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  • 2 weeks later...

On the Tenebris scale this book rates a good 8/10

 

Rob Sanders is indeed a great BL author in the making and I really look forward to read more of his work. In general terms the action is great and "diverse" from the bolter porn we are used to, the atmosphere and the battlefield are epic in scale (though the author really describes it too much, it almost acts as a filler) and the Skitarii as characters are fresh, new and very interesting. I think that Sanders did justice to the new faction and set the scale for the future descriptions of the Skitarii in action, their tactics and above all their physical and mental faculties. Part of the high vote is found in how Rob handles this cyborg warriors, he actually manages to show them as more and at the same time less than a human which is why I liked the book so much.

 

In the last chapters of the book Sanders proved that he is able to weave a great plot and handled well the twists and turns in the narrative and the action. His depiction of the "detracted" entrance on the scene is one of the best moments in the adeptus astartes fiction. 

 

Long story short, Rob Sanders proved that he is great BL material and I wish him to focus on what he proved to be his best asset, Chaos.

 

He really really writes Chaos well. 

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Awesome book by an awesome author. Until: 

Krendl from Iron Within by Rob Sanders no less turns up not dead. Sorry, but with McNeil basically having all his characters show up in the Heresy in the same positions and Krendl survives a whole planet coming down on him It makes me go Meh... 


Nevertheless, a great read.

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I'm still working through my to-read list, so I have yet to read Skitarius, but the positive reviews here have moved it to the top of said list.

 

Anyone get this yet? Is it connected in any way to Skitarius

http://www.blacklibrary.com/Home/tech-priest-limited-edition.html

 

I get pretty much everything from Rob Sanders eventually, hopefully this will be more of his usual awesomeness. 

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It follows on - finished it today! Again, it's very good. Definitely read Skitarius first though - otherwise you'll lose certain elements plot wise. Another high recommendation from me. I love the way Sanders writes generally, but these were again impressive with their scope and plot arcs.
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Good day,

 

Can anyone help me a little again and give a text positioned on page with skitarii picture in a section named RAD CENSER (right bottom corner of the page)?

 

Thanks in advance. If someone can send a good photo by e-mail - it'll be great.

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Also, I sort of see what a few folk meant by 'everything in the codex should make an appearance'... but I really didn't mind. Hell, the duo are amongst my favourite books of the last wee while for just being so... weird. And enjoyable. And memorable.

 

But blimey, they're bleak.

 

Also got one of my favourite wee quote-y mottos from the second one. At one point a tech-priest is speculating on a vague, unsupressed feeling of... guilt. It's an awesome paragraph, but it boils down so excellently.

 

V minor:

 

"Responsibility found expression in resolution."

 

 

Really struck a chord(claw).

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These two books really were great... brings back memories of decorating my daughters nursery. Nothing screams paternal love like Toby Longworth detailing the non stop slaughter of countless souls in the far distant future of 40k.

I do have to wonder how in the hell Krendl survived the events of The Iron Within though, i know Ironfire kind of gave us the answer but still... guess I'm still smarting over the fate of Dantioch unsure.png It was interesting to see how time had treated a somewhat familiar face though!

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I liked the books. Lots of silly parts, and a whole lot of grimdark parts! What's not to love?

 

the trench warfare scene was friggen awesome too. I really want one of those heavy weapon team esq graviton cannons for my skitarii now, not just on the servitors! 

 

I only wish they A: Showed the effects of the arc rifles on vehicles. Maybe it blows the top off a maulerfiend or something. MAke it awesome! 

 

and B:

 

Holy hand grenades I wish they fought something other than obliterator spam in the second book!

 

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Skitarius had a plot twist at the end which was both surprising and welcomed equally. It personified the flaws of the mechanicum particularly well which were greatly expanded upon in Tech Priest.

 

The shift of perspectives between the books was well written as well: Skitarius focusing on the small view of a war from the Skitarii perspective vs the larger picture view of a Tech Priest vicariously living through his subject's circuitry. It was the first time I'd read a 40k novel from that perspective and was a welcome change.

 

Despite the product placement, I enjoyed both books. The mechanicum were ruthless, the villains didn't disappoint and the plot had enough fresh twists to keep it interesting.

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