I think Gav definitely has the ability to craft evocative scenes - hells, his work on The Sundering for Time of Legends had a wealth of moments that still stick out to me today, nearly 10 years later, and the same can be said for Angels of Darkness and even, yes, his Raven Guard novels for the Heresy, or Lorgar: Bearer of the Word for Primarchs. His style is distinct from some of the other authors for sure, and I can see that being an issue for some. For me, personally, it's a treat, especially when he gets to write elves or eldar, as his sense of scope and perspective lend themselves wonderfully to them.
I haven’t read any of Thorpe’s fiction outside of 40k or the Heresy. That said, I don’t doubt his ability to write the material in question. This isn’t a “Gav sucks” rant. I’m just saying, he has a style that he favors, and there’s a body of work that indicates the scene he shared won’t likely be substantially different when the book is published.
What I can say, though, is that I don't much care for action heavy pieces in his works - that's not his strong suit, although on the flipside, they're also the least interesting part to me in general, even with folks like AD-B. I may be repeating what I said on another thread regarding Sigismund, but frankly, Sigismund slaughtering traitors left and right during the Siege is probably among the things that interest me the least about the series finale to begin with.
Agreed. That’s why I cited Wraight’s Path of Heaven
as a counterexample. Eidolon and Qin Xa “square off” in the midst of a titanic battle, but as with the other signature combat scenes — Ravasch Cario’s duels against Shiban Khan, the last charge of the Sagyar Kazan, Jaghatai’s stand at the end — Wraight’s effort is primarily directed toward building the atmosphere surrounding the characters.
(As an aside, that last scene I listed? Shivers. Every time.)
His interactions with other characters, including his opponents, are of more value than the action setpieces, and I feel Gav's going to handle it well.
My humble opinion is that Thorpe’s work has been hit or miss in that regard — even within the same book. To stick with The Unforgiven,
it’s vacillating from the genuinely interesting, introspective scenes involving Telemenus coping with Dreadnaught internment to Annael coping with barracks cleaning detail. It’s slogging through depressingly telegraphed dialogue between the Ravenwing characters only to be pleasantly surprised by the powerful scene between a panicked Asmodai and an incensed Belial. Again, it’s not because Thorpe is a poor writer; it’s a conscious choice he’s making, to focus on certain things in a certain manner.
Edited by Phoebus, 16 March 2019 - 07:41 PM.