Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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

My Novel Reviews

Hi, I’m New York Times bestselling author Aaron Demblah blah blah.

For kicks and curiosity – and in reverse order of publication from newest to oldest – here’s a jagged slice of my reviews so far:

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The Night Lords Omnibus (Soul Hunter, Blood Reaver, Void Stalker)

1. http://ritesofbattle.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/heresy-in-library-night-lords-omnibus.html

2. See below for all the individual novel reviews. Excuse my laziness on this temporary page. Ahem.



Prince of Crows

1. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18303309-prince-of-crows




1. http://www.belloflostsouls.net/2013/04/40k-review-betrayer-by-aaron-dembski.html




The Emperor’s Gift

1. http://viewsfromthesun.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/the-emperors-gift-by-aaron-dembski-bowden-book-review/

2. http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/06/emperors-gift-aaron-dembski-bowden-review-ej-davies/

3. http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/07/emperors-gift-aaron-dembski-bowden-book-review-bane-kings/




1. http://thefoundingfields.com/2011/11/aurelian-by-aaron-dembski-bowden-limited-edition-review-lord-of-the-night-warning-spoilers-inside/

2. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12998311-aurelian


Void Stalker

1. http://www.graemesfantasybookreview.com/2012/04/void-stalker-aaron-dembski-bowden-black.html

2. http://www.iwillreadbooks.com/2012/05/void-stalker-aaron-dembski-bowden.html

3. http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/03/void-stalker-aaron-dembski-bowden-advanced-review-lord-night/

4. http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/04/void-stalker-ej/

5. http://theindependentcharacters.com/blog/?p=1680

6. http://thefoundingfields.com/2012/04/night-lords-trilogy-void-stalker-aaron-dembski-bowden-advanced-review-bane-kings/

7. http://sfbook.com/void-stalker.htm

8. http://soundsbetterinanemptyroom.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/void-stalker-review.html

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Blood Reaver

1. http://www.graemesfantasybookreview.com/2011/04/blood-reaver-aaron-dembski-bowden-black.html

2. http://civilian-reader.blogspot.com/2011/04/blood-reaver-by-aaron-dembski-bowden.html

3. http://www.thefoundingfields.com/2011/04/blood-reaver-by-aaron-dembski-bowden_19.html

4. http://blagmasterg.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/blood-reaver-review/

5. http://www.thefoundingfields.com/2011/04/blood-reaver-by-aaron-dembski-bowden.html

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The First Heretic

1. http://myfavouritebooks.blogspot.com/2010/08/first-heretic-by-aaron-dembski-bowden.html

2. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7922982-the-first-heretic-warhammer-40-00#other_reviews

3. http://emperyan.blogspot.com/2010/09/review-first-heretic-by-aaron-dembski.html

4. http://www.graemesfantasybookreview.com/2010/09/first-heretic-aaron-dembski-bowden.html

5. http://www.gamertell.com/gaming/comment/horus-heresy-first-heretic-book-novel-review/

6. http://www.examiner.com/black-library-in-national/review-the-first-heretic-by-aaron-dembski-bowden

7. http://www.thefoundingfields.com/2010/11/lotn-reviews-first-heretic-by-aaron.html

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1. http://www.bscreview.com/2010/05/helsreach-by-aaron-dembski-bowden-review/

2. http://www.graemesfantasybookreview.com/2010/04/helsreach-space-marines-battles-aaron.html

3. http://www.njoe.com/2010/04/16/a-galaxy-not-so-far-away-review-helsreach-by-aaron-dembski-bowden/

4. http://lukereviews.blogspot.com/2010/04/helsreach-by-aaron-dembski-bowden.html

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Soul Hunter

1. http://www.bscreview.com/2010/04/soul-hunter-by-aaron-dembski-bowden-review/

2. http://emperyan.blogspot.com/2010/04/review-soul-hunter-by-aaron-dembski.html

3. http://myfavouritebooks.blogspot.com/2010/01/soul-hunter-aaron-dembski-bowden.html

4. http://www.graemesfantasybookreview.com/2010/01/soul-hunter-aaron-dembski-bowden-black.html

5. http://www.smokingcrayolas.net/words/index.php?wid=0102

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Cadian Blood

1. http://www.graemesfantasybookreview.com/2009/07/cadian-blood-aaron-dembski-bowden-black.html

2. http://www.walkerofworlds.com/2009/11/review-cadian-blood-by-aaron-dembski.html

3. http://lukereviews.webs.com/apps/blog/show/2664350-cadian-blood-by-aaron-dembski-bowden

4. http://falcatatimes.blogspot.com/2009/10/science-fiction-review-cadian-blood.html

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  1. If you are at all interested in the reviews of us little people, I’ve just reviewed TFH on Amazon, and it’s gushing. Mostly.

    Comment by Brad G | November 9, 2010 | Reply

  2. You might like to check out my review of The First Heretic over at DSM.
    Cheers Aaron.

    Comment by DropSiteMassacre | December 7, 2010 | Reply

  3. Mr Aaron i have just read the first heretic and i have only one thing to say to you sir.

    you are a GOD no one as good as you.compared to you everyone including Graham McNeill and Dan abnet over rated pen pusher.

    you are the only writer who has tried to show that the primarchs had feelings and not some

    Comment by jorawar | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  4. I did a review of Cadian Blood a short while ago if you would want to read it


    Comment by aaron kent | March 21, 2011 | Reply

  5. Just finished reading Soul Hunter and Blood Reaver…I love those novels. They’re so well-written that I actually sympathized with some of the heretic characters and–

    *turns around at the sound of a gun safety being toggled*

    –commissar, no..!I…but I–*bang*


    Comment by Adrian Sampson | May 14, 2011 | Reply

  6. Aaron, just finished your Soul Hunter novel. I Had a hard time putting down the novel, wishing that the novel just would not end. I found myself cheering for the Night Lords- who wouldn’t! May 2012 for the next Night Lord novel? far too long of a wait. Please answer the question on which Night Lord company the Echo of Damination belong too, prior to the Astral Claws getting the ship and renaming it.


    Comment by David Noth | July 2, 2011 | Reply

  7. Please dont let the Soul Hunter end his litterary adventures. Talos has to be the best written character ive read in 20 years of 40k stories. WHILE I UNDERSTAND the desire to move on to differant things and character, I just cant imagine any body written better. He may very well be ur ELRIC and Stormbringer.

    Comment by keith | July 3, 2011 | Reply

  8. Hi i love your writing but the constant “he licked his lips” or he “licked his teeth” is annoying me to a point where i dont know if i trust your writing not to annoy me with these constants that seem to be in all you books…

    Comment by patrick | August 9, 2011 | Reply

    • It annoys me, too. Talos even remarks that Uzas needs to stop doing it, and that it was the Night Haunter’s most annoying habit after the primarch filed his teeth.

      Comment by aarondembskibowden | August 9, 2011 | Reply

      • haha thanks for replying to me personally i only give my feedback i impose nothing upon you though if that is how you wish to write but it does seem to be in every second sentence…
        i think a reckoning with the despoiler would be a great story (fighting against another traiitor legion possibly on a Daemonworld or fortress world like Necropolis or Traitor General) and even a reconciling with Zso Sahaal and uniting the legion out of the grip of chaos faction that is led by Acerbus…
        iv got many ideas for stories and novels i always would have love to have read a book about a renegade Necron Lord or Pariah that stalks the eye of terror being a mercenary and trying to remember its past with the ever present threat of the Necrons trying to reclaim this “botched” automaton and it has its Necron Healing power and the Iron Warriors/Black Legion want the technology for themselves also…
        thanx for your time though Aaron

        Comment by patrick | August 10, 2011 | Reply

  9. In reading the two Night Lords novels, I noticed that you always seem to portray Zso Sahaal as kind of a douche. Is this just to show the fractious nature of the legion, or was it always meant to be a jab towards the author of Lord of the Night? And at what part during the current millennium is this taking place? Also I really enjoyed your portrayal of Huron, he’s always been a loved character since I learned of him.

    Comment by Chris | August 25, 2011 | Reply

    • I completely missed this in my spam. My apologies, dude.

      Naw, it’s not a dig at Simon Spurrier or LotN (as I’ve never met the former, and I love the latter). It’s about balance. Firstly, after Sahaal acted the way he did, there’s really no reason (apart from fan love born of an era where there was precious little Night Lord or HH lore) to assume the legion would like Sahaal at all. Quite the opposite. Realistically, there’s nothing to suggest the rest of the Legion would see Sahaal in the same “absolutely pure, totally perfect” terms he sees himself, In fact, at the end of the novel, we see Sahaal confronted by his delusion, when Acerbus basically reads out all the published Night Lords background lore to him to prove him wrong, and Sahaal reacts with more denial. The reason he comes across a bit like a douche is because all of my Night Lords are like that. The whole Legion is. They’re flawed, deluded, ignorant, driven by emotion and/or primal urges, in various measures. Talos, Cyrion, Xarl, etc. – all of them – from Page 1 to Page Whatever, kind of like real people, really. No one’s perfect or right all the time.

      So it’s not about making Sahaal look like a douche. It’s showing him in the context of an imperfect Legion, as imperfect as his brothers.

      Comment by aarondembskibowden | November 3, 2011 | Reply

  10. WATCH The Lord Inquisitor Trailer

    WATCH The Lord Inquisitor Trailer

    WATCH The Lord Inquisitor Trailer

    this is how soul hunter should be if it is made into a movie.

    Comment by jorawar | November 28, 2011 | Reply

  11. I love the books and can’t wait for the next one, but I noticed a flaw in the storyline. Astartes warriors only live for 1,000 years (if they live that long of course); BUT they were one of the 20 original chapters. If this takes place in the later millenium (the 41st of course) as in the book “Blood Reaver” describes because the Echo of Damnation was built 10,000 years before the current time. And Cyrion said that he met the Emporer. If this book takes place in the 41st Millenium, first claw and Vandred would be LONG dead because they were apart of the Horus Heresy which was in the 32nd millenium I beleive . I dont know if that makes sense but try to make sense of it. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Comment by Levi | January 4, 2012 | Reply

    • Hey, dude. The Horus Heresy was at the very start of M31, but a lot of the Traitor Legions are still the Chaos Marines of M41, 10,000 years later. The Traitor Legions flee to the Eye of Terror after the Heresy, where the time dilation effects of warpsace take hold. It’s been mere hours for some of them, and tens of thousands of years for others.

      Comment by aarondembskibowden | January 5, 2012 | Reply

  12. I read The two Night Lords novels, and the mini stories… I just can’t stop to read. It just takes me two days to read Blood Reaver. It was fantastic!
    I hope you’ll write more about the Night Lords (and I hope you’ll forgive any mistakes, I’m not an english speaking person).
    I really like the atmosphere, the characters… It’s awesome!

    Thanks for writing!

    Comment by Emmanuelle | January 9, 2012 | Reply

  13. Also
    Cadian Blood – http://theindependentcharacters.com/blog/?p=1686


    The Emperor’s Gift – http://theindependentcharacters.com/blog/?p=1689

    Comment by Carl Tuttle | October 2, 2012 | Reply

  14. I am really looking forward to the omnibus of the Night Lords series!
    I am literally waiting for that, loved Cadian Blood and Helsreach though!

    Comment by Lucius the Eternal | March 29, 2013 | Reply

  15. I absolutely LOVE your books. I’ve read and re-read and re-read agin The First Heretic and Betrayer and Prince of Crows dozens of times. Your characters are simply amazing! I’d always thought Angron and Konrad were simple, one-dimensional bad guys. But the way you’ve portrayed them literally brings tears to my eyes. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the endless hours of enjoyment.

    Comment by Brian | July 4, 2013 | Reply

  16. Adore the books, all of them – First Heretic and Betrayer were great.. Also really enjoyed the Misadventures of the First Talon..

    .. I have to say.. I really like how you’ve handled Angron.. You really wonder what he’d have been like without the Butchers Nails.. what could the world eaters have been..

    Also, have to say… and i know your a big support of the Iron Warriors – you should handle Dorn and his Sons though! Just a fan with wishful thoughts..lol bring honor back to the yellow..

    Comment by nimrod451 | September 2, 2013 | Reply

  17. Hey Aaron,

    thanks for giving us Betrayer! I thoroughly enjoyed blazing through it, and it’s the book about the background of my favourite legion that I’ve always hoped for 😉

    Oh, I also did a small review of sorts:


    Now I’ll definitely have to take a look at some of your other novels as well! Keep up the great work!

    Comment by krautscientist | October 16, 2013 | Reply

  18. Just read Betrayer, and wanted to thank you for what’s probably the best of the many 40k novels I’ve read!

    Longer thoughts for what they’re worth:


    Comment by Joe Kopena | November 3, 2013 | Reply

  19. (._.) I feel bad now
    I passed up one of your books for Flight of the Einstien a week ago. I’ll have to check them out soon but the review are a big help on what to expect. Thank you for putting this up :O

    Comment by Jesus Morales | January 9, 2014 | Reply

  20. It’s needless to add that The First Heretic blew off my mind. It is a gem of a novel. I would have finished it faster but I wanted to savour every moment of it so I had a quota each day, so that it would last longer. Thank you.

    Comment by Gabura Adrian | August 3, 2014 | Reply

  21. Just finished reading “Talon of Horus.” One of the best of the series so far. so moving, so powerful.

    Comment by Michael Lamendola | October 8, 2014 | Reply

  22. I have never gotten a chance to say this but I would like to thank you (albeit belatedly), Aaron, for writing Talon of Horus. After having read it, I cannot help but look at Abaddon differently. You have given the Despoiler and those around him the things that are lacking across the many WH40K novels: a soul, a face and a purpose. They have become, in this story, more than the madmen and the monsters the Imperium believes them to be. I look forward to the sequel, where he claims Drach’nyen.

    Also, by any chance, will there be any human heretics in the Black Legion? We have often seen Astartes being the main feature, but it would be interesting to see us common men and women rise high in Darkness and be found worthy and crowned monarchs in our own right.

    Comment by Sheik Muhammad | October 20, 2016 | Reply

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