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Fans of Jim Swallow’s Blood Angels stories will find a lot to like here. Guy Haley has written a profile of Dante, Chapter Master of the Blood Angels, that deftly weaves two plot strands together into one intertwining narrative. The first part of the story follows him from childhood, through the trials of becoming a Space Marine, and then his ascent through the ranks. The second is a present-day 40K story of a much older, world-weary Dante, struggling to fend off a giant Tyranid invasion of Imperial space. We get to see Dante at both ends of his life, making the novel a contrasting series of vignettes from battles on many worlds. It’s an entertaining read that answers some questions while still leaving others up in the air awaiting a resolution in future books. Well worth picking up.
So many of the space marine-centric stories are so “shootey”, which is kinda mind numbing. Although this book has a fair bit of bolter and battle action, it’s really the backstory of Dante’s youth and process of becoming a Blood Angel that is most enthralling. This is my 11th Warhammer 40k/30K book, so I haven’t gotten to hear much detail about how a person actually becomes a space marine. This book covers a lot of that, and in a manner that creates interest in the characters. A good read for sure.
Great book for Blood Angels fans. I made a mistake and read "Devastation of Baal" first (Also a great read.) "Devastation of Baal" chronologically comes second but it won't hurt you if you read them out of order. Read them both, any 40k fan will love them.
A true test of courage, and sheer will to better ones self and learn humility. Dante struggles with his life's dream of becoming a Blood Angel and struggles with being able to keep his humanity in the process.
Read it for Dante, read it for the Blood Angeles and keep the Imperium's will
Dante rocks! In my opinion, all the best WH40K deal with hope. Hope of redemption, hope of victory, hope for the survival of mankind. Dante brings it in spades. Dark, yes. Ennui, yes. But, as long as there is blood there is hope.
Guy Haley has a way of making this fantasy universe of 40k pop into reality. "Dante" in particular offers a look into the life and mind of the greatest of Sanguinius' sons. Loved every second, from Dante's humble beginnings to his life as a start-up in the ranks to his modern time greatness and depth as the Regent of Imperium Nihilus.