Friday, June 25, 2010
Gav Thorpe's Path of the Warrior
I picked up Gav Thorpe's Path of the Warrior on Friday morning. His writing has always been on the level of being good enough to entertain but nothing much beyond that. Some of his books do really well at this, Fire Team was my favorite last Chancers novel, mainly because it was one of the first to introduce the Tau. I found Malektih to be a good read, though the end seemed rushed and very Star Wars Revenge of the Sith in terms of the leap Malekith makes from good to evil. So I went into Path of the Warrior hoping for something more. It is one of the first attempts to write a novel from an alien perspective, and it delves into aspects of the Eldar that are only alluded to in the fluff and codecii. The way thorpe handles the nuance of Eldar language and interaction is artfully done, with allusion to their psychic aspects of their language, and the general advanced culture of the Eldar as a whole. All in all this is a pretty successful novel, and quite probably one of Thorpe's best yet. A definite recommendation for Eldar fans and fans of 40k in general.