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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Games Workshop; Auflage: Original. (7. Januar 2014)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1849705445
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849705448
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 2,5 x 19,8 cm
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Ben Counter is the author of the Soul Drinkers and Grey Knights series, and is one of Black Library’s most popular Warhammer 40,000 authors. He has written RPG supplements and comic books as well as novels. He is a fanatical painter of miniatures, a pursuit which has won him his most prized possession: a prestigious Golden Demon award. He lives in Portsmouth, England, where he can sometimes be seen indulging his enthusiasm for amateur dramatics on the local stage.

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5 von 5 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Omnissiah am 1. Juni 2014
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Irgendwie scheint man bei der BL nicht so auf die Imperial Fists zu stehen, denn nach dem schon eher unterdurchschnittlichen "Sons of Dorn" ist auch der vorliegende Roman über die ehemalige VII. Legion ziemliche Zeitverschwendung. Das liegt aber wohl weniger an dem Orden selbst, als an dem unterdurchschnittlichen Talent von Ben Counter. Dessen Romane sind, bis auf "Galaxy In Flames" nämlich leider samt und sonders am unteren Rand der Qualitäts-Skala anzusiedeln und auch "Malodrax" macht da keine Ausnahme.

Statt hier einen vielleicht etwas simpleren, dafür aber direkteren und packenderen Roman über Lysanders Rachefeldzug zu verfassen, verliert sich Ben Counter in immer extravaganteren und abgedrehteren Szenerien, webt hier noch eine Schlacht ein und dort noch eine Befriedung, hetzt von Kampf zu Kampf und lässt den Leser kaum Luft holen um einmal ein wenig zu verschnaufen. Statt, wie etwa Chris Wraight, John French oder Aaron Dembski-Bowden auch mal ein paar Seiten auf die Charaktere einzugehen, eine Geschichte zu erzählen und den Leser wirklich mitzunehmen, ist Counter nur damit beschäftigt, auf jeden irren Einfall noch einen oben drauf zu setzen. So waren auch schon seine Souldrinker-Romane, die zumindest mir daher auch absolut nicht zugesagt haben. Das WH40K-Universum ist auch so schon fantastisch genug, ohne jede Szene bis zum Exzess ausloten zu müssen.

Natürlich geht's hier um eine Chaos-Welt und darum, dass Lysander mit einer Handvoll Marines an eben dieser Rache nehmen will. Rache dafür, dass die Iron Warriors, die die Herrscher dieser Welt sind, ihn vor 1000 Jahren gefangen nahmen, ihn folterten und seine Ehre beschmutzten.
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Matthias am 30. Dezember 2013
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der Roman beschreibt abwechselnd die vergangenen und aktuellen Erlebnisse rund um den Space Marine Captain Lysander. Meiner Ansicht nach stehen im Vordergrund des Romans die vergangenen Erlebnisse des Hauptcharakters, als er sich alleine durch die verfluchte Welt Malodrax kämpfen muss. als einer der edelsten Krieger des Imperiums ist Lysander bekannt für ein eisernes Einhalten seiner Prinzipien und Wertvorstellungen. Jedoch muss er in dieser Situation viele davon aufgeben, um seine Ziele zu erreichen. Ein Held der weiß, dass er aus der Sicht des Imperiums schwerwiegende Sünden begeht, sich aber versucht dieser Einsicht zu verweigern.

das Buch ist sehr flüssig zu lesen, und nur schwer aus der Hand zu legen. Da Lysander einen der absoluten Hauptcharaktere des WH40K Universums darstellt, hätte ich vermutet das die Story manchmal etwas mehr Details und vielleicht eine dramatischere/actionreichere Atmosphäre annehmen könnte.

Fazit: Ein lesenswerter Roman, welche jeden Fan der Serie begeistern wird, aber auch für Neueinsteiger gut geeignet scheint.
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Quite good... 8. Januar 2014
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Review first posted on Amazon.co.uk on 31 December

This book is the story of Darnath Lysander, First Captain of the Imperial Fists, who was lost in the warp, stranded on Malodrax, a Chaos planet in more sense than one and managed to come back to the Imperium a thousand years later. He then returned to Malodrax with a punitive expedition to exact vengeance on those that had captured and tormented him and his fellow-brothers. While the bare bones of this story are already known, Ben Counter manages nevertheless to pick it up and make it into something entertaining, even if not entirely original.

Some of the ideas included in this Space Marines Battles title are similar to those found in other stories, while reassembled in ways that make them original. One example is the fortress forge of Kulgarde and its lord, the Iron Warrior Warsmith Kraegon Thul. This reminded me of the Siege of Castellax where another of the Iron Warriors Great Companies had converted a whole world into an arsenal that builds and supplies all sorts of weapons for the Chaos Space Marines and their Black Crusades. One of the originalities (there are others as well) in Malodrax is the emphasis on daemon-possessed and feral war machines.

Another feature is to have three stories running side by side in alternate chapters. One is the story of Lysander's current revenge expedition. The other is the story of what happened during the first one, and his reluctance to mention exactly what he had to do to free his surviving brothers and get away from the damned planet. A third strand is the story of another and previous Imperial visitor and his war band. While we never meet him in the flesh, we get to read his memoirs and two survivors of his war band will play key secondary roles in allowing Lysander to rescue his brothers from captivity, endless torture and certain death.

A third feature which I found rather valuable, and a somewhat refreshing change, is that neither Lysander nor any of the other characters are presented as "super-heroes". They are all fallible. They all make mistakes, with Lysander himself becoming somewhat tainted by his actions as the end, for him, seems to so obviously justify the means.

A related feature was that all Chaos protagonists are as manipulative as can be. You would expect no less from the daemon lord that rules the ultra-decadent city of Shalhadar or from Warsmith Kraegon Thul, locked in a deadly rivalry to dominate and rule the whole planet. More surprising is that the planet itself is given a soul, and a rather evil one.

Finally, some of the characters are quite original. I have already mentioned the feral war machines and the evil planet (although the book never exactly explains how the planet itself can be evil and manipulative). There is also a ferocious phoenix and all sorts of mutants and monsters including one called "the mother" which is particularly horrible.

As usual, you can expect quite a few fights, although these are mostly small actions, and lengthy descriptions of all of the horrors that you would expect to come across on a Chaos world.

This book mostly worked quite well for me, even if, at times, I had to suspend belief (Lysander's escape from the planet was somewhat far-fetched, to put it mildly). After hesitating a bit between three and four (three and a half would have been ideal), I will settle for four stars.
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Lysander! 19. Februar 2014
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....what have you done? What did you do Lysander? How did you escape that corrupted world?

This was a great tale; you have to compare the Imperial Fists and the Ultramarines. The Ultramarines would have shackled and thrown a space marine out for returning under such mysterious circumstances and having been stranded on a chaos world.

I gave it 4 stars because I think the story had great potential, and could have been weaved together much more darkly, dramatically and with greater effect. The inquisitor could have made a much bigger impact, I had imaginings while reading of what could have been. I actually would have ended the story differently and wonder if their will be another installment for Lysander.

I think this is the first Ben Counter novel that I liked, this one really doesn't sound like Ben. The writing is more elaborate, although like the plot, I found myself rewriting some sentences in my imaginings. What's up with all of these imaginings? I've actually preferred Space Marine Battle Novels over late Horus Heresy installments, although while writing this, I'm up to 'The Primarchs.'

This is a good read, pick it up.
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Decent book - could have been better, but could have been a LOT worse 18. Juni 2014
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This is a solid enough read and FAR better than most of the "bolter-porn" published by the Black Library and Games Workshop.

Ben Counter *knows* how to write Chaos, and the playground for his protagonist is entertaining and well executed. However, he has done this many times before, and it is sort of well-trod ground. The intertwining narrative of the main character with the current time, his previous visit to the planet, and the lost inquisitor's notebook is well handled and compelling.

I would rate this as 3 to 3.5 stars, but as it is better than a lot of the GW fiction, I am bumping it up to a 4-star review. One of the better Battle books in the series, but that is damning by faint praise.
The Fist of Dorn Hits Hard 25. April 2015
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Overall, I was fairly pleased by this. It's more in-tune with the Space Marines I was originally introduced to (post-Heresy super-soldiers of the God-Emperor), and the Imperial Fists are a fairly solid lot. Ben Counter does a good job portraying each of them, the cautious oversight of Chaplain Lycaon and the single-minded revenge of Darnath Lysander (main character on cover) taking a spotlight most of the time, especially the latter.

The book chronicles Lysander's involvement with the daemon world Malodrax, both his capture by his Legion's most hated enemies, the Iron Warriors, and then his return. Every chapter alternates between the present (return to Malodrax) and the past (his capture and eventual escape). Because of the nature of both Legions (Fists being the ultimate fortress constructors and Warriors being the ultimate fortress destroyers), there's a disturbing dichotomy, a twisted parallel that makes things all the more interesting, as it becomes a matter of fighting not just their former comrades but also fighting your evil twins.

During his capture, we see just how deadly the Iron Warriors are, construction the mega-fortress of Kulgarde, churning out war engines to launch an eventual massive assault, and we realize just how difficult it will be to escape and return with enough power to smash these villains down. Later on, while journeying across Malodrax, Lysander learns that not only is he facing his old foes and the new ones populating this daemon world, but that he is also set against the planet itself: not just environmentally, Malodrax itself is actually working to destroy him in its quest to eliminate those unworthy of being there.

Perhaps worst of all is that Lysander must face his own inner horrors, that he lost many comrades to the Iron Warriors and that he must make hard choices to escape and seek revenge, choices that many would rather die than commit to. He's compromising his own morals and very much blaspheming his own beliefs in order to uphold them. This creates an interesting character flaw: rather than just be imperfect and make mistakes, he is actively working against his own identity and lifestyle so that he can one day return to it.

A running backstory is an Inquisitor's record of the world and its folk, opening at every chapter and as well repeatedly throughout the novel. The Inquisitor undergoes a harsh journey to learn the secrets of the world and its would-be lords, trading away his integrity and coming very close to being the very thing he seeks to destroy. In the end, his tale is arguably the backbone of the novel, fully addressing not just the speaking evils of the world of Malodrax but also the evil of the planet itself, that omnipresent force that is at once within reach of justice and yet untouchable.

My only regrets for the novel are that two characters (understandably) meet their own ends, as I thought the one would possibly survive a terrible fight and I had hoped to see how the other fell from grace a bit more, but those are nitpicks ultimately and do not impede on the overall quality of the book.

In summary, Malodrax is a good read if you are into Space Marines, siege warfare and deception, and quests to prove one's convictions. I had little love for the Imperial Fists or the Iron Warriors (I kind-of liked the former and their Primarch, and actively disliked the latter and theirs), but after reading this novel, I had a better appreciation of the steel-hard determination of the Fists and the cruel genius of the Warriors.
## my journey across Malodrax with Ben Counter ## 28. Mai 2014
Von Benjamin Cheng - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ben Counter's Malodrax is a poetically magnificent novel about the Imperial Fists Space Marines, the God-Emperor's faithful legion of super-soldiers, and their quest on the daemon-infested and warp-soaked planet of Malodrax. The main opposing force is the Traitor Marines of the Iron Warriors Chapter, sworn enemies of the Imperial Fists. The Iron Warriors once fought shoulder to shoulder with the Imperial Fists before the Horus Heresy turned them against each other, 10 millenia ago. Focusing on the struggles of one legendary hero Captain Darnath Lysander, the novel is crafted truest to the lores of the Warhammer 40000 universe.

The novel is split into three well-balanced segments, which slowly weave together into a whole story:

1// Chapters 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 18:
This segment tells the quest of Lysander to prove that he is still the rightful captain of the First Company of the Imperial Fists. He returns to Malodrax with a strike-force after his escape from that daemon world to exact revenge on his tormentors and the murderers of his battle-brothers. And Lysander will stop at nothing to achieve his objective, the head of the Iron Warriors' Warsmith, Lord Kraegon Thul.

2// Chapters 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17:
This part of the novel revolves around the painful re-telling of how our hero managed to escape the dangers and insanity of Maladrax. As the story unfolds on how Lysander became stranded and subsequently faced the nightmarish landscape of the daemon planet, he pondered how far should one go to perform his duty with his honor intact.

3// At the start of each chapter and punctuated at various points in the novel, comes a philosophical collection of tales from a prior explorer of Malodrax:
This segment offers captivating glimpses of Malodrax from the eyes of an Inquisitor, Corvin Golrukhan. The bits here actually build up to another gripping tale that binds the whole story together.
++Here, I really do not want to spoil it for you, but please take it from me - the way this smaller part melds into the main stories is truly masterfully crafted.++

Extra//
Tucked in the center of the novel is a color map of Malodrax to help enhance the story.

While I have discussed about the novels contents, I would like to talk about its highlights:
1:: In terms of combat, the novel contains mainly squad-level action, so some up-close and personal adrenaline-inducing fighting sequence are abound throughout the story. A couple of awesome naval combat scenes were also depicted at the beginning.
2:: On the surface, the star of this story seems to be Captain Darnath Lysander. But no, the star of the show is in fact Malodrax itself - a world given a distinct personality.
3:: As you trek across Malodrax with the novel's characters, the planet's madness and foulness are intricately elaborated and brought to life. Not many authors can delineate a daemon world and yet here Ben Counter had executed an outstanding job in illustrating that mind-warping world and its cruel denizens.

In summary, the segments of the novel are seamlessly integrated together. And stitching these together is Ben Counter's masterful command of language. Using the premise of Imperial Fists against their age-old foe set on a daemon world, the full-flavor of the 40,000 world is presented in Malodrax.

No WH40K fan should miss this and Malodrax sits amongst the top spots in my library.
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