- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Games Workshop; 1 edition (Nov. 29 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781849700665
- ISBN-13: 978-1849700665
- ASIN: 1849700664
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,076,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Hammer and Anvil Mass Market Paperback – Nov 29 2011
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About the Author
James Swallow has written several books, including Star Trek: Titan—Synthesis, Star Trek: Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers and Seeds of Dissent (from Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Infinity’s Prism); the Sundowners quartet of “steampunk” science fiction Westerns (Ghost Town, Underworld, Iron Dragon and Showdown); the bestselling novelization of The Butterfly Effect; The Flight of the Eisenstein, Faith and Fire and Jade Dragon; the 2000 AD tie-ins Eclipse, Blood Relative and Whiteout; Stargate Atlantis: Halcyon; and the Blood Angels duology Deus Encarmine and Deus Sanguinius. In addition, Swallow’s short fiction has appeared in Inferno! and Stargate magazine, the anthologies Star Trek Voyager: Distant Shores, the Doctor Who Short Trips collections Dalek Empire and Destination Prague, Something Changed, Collected Works, What Price Victory and Silent Night. His nonfiction includes Dark Eye: The Films of David Fincher and books on writing, genre television, and animation; he has also written for Star Trek: Voyager, Doctor Who and Space 1889, along with several scripts for audio and videogames.
Top Customer Reviews
But contrary to what the Lords of Terra told the Battle Sisters, the necrontyr are still around, guarding a secret that has lain dormant for millennia. A vicious battle will be fought. In the end, all traces of either the xenos or the loyal Sisters will be erased from the outpost with lethal precision.
**** FOUR STARS! Author James Swallow does the Sisters of Our Martyred Lady proud in this installment of the series. You do not have to read the first title, Faith and Fire, to thoroughly enjoy and appreciate this stand-alone tale. James Swallow portrays these ferocious beings exactly as I have always imagined them to be. They are revenge made manifest. This fast paced tale hooked me on the first page and swept me along on a wondrous, battle filled adventure that was over long before I wanted to be. Beautifully done! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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Cast: If you have read the first book Faith and Fire then the main characters will sound familiar. The other characters in this book are a new group of Sister of Battle, a AdMech cog, and the lovable hugable and indestructible Necrons.
Storyline: As already stated, the book starts of giving us the fall of Sanctuary 101. Another group of Sisters is sent to investigate the silence of Sanctuary 101. The Sisters quickly discover the disappearance of the entire Sister contingent that was present on the planet as well as Sanctuary 101 being nearly annihilated.
The investigation leads to some dark and nightmarish places.
While I do appreciate that the book is about the Sisters of Battle, for me personally, the Necrons stole the spotlight in this book. And that was not just because they had the light bending technologies to do it. Instead it literally is the very first book to delve into the new Necron codex depth and explore the nearly mystical and long forgotten hierarchy of the Necrons and the vast technologies they have at their disposal. Since this was based off the Necron Codex, I am almost tempted to say that this could nearly be a mandatory reading for Necron fans because of the details this book contains.
That is not to say Sisters of Battle fans would hate this book, for there is a very important reason the Sisters of Battle travel to Sanctuary 101. A key to their very identity as Sisters.
Overall, Sisters of Battle and Necron fans alike should love this book. For all others, including myself, the book is a great read.
novels. There are few female warrior novels, so I took a flier on these. The character development
was good and the thread of the novels held together well. I read each book in just a couple of days,
since for me they were hard to put down.
Swallow's books are easily my favorite 40K novels. The battles are over the top, as in all of the Black Library titles, but do not overstay their welcome. Mere Bolter Porn this is not. Swallow brings the Sisters' history, their obsessive zealotry (and thus the sisters themselves) to life. A weaker writer would have inserted a protagonist sister with a more rational, modern, or restrained belief system to build cheap rapport with the reader. Instead, he draws us into the ethos of this strange universe through its fanatical devotees, demonstrating that the rigid discipline of their order is absolutely necessary to survive against their terrible foes, and also the pointless waste that comes as a result of their blind faith. There are genuinely funny moments of satirical humor as well, but at no point do the Sororitas become buffoons, nor do they compromise their beliefs for the author's convenience.
The villains (both alien and Imperial) are rendered very well here, with believable motives, flaws, sinister plans, and their own viewpoint on their confounding amazonian enemies. The author's creativity really shines here, his improvisation and fleshing out of the 40K canon source material adding the breath of life to the bad guys. The Necrons in the novel closely follow Games Workshop's recent revisions of their origins and organization, painting them more as a cybernetic Undead host with a quasi ancient Egyptian aesthetic rather than their original, more Terminator derived persona. Necrons 2.0, is a much-needed improvement, rendering the Necrons a more 3-dimensional and interesting threat. In reading the synopsis, I had thought that the Sororitas would be in well over their heads against the implacable, innumerable Necrons and was relieved to see that I was right...
There are minor quibbles. The Sororitas perhaps know a little too much about the Necrons, and they spend a little too much time standing around yelling at each other, but these things do not significantly detract from the overall story.
Here's hoping that Sister Miriya and the Sororitas return, and that the delay won't be so long this time...