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Dark Apostle (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Chaos Space Marines) Mass Market Paperback – September 25, 2007

3.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Word Bearers Series

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Anthony Reynolds worked in Games Workshop's Design Studio in the UK for over five years. He is currently living in Australia, where he works as a freelance writer.
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Product Details

  • Series: Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Chaos Space Marines
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; Edition Unstated edition (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165070
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The book is written well! Sometimes 40k books can get caught up in the technicals, trying to show off how much they know about the lore of the universe or introduce as many different units as possible in the story. The writer only adds as much as he needs to advance the story. Some people complain about the scenes of carnage or lack of character development, and I must echo the comments of other reviewers: this is the world of 40k! To say that it is not a happy place is an understatement. There is nothing but violence in the grim dark future. These guys play rough and lots of them die, if you can't take it, go read a romance novel instead :)

As a last note, as a Chaos Space Marines player, I would also like to add that I like the fiction is set from the point of view of Chaos, and of my favorite Chapter, the Word Bearers. It's refreshing to read 40k fiction that isn't completely focused on the pawns of the false Emperor struggling valiantly to succeed against all odds.
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This book is written from the perspective the Word Bearers, an evil group of space Marines. If you've read any Warhammer books then you know that most of the stories written from the perspective of the Imperium. I used to wonder about that, after reading some fairly bad books from the bad guys point of view I got an idea how hard it is actually write one of these books. It's okay to have a raving group of tainted warriors running your stoic good guys, but it's an entirely different situation to write about how those tainted warriors go home at night, make some dinner, and watch Seinfeld reruns to relax. In other words, it's hard to write from the perspective of a race that has entirely alien principles to your own and still make it plausible and interesting.

This author does an excellent job with maintaining that balance. The story is about the word errors coming to an Imperial planet in search of something of value. Naturally the imperials aren't too keen on this prospect and try to put up a fight. Due to betrayals early in the book, the evil forces take root on the planet and it becomes a matter of will leave Imperial's rescue the planet before the Chaos Marines finish their dark work. Considering this is book one of the trilogy from the bad guys point of view, don't count on the good guys coming out on top...However, as far as I was concerned the individual battles were handled very well and it was never quite sure whether the good guys or the bad guys would win them.

It was really cool to see a full on assault against the bad guys from their point of view, including a Titan and a gigantic Mechanus vehicle. You also get to see the dissent into chaos from the point of view of a regular person. Those really one of the stellar parts the book.
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Dark Apostle follows several Chaos Space Marines as they assault a distant Imperial world, searching for a lost artifact seen in the visions of Jarulek, the Word Bearer Dark Apostle, who has to fend off the Imperials long enough to complete his scheme while keeping his own men at bay from pouncing on him in a moment of weakness.

This book conveys the point of view from the forces of Chaos, almost always antagonists in other books, giving insight into how the Ruinous Powers manage to corrupt and seduce with such apparent ease. It gives good insight into how such a group functions without ripping itself to pieces, which is still an ever-present possibility.

I would say the only drawback is, if you're a fan of the universe, the ending leaves it to possible to seriously disrupt the status quo. The 40k verse seems to be on the verge of collapsing in on itself, as there are too many enemies, who're too powerful, and in too great a number. Without going into too much detail, it is very easy to see how, following this book, the Imperium could well and truly be crushed.
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This book wasn't too bad. It's an interesting change to see Chaos so featured, from their perspective, and so successful. Clearly Chaos Space Marines, at least in this book, are pretty rough customers. Some of the rather extensive combat scenes are a bit over exaggerated, and become repetitive. The combat scenes, however, do evoke images of a massive almost planetary scale conflict, and true to WH40K there are grisly and desperate deaths. The book takes a weird turn near the end as it completely shifts where you think the story line is going. The very end certainly leaves it open for more books in this particular series.

I'll probably look into them because this book wasn't too bad, though certainly not one of the better ones I've read.

One story arc stood out above all the rest in the book -- the one of an Imperial Enforcer who becomes enslaved by the invading Chaos forces. His story becomes one of slow perversion as he is twisted and turned toward Chaos. I won't say much more because it would be a spoiler, but afterwards it kind of makes you think about all the Chaos cultists described in other books -- and how they got that way.

Overall, an interesting change from the steady flow of Imperial-centric Hero-Against-All-Odds style of WH40K stories. A fan of WH40K will want to read this, but a casual reader may want to select other more solidly written books.
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