Sunday, August 14, 2011

Inspirational Reading: Sabbat Worlds

I finally picked up a copy of the Sabat Worlds anthology today with stories penned by Dan Abnett and friends from the Black Library.  I was impatiently waiting for the paperback, but decided to take advantage of Borders going out of business sale.

I'm not ashamed in the least to admit I'm a huge Gaunt's Ghosts fan.  The novels are always fun to read and inspire me to work on my Imperial Guard.  They certainly do something for me that the normal "Space Marine" BL novels don't.

The Sabbat Worlds are the setting for these novels and the short stories of this book as well.  I've already heard great things about the book, so I'm excited to tear into it.  Here's a quick run down of the stories themselves:

Fist off is Apostle's Creed by Graham McNeill which features Flight Lieutenant Larice Asche from the Phantine XX in Abnett's book Double Eagle.  This fast paced air combat story follows the hand picked pilots of the "Apostles" Imperial Navy fighter group.

The Headstone and the Hammerstone Kings by Mattew Farrer is next, where we see the behind the scenes happenings at a war machine relics graveyard.  Especially how the Adeptus Mechanicus deal with those of the Archenemy and other complications that arise within and without the Hammerstone Kings.

Third up is Regicide by Aaron Dembski-Bowden.  This story delves in to the past of the Sabbat Worlds crusade and centers around Warmaster Slaydo and his personal bodyguard regiment "the Argentum."

The Iron Star by Dan Abnett is the forth story which actually figures Gaunt's Ghosts and is set in between the last two novels:  Only in Death and Blood Pact.

Next up is Cell by Nik Vincent telling the tale of resistance forces on the chaos held world of Reredos.

Blueblood by Nick Kyme brings back some the Ghost's old friends/rivals of the Volpone 50th.  The story follows a full battalion of "Bluebloods" that have been recycled to a reserve position at Sagorrah Depot.  Since this is the 40k universe, don't expect those guardsmen to get much R&R.

The seventh story is  A Good Man by Sandy Mitchell.  Here we peak into the life of an Imperial Bureaucrat during the reconstruction efforts after the fighting at Vervunhive.  Investigating falsified documents in the Imperium of Man is no doubt a grim and perilous job.

Finally, we come back to Gaunt's Ghosts and Dan Abnett in Of Their Lives in the Ruins of Their Cities.  This story is another trip to the past and takes place during the events in the novel Ghostmaker.

Sabbat Worlds also includes a wonderful introduction by Dan Abnett talking about creating the background world(s) of the Gaunt's Ghosts, etc. novels as well as little intros for each story and its author.

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