Lord of the Night Mass Market Paperback – Jan 25 2005
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"'Great SF from a very dark future.' Starlog"
About the Author
Simon Spurrier has few insightful recollections from his wild youth because he's still in the middle of it. Since discovering that depressing the buttons on a keyboard could create all manner of interesting squiggles on a screen, he's become a frequent contributor to cult comic 2000 AD and the Black Library.
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Lord of the Night is the story of the Talonmaster, an ancient Night Lords chaos marine lieutenant desperate to recover a lost chapter heirloom hidden somewhere in the vast depths of an ancient hive city. In the course of his search, the Talonmaster must confront scores of underhive gangers, units of Adeptus Arbites and the persistent attention of a determined junior interrogator and her inscrutable inquisitor mentor. Perhaps more importantly, he must also come to terms with his distant past and the alternating grief, paranoia and rage which have dogged him for centuries.
The Talonmaster is more than just a mindless pawn of Chaos, bouncing from one orgy of death and destruction to another. His cruelty is calculated, his violence directed. He is an ally of Chaos but not its servant. The Talonmaster strives at all times to remain true to the teachings of his long dead Primarch whose death a millennia earlier still haunts him. The richest parts of the book are those flashbacks in which the Talonmaster recalls the brief time that he spent fighting and learning at the side of his beloved Primarch, Konrad Kurze. If you enjoyed the White Dwarf article from a few years ago detailing the origins of the mysterious Kurze and the formation his Night Lords legion, you will love Lord of the Night. The insights into the genesis of the Horus Heresy and Kurze's subsequent fall from grace are alone worth the price of the book. I particularly enjoyed Kurze's take on the tragic rift which developed between him and the Emperor even before Horus turned traitor. Kurze's grievances against the Emperor and the Imperium are coherent and compelling and in that sense, Lord of the Night is somewhat reminiscent of Gav Thorpe's, Angels of Darkness.
Highly recommended to any fan of either the 40k universe or of great science fiction.
Recommend you read it.
"Lord of the Night," by Simon Spurrier is the exact book that had me sold on my "Favorite Army." If you are a fan of Science Fiction/Fantasy, enjoy reading of complex characters, settings, and plots that will leave you moved, and are sick of "Jedi" being able to do it all then this series is for you! Just pick one up that looks appealing and begin reading, I guarentee you'll be impressed!
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