Friday, January 28, 2011
Gav Thorpe's Purging of Kadillus
I just finished reading Gav Thorpe's Purging of Kadillus. I would have been done sooner, but I kept forgetting the darn thing at work. This is the story of the Dark Angels campaign on Piscina IV against the orks. Love him or hate him, Gav has definitely come a long way from his first novels about the Last Chancers. Not being a hard core Dark Angels fan (like HuronBH) I liked this novel. It was well paced, and had a good mix of character interactions and battle scenes. My favorite parts were those pertaining to Namaan. Unlike Nick Khyme, who made Telion a space marine version of Mkoll, Namaan is a good scout sergeant, but not a master of invisibility or anything like that. All in all, this is a good read. Dark Angels fans should give it a go, it has nice characterisation, and has nothing to do with Angels of Darkness (for those that hated that book), though it's events are briefly alluded to by Chaplain Boreas. Marine and guard fans should like this too, it has a similar feel to Helsreach, but is distinctly Dark Angels and distinctly Thorpe's own style of writing.