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  1. says:

    What length would you go to achieve victory? What are you willing to give up? Malodrax is about Darnath Lysander formally First Captain of The Imperial Fists who was lost in the warp while en route to put down a xeno incursion into Imperium space He is taken to the Iron Warriors stronghold on Malodrax where he subseuently escapes the prison and then finds himself making dubious pacts with even so dubious beings The story jumps between Lysander's originally imprisonment on Malodrax and then to a thousand years later where he has escaped the planet and brought back friends to pacify and annihilate both the xenos and Iron Warriors of Warsmith Kraegon Thul on the planet It is intelligently handled in the sense that Ben Counter writes a three pronged story that being from varying times of Lysander and then there is a short of historiography of the planet itself chronicled by a curious Imperial Inuisitor I wouldn't say the story is original I can go back to The Siege of Castellex which saw a Iron Warriors planet besieged by Orks Also the Iron Warriors in Malodrax seem to be different Where those in the novel Castellex seem to shorn all forms of worship to the Chaos gods those in Malodrax seem to do the reverse Then there is also a scene where the Iron Warriors wish to impress upon 'someone' their deeds and cruelty to mere humans I'm not sure it fitted in with my impression of the Iron Warriors That of having total belief in themselves and of iron they have no time for petty humans and especially no time for bestowing trinkets or showing off to others A bit of a leap if you know your stuff Someone mentioned in a review I read regarding Malodrax that the Imperial Fists aren't shown as super heroes that they are fallible I disagree that they aren't presented as super beings I mean they seem to go through everything they face including Iron Warriors with ten thousand years of war behind them like a knife through butter Fallible yes but only Lysander who ends up making deals with the devil to save his suad who was ripped from the warp and then by extension off planet A interesting posit by the author was how he presented to the reader that the planet was alive Sounds silly right? Yes it reads silly also However it is much subtle than thrown into the readers face most of the time it is hinted at by highlighting the mirror conflict between Warsmith Thul and a lovely Chaos prince named Shalhadar The planet wants them to fight for possession of it it WANTS to be ruled but first you must pay for it the inhabitants pay for it with their blood and worship Your see through the attrition of himself that Lysander is affected by the planet This is certainly highlighted by his return to Malodrax and himself and his comrades from the original imprisonment start to feel well nothing Let's sum up the story has some very good ideas but they don't come together well for me It's sort of a Labyrinth style tale which is a bad thing itself but the portrayal of Lysander was distinctly lacking I didn't fully understand his persona He didn't lead the Imperial Fist strike force Which was strange He deferred to a suad sergeant What really disappointed me was how the Iron Warriors were shown as pious warriors That's not who they are if you've read any Horus Heresy or 40K then your realise what I'm talking about A nice touch by Ben Counter was the embodied of daemons into machines it was rather a amusing idea Give it a try you may think differently to me hopefully you will as I struggled with this one


  2. says:

    There is enough in here to keep one captivated One of few Warhammer novels I have read in such a uick time but I was sick The start was hard going but in my opinion this book was thought out well and executed eualy well If you have time pick it up and read how grim the grim dark future can be


  3. says:

    There's nothing wrong with the writing or story but I found this book really really hard going So hard going I read another book in the middle


  4. says:

    The Review “A fast paced fun and enjoyable read Malodrax may not be the best Space Marine Battles Novel but neither is it the worst with Counter proving just how well he can write the forces of Chaos Unfortunatley this comes at a price – and his Imperial Fists don’t leave as much an impression as they should” Bane of Kings The Founding Fields Held prisoner for years at the hands of the Iron Warriors Captain Darnath Lysander returns to the world of Malodrax with the Imperial Fists Chapter at his shoulder to exact revenge on his one time captors What bargains did he make to escape the world that had become his gaol and to what lengths will he go to keep those pacts veiled from his battle brothers?The fourteenth novel in the main multi authored series set in the main Warhammer 40k Universe is Malodrax written by veteran Black Library author Ben Counter Counter has a sort of mixed reputation with fans and can either be hit and miss both his early Soul Drinkers and Grey Knights novels have been enjoyable but Battle for the Abyss is widely regarded as one of the worst entries in the Horus Heresy series When you’re putting Counter in a series that already has a reputation for being incosistent – the Space Marine Battles novels have seen weak elements than successes it’s always going to be a risky gambit However it’s safe to say that Malodrax is no Battle for the Abyss It’s not something that you’ll struggle to get through It is in fact a fun action packed read that revels in bolter porn something that Counter is very familiar with writing If you want the euivalent of a summer blockbuster movie in the grim dark far future Counter has established himself as the go to guy and that is very much the case with Malodrax MalodraxThe event of Malodrax is something that fans of Warhammer 40k lore and particularly those who have read at least the fifth edition Space Marine Codex will be familiar with However what will irk some fans is the changes to the story that was laid down in the Codex lore – don’t go in expecting a carbon copy Changes to the lore will most likely be frowned upon by hardcore fans so if you’re somebody who holds what is written in the Codex as perfect canon and should not be altered in any way then Malodrax is probably not the novel for you However if you’re open to change – you’ll be uickly swept into the engrossing page turning and action packed blockbuster that Counter brings to the tableMalodrax mixes three ongoing plot threads with a mixture of success You get a segment looking at Captain Lysander’s escape from the world of Malodrax detailing how he survived At the same time you get the return of Lysander to the Imperial Fists and how the Chapter returns to the world to take revenge Rather than be told in act breaks the plots alternate every few chapters which can make it difficult to follow especially with this many threads Counter keeps the two entries separate which prevents them from being cluttered and even complicated as a result but you can’t help feeling that it would have been better if he’d split the book into the standard acts shown how Lysander escaped from the prison first before showing him and his fellow Imperial Fists returning to extract revenge However that’s only the two main stories One that doesn’t feel as successful as the main narrative primarily because it explores a different group altogether and it seems its only purpose is to explore Malodrax in depth that couldn’t be covered in the main story This feels like the weakest part of the novel and it probably would have been better had Counter focused on the Imperial Fists and left the other group out of the storylineOne thing that Counter does well is write the Chaos element of a novel He really gets it Regardless of what you may think of Counter’s writing you can’t help but argue that he’s one of the best people in Black Library’s writing stable when it comes to handling the worlds within the Eye of Terror and exploring them in all their full and gory detail – and it really works here However it comes as a price – the Chaos elements come at a cost to Counter’s ability to write Imperial Fists and instead of feeling like the strongest elements of the characters like they should be the Imperial Fists themselves feel flat with Lysander’s character only being really memorable because he is such an iconic character in Warhammer 40k loreIf you enjoy Counter’s ability to write portrayals of Chaos forces and don’t mind a divergence from canon and don’t mind a fun bolter porn read then Malodrax comes recommended Don’t expect an amazing novel by any means but Malodrax is far from the worst book in Black Library’s arsenal and is something that can be cautiously recommended if you are familiar with the Warhammer 40000 UniverseVERDICT 35SPACE MARINE BATTLES NOVELS Rynn’s World by Steve Parker Helsreach by Aaron Dembski Bowden Hunt for Voldorius by Andy Hoare The Purging of Kadillus by Gav Thorpe Fall of Damnos by Nick Kyme Battle of the Fang by Chris Wraight The Gildar Rift by Sarah Cawkwell Legion of the Damned by Rob Sanders Architect of Fate by Various Authors Wrath of Iron by Chris Wraight The Siege of Castellax by CL Werner The Death of Antagonis by David Annandale Death of Integrity by Guy Hayley Malodrax by Ben Counter


  5. says:

    This book shows at what lengths a space marine is willing to go in order to take his revenge I thing that the book is well written and the passing from chapter to chapter is good and for me with no boring parts I enjoyed it very much


  6. says:

    I was a mite worried opening up this book's jacket Ben is a decent write but these are Space MarinesAnd we don't forget the Soul Drinker Abomination TrilogyWhat's is that he is now writing about the Imperial Fists a chapterlegion rich in history and legend not some disposable made up chapter for his own devising yes I am well aware all the components of this mythology are made upLysander's tale is a good one A lost hero from his Legion he washes up out of the warp after 1000 years Lost in Chaos after a horrific defeat he returns to the 'here and now' He's been proven to still be untainted still pure grade a psychotic fighting machine So they suit him up and send him back with 30 fellows to punish the monsters who have been torturing him for the last aeonHis tale of return and revenge is overlaid with his tale of what happened the first time around in interleaving chapters All in all the book is vaguely reminiscent of Memento where you realize you are watching two separate stories albeit those two are convergingThere are problems here though Big shocker There has to be a dramatic reveal so Lysander has to have hidden some details from the InuisitionInterrogation upon returning to real time Which would have been utterly impossible It breaks canon Ben again discards items of canon that he finds uncomfortable for his narrative The Space Marine LegionChapter psycho conditioning and indoctrination would disallow for some of the moral ambiguity Lysander is running into Moreso in this new attempt at tale telling Ben introduces us to rage which is probably his attempt to steel up the assassination of canon Oh yes Lysander is very mad he is not a proper Space Marine Very angry Wrathful FULL of rage Except its just a word Rage should be enormous and force very stupid people to do pretty short sighted things Otherwise its just anger and its easily controlled Like Lysander finds the ability to doThere are nice things in here Lysander's flying dutchman compatriot Ha umm Haleastus was a great idea but was pretty much ignored ANother brother Skelpis by name ran through the same unimaginable ordeal only to die offstage in the beginning of the book for no real purpose In fact he should have even been in the story You deliberately took a solider out of the hospital and put him in a triage unit on a warship where he could lay and not contribute in any meaningful way? That was dumb sorryMy real hope for Ben's next book is that they return him to another fictitious chapterlegion so he can't damage anything that is is value to the franchise Someone get this guy a copy of Abnett's books so he can understand the laws of the 40k universe


  7. says:

    The novel is a strange breed From one half of the book it is undoubtedly good then it's writing about Chaos But then it comes to Lysander and IF it's so boring and generally crappy that i dont even know how to rate it correctly It's like 2 different authors were writing it Counter explores the nature of a Space Marine in regards to victory defeat despair humiliation and the purpose of hatred and revenge But i do not have any feelings for his Imperial Fists For a of the intense and darkly beautiful to me at least depictions of Chaos that is the aspect of Counter's writing that I like the best I give Malodrax a score of 35 This is a novel that I would suggest most for 40k Chaos fans to try as with most of Ben Counter's work it's something you'd have to try yourself to see if you like it


  8. says:

    Very interesting indeed My favourite part is the portrayal of Lysander Not how I expected him but I have a better sense of his nature My admiration of the Imperial Fists wasn't lessened in fact it was probably made stronger I recommend this to those who like Space Marines or Chaos which does play a big part in the tale


  9. says:

    Finished malodrax was easily a 4 starA uniue outlook on a chaos world the planet itself having sentience and wishing to be ruled playing its part in manipulating its commanders to suabble to create one worthy ruler The book Had a very distinct chaotic flavour to it that i hadnt tasted before


  10. says:

    I liked the Soul Drinkers books Ben wrote better but this was an interesting read


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All out soul shredding action from the author of the fan favourite Soul Drinkers seriesHeld prisoner for years at the hands of the Iron Warriors Chaos Space Ma What length would you go to achieve victory? What are you willing to give up? Malodrax is about Darnath Lysander formally First Captain of The Imperial Fists who was lost in the warp while en route to put down a xeno incursion into Imperium space He is taken to the Iron Warriors stronghold on Malodrax where he subseuently escapes the prison and then finds himself making dubious pacts with even so dubious beings The story jumps between Lysander's originally imprisonment on Malodrax and then to a thousand years later where he has escaped the planet and brought back friends to pacify and annihilate both the xenos and Iron Warriors of Warsmith Kraegon Thul on the planet It is intelligently handled in the sense that Ben Counter writes a three pronged story that being from varying times of Lysander and then there is a short of historiography of the planet itself chronicled by a curious Imperial Inuisitor I wouldn't say the story is original I can go back to The Siege of Castellex which saw a Iron Warriors planet besieged by Orks Also the Iron Warriors in Malodrax seem to be different Where those in the novel Castellex seem to shorn all forms of worship to the Chaos gods those in Malodrax seem to do the reverse Then there is also a scene where the Iron Warriors wish to impress upon 'someone' their deeds and cruelty to mere humans I'm not sure it fitted in with my impression of the Iron Warriors That of having total belief in themselves and of iron they have no time for petty humans and especially no time for bestowing trinkets or showing off to others A bit of a leap if you know your stuff Someone mentioned in a review I read regarding Malodrax that the Imperial Fists aren't shown as super heroes that they are fallible I disagree that they aren't presented as super beings I mean they seem to go through everything they face including Iron Warriors with ten thousand years of war behind them like a knife through butter Fallible yes but only Lysander who ends up making deals with the devil to save his suad who was ripped from the warp and then by extension off planet A interesting posit by the author was how he presented to the reader that the planet was alive Sounds silly right? Yes it reads silly also However it is much subtle than thrown into the readers face most of the time it is hinted at by highlighting the mirror conflict between Warsmith Thul and a lovely Chaos prince named Shalhadar The planet wants them to fight for possession of it it WANTS to be ruled but first you must pay for it the inhabitants pay for it with their blood and worship Your see through the attrition of himself that Lysander is affected by the planet This is certainly highlighted by his return to Malodrax and himself and his comrades from the original imprisonment start to feel well nothing Let's sum up the story has some very good ideas but they don't come together well for me It's sort of a Labyrinth style tale which is a bad thing itself but the portrayal of Lysander was distinctly lacking I didn't fully understand his persona He didn't lead the Imperial Fist strike force Which was strange He deferred to a suad sergeant What really disappointed me was how the Iron Warriors were shown as pious warriors That's not who they are if you've read any Horus Heresy or 40K then your realise what I'm talking about A nice touch by Ben Counter was the embodied of daemons into machines it was rather a amusing idea Give it a try you may think differently to me hopefully you will as I struggled with this one Making As in College prisoner for years at the hands of the Iron Warriors Chaos Space Ma What length would you go to achieve victory? 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Rines Captain Darnath Lysander returns to the world of Malodrax with the Imperial Fists Chapter at his shoulder to exact revenge on his one time captors But wh I was a mite worried opening up this book's jacket Ben is a decent write but these are Space MarinesAnd we don't forget the Soul Drinker Abomination TrilogyWhat's is that he is now writing about the Imperial Fists a chapterlegion rich in history and legend not some disposable made up chapter for his own devising yes I am well aware all the components of this mythology are made upLysander's tale is a good one A lost hero from his Legion he washes up out of the warp after 1000 years Lost in Chaos after a horrific defeat he returns to the 'here and now' He's been proven to still be untainted still pure grade a psychotic fighting machine So they suit him up and send him back with 30 fellows to punish the monsters who have been torturing him for the last aeonHis tale of return and revenge is overlaid with his tale of what happened the first time around in interleaving chapters All in all the book is vaguely reminiscent of Memento where you realize you are watching two separate stories albeit those two are convergingThere are problems here though Big shocker There has to be a dramatic reveal so Lysander has to have hidden some details from the InuisitionInterrogation upon returning to real time Which would have been utterly impossible It breaks canon Ben again discards items of canon that he finds uncomfortable for his narrative The Space Marine LegionChapter psycho conditioning and indoctrination would disallow for some of the moral ambiguity Lysander is running into Moreso in this new attempt at tale telling Ben introduces us to rage which is probably his attempt to steel up the assassination of canon Oh yes Lysander is very mad he is not a proper Space Marine Very angry Wrathful FULL of rage Except its just a word Rage should be enormous and force very stupid people to do pretty short sighted things Otherwise its just anger and its easily controlled Like Lysander finds the ability to doThere are nice things in here Lysander's flying dutchman compatriot Ha umm Haleastus was a great idea but was pretty much ignored ANother brother Skelpis by name ran through the same unimaginable ordeal only to die offstage in the beginning of the book for no real purpose In fact he should have even been in the story You deliberately took a solider out of the hospital and put him in a triage unit on a warship where he could lay and not contribute in any meaningful way? That was dumb sorryMy real hope for Ben's next book is that they return him to another fictitious chapterlegion so he can't damage anything that is is value to the franchise Someone get this guy a copy of Abnett's books so he can understand the laws of the 40k universe