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Tallarn : Executioner

The battle begins
As one of the Imperium's many staging grounds for the forces serving in the Great Crusade, the verdant world of Tallarn has long served as a transfer point for vast numbers of military personnel and their war machines. Now, destroyed by a deadly virus-bomb attack launched by the battered Iron Warriors fleet, the entire world is reduced to a toxic wasteland where the survivors must fight to defend what little remains of their home. The remnants of the once mighty Jurnian 701st armoured regiment emerge from their underground shelters, and the opening movements of the Battle of Tallarn begin.

John French est très convainquant lorsqu’il s’agit de confronter de simples hommes manœuvrant des tanks, à des forces qui les dépassent. Un prologue qui augure du meilleur et tient ses promesses haut la main.

Scorched Earth

From the Ashes of Isstvan
Nearly a quarter of a million loyal Space Marines lost their lives on Isstvan V – the Dropsite Massacre lasted only a few hours, and yet the Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders were slaughtered by those they had once called kin. With the disappearance of their primarch weighing heavily upon their hearts, Ra'stan and Usabius of the XVIIIth Legion leave behind their fellow survivors and strike out into the Urgall Depression. Their mission: to find what, if anything, remains of mighty Vulkan.

Excellente histoire, parfaitement maîtrisée sur bien des points. Bien que dispensable à la Saga de l'Hérésie d'Horus, c'est un must-read.


For millennia, the writings of Chaplain Daenyathos have been the guiding force behind the Soul Drinkers, his wisdom taking them from strength to strength. But a dark secret lurks at the heart of Daenaythos’s Catechisms Martial, a cancer that will eat away at the Soul Drinkers and ultimately damn them. Spanning the centuries from the Age of Apostasy to his mysterious disappearance, this is the story of the Philosopher-Soldier’s life, of his rise... and of his tragic fall.

The Masque of Vyle

Even amongst the eldar, the Harlequins are a capricious, mysterious breed. When a troupe of these deadly warrior-performers discovers a dead Craftworld festering in the webway, they are determined to find the one responsible and exact punishment. Using the ancient craft of their Shadowseer, the trail of destruction leads the troupe to the Sable Marches, a fringe realm of the dark eldar. With several possible suspects of this heinous crime, the Harlequins decide to draw out the guilty one by staging the Masque of Vyle for the archons, a performance that will expose the truth and lead, fatall...

Une nouvelle captivante par ses protagonistes et idéale par son rythme. On jongle avec plaisir entre chaque dialogue comme dans une troupe d'Arlequins.

Yarrick : Chains of Golgotha

From the ashes of the Second War of Armageddon a hero of the Imperium emerged. War-torn and bloody, Commissar Yarrick swore vengeance on the beast that escaped his righteous wrath, the despoiler of Armageddon — Ghazghkull Thraka. Tracking down the ork warlord to the desolate world of Golgotha, Yarrick leads an armoured company to destroy the beast but does not reckon on Thraka's cunning. Ambushed, his army all-but destroyed, Yarrick is captured and awakes to find himself aboard the beast's space hulk facing a fate worse than death.

J’aurai mis volontiers 5/5 mais c’est bien trop court et c’est l’unique chose que je lui reproche. Si David Annandale ne fait pas de suite, une chose est sur, je le kidnapperai et forcerai. Il a totalement cerné le personnage de ce Commissaire si exceptionnel et lui seul pourra le faire briller ...

Flesh of Cretacia

Mere centuries after the end of the Horus Heresy, the newly-founded Flesh Tearers Chapter continues its bloody crusade against the xenos races that threaten Segmentum Pacificus. Chapter Master Amit leads his warriors to a feral world in pursuit of orks, but discovers something far more ancient and deadly in the depths of the jungle. Already battle-weary, the Flesh Tearers must master the dark legacy of their primarch Sanguinius if they are to prevail... and perhaps find a world worthy of being called their home.

Andy Smillie n’écrit pas sur les Flesh Tearers, il les fait vivre. En enchainant les scènes d’action et en ponctuant son récit de dialogue parfois très tendus, l’auteur nous plonge dans un livre où même la puissance d’un Space Marine peut se voir insuffisante. Pas d’assaut chevaleresque, ici chaq...

Vengeance Noire

Dans les ténèbres d'un lointain futur, l'humanité livre parmi les étoiles un combat désespéré contre sa propre extinction. Au premier rang de ses protecteurs se tiennent les space marines, des surhommes génétiquement améliorés et entraînés pour devenir les guerriers ultimes.

Loin d’être indispensable, ce livre aurait gagné à être inclus gratuitement dans la boîte de jeu, car pour un tel produit à un tel prix, la pilule à du mal à passer.