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  1. says:

    Write a book about andrej

  2. says:

    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 seuences 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

  3. says:

    45 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 rulesMore detailed review in Bulgarian here

  4. says:

    We are judged in life for the evil we destroy Helsreach is possibly the most brutal 40k novel I've read yet At what cost is victory worth it? ADB is arguably the best of the Black Library authors He excels at character depth and in humanizing the Astartes The difference in the creeds of the Black Templars and the Salamanders was interesting to behold how those of differing chapters may not understand one another's beliefs it's very humanizing Gemmell esue in a way Courage in the face of insurmountable odds both from the Astartes and the humansLeave it to ADB and often the 40k universe to create a fantastic band of brothers each with very different personalities and leave you feeling utter despair in the end Bravo I didn't need these feels today where they're already abound with the death of Robin Williams Hero of Helsreach the crowd cheersAs if there is only one

  5. says:

    One of the best Warhammer universe novels I've ever read and I don't say that lightly The characters are so different but easy to empathize with the shifting perspectives are perfectly done and the action is suspenseful and intriguing even for me who isn't much of an action fan because it all has a human side to it Aaron Dempski Bowden is phenomenal

  6. says:

    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

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    DetailsHelsreach by Aaron Dembski BowdenBlack Library Publishing414 PagesThis is an advance copy reviewDescriptionWhen 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 LibrarycomWhile 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 newbieIn 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 invadersI do exaggerate a bit but Aaron Dembski Bowden is uickly 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 scrubbingand 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 dimensionalflat ADB pulls it off He really knows how to make characters come alive on the written pageThe 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 backI 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 thingAaron 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

  8. says:

    I was extremely skeptical about reading Helsreach since the vast majority of licensed IP tie in novels that crop up around successful gamemovietv 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 reuired 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

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    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 marinesThe 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 any Helsreach 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 wellso 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 added depth and a reality of thought on the character's partIf 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

  10. says:

    As always I listened to the audio bookFirst off the narration is stellar I love the leaning way back from the mic and yellingI came in expecting a war book stuffed full of one dimensional characters and a bunch of gore I expected a flat story and very little character development I expected to be mildly entertained I got all that and a little The characters had a bit personality than I would have guessed I really enjoyed the way the author would give a bit of backstory before brutally killing off people The weapons and aliens were described with a satisfactory amount of ambiguity to leave something to imagination maybe those familiar with the lore don't need to imagine All the tropes and stereotypes of a gruesome war book are there The story follows a typical arc there are no unexpected twists no deep character development and it doesn't need any of that It's an entertaining book and it does the job well

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Helsreach 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