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Savage Scars (Warhammer 40,000 Novels) Mass Market Paperback – February 22, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer 40,000 Novels
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; 1 edition (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165650
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,419,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Forrest G. Welling on November 11, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So full disclosure I am a pretty big Tau fan, and in fact the only reason I purchased this particular 40k novel was because it featured them (they are woefully under represented in the black library aspect of Games Workshop in my opinion). I also know little about the White Scars chapter of Space Marines. Anyway on to the review.

I came into this book hesitant because I had not read anything by Andy Hoare before, and I know that some authors can stray pretty far from the codexes in their representation of non-human races. However unlike one of the other reviewers, I felt the Tau were represented very well throughout most of the story, only at the very end did I feel they were shoe-horned into a situation that they would have handled differently. Their strong use of very particular tactics and use of advanced technology really came off strong. As for the representation of the White Scars, I felt they were distinct from other chapters I had read, and were overall very likeable. I also actually enjoyed and was intrigued by their "battle cant" which some of the other reviewers weren't so found of.

As for the story itself this is where I feel things started to fall apart. I came into this book thinking it was a stand along story (mostly because this is how they market it) but this is only half true. The book follows two distinct characters, Sarik a sergeant of the White Scars in charge of all Space Marine forces on the planet, and Lucian Gerrit a rogue trader hoping to bring his clan wealth and prestige during the campaign. The Lucian Gerrit sections are actually continuations of the Rogue Star series, and a couple times while reading I was slightly confused as to what was happening as it assumed you had knowledge of previous events.
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Review first posted on Amazon.co.uk on 4 June 2011

As another reviewer mentioned: the Savage Scars could almost have been Ultramarines...so that, apart from the usual cliches, the usual fighting against aliens and infighting with the "nasty" Inquisitor, the main interest for me was to learn more about the Arcadius and about Rogue Traders in general.

Sadly, this did not happen. Having already read a few (in fact all!) available books on the Ultramarines, I already knew how the Crusade was going to end. Pity. This book could have been much better...
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vladigar on March 28, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As I began reading and discovered that this book was set in the Damocles Gulf Campaign, I was happy that I would learn more about this Imperial Crusade. Unfortunately, I discovered that this novel is set at the end of the campaign to set up (I assume) a conflict with the Tyranids in future novels. Certain plotlines which dragged on throughout the book are abruptly resolved with little reasoning given behind the actions of a major antagonist. Half of the time, the protagonist Veteran Sargeant runs around with marines from chapters other than his own. For me, it was just another or many 40K novels that had promise but ended up a mediocre read.
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