It has entitled my review of Primogenitor – the first volume by Josh Reynolds on the infamous Fabius Bile, once the Chief Apothecary of the Emperor’s Children – “Sad Monster”. It could also have been the title of this review although it also includes other dimensions. Fabius Bile, like all his brother legionaries, suffer for a blight, a flaw in their genetics that he has been desperately trying to eradicate and cure for thousands of years through multiple and desperate experiments, and a cancerous flaw that afflicts him and obliges him to clone himself and transfer his mind regularly into new bodies.
While this volume is the sequel of Primogenitor and you will find a number of common characters, including fellow Apothecaries from other Traitor Legions that have joined with Fabius and benefit from his facilities, and allusions to others included in the first title, it can perfectly well be read on its own.
To cut a long story short and limit spoilers to a minimum, most of the action, apart from the end, takes place on the Vesalius, an ancient Gladius-class frigate with a crew of mutants and creatures created by Fabius together with the remnants of an Emperor’s Children war band, some of which having evolved to such an extent as to become “Noise Marines”.
One of the book’s strongpoints lays in the description of the various mutants and degenerated Space Marines, some of which struggling to maintain some humanity despite their afflictions. Another interesting feature is the general atmosphere of treason and distrust as various Emperor’s Children officers try and fail, time and again, to take control and dispossess him of his ship.
Fabius, however, can count on the loyalty and/or the allegiance of his fellow apothecaries, on the love of some of his creations, with Igori, the female leader and apex warrior and huntress of Space Marines being one of the prime example, and a young and extremely beautiful and gifted clone with violet eyes being another. Another strongpoint is the introduction of alien species, including the Eldar in the guise of a troop of Harlequins that are hunting Fabius and his crew across the galaxy to revenge themselves, and another even more powerful alien Prince who shares Bile’s scientific interests, possesses something of immense value to him and his fellow legionaries and rivals, and happens to be an inveterate collectioner.
Four very strong stars for a very good title and I am looking forward to reading many more episodes of Fabius Bile’s travels and efforts across the war-torn galaxy in search of the remedy that will allow him to regenerate his Legion at long last.
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- Utgivare : Games Workshop; 1:a utgåvan (9 Juni 2018)
- Språk : Engelska
- Pocketbok : 432 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 1784967076
- ISBN-13 : 978-1784967079
- Läsarålder : 13 - 16 år
- Rangordning för bästsäljare: #52,266 i Böcker (Visa Topp 100 i Böcker)
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. His Warhammer Horror story, The Beast in the Trenches, is featured in the portmanteau novel The Wicked and the Damned, and he has recently penned the Necromunda novel Kal Jerico: Sinner's Bounty. He lives and works in Sheffield.
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Andrew N. Swan
Fabius is a fabulous readGranskad i Storbritannien den 1 augusti 2018
One of the best 40 k books I have ever read. There are so many ideas and story threads here and they are melded together very well. Ending is very well thought out and works well in the 40k lore. More than highly recommend.
Really fun and opens up the fluff for all kinds of possiblys!Granskad i Storbritannien den 2 augusti 2019
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