Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Warhammer Wednesday: La Croisade d'Armageddon

A few of my Black Library novels have been available in French editions for a while now, but it was only the other day that I came across this particular review for Crusade for Armageddon.

What to expect when following one of the most devout Astartes chapters in pursuit of their vilest enemy, one who has violated their honor? A bloodbath of course. But a green bloodbath.

That's exactly what we get in Jonathan Green's novel of the Black Templars, the Astartes devotees, always on a crusade for the liberation of the Imperium. Following the loss of their planet Solemnus, these crusaders will do everything to find the foul ork responsible for the loss of both their Chapter world and the endangerment of the genetic heritage of the chapter.

The author has demonstrated all the devotion of this chapter, more attached to the visions of their champion (granted by the Emperor himself) rather than psykers. Their desire to defeat the enemy rather than to obey others. Their need to ensure the death of the monstrosities they fight rather than give them a chance to recover. That's how they can show they are the most implacable and devout servants of the Emperor on the battlefield.

A very good novel that takes us to the heart of the turmoil on Armageddon, showing us a permanent hell where survival is a struggle and where the biggest fight is sometimes hidden from view. I look forward to a sequel to the adventures of Black Templars.

Of course there is a sequel, Conquest of Armageddon, but I'm not sure if that one's available in French yet.

Both novels are available again in English in The Armageddon Omnibus, which also contains two bonus short stories and A History of the Most Honourable and Holy Solemnus Crusade.

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