In my slowly progressing travels into the Warhammer 40K books, the Space Marine stories are, I suspect, my next stop. (I’m looking at you, Space Marine Omnibus by Christian Dunn!) Not far behind is this upcoming book, Angels of Death, an omnibus which contains the previously-released Space Marine books Architect of Fate (an anthology edited by Christian Dunn) and The Siege of Castellax (a novel by C.L. Werner). Man, how I love the feel of a big fat WH40K omnibus in my greedy little hands…

Ahem.

Here’s the synopsis for the upcoming Angels of Death omnibus. (And see covers for the omnibus and the two original books — and what the heck, the Space Marine Omnibus — after the jump…)
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It’s been too long since I’ve read a Warhammer 40K story.

Check out the cover art and synopsis of an upcoming collection of short stories set in the perilous galaxy of Warhammer 40,000: There Is Only War edited by Christian Dunn.

Here’s the synopsis and a larger cover image:
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REVIEW SUMMARY: Another batch of short stories from the Black Library, ranging from mediocre to fantastic.

MY RATING: 

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A collection of short stories focused on the dastardly deeds of the Chaos Space Marines, with contributions from promising new talent.

MY REVIEW
PROS:
Sarah Cawkwell and Andy Smillie’s short stories are the best to be found in this anthology.
CONS:
“Throne of Lies” by Aaron Dembski-Bowden is largely pointless and “The Long War” by Andy Hoare lacks purpose.
BOTTOM LINE:
Treacheries of the Space Marines is a mixed bag but worth paperback price for sure.

The Black Library has a surplus of talent at the moment. There is of course the old guard, names like Abnett, McNeill, Counter, Swallow, and King that have put Warhammer 40,000 fiction on the map. Then there is a new crop of skillful authors that are just now testing the waters. I have high hopes for these writers, names like Dembski-Bowden, Cawkwell, Smillie, French, Zou, and Sanders. The Black Library needs such new perspective if it is to remain fresh and appealing. I’m happy to say that there is little risk of the Black Library stagnating and Treacheries of the Space Marines is proof.

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We’re big fans of Warhammer 40K…so this trailer for a new WH40K anthology and audio CD has us stoked…
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