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And enemies are blurred Now on a mission to retrieve an ancient relic the Soul Drinkers Chapter of the Space Marines. After reading about 25% of the supernatural thriller Soul Drinker by Matthew Yard I almost did not finish the book The third person narratives the endless page long paragraphs of suffering and hellish torture made this book difficult to read At that point I still had no clue about what the book was about it seemed like one bad dream seuence after another What kept me going were the innovative similes not the storyAfter finishing the book I am still scratching my head I did not find Soul Drinker thrilling or romantic The characters are flat and the ending is not at all satisfying leaving the reader with unresolved uestions

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The human Imperium is in a perpetual state of war against alien aggressors but the lines between humanity's defenders. This introduction to the series isn t that good While not the worst thing Black Library has ever published it has very distinct problems in pacing direction and general logicSet in the dying days of the forty first millennium no change there the Soul Drinkers are active throughout the Imperium A fleet based chapter with a glorious history their acts have been well documented and their deeds remembered From the dark days of the Second Founding to helping end the mad reign of Goge Vandire they have fought to defend humanity from the horrors both within and withoutYet for the first time in thousands of years they find themselves with an opportunity to regain that which was lostThe Soul Spear prized weapon of Rogal Dorn himself has been uncovered on a rogue star fortress among a collection of relics Racing to take back this artifact of a bygone age the Soul Drinkers do not realise that they are being easily manipulated for greater goalsThe crux of the problem here is in the introduction You know the Soul Drinkers are being manipulated right from the start and it s increasingly clear that it s not by natural forces It s not long before this reaches the point where you desperately want someone to jump into the narrative yelling YOU RE ALL BEING DUPED Preferably while punching Sarpedon the protagonist in the face While some ignorance might have been acceptable due to distractions and what we learn later on it definitely could have been better handledUp to the point where Sarpedon duels their Chapter Master their actions are just about believable After they start gaining mutations calling them blessings of the Emperor it s much harder to accept This isn t helped by many of the often mind numbingly bland charactersThe cast needed to either show aspects which could be latched onto for Chaos to influence them or sympathetic personalities Ones diverse or varied enough to keep interest amongst the marines but we don t really have either here While Luko Lygris Graevus and Tellos work well others like Pallas Sarpedon Givrillian and others do not This is especially problematic as many reuire you to care about them or at least appreciate what they are saying especially in Sarpedon s case He s written some sort of warrior philosopher you re never given a real reason to care about him or want him to succeed While his actual decisions fights and thoughts might be interesting he lacks that edge to make him truly interesting Unfortunately many of the non astartes secondary characters are no better either seeming very bland or come across as blanks The captains of the ships Arch Magos Khobotov and the minor sects worshipping the Architect of Fate all lack any real attachment Some have aspects which should work but they aren t pushed far enoughThe problem with the limited characterisation is that Counter tends to give every character a history While this can help to make the universe feel bigger it tends to bog down the narrative and doesn t really add to them Worse still the same thing goes the same way for the Soul Drinkers chapter itself The army was retconned into being a creation of the Second Founding specialises in boarding actions and has a uniue doctrine they follow For all this nothing is really given to set them apart from any other force Had this been intentional showing even an extremely codex adherent chapter falling easily this might have worked but the Soul Drinkers are an atypical force within the imperium The only time when this is used effectively is one particular Chaos champion largely due to the author s descriptive capabilities with mutations and unnatural phenomenaThe book contains plenty of decent writing along with the bad but it s usually reserved only to the scenery descriptions and mass violence There are some explosive battle scenes from the opening purging of the star fortress to the final battle on the Soul Drinkers new base of operations Each one is given a vastly different flavour than the last and enough uniue features to make them truly stand out Plus it s not every book you end up getting both orbital battles giant zombie sharks and a beach assault all within a few chapters of one anotherThe descriptions of the worlds corrupted by Nurgle and overrun by viral strains fester in your mind with clouds of bloated flies and decaying horrors littering shorelines Minor details from the disturbing warmth of the sea to the blackish sand all are delivered in a fascinatingly disturbing way The ships the book is often set on are portrayed rightly as labyrinthine corroding nightmares and aged tombs as much as they are vessels of war A fittingly gothic feel which captures the darkness the series was going for and even when the book is at its weakest such descriptions help to keep some interestThe real killer in this is the tone Ending on an oddly hopeful note and with the continual promise of improvement Soul Drinker finds itself at odds with its own subject matter This is likely due to Ben Counter s change from having them fall corrupted and willingly in servitude of daemons into survivors Clinging to life on the edge of the imperium through sheer determination and skill while all turn against them It doesn t capture the bleak nature or outlook of their lives and the bittersweet losses ensued with each victory Despite being written with enough blood loss and betrayal to be A Song of Fire and Ice 40000 it s almost positive in its final scenes with the Soul Drinkers eyes finally openedIt s clear why many people dislike the series if this was their introduction Both with continually awkwardly shifting in locations predictability and weaponised plot driven stupidity it s a rather poor novel Despite some good action fast pacing and some genuinely great one liners it s a bad introduction into a much better saga

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Is forced to make an impossible choice between remaining loyal to the Emperor of Mankind and being true to themselve. I usually like Ben s work but this is a hot mess Often incoherent it felt like a first draft The one place it excels is in the descriptions of battle Ben is terrific at this and this early on in his 40k work he can stand out at times It didn t make the book good unfortunately


10 thoughts on “Soul Drinker

  1. says:

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that Space Marines do not look before they leap To be blunt Space Marines the genetic heirs to The Emperor of Mankind can be pretty damn stupidThis is the first book in the Soul Drinker saga a 6 book ex

  2. says:

    This introduction to the series isn’t that good While not the worst thing Black Library has ever published it has very distinct problems in pacing direction and general logicSet in the dying days of the forty first millennium no change there the Soul Drinkers are active throughout the Imperium A fleet based chapter with a glorious history their acts have been well documented and their deeds remembered From the dark days of the Second Fo

  3. says:

    Ben Counter does Chaos right just when you think he has crossed a line of gross or disturbing he crosses another He also does Space Marines ri

  4. says:

    I must say

  5. says:

    Soul Drinker isn't great writing but it's not terrible either As a background story for Games Workshop's Warhammer 40000 game it does its job It's hard to say how it would read to someone not familiar with the game but I suspect it might be uite confusing I also thought there wasn't much difference between the ch

  6. says:

    After reading about 25% of the supernatural thriller Soul Drinker by Matthew Yard I almost did not finish the book The thi

  7. says:

    I usually like Ben's work but this is a hot mess Often incoherent it felt like a first draft The one place it excels is in the descriptions of battle Ben is terrific at this and this early on in his 40k work he can stand out at times It didn't make the book good unfortunately

  8. says:

    Interesting book what is and what isn't heresy

  9. says:

    So I am focusing on purely the story's content for this review and will focus on everything when I review the omnibus when I finish itThe story was amazing to put it simply I have read some of Ben Counters work in my reading career but none of his work that I have read thus far can match just this one Soul Drinkers novel I don't wan

  10. says:

    This is the first book in the popular 4 volume so far Soul Drinkers saga Here we meet Librarian Sarpedon and the rest of the Soul Drinker space marines all of whom develop into larger than life and very colorful ch

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