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Really enjoyed this book Kharn is a great character and Reynolds really captures the struggle of the World Eaters One slightly disappointing aspect is the little bit of the title character that is in the book Since it is named after him I expected him to be front and center throughout the action but he doesn t appear to maybe midway through Dreagher and many of the mortals really help to carry the story and evoke a clear understanding about these Eaters of Worlds. Of all the characters brought into the spotlight over the past few years, few have changed than Kh rn the Betrayer Defined for many years as the epitome of berserker rages and blood fueled madness, both he and the World Eaters were sadly defined only by obsessive screaming and skull taking As with Abaddon the Despoiler however, this has recently taken a change for the better, thoroughly fleshing out his character Along with Aaron Dembski Bowden s Betrayer, fans have received Chosen of Khorne and Kh rn The Eightfold Path to help flesh out the legion, and Eater of Worlds easily slides to help fill in the gaps between these tales.Following their flight from Terra, the World Eaters legion is crumbling in upon itself Isolated amid the time warped reality of the Eye of Terror, of their number are falling prey to the Butcher s Nails with every passing day Already several warbands have broken off from them, with others threatening to leave, and the legion itself commanded by blood thirsty maniacs To the few who still retain their sanity, it is obvious that the XII is on the brink of fracturing, totally and utterly, and needs unity To Draeger, one of the few to still bare the cerulean and white of their colours, the answer to this dilemma lies comatose within his warship The first thing to praise immediately is the novella s length Something which has all too often hamstrung certain tales is the ultra short nature of many previous Black Library stories, and sticking to that size would have crippled Eater of Worlds Thankfully, as a result of this foresight, what fans get is of a short novel, two hundred and twenty two pages long and fully fleshing out the road leading to Skalathrax As a result, rather than a rushed tale focusing purely upon a few primary characters, what readers are given is a sizable cast worthy of any Horus Heresy installment and time to really focus upon its ideas over immediate conflict.The novella makes it clear from the very start that the World Eaters are only inches away from the blood frenzied warbands of M41 While largely still deploring Chaos, many of their number have fallen into praying to the Blood Father, and many are losing themselves to war Confined aboard their vessels, sudden, manic outbreaks of violence are rife among the warriors This is depicted with an atmosphere of quiet resigned dread, even acceptance among their number Much of the opening half of the book focuses purely upon a pair of leaders tracking down a homicidal astartes, the impact of his actions and the breakdown of even the most basic signs of trust which once existed Rather than just rushing into things, it takes tips from Betrayer to use violence only as it is truly needed rather than turning into pure bolter porn This said, as we see everything from legion serfs to former Centurions reflecting upon their bloody nature, it avoid s Betrayer s mistake of turning them into a broken joke of a legion Even on the brink of annihilation here, time is taken to still show that they are exceptionally capable fighters without going utterly nuts with it.Many of the memorable moments of the book stem from two aspects The first is that, while still ultimately a Warhammer tale, there are some surprisingly effective horror tropes at work here While having nowhere near the impact of Joe Parrino s stories, Reynolds is the one other author to try to tell a horror story with the astartes, and manages to get it right This is largely thanks to the aspects found among the human crewmen, especially the medicae Skoral, who find themselves on the receiving end of violent outbursts than once At these points, the tale emulates some of the better aspects of slasher films or Alien in these moments, and it helps make their hostile nature all the clear Even if these are the legionaries serving as the tale s protagonists, it makes it very evident just what kind of monsters they truly are while still giving you reasons to root for them It further helps to better emphasise the losses and strain following Terra, all the while cranking up the tension among the characters.Speaking of the characters themselves, Eater of Worlds takes an unusual angle with Kh rn He s on the cover, he s in the title, but in this we never see into his mind Instead we see him through the eyes of others, often legionaries, as he is gradually built up narratively into a living legend Rather than following examples in recent years, what we have here seems to follow an older approach Black Library once took with its big name characters By using competent, capable paragons of certain forces as viewpoint characters, it boosts the heroes on the tabletop to new heights They are incredibly proficient in the art of killing yet Kh rn is a league above them, and through this the reader is helped to gain a better impression of something which is less human and a living avatar of war We only get bits and pieces about the Betrayer himself, yet it s presented in enough of a way to keep you invested rather than feeling cheated of any interesting tidbits.As ever however, for every strength there is a failing of some kind, and Eater of Worlds has its fair share The most prolific among these is that, while boasting a wide and varied ensemble of characters, the novella struggles to balance them out Each has an interesting history to them and background information, and yet all too often many are pushed far into the background Atop of this, without some true introductions and limitations on easing the reader into detailing who is who, the characters sadly start to blur together While Skoral, Brond, Galerius, Dreagher, and Kh rn himself obviously, all stand out, the others can be hard to keep up with at times This unfortunately hurts the tale badly as it lays the groundwork for a potentially outstanding series, but it s so crammed in here that even the focus characters simply aren t given enough of a chance to shine They instead seem too much like archetypes and representations of ideas, not characters in of themselves.A further problem also stems from the novella s pacing While building up to a later event and using violence surprisingly sparingly, there are some surprisingly dense scenes of dead air during the first half The fact the World Eaters are doomed is rammed home again and again, that without something to unite them they are as good as dead, but there isn t enough drive to it The initial hunt helps to emphasise this to a point, but following that too many scenes seem as if they are a diversion An interesting diversion to be sure, but it becomes an increasingly repetitive one before the end.Then of course there s the problem of the story s structure Much of it seems to rely upon the reader already having some considerable awareness of the setting, the events of the heresy and what will follow It s the middle of a tale, following on from Terra but stopping right before Skalathrax in some truly frustrating sequel baiting, and unless you are familiar with events it can be hard to keep up Further, the novella also ties in heavily to Chosen of Khorne, with many of the same characters and even themes emerging It seems to have been written at least in part to serve as a prequel, and without that grounding some of the meaning behind a few twists might be lost on readers This is, of course, not to mention the fact that the aforementioned sequel baiting leaves the tale very open ended We do not see the fates of many characters and there are still plenty of plot threads left dangling It s enough to set up something solid for a series, and makes me truly hope we are getting one, but as a stand alone story it just lacks the closure a casual reader would want.Also there s the cover Honestly, this might seem like a petty gripe, but after Chosen of Khorne the image of him on the cover looks cartoonish Kh rn s hardly the exemplar of subtlety yet we ve seen far better with him done many times before, and it s only made worse when compared with the wonderfully illustrated legionaries adorning the book s back.For all this good and bad however, Kh rn Eater of Worlds proves itself to be an entertaining book which remains a cut above the usual bolter porn Fans of Chaos Space Marines will definitely get a kick out of this story and it provides far content than the average hard back short story Black Library wheels out While primarily presenting the potential for a running series, it nevertheless does enough to keep you wanting to read until the end and helps to flesh out the universe that little bit As something to help bridge the gap between the Horus Heresy and the Black Legion series, you could easily do far worse than this. I like this book, but feel like there s little there plot wise I realise this is setting the scene for the rebirth of the legion, and the reawakening of Kh rn, but it s still pretty bare bones The plot has essentially 3 points the first half of the book, Kh rn is unconscious, and appears set to stay that way Then he awakens, then there is a relatively short battle with the emperor s children And that s it Characters are developed in fair detail, but little of substance is done with them I feel like material is stretched, and should ve been included rather than saved for future books. On the twenty fifth day of Christmas, Black Library gave to us a World Eaters novel from Anthony Reynolds Released on Christmas Day as the final part of the 2014 advent calendar, Kh rn Eater of Worlds is set post Heresy, looking at the fractured and damaged remnants of the World Eaters legion in the aftermath of the Siege of Terra Their primarch is gone, the chain of command ravaged, and rival factions are forming and threatening to rip the legion apart the only one who might be able unify the legion is Kh rn, but he lies unresponsive in a coma after being pulled from the battlefield on Terra.Read the rest of the review at Very good book, It was one of those books I could not put down It had my attention the entire way through and I really enjoyed it.The book starts off with a character you would not think would start off the story, it does pick up very fast and keeps the reader engaged with different characters, personalities and social aspects of the World Eaters.Anyone and Everyone who is a fan of Kharn, Khorne or World Eaters should pick up this book You will not regret it. Very much a bridging story, so you need to at least read something like Betrayer for this to really impact but it continues a very strong and exciting depiction of the year 30,000 World Eaters, and Kharn in particular, which I worry may have almost become too great to satisfactorily and tragically drag down to the burn, maim, kill one dimension of the Warhammer year 40,000 on board depiction. Post Horus Heresy look at the World Eaters, not always viewed at the perspective of the titular character, but different influential viewpoints in the World Eaters legion Kharn coming back form the brink of death is not too surprising, wondering if Siege of Terra will respect the lore here or could there be retcons Not too bad of a novel, though after finishing it now, it feels like not much has happened over the course of those 247 pages. 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