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Legion of the Damned [Paperback]

Rob Sanders

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March 27 2012 Space Marine Battles (Book 8)
The Excoriators seem powerless to protect the small cemetery world of Certus Minor from the berserk World Eaters, but their salvation soon comes from a wholly unexpected quarter...

Following the trajectory of a blood-red comet, the berserk World Eaters blaze a path of destruction across the galaxy in its wake. The small cemetery world of Certus Minor appeals to the Space Marines of the Excoriators Chapter for protection, but the force dispatched to deal with this grim threat is far too small and their losses against the renegades are high. Just as all seems lost, salvation is borne out of legend itself as sinister spectral warriors descend upon this planet of the dead, and the enemies of the Imperium come face to face with those who have already travelled beyond the realm of the living...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop (March 27 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849701431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849701433
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Head of English at a local secondary school, Rob Sanders is a freelance writer whose first fiction was published in Inferno! magazine. He lives off the beaten track in the small city of Lincoln, England.

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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars  31 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is not the book you are lookng for... July 22 2012
By Master Of Arts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you are looking for a "Space Marine Battle Novel" full of grand strategic battles from the 40K universe broken down to the tactical level [like Battle Of The Fang] then you are looking in the wrong place. If you are looking for a book about the Legion of the Damned (as I was), this is NOT the book for you (only about 20 of the 411 pages mention the Legion). However if you want a book about an ashamed and emotionally conflicted marine who has a serious homo-erotic masochistic streak and spends a huge portion of the novel being punished and whipped by an apparently well-built young man while seeing ghostly apparitions, and NOT seeing much combat, then this IS the book for you. But in this Space Marine fan's opinion this novel was a big disappointment (although I liked the brief Sisters of Battle action/background scenes).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Should have been called "Exoriators" June 2 2012
By KellyStancill - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was barely about Legion of the Damned. They are barely in the book at all. It was cool when they showed up but expected the book to be about them - it isn't. The title is very misleading. If you want to read about the Space Marine Chapter of Exoriators it is a good book. Felt like a waste of money and time to me.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Freaking Legion??? Oct. 14 2012
By Veil_Lord - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the most disappointed I've ever been with a Space Marines Battles novel. You would kind of think that a novel that was named the Legion of the damned would have more than a few pages of them. You start off the novel on a planet that's been pretty much decimated. The Inquisition and Excoriators envoy are hunting for survivors. A Space Marine is found, but they don't tell you who it is. Suddenly the book starts another chapter focusing on a fallen Excoriator hero.

What's going on here? Is this the future, the past, another planet in the present? No indication I see. Maybe I'm slow and missed something, but at this point I had no freaking idea what was going on. They kept talking about the scourge, but it took many pages for me to figure out that it was some sort of title of this fallen hero. I was so lost, that I almost quit reading the book about 100 pages in. It's not the book was particularly poorly written, it's that it involved a chapter which had nothing to do with the title of the novel. I couldn't figure out what was even going on until about 200 pages in when the main character gets sent to the planet talked about in the beginning. So I mean you already know how the novel is going to end after about five pages, if that bugs you then don't buy this book, but that style doesn't bother me as long as I know that's what's happening.

So anyway, you go through the whole rest of the story trying to figure out what is actually going to happen and why the hero is seeing visions. Then you get to the very end and quite unsatisfactory appearance from the Legion. I mean what the heck? If you're going to name this book The Excoriators Get Their Rears Handed To Them, well then great, but this feels like they just used the Legion as a cheap ploy to sell more books. As it is, it's more disappointing than how The Purging of Kadillus squandered a rare use of Necrons, though it's still arguably a better written book than that one.

If you're picking only a few Space Marines battles books I'd highly suggest Rynn's World or Battle of the Fang as far superior specimens.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's OK. But very misleading. June 4 2012
By PG Priv - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When you buy a book like Helreach and expect Black Templars, you get Black Templars. When you buy a book like Titanicus and expect titans, you get titans.

But when you buy Legion of the Damned, to read about The Legion of the Damned, the lost Fire Hawks chapter, only get Excoriators instead, that's not good.

Instead this book is 95% Excoriator and 5% Legion of the Damned. The only time the Damned start to get any action is about 375 pages in and even then its only with brief moments within paragraphs of quick and unsatisfying kills and brief moments of chattering teeth. And then the book is over. The end.

It's not really fair to call this book Legion of the Damned and say it features the damned chapter if it's barely mentioned or involved. If this was featuring the Excoriators then this review will be a lot different. I know I'm not alone in the disappointment and it's really the author or BL's fault for still saying this is about the Legion of the Damned when we have no idea how they are organised, what is their story, or how they fight from this book. Instead it's all about the Excoriators, which would be fine, but I was expecting to read more Legion of the Damned than anything. A little more than half way in I kept thinking "when am I going to see the Legion of the Damned at work?"

It was very lacking to say the least. The Excoriators should have been introduced in its own book and in its place a more familiar chapter so it wouldn't take so long to introduce the astartes or perhaps not feature any other astartes but the legion of the damned. Instead just have the planetary defense force and possibly the adeptus arbits ready themselves to face the enemy of extreme numbers and terrible evil. With the imperial mortals bracing themselves and readying to die, instead, like ghost, the Legion of the Damned appear and we see how they are organised, how they actually fight, and what they do, what they think, etc.

I think that's how it should have gone. The book was clearly ment for Excoriator insight but not Legion of the Damned.
17 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing April 19 2012
By Joseph J. Mclaughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
*SPOILERS*

I'm a big fan of the Legion of the Damned. When Games Workshop came out with new Legion of the Damned miniatures about two years ago, I grabbed them up and created a 10 man squad, which is one of my favorites. When I saw a Space Marines Battles novel was being written I was very excited.

Previous GW fluff states is mysterious about the origins and background of the Legion of the Damned, but the primary theory is that the Legion is the remains of the Fire Hawks Legion which was lost to the warp for centuries. They returned to the Imperium mad and dying of warp sickness. They travel the Imperium under no guidance trying to fulfill their loyalties to the emperor and find a honorable death. I liked that background fluff. That background also works well with the WH40K rules for the Legion of the Damned.

In his book, The Chapters Due, Dan Abnett introduced a different background for the Legion of the Damned. They were simply ghosts who came back from the dead and killed the enemies of the Emperor. Since they were ghosts, they were indestructable. That always seemed like a weak ending to me "...we were about to lose but then a bunch of ghosts showed up and killed all the enemies. The End."

Rob Sanders book follows the Abnett background. Basically, the first 200 pages of the 400 page book is dedicated to the Excoriator Space Marines (who seem to like to whip themselves to gain a inner connection to their primarch) and the buildup of the characters. By page 200, they are finally on the planet Certus-Minor. By page 300 they are fighting the Chaos legions and are getting their butt kicked. By page 375, the Legion of the Damned shows up and basically kills everybody and then disappears. Just like that.

It's very clear that the LoD in this book are ghosts. However, the ghosts show up in a ship that have advanced weaponry and is larger than any ship previously seen. They use coffin shaped drop pods that actually turn out to be empty. And they have been appearing as ghosts to the main characters of the book for weeks prior to the final battle.

Being a huge Legion of the Damned fan, I was hoping to learn more about the Legion or at least have some more cool scenes with the Legion. Unfortunately, you really get neither in this book.

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