Friday, October 5, 2012
recent read; Ravenor Returned
Dan Abnett is rapidly becoming a favorite author of mine. He first impressed me with the Eisenhorn trilogy. While not an Eisenhorn sequel, the Ravenor trilogy ties into Eisenhorn because the lead character, Gideon Ravenor, was an underling of Inquisitor Eisenhorn at one time. A terrible accident left Ravenor disfigured and bound to a mechanized chair. But Ravenor has tremendous psychic abilities, and he still carries on as an inquisitor.
Ravenor Returned is the second novel of the Ravenor trilogy. I had read Ravenor a while ago.
Ravenor and his team continue to track Chaos-tainted artifacts that are finding their way into the higher echelons of Imperial hierarchy. Unable to trust anyone but his own staff, Ravenor has gone rogue - an Inquisitor beyond resource or assistance from anyone officially. Further complicating his dangerous mission, is the prophecy that one of his own team might bring about a world-shattering manifestation from the warp of chaotic sub-space.
Warhammer 40,000 is a wild blend of bloody space opera and science-sorcery, and this book excels at reveling in those elements. Psychic battles, futuristic cities, military tech, daemon possession, nearly indestructible daemonic android-like killing machines that exude the warp like very vapor from their body, words of power & destruction - it's all here with plenty of suspense and action.
If you like that sort of thing and/or you like Warhammer 40K in general, I see no reason why you wouldn't enjoy this book.
My main impetus for finishing the Ravenor trilogy is because Pariah is due out soon. It is the first of a trilogy where Eisenhorn and Ravenor must face off against each other. I am looking forward to that.