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Sons of Dorn (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Imperial Fists) Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 2009
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There is little development or insight into the Imperial Fists space marine chapter founded by Dorn. I wish that there was more character development so that I could get to know any of the three main characters. I wanted more background information about the Imperial Fists. The writing is not up to par with Abnett, McNeil, or Counter novels.
Anyone new to the universe of Warhammer 40,000 won't get lost, as everything is explained while the story moves along. That's a bit of a double edged sword though, because people who have already read many other novels in the line and regularly play the miniature combat game may find the descriptions overly tedious.
The story deals with three new scouts recruited into the Imperial Fists chapter, who all come from different warring factions in the middle of a battle. The back story of each character and their reasons for fighting against each other before being forced to work together makes for good reading, although no one should expect to develop much of a connection with any of them. From their initiation and subsequent training, the three would-be Space Marines are then tasked with defending an isolated world from an incursion by the forces of chaos.
Whether it was a page count limit or a conscious decision by the author, for some reason none of the various storylines have any sort of strong resolution. The lack of a definite wrap up to the various story threads gives the book a "snapshot" feel, as though it's just a single clip in a vaster overall movie taking place in the Imperium of Man.
"Sons of Dorn" isn't the best Warhammer 40,000 has to offer, but it does have all the elements that make up a decent sci-fi story and enough action to keep things exciting.
I would recommend this book to a Warhammer 40,000 fan who is interested in the Imperial Fists, but moreso for those interested in Scouts. In the long run the book feels more like it could really be about any Scout in any Space Marine Chapter, going into very little detail about the rich potential stories of the Imperial Fists Chapter. Special Imperial Fists Character Captain Lysander does make a brief appearance in the book, but really isn't much of a factor.
All in all the book is an average read which could have been drastically improved by simply being shorter. It seems like there is a great deal of repetition which makes the book read quite slowly at time and gets quite frustrating. So, in short, only read this book if you are really a big fan of Space Marine Scouts.