanfics, it is also educational to a degree All the characters, whether it is Talos the Prophet, Uzas who is slowly falling to Khorne, Cyrion the smart ass, Captain Vandred the Possessed or Octavia the newly inducted against her will servant, they all have their unique voices They act like how they should, and they talk like they should They are each different from each other, with different mindsets, different ideologies, different perspectives, and Aaron gets it all across very clearly.The theme of shadows and darkness is also quite prevalent throughout the entire novel, and it makes you feel like you are walking into a house of horrors, except one where your own friends aredangerous than your surroundings I felt spooked at times for sure.The only main criticism that I can really apply to the novel in all honesty is the slow pace of it, even during the action scenes There is an attitude in the novel that things will play out in their own time and that there is no reason to rush the ending I am not a fan of that I can see that it is necessary for the narrative but I still don t enjoy it I like my adrenaline pumping scenes too much, which is why I found the last third of the novel with its boarding actions to be the highlight of the novel I wish it had been expanded upon a bit .C est la vie.If you want a change of pace from the other Black Library books, if you want to experiment with your reading, or if you are a fan of the Night Lords, I recommend this book It is definitely one of the must reads of Black Library fiction and it showcasesthan The First Heretic just why Aaron is as good as he is Not to mention that the trilogy has just started with this one and these guys are going to back in no time at all when I review Blood Reaver next.Score wise, I will have to give the novel a 9.5 10 Originally, after having just finished it, that score would have been quite a bit lower But like I said, this book forced me to really think about why I didn t like it and it ended up that I actually did like it It is a very thoughtful novel,so than most other Space Marine novels and it works very well in it s favour The epilogue is also grand, setting the stage for the eventual showdown This is my third time reading this book, which is saying something Dembski Bowden is one of the most consistently good Warhammer 40k writers, and vary rarely do I come across something of his I don t like or enjoy.This is mostly due in part to his grasp of engaging characters Soul Hunter is no exception He brings the Night Lords to life, breathing a menagerie of complex goals, ideas, wants and dislikes into each character They becomethan simple astares killers or a traitor legion, but This is my third time reading this book, which is saying something Dembski Bowden is one of the most consistently good Warhammer 40k writers, and vary rarely do I come across something of his I don t like or enjoy.This is mostly due in part to his grasp of engaging characters Soul Hunter is no exception He brings the Night Lords to life, breathing a menagerie of complex goals, ideas, wants and dislikes into each character They becomethan simple astares killers or a traitor legion, but rather, the reader gets to understand WHY they do what they do and why Night Haunter chose the path he did Aaron also does a fantastic job with side characters as well, which just adds to the entire novel, drawing the reader in From the Void Born to even the rapists sent to take out the thunderhawk gunship by the Black Legion, each has a certain care given to them that brings them alive on the page, and adds to the sorrow of their loss, or the joy at their death.My only issue with the novel is how much importance is laid upon the Soul Hunter We see him being confided in by the primarch, we see how revered he is by his brothers due to his gift, and we see just how special he is It takes away from him as a character though, as he s not some rank and file warrior, or even a skilled sergeant No, he s something far, farimportant, which almost cheapens him to me but, that could just be me It s almost too Mary Sue for me, and anyone who reads my reviews know I highly dislike characters who are blessed Still, it doesn t play too much of a role within the story, I just found it took away from it.In the end, I still enjoy this book, even on the third reading The writing is well done, the way events pan out are handled well, and in the end you get exactly what you want out of the story Anyone who likes the Night Lords but wanted somethingthan base killers should read this book It does a fantastic job of showing chaos space marines asthan simple heretics, but rather people who made a choice Well worth the read

Paperback  ¿ Soul Hunter MOBI ¼
  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Soul Hunter
  • Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • English
  • 28 August 2018
  • 1844168115