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Captain Kor'sarro Khan of the White Scars is petitioned by his Chapter Master to hunt down and destroy the daemon prince Voldorius.
Captain Kor'sarro Khan of the White Scars is petitioned by his Chapter Master to hunt down and destroy the daemon prince Voldorius, a warleader of the renegade Alpha Legion, thus ending his reign of terror across the stars. Hunting the beast doggedly for over a decade, Kor'sarro finally brings Voldorius to battle on Quintus, a world that has totally given itself over to the Alpha Legion. Together with their Raven Guard allies, the White Scars must fight an entire planet if they are to slay the daemon prince.

Andy Hoare is the author of the Space Marine Battles novel The Hunt for Voldorius, as well as Commissar and a number of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 short stories. He spent many years working in the Games Workshop Design Studio and now writes background and rules for Forge World's Imperial Armour and Horus Heresy books.

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  • PDF | 416 pages
  • Andy Hoare(Author)
  • Games Workshop (18 Aug. 2015)
  • English
  • 7
  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By paul on 5 June 2017

    love it

  • By Mr. A Bridger on 10 October 2010

    This book is part of the Space Marine Battles Novel collection published by the Black Library. These collection of novels aim to try and great a stronger link between tabletop gaming and the Warhammer 40K literary universe as well as showcase some of the Astartes most notorious stories of heroism.This book deals specifically with the White Scars Space Marine Chapter as well as cameo appearances from the Alpha Legion Traitor Legion and the Raven Guard Space Marine Chapter, during the White Scars 3rd Company's sacred hunt for the Daemon Prince Voldorius. All of the 3 mentioned above have so far been almost completely ignored in Black Library literature so this book presents an excellent opportunity to expand the Warhammer 40K universe in new directions.Unfortunately this book is very poorly written and I found it very hard to get into. The characters are poorly developed and unbelievable while the plot and dialogue isn't very good either. However, the writing does improve around halfway through the book but it does not do so to a high enough degree to save this book.Included in the middle of the book are a couple of glossy pages which feature colour maps and diagrams relevent to the book that really help the reader to visualise the conflicts mentioned throughout the novel. In addition to this if you are a fan of the Warhammer 40K tabletop game then these pages can be really useful and they can help you plan a narrative based campaign based on the novel - recreating engagements as described in the book. These pages also feature a force break-down of the White Scars, 3rd Company Task Force, allowing an exact replica force to be used in a tabletop game.Overall, I would only really recommend this book to a die-hard fan of the Warhammer 40K tabletop game or Black Library Novels as the poor writing ruins an excellent opportunity to explore topics previously ignored. It may also appeal to anybody who would like more information about the White Scars or Raven Guard Space Marine Chapters.

  • By Callatrics on 3 February 2012

    I think this book does very well as a Space Marine Battles book, because it really is just about the battles. There's very little beyond basic characterisation of the main leads, which is quite a disappointment considering how little there is out there for the White Scars. More depth on their culture and background would have been nice, but sadly it's all very surface-detail and unimaginative.The action scenes are good though, and the author has a good grasp of what would look cool in a fight, doing a fine job of describing it. However, there's no emotional depth in the book - you don't get attached to the characters and I found overall it stirred little real interest in me regarding whether or not they succeeded at their mission or even survived at all. Nonetheless, the action's good, the writing's competent, and it does its job to describe a (very straightforward) Space Marine major battle.It gets three stars for being well-written, without errors, awkwardness or overly simplistic language, and because if nothing else some of the bad guys' dialogue made me laugh (in a good way).

  • By G Quigley on 10 February 2015

    This is possibly the worst Warhammer novel I have ever read. As other reviewers have noted the characterisation is bland and lifeless the opportunity of working with three fascinating and at this point barely touched forces was squandered so that the White Scars are merely a reaason for Mr Hoare to indulge his fondness for the adjectives "feral" and "savage" both of wihch are used far more often than is necessary. The Alpha Legion are just standard nasty Traitor Marines (this may have pre dated their ret-conned nature in "Legion" so I will give Andy Hoare the benefit of the doubt on that one) and the Raven Guard are just there to pull off one, admittedly well described, ambush and spread out a bit of the Space Marie dying so the White Scars don't have to..This leads nicely onto my greatest criticism of the book. Just how good is White Scar Power Armour? Clearly it is far superior to any other chapters because at one point in the book our hero Kor'sarro Khan is shot at point blank range by ten Alpha Legionaries with boltguns. As Andy Hoare tells us several times in the novel, boltguns fire mass reactive mini rockets that mulch pretty much anything up to and including Space Marine Power Armour yet despite an entire squad of some of the best shooters in the galaxy firing at point blank range it does nothing more than chip his armour and this is only one of the more egregious examples. Obviously, a single bolt round will account for any Raven Guard or Alpha Legionary. It almost reaches the level of parody what White scar armour is recorded as surviving. I don't recall Power Armour having in built Combat Drugs either, but naturally the White Scars do, for when the best weapons in the galaxy do actually do some serious damage.At one point he does get terribly confused by height as well. The main bad guy who described as being a creature whose size dwarfs even the giant Space Marines is atop a tower. Such is his enormous size that he presents an obvious target to the White Scars. So far so good until our hero goes to face him and he is described as being "Over 2 metres tall" or about the same size as a normal Space Marine!So much for the criticism now for the good points. As long as you don't follow 40K too seriously this could be a fun novel, it is action packed flows quite well. If you leave aside the adjective fetish his writing style is quite good. I did like his use of Chogorian battle cant as it gave a nice sense of character to the Marines. He later wrote another White Scars novel "Savage Scars" which was a great improvement In this one however his grasp of the realities of 40K is so poor that you wonder both at his research and the BL support for not picking them up.

  • By Rafterman on 1 October 2010

    So disappointing - first in-depth outing of a little-used Founding chapter and such a letdown. Incredibly weak characters, little story or background - best thing in it was the map section. Compared to the output of Abnett, ADB, McNeill this fares poorly. A terribly-written, woeful effort. Save your money for First Heretic.

  • By Guest on 10 May 2011

    This is a poor book. No depth, no good characterization and considering the size it's in large print so ultimately doesn't take long to read.As bad as C.S.Goto's Warhammer 40000 attempts. Read Aaron Dembski-Bodens novels instead much better!


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