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Anyone had a go at this yet? I’ve not read anything BL by this guy so far but I’ve bought a copy. Sounds like a fun read and I definitely like the authors catalogue of works outside of BL. Is this a bolted porn or something more?

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Sadly, it was "sold out online" before I got my copy (my FLGS ordered one, and apparently it sold out THE DAY BEFORE IT WAS ON PRE-ORDER)



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I got mine from wayland games. Their site still has copies available

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Got the ebook version.
As I'm a slow reader, don't expect any great insights very soon.

Heard that his shorts about the Fulminators were quite good. My hopes are high for this one. :)

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I started audible and so far so good. Narration by Garett Armstrong is a big plus.

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Update: My local GW had one in stock. So I snagged it when I picked up the store Birthday models for my local GW. I'll be reading this next :yes:


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I started audible and so far so good. Narration by Garett Armstrong is a big plus.

 

Wait, they got Gareth Armstrong again? A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one. I miss the bloke.



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Its ok so far, im a few hours into the audio book.


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I love how atmospheric the prologue chapters are, and I am enjoying it so far, although some of it is a bit hammy - it really builds very well out of MacNiven's work very well (which also was rather hammy) and the Badab books.

The main character and his lead assistant are at least 1600 years old, however (their quest has being going on for about 1550 years), which I'm not sure is actually their natural life spans (due to the chapter's propensity for cryo-sleeping). Still, it did raise my eyebrow - these are ancient marines who don't bat an eyelid at their age (unlike Dante). Yet perhaps it just fits in with these similarly-ancient fleets existing in the outer dark, closer to the lost legions than the chapters of the inner imperium, using a mix of ancestor genetic legacies.

In addition, some lovely new feeling things is how a chapter on the edge works with rogue ports and the like - there's an early scene which is eye opening for subverting expectations of how a marine (from such a draconian chapter especially) might interact with the more salubrious (say, precipice-esque or mass effect Omega-esque) elements of fringe society.

Overall, at times it feels at first like an immersive art house oceanic installation, but more often is a quest narrative with some very intriguing maternal and world-building elements.
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I enjoyed it. There’s a shoutout to Inquisitor: Martyr with much of the previous search having been in the Caligari Sector. I liked how he did the Drukhari and I’d certainly read a novel by him about them.
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Regardless of me reading it myself (and not finishing it yet or at any time soon), please keep in mind even small bits like mentioning the appearance of
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would be something fellow fraters would love to learn by themselves.

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Regardless of me reading it myself (and not finishing it yet or at any time soon), please keep in mind even small bits like mentioning the appearance of

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would be something fellow fraters would love to learn by themselves.

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Yes, that's him.

Nothing that big of a thing but just as a reminder.

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Regardless of me reading it myself (and not finishing it yet or at any time soon), please keep in mind even small bits like mentioning the appearance of

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would be something fellow fraters would love to learn by themselves.

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Solid read.

I enjoyed it quite a bit.

The Carcharodons are rapidly becoming one of my favorite chapters. Might have a go at painting some up one of these days.

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Finished this earlier. It’s a much stranger book than I expected, but perhaps better for it. It takes a promising, if not especially atypical plotline (space marines on a quest for something), and makes it something unique. It’s fast paced, relatively light on combat, and has a somewhat fantastical sensibility. If you’re hoping for info on the Carcharodons I would look to Robbie MacNiven’s works well before this. There are great scenes with the Carcharodons here, but they do very little to expand our understanding of the chapter as a whole. The Dark Eldar, on the other hand, are expanded on wonderfully. Albert envisions a city of tortured (and torture loving) artists, schemers and drug addicts. Slightly funny, slightly pathetic, always dangerous. This might be my favorite depiction of them yet. The multisensorial depiction of the webway stands out especially. The plot gets a little silly at times, and I wasn’t entirely sold on some of the emotional moments between the protagonists.

Overall I’d probably give this somewhere between an 8-10, but I can understand why those looking for a conventional space marine story would be disappointed. I think Albert’s writing will prove to be a somewhat acquired taste in the BL canon.
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I’m only a couple of chapters in but I agree it’s got a strange feel to it. Not at all in a bad way I’m quite enjoying it. I really hesitate to say this because I know the cult following the man has but it feels quite Peter Fehervari in flavour.
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I’m only a couple of chapters in but I agree it’s got a strange feel to it. Not at all in a bad way I’m quite enjoying it. I really hesitate to say this because I know the cult following the man has but it feels quite Peter Fehervari in flavour.


It’s like Fehervari mixed with a little bit of Guymer’s awkwardness and eye for detail, at least in my mind.
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I’m only a couple of chapters in but I agree it’s got a strange feel to it. Not at all in a bad way I’m quite enjoying it. I really hesitate to say this because I know the cult following the man has but it feels quite Peter Fehervari in flavour.

It’s like Fehervari mixed with a little bit of Guymer’s awkwardness and eye for detail, at least in my mind.

I had not planned on getting this but now...maybe I just might!
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Finished this. After the great start the ending wasn’t so hot. The book is most definitely not a space marine battle type book and for that alone it get some points. The opening chapters are creepy and very atmospheric hence the liking to PF. It any similarities vanish when the marines head off on mission. It’s a good enough job of looking a raven guard successor chapter in combat. But the dark Eldar storyline is very vanilla with some crazy real world references that make absolutely no sense in any timeline that is feasible. If BL want to go down the current earth to 40k timeline then they really need to make sure authors don’t have earth places popping up in commorragh. Horrible out of context reference anyway. I’m also fairly sure that the ending has already been done elsewhere. I can’t remember where but I’m sure someone else will. Can’t do the spoiler thing so can’t elaborate.

So decent start, poor end, which frankly doesn’t match the style of the beginning. Any reference to PF is withdrawn!

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@Knockagh and that was helpful as will likely NOT get this now! Shame as the PF references had me keen!

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Finished this. After the great start the ending wasn’t so hot. The book is most definitely not a space marine battle type book and for that alone it get some points. The opening chapters are creepy and very atmospheric hence the liking to PF. It any similarities vanish when the marines head off on mission. It’s a good enough job of looking a raven guard successor chapter in combat. But the dark Eldar storyline is very vanilla with some crazy real world references that make absolutely no sense in any timeline that is feasible. If BL want to go down the current earth to 40k timeline then they really need to make sure authors don’t have earth places popping up in commorragh. Horrible out of context reference anyway. I’m also fairly sure that the ending has already been done elsewhere. I can’t remember where but I’m sure someone else will. Can’t do the spoiler thing so can’t elaborate.

So decent start, poor end, which frankly doesn’t match the style of the beginning. Any reference to PF is withdrawn!


Curious to know what you mean by real world references if you don’t mind DMing. I didn’t notice anything out of place (besides Commorragh seeming a little small).

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@dukeleto it’s still worthy of a read. Lots going for it, certainly expands on dark Eldar life and I think the opening chapters alone make the novel worthwhile. I do hope we get more from Edoardo lots of promise.
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@dukeleto it’s still worthy of a read. Lots going for it, certainly expands on dark Eldar life and I think the opening chapters alone make the novel worthwhile. I do hope we get more from Edoardo lots of promise.

I'll second this. The book has a lot of great parts, the ending just kind of let's it down a bit. Still a fun read
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