Saturday, September 12, 2015

Review of Master of Sanctity by Gav Thorpe

Author:  Gav Thorpe
Title:  Master of Sanctity - Book Two in the Legacy of Caliban Trilogy.
Publisher:  The Black Library.
Copyright:  2014.
Pages:  412.
Price:  $14.00 (US).

Overview and Impressions:

Master of Sanctity is the second book in the Legacy of Caliban Trilogy.  It's concerned with the Dark Angels and their hunt for the Fallen, traitor space marines who betrayer their primarch, Lion el Johnson, some ten thousand years ago when they destroyed Caliban, the Dark Angels' home world.

The novel features the 1st and 2nd companies of Dark Angels, namely, the Deathwing Terminators and the Ravenwing bike squadrons.  They are charged with capturing the Fallen.  Sapphon, the chapter's Master of Sanctity, deals with one of the Fallen, Astelan, in order to capture their leader, Cypher.  The Hunt goes from Piscina to the Nurgle daemon infested world of Ulthor to Imperial world of Tharsis where the Fallen are finally cornered when they lead an invasion of the planet against the Dark Angels.

Though this is a Dark Angel battle book, I found the number of Dark Angels involved in the fighting too Hollywood for my tastes.  But I lose with my Deathwing Terminators because of my propensity rolling "1s."  I shouldn't let my years of playing WH40K interfere with my enjoyment reading Gav Thorpe's novels.  This one was better than Ravenwing, which featured a bike attack of a space fortress!  The combined actions of Deathwing and Ravenwing companies worked well in Master of Sanctity

Recommended for Dark Angel fans.

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