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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: Warhammer 40,000 Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844160734
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844160730
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


The Black Library's best-selling author, Dan Abnett, once again shows why he's the master of action and suspense!

About the Author

Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent, in England. Well known for his comic work, his work for the Black Library includes the popular strips Lone Wolves, Darkblade and Titan, the best-selling Gaunt's Ghosts novels, and the acclaimed Inquisitor Eisenhorn trilogy. He was voted 'Best Writer Now' at the National Comic Awards 2003.

More About the Author

Dan Abnett is a novelsit and award-winnig comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.

Customer Reviews

Eisenhorn was a great trilogy, but you could have read any one book without reference to the others.
A. Cowell
Dan Abnett does his usual great job with the story, as well, providing a good mixture of action and character development in the story line.
Samuel E. Burns
They have some great writers on staff like Dan Abnett and Graham McNiell who write many of the stories.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By RenaissanceMan TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 30, 2010
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I read Eisenhorn (A Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus) a long time ago and then proceeded to read all kinds of Warhammer 40k books but I never got around to Ravenor.

I have to say that I missed out. Ravenor is definitely fantastic. I will tell you that the book is considerably darker, grittier, and more gothic dystopian than Eisenhorn. It's not for the faint of heart.

I still think that Eisenhorn is probably the best starter novel for anyone looking at dabbling with Warhammer 40k but I think it's Ravenor where Dan Abnett truly delves into the dystopian aspects of society in the Imperium of Man. This is a dark and opressing book.

By now I've read a lot of Warhammer 40k books. I have to say that Eisenhorn is still my #1 book but Ravenor has immediately eclipsed all other works and taken it's place as the solid #2. Both Eisenhorn and Ravenor are not just my two favorites, they're my favorites by a very long long way.

This book is set in the Warhammer 40K Universe -- it's vast, rich, dystopian and on a scale as big as Star Wars, Star Trek, LOTR. I've been throwing a generic Warhammer40k Universe overview into my WH40K reviews for new reader. Here it is if you're interested:

I'm adding a Warhammer 40K overview to this review to help newcomers get a sense for the Universe. (Warhammer 40K pros, go easy on me - I'm also somewhat of a newcomer to the Universe, hope I got the broad brushstrokes right). Review for book at bottom.

I got this through vine and put it directly on my nightstand.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Justin Johnson on August 17, 2009
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I could hardly put this book down. It was my first foray into the Warhammer universe other than playing the video game Dawn of War. Dan Abnett does an awesome job of fleshing out a diverse, twisting story that spans a galaxy. The world is dark, violent and corrupt. The characters are complicated, believable and have secrets to keep.

The hero of the story, Ravenor, is a powerful Psyker/Telekine Inquisitor that has only the power of his mind to get him through situations as he has been entirely physically disabled. His mental communication with his team carries them through a variety of excitingly violent encounters as they hunt down Corruption Chaos and Heresy.

Various pieces of the big picture are thrown out across the three novels and two short stories that make up this omnibus. The reader doesn't start to see how things are fitting together until at least the second book. As pieces start to fall into place, the stakes keep getting higher and it sucks the reader in more and more.

My one lament, and the reason I gave this only four stars, is the ending. All of the main plot lines are pretty tidily wrapped up but it opens a question at the very end that is not answered. This may be so that fans of the tabletop games can play out characters without adhering to 'canon' that the book defines. However, in my opinion, this could have been done more gracefully. The other option is, maybe there is a sequel planned? Even if that is the case, the author could have done a better job of leaving a thread hanging without being annoying about it.

I have tried to write this review without spoiling the reader experience. This is a thrilling ride and definitely worth the purchase price. There is a lot of content in this omnibus! Even if you are new to the Warhammer universe (as I am), this is a great tale. If you are a fan I imagine it's just that much better.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sean B. Schoonmaker on February 16, 2006
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At the risk of sounding like a broken record (particularly if one has read any of my other reviews of 40K novels), M. Abnett is easily the most talented writer in the Black Library stable of authors. His works often become canon in the game universe, and much of his writings have formative effects on the latter editions of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40K game, much in the same way that M. Watson's writings did for the earlier editions.

Ravenor, is an excellent action-adventure that utilizes many of the characters introduced in the Eisenhorn Trilogy: Inquisitor Ravenor, Kara Swole, and Harlon Nayl to name a few. M. Abnett also adds a wealth of entirely new cast-members for our entertainment. Ravenor himself is a fascinating character, essentially limited to the realm of his psychic abilities by his physical restrictions. This book clearly delves more into the background of psykers, their abilities, and the interesting physical consequences thereof than any other penned so far.

One of M. Abnett's chief talents lies in creating a vivid, believable setting. The locations sing with the gothic feel of the universe, but from the vibrant view of the privileged and powerful, rather than the teeming, hopeless masses. His characters are bigger than life, but he ensures that there are equally capable antagonists who can match them blow for blow. This contrast provides dynamic tension throughout the work. Unlike some, his villains act intelligently and have believable motivations of their own. Unlike some less capable 40K authors, he makes very little use of dues ex machina and creates resolutions that don't destroy suspension of disbelief.

If M.
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