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Underhive (Necromunda) Kindle Edition
A Necromunda anthology
See gangs battle for supremacy, hired guns ply their deadly trade and the day-to-day struggle for survival in ten tales from Necromunda’s dark underhive.
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In this collection of stories from Hive Primus, you'll experience gang warfare, ambushes gone wrong, epic quests for uncertain rewards and deadly hunts – among many other tales that can only be told in the underhive.
In the sprawling, polluted hive cities of Necromunda, life is a constant fight for scraps. From the highest peaks to the lowest depths, rival gangs war and spill blood in a desperate battle to increase their standing with the decadent Great Houses. Life is short and brutal, especially for those on the climb.
Underhive rogue Kora Zekk makes a delivery of weapons to House Orlock, expecting betrayal. A sinner tries to win his life with a story of star crossed lovers. Goliath ganger Topek Greel seeks out an underhive legend, a killer with a terrifying record. And when a House Escher ambush goes wrong, Jarene of the Wild Cats finds herself outlawed. She has to take control and save her sisters in arms, from enforcers, bounty hunters, even other gangs. Can she restore her honour, and bring the true culprits to justice?
Wanted: Dead by Mike Brooks
Dirty Dealings by Rachel Harrison
Redemption by Darius Hinks
Death’s Head by Josh Reynolds
Emp-rah’s Eye by Guy Haley
Once a Stimm Queen by Robbie MacNiven
Scar Crossed by Nick Kyme
Burned by Darius Hinks
A Common Ground by Mike Brooks
Red Salvage by Josh Reynolds
About the Author
Josh Reynolds’ extensive Black Library back catalogue includes the Horus Heresy Primarchs novel Fulgrim: The Palatine Phoenix, and three Horus Heresy audio dramas featuring the Blackshields. His Warhammer 40,000 work includes the Space Marine Conquests novel Apocalypse, Lukas the Trickster and the Fabius Bile novels. He has written many stories set in the Age of Sigmar, including the novels Shadespire: The Mirrored City, Soul Wars, Eight Lamentations: Spear of Shadows, the Hallowed Knights novels Plague Garden and Black Pyramid, and Nagash: The Undying King. He has written the Warhammer Horror novel Dark Harvest, and novella The Beast in the Trenches, featured in the portmanteau novel The Wicked and the Damned. He has recently penned the Necromunda novel Kal Jerico: Sinner's Bounty. He lives and works in Sheffield.
Guy Haley is the author of the Siege of Terra novel The Lost and the Damned, as well as the Horus Heresy novels Titandeath, Wolfsbane and Pharos, and the Primarchs novels Konrad Curze: The Night Haunter, Corax: Lord of Shadows and Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia. He has also written many Warhammer 40,000 novels, including Belisarius Cawl: The Great Work, Dark Imperium, Dark Imperium: Plague War, The Devastation of Baal, Dante, Darkness in the Blood, Baneblade and Shadowsword. His enthusiasm for all things greenskin has also led him to pen the eponymous Warhammer novel Skarsnik, as well as the End Times novel The Rise of the Horned Rat. He has also written stories set in the Age of Sigmar, included in War Storm, Ghal Maraz and Call of Archaon. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife and son.
Robbie MacNiven is a Highlands-born History graduate from the University of Edinburgh. He has written the Warhammer Age of Sigmar novel Scourge of Fate and Gotrek Gurnisson novella The Bone Desert, as well as the Warhammer 40,000 novels Blood of Iax, The Last Hunt, Carcharodons: Red Tithe, Carcharodons: Outer Dark and Legacy of Russ. His short stories include ‘Redblade’, ‘A Song for the Lost’ and ‘Blood and Iron’. His hobbies include re-enacting, football and obsessing over Warhammer 40,000.
Nick Kyme is the author of the Horus Heresy novels Old Earth, Deathfire, Vulkan Lives and Sons of the Forge, the novellas Promethean Sun and Scorched Earth, and the audio dramas Red-Marked, Censure and Nightfane. His novella Feat of Iron was a New York Times bestseller in the Horus Heresy collection, The Primarchs. Nick is well known for his popular Salamanders novels, including Rebirth, the Sicarius novels Damnos and Knights of Macragge, and numerous short stories. He has also written fiction set in the world of Warhammer, most notably the Warhammer Chronicles novel The Great Betrayal and the Age of Sigmar story ‘Borne by the Storm’, included in the novel War Storm. More recently he has scripted the Age of Sigmar audio drama The Imprecations of Daemons. He lives and works in Nottingham. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07SXC6H7G
- Publisher : Black Library (July 6, 2019)
- Publication date : July 6, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1314 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 265 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #831,782 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Very strong short stories that are well written, good ideas and plenty of action.
Well worth a read for a WH40k fan.
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Dirty Dealings: A good story with a twist. 9/10.
Redemption: A good story with a tragic outcome. 8/10.
Burned: Difficult plot to orient in. 4/10.
Red Salvage: A Kal Jerico short with great characters but re-used plot-elements from the Kal Jerico-comic. 8/10.
Death’s Head: Felt like an old western with a gunslinger 7/10
Emp-rah’s Eye: Unclear characters and plot. 2/10.
Once a Stimm Queen: The troubles about leaving a gang. 8/10.
Scar Crossed: A future take/homage to Romeo and Juliette. 6/10.
A Common Ground: Fighting pit, assassinations and connection to a novel outside of Necromunda. 9/10.
Wanted: Dead: A novella about betrayal. Some very familiar elements as perhaps seen in Mission Impossible, but the characters weight up for it. 9/10.
Each story tells an interesting self-contained narrative of murder, betrayal and deception but also ones of loyalty, camaraderie and love. The best and worst aspects of humanity are all put on stark display and it's that raw honesty that's really compelling.
The best of the bunch is the first story Wanted: Dead which tells the tale of the downfall of an Escher Gang known as the Wildcats after a heist goes wrong. The characters feel like genuine people and not just stereotypical tough gangster women. The bond that forms between the responsible Jarene, her fearsome girlfriend Quinne and the frankly delightfully sardonic Downpipe Sally is the core of the story and you quickly invest and relate to them. There's is a classic tale of betrayal, vengeance and loyalty to your gang.
Second best and most unique is Emp-Rah's Eye. While most of the short stories have gang members as either the centre or at least part of the narrative in some way this story takes the approach of telling a tale of the tribalistic Ratskins who live below even the Underhive and have their own unique way of seeing the world. It tells the story of Twotails an ancient storyteller of almost 50 years of age recounting his trip to the Hive's surface to inform the Emp-Rah his people yet live. It's genuinely fascinating and made me want to see more of this culture.
Death's Head meanwhile features a smart Goliath, one who can read, facing off against a terrifying gunslinger in a battle of wits and nerves. Shorter then the rest it provides a tense read and a fun glimpse into one of these big meatheads' minds. Believe it or not, it's not all about smashing.
I could go but suffice to say getting to read all of these tales in one place is well worth the value. My one complaint is that most of these stories focus on either House Goliath or Escher. It would have been nice to read a few more stories about the other gangs. Perhaps, should they compile a sequel, we'll get that.