Collecting McNeill's first three Ultarmarines novels, this omnibus represents some of the best WH40K fluff to be found. IMO, it is a close call between Graham McNeill and Dan Abnett for the most talented writer publishing under Black Library company, with the slight edge going to Abnett. If you're already a fan of WH40K fiction, this is a Must-Read, and if you're new to the universe, this would be a fine place to start. Following the intrepid Uriel Ventris in his earliest adventures, these stories take you throughout the Imperium and beyond, and give you a taste of a broad range of WH40K-specific settings and inhabitants. As with most other Warhammer 40K titles, these books are full of rip-roaring action, powerful heroes, and sinister villains. Each novel in this omnibus stands fairly well on its own, but they do form a continuous story, and will be better appreciated if read in order. Very highly recommended for fans of WH40K or gritty SciFi in general.
Graham McNeil's first full-length novel, Nightbringer, is an excellent book. As newly appointed captain of an Ultramarine team, Uriel Ventris at first seems to be in over his head. A mission to Pavonis as an escort for Ario Barzano, a snooty-seeming official of the Administratum, initially looks to be a fairly straight forward undertaking. Obviously, it turns out to be a lot more complicated (and dangerous) than it first appeared, with the appearance of Necrons, scheming politicians, and civil unrest. The story takes off and never looks back as Ario and Uriel start uncovering deadly plots. Ario turns out to be one of the best characters I've come across in a long time. Truly a fantastic story. [5-stars]
The second novel in this collection is Warriors of Ultramar. As the Ultramarines and their desperate allies face off against an insatiable Tyranid hive fleet, you get nonstop and highly-exciting action. Well-described and gruesome battle scenes are interspersed with the development of a whole host of intriguing characters. Even though the primary enemy is distinctly non-human and impossible to understand, you get plenty of great characters here, including Space Marines, Inquisitors, Imperial Guardsmen, nobles, and even slum-living gangsters. While the action really drives the story, the characters in this book are without a doubt some of the best I've found in WH40K lit. [5-stars]
Dead Sky, Black Sun is the last novel in this collection and stands out as being the most graphically disturbing of the three. Set in a Chaos world close to the Eye of Terror, this novel takes you to a whole different level of horror, even in the already dark and gritty world of WH40K. As Uriel and Pasanius are sent to fulfill an impossible-seeming death oath, their fate seems sealed as they find themselves in the middle of a internecine war among the Iron Warriors Chaos Marines. Many readers have complained of this one being too over-the-top with the amount of gore, torture, and pure evil, but what do you expect in the Eye of Terror? While the constant blood and pain do become numbing, this is still a great story that reveals part of the WH40K universe that was generally lacking in detail. [5-stars]
**Note that you should get Storm of Iron along with this book, which starts McNeill's Iron Warriors series, and closely ties into these books between WARRIORS OF ULTRAMAR and DEAD SKY, BLACK SUN. It is critically important for your enjoyment of DEAD SKY, BLACK SUN that you read this one first.
Great characters, wonderfully flowing writing, and engaging plots make these novels some of the most popular in the WH40K universe. These books should be pleasing to any fan of the genre. Very highly recommended!
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849703337
- ISBN-13: 978-1849703338
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 4.7 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 522 g
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