Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Don't worry. None of this blood is mine.

The First Blood Reaver Review

Oh, my. And it’s a doozy, with no spoilers.


March 23, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. “Talonmaster for the shallow, selfish and deluded character that he was”. Who did he mean there? Cant wait for this book now. I hate you ADB for creating such kick ass books we have to wait for.

    Comment by Forkmaster | March 23, 2011 | Reply

    • “Talonmaster” is a reference to Zso Sahaal from Simon Spurrier’s Lord Of Night novel. It was released some time ago. Def. worth a read.

      Comment by Nik | March 23, 2011 | Reply

      • Sorry but Lord of the Night was utter garbage to the point where I wanted the time I spent reading it back so I could do something more meaning, productive and just generally better than wasting it reading the book.

        But, by all means, give it a read, see for yourself but when compared with Soul Hunter and Blood Reaver is absolutely terrible.

        Comment by Xhalax | March 23, 2011 | Reply

  2. I would stretch and salt the skin of a nun like a fish to get my hands on this novel right now. I’m too jaded to wait in anticipation for things like Christmas, but having to wait until May for this has got my skeleton scratching its way out of its meatsuit.

    Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | March 23, 2011 | Reply

  3. I’d write a review too if I could get hold of a damn copy!

    Comment by Phillip | March 23, 2011 | Reply

  4. Once again, well done Son. However it is no surprise. xx

    Comment by Vivienne Dembski | March 23, 2011 | Reply

  5. When will the E-book be out? Enjoyed reading the First Heretic on Kindle.

    Comment by Haakon | March 23, 2011 | Reply

  6. Have to pick that up with my next paycheck!

    Comment by John the Great | March 23, 2011 | Reply

  7. Excellent! I cannot wait to read this 🙂 I LOVED Soul Hunter. It is next to “Starship Troopers” on my bookshelf (that’s a high place for it to sit there). The dark setting mixed with the Legion’s undertones – desire for some semblance of honor, making up for past sins, and their deep hatred of the Imperium – are all well detailed, though some never directly addressed. And Talos’ journey through the book drags the reader along until the depressing, but very good, end.

    I expect Blood Reaver to be more of the same 🙂 Keep it up, sir, and I shall keep reading.

    Comment by Christopher Meyer | March 24, 2011 | Reply

  8. I’m pleased about what the review says about Lufgt Huron. He just comes across as a moustache-twirler in everything else. He was very cleverly kept in the background in the story Graham McNeil did about how they raise the Warbands. I liked that.

    Hopefully, ‘The Core’ will make more sense after Blood Reaver. Nonus, for example; presumably after Octavia and before the hypothetical Decius/Decia but otherwise a mystery.

    The last book has to have “legacy” in the title, though. That or someone with “pony feet.”

    Comment by G | March 24, 2011 | Reply

    • I really cant wait for this book gonna be great,
      I think “The Core” iset in between Blood Reaver and the 3rd book so not sure how much sense it will make, Although it was a great tie in with the Salamanders story, Just finsihed Firedrake which was great and the core story line is mentioned in that a bit.

      Comment by Andrew Wills | April 6, 2011 | Reply

  9. Lord of the Night was anything but bad…I wish Spurrier had written more. Can’t wait for Blood Reaver!

    Comment by criticaluniverse | March 24, 2011 | Reply

    • I agree, Lord of the Night was exquisite, and was a massive prompt into pushing me towards Chaos Marines on the tabletop.

      Comment by Khestra the Unbeheld | March 25, 2011 | Reply

      • I loved how intelligent and cunning Sahaal was. Lord of the Night was much more than bolter porn. In fact I think I’ll have to read it again in celebration of Blood Reaver’s release.

        Comment by criticaluniverse | March 26, 2011 | Reply

  10. Not since the reverse rape scene in Dick’s Clans Of The Alphane Moon had I felt so emotionally invested in a sci fi book as when Talos’s nickname was explained in Soul Hunter.

    Who do I have to reverse kill to get an advance copy of Blood Reaver?

    Comment by Jimmy | March 25, 2011 | Reply

  11. I really enjoyed it, http://clawsandfists.blogspot.com/2011/04/blood-reaver-review.html for my review which certainly has similarities to the first ever one (two weeks out, should have got it off my dad earlier). It was very very good and I look forward to more.

    Comment by Michael Simpson | April 6, 2011 | Reply

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