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Grey Knights: The Omnibus (Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus) Paperback – May 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; First Thus edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844166961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844166961
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ben Counter is fast becoming one of the Black Library’s most popular authors. An Ancient History graduate and avid miniature painter, he lives near Portsmouth, England.

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Well written and action packed.
Luke
Instead of being a book where you spent half the time waiting to get into the action, the action starts very early on and just gets more and more intense.
Veil_Lord
Grey Knights is about the hunt for a traitor Astartes who is in league with a very powerful daemon.
Thomas Lau

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Raider on May 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
The title basically says it all. I bought all three books separately, and honestly buying all three separately was worth it. Getting all three books in one collection for half the price is easily worth it (sorry for the sales pitch like tone).

The Grey Knights Omnibus collects the three Grey Knights novels Grey Knights, Dark Adeptus and Hammer of Daemons. The stories follow Justicar Alaric, a member of the special Grey Knights space marine chapter set in the futuristic and gothic Warhammer 40K series. A special branch of the space marines, the Grey Knights have psychic powers, more advanced armor and weapons and are some of the most powerful warriors available to humans in the grim futuristic setting. They specialize in hunting demons who threaten mankind, often the last line of defense against these powerful beings.

Grey Knights introduces the reader to Alaric and the Grey Knights chapter, delving some into their past and what their chapter is about. Alaric is sent on a mission to investigate the return of a demon that had plagued man a thousand years before. Alaric and his contingent are forced into a race against time to find the demon and battle its fodder, both other demons and humans alike, and keep him from returning from the warp to the real world. This is the strongest of the three books, filled with action and intrigue and never a dull moment.

Dark Adeptus revolves around Alaric being sent to a world that mysteriously reappears after centuries from the warp. Landing on the planet Alaric finds it to be infested with the forces of Chaos; the sworn enemy of mankind. This book has a totally different feel to it, with a more exotic environment and the sense that anything can happen at any time, and everyone must be watched.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. Skinner on January 19, 2010
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One thing I appreciate about the Black Library is their omnibus editions. It really helps keep books more affordable... if you can wait for them to come out. This being said, once I saw the Grey Knight books were out, I quickly moved to purchase the omnibus.

Positives:
For those experienced in the Wh40k world, Grey Knights gives a glimpse into a world rarely covered, even within much of Games Workshop's canon - the inner planets of humanity's realms: Terra, Saturn, Mars. Grey Knights shows some of what occurs within the solar system.

The book is fairly well written, contains a decent amount of surprises, twists, and turns, and pits the Space Marines against foes usually only brushed against in other books.

Negatives:
While Ben Counter does a good job, there were many things that simply were not memorable enough to make the series truly noteworthy. Eisenhorn (A Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus) has etched itself into my memory, Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium worms his way in through absurdity, and Gaunt's Ghosts: The Founding (Gaunts Ghost) & Gaunt's Ghosts: The Saint keeps you wanting more.

Conclusion:
That being said, while I would not have bought the books individually, together they are a bargain and well worth the purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Sapp on April 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
I admit it, I love the fluff of the Gray Knights. So I had very high hopes for this collection. Thankfully, it delivers.

The first book, Gray Knights, blew me away. The action is non-stop and the twist that allows Alaric to stop the daemon made my jaw literally drop. But it is woven so subtly into the book that you don't realize how important it is until it smacks you in the face. Every once in a while, I go back and reread the reveal, just to relive the feeling of awe.

I did not like Dark Adeptus as well. It was good, but not as good as Gray Knights. Perhaps it was just me, but there seemed to be a lot more characters to have to keep track of (which I sometimes have a problem with, unless they are introduced slowly over time). The plot is more psychological thriller than action novel. This is not a bad thing, but it was not what I expected after reading Gray Knights. It also seemed more straight-forward, and the "great reveal" was obvious about halfway through.

Hammer of Daemons made up for the disappointment of Dark Adeptus, though it is not as good as Gray Knights. The book is more disjointed, almost a collection of vignettes more than a book. There was also a lack of suspense, because the reader already knows Alaric and the slaves escape. (Though the exact outcome of that was a surprise.)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Veil_Lord VINE VOICE on August 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've read Space Marines novels and a couple of Inquisition novels. When I spotted this one is rather interesting because it seemed to merge both. The novel doesn't disappoint. The only quibble I have with it is the author's writing style is a little rough. You'll find places in the novel where he restates things that have already been stated or takes too many words to explain something simple. In my opinion I can be forgiven due to the quality of the stories.

Grey Knights

This is the first book in the series. As it seems that most of the Omnibus books that I've read, the first book of my favorite. The closest thing I can compare it to the one I've read is Eisenhorn; it's similar in that it's something of a detective story. Alric the hero of the story and leader of the main squat agree nights that we see in this book has to team up with an inquisitor to try to track down a demon that was vanquished 1000 years before but is striving even now to return. There's quite a bit of action and a couple twists that I didn't see coming.

Dark Mechanicus

When I looked at some of the reviews of this book I was very skeptical. It talked about the gray knights being trapped on a planet that had emerged from the warp after many years. The only thing, it's a forge world for Titans. I'm not sure quite what I was picturing, maybe a squad being held in prisons and having to escape or something. I don't spoil any of the twists, but let's just say that isn't quite what this book is. I will say that not only do you get some nice battles on the surface of the planet, but there's some pretty decent space battles thrown in to boot.
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