Wednesday, 16 January 2013

The Purging of Kadillus, Gav Thorpe

Publishers: Black Library (Games Workshop)

Pages: 416

Main Characters:

Captain Belial, Scout-Sergeant Naaman,

First off can I just say how awesome this front cover looks!

Anyway, as some of you guys may know, I have quite recently gotten into the amazing world that is Warhammer. I love painting the miniatures, so much so that I even started another blog that shows off the miniatures that I have painted. With the miniatures come a lot of history and back story about the various factions in the Warhammer 40k game. Because of this, I decided to read The Purging of Kadillus because the story is about the faction I play in Warhammer 40k; the Dark Angels.

The book is based on the planet of Piscina IV where the 3rd Company of Dark Angels is stationed. The planet is important to the Dark Angels because many of its members are recruited from the neighbouring planet of Piscina V. That is why when the infamous Ork Ghazkull or as he’s known to the Dark Angels, the Beast of Armageddon attacks, the Dark Angels are ready to defend the planet and their H-Q against the horde of Orks Ghazkull brings with him. The Dark Angels think that the Ork invasion poses no significant threat. Yes, the Orks have much bigger numbers, but the Dark Angels have the Astartes- the Space Marines, the most powerful fighting machines in the universe.

Here's a squad of Dark Angels... I didn't paint these!

However, Ghazkull is not like any other Ork. He has escaped other Space Marine factions before, including the Blood Angels, the Ultra Marines and the Salamanders. Ghazkull, along with his allies have a cunning plan to capture Piscina IV. The only person that notices the real threat of the Orks is Scout-Sergeant Naaman. Naaman knows that the Orks are better organised than usual and notices that their reinforcements are arriving at regular intervals, even though there is no Ork ship in the atmosphere. Naaman takes it upon himself to find out where the Ork reinforcements are coming from. What he finds however, is not what he or his fellow Space Marines are expecting and the future of Piscina IV looks bleak as the odds turn against the Space Marines!

I thought this book was immense, not just because it features my favourite chapter, but because it was full of action, fighting, humour and amazing gadgets and inventions that I love to read about in a sci-fi novel. It was so fast paced! The Space Marines fought off waves and waves of Orks to protect Piscina IV from imminent destruction. For someone like me who is just getting into Warhammer, the book is also great because it teaches you about how the Dark Angels faction works and what the hierarchy is of all the different units, from the Space Marine all the way up to the Deathwing. Plus, it teaches you some history of the Chapter which made me just want to read more Dark Angels novels and more novels by Gav Thorpe!

I would suggest this book to anyone who is a fan of Warhammer 40k, especially if like me you play Dark Angels. I’d also suggest it to anyone who is into sci-fi novels like Wolf Dawn (which I’m giving away!)  because even without the link to Warhammer, the novel is still a great sci-fi book!

For author’s official website click here.

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