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Fire Caste (Warhammer 40,000 Novels) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. März 2013

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As a full-time TV editor, Peter Fehervari's life is an eternity of cuts and mixes and the dreams of thirsting producers. When off-duty he frequents caves, abandoned churches and the occasional haunted asylum in pursuit of guerrilla filmmaking. He has been accused of being a fictional character, but insists he is strange but true.

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Im groben und ganzen handelt dieses Buch von einem Krieg auf einer versumpften Pilz-Dschungelwelt, welche noch dazu korrumpiert erscheint. Das Imperium der Menschen sowie die Tau scheinen den Konflikt künstlich in die Länge zu ziehen da keiner Seite wohl die Ressourcen noch das Interesse dazu hätte einen ausgewachsenen Krieg um den Planeten zu führen, oder jenen ganz für sich zu behaupten.

die story hat mich immer ein wenig an den Hollywoodstreifen "apocalypse now" erinnert, leider aber ohne dessen Qualität. Dies lag wohl daran dass mehrere der Protagonisten offenbar geistig derart verwirrt sind dass sie sich weder auf dem Planeten noch in ihren eigenen Einheiten noch zurechtfinden. Im Endeffekt litt die story unter diesen Aspekten. Daher habe ich mehr Zeit genommen das Buch zu Ende zu lesen, was für mich sehr unüblich war, der normalerweise verschlinge ich die WH40K Romane geradezu.
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HASH(0x931161ec) von 5 Sternen 40K as literature (but also with las rifles) 12. Mai 2013
Von skaragrimson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Let's make something clear from the get-go, this is not really a tau novel. What it is however is a dark and twisted story about a rag-tag regiment of Imperial guard and their personal descent into hell- and in that regard is something of a triumph. It really is quite unlike any of the other Black Library books I've read and quite frankly that's no bad thing. By the author's own admission on his BL blog this was never intended as a tau novel... rather one suspects that BL marketing engineered the name to coincide with the tau codex which has just been released. Tau do feature but what we mainly get is some original insights into their culture and philosophy and what can happen to tau "civilisation" when it breaks down without the guiding influence of the ethereals. Certainly interesting angles on the tau are explored even if they don't get much "screen time" per se. There are however some great set pieces with official tau servitor/mercenary races such as the vespid and loxatl (both a rarity in BL books) as well as a particularly memorable/terrifying take on the kroot.

While the Imperial regiment in the story are clearly civil war inspired (they're called the "Arkhan Confederates" for starters), I didn't find this jarring in the slightest. Purloining armies and troops from the real world is entirely in keeping with the Games Workshop MO e.g. there are Space Marine/Guard regiments based on Cossacks, Mongols, ancient Egyptians you name it and what is the Imperium after all except a reimagining of the Roman Empire...? To my mind this adds to the richness of the 40K universe and is part of what makes it so unique as a backdrop for authors to explore. So I have no issues there. The Arkhans themselves are a richly drawn and motley bunch- covering everything from religious zealots to haughty nobles to redneck bad-asses. Clearly the author had fun with this and they make readable, often amusing and compelling characters - albeit with a generally brief life-expectancy... The novel's style can be challenging which may be what divided some readers- there's a large cast of characters, almost all seemingly demented to varying degrees, and the narrative jumps through time and space and is regularly peppered with the internal insights of the protagonists. This can make for a delirious read and maybe I'm wrong but I see this as a deliberate technique by the author to immerse readers in the insanity and horror of a situation where in the author's own words "only the mad may prosper". The prose is generally very slick and stylish but can get rather florid in places however this only seems to occur when we have the POV of certain characters and is entirely in keeping with their personality (e.g. there's a budding author among the regiment who's clearly trying to write a rather cod Lovecraftian horror story!). To my mind this simply adds to the color of the story and makes me care for the characters.
There's little hand-holding for readers in this novel and mysteries are folded into mysteries so if you like everything straightforward and neatly stitched-up this story may not be for you. However if you're after a very original and bolter porn-free take on the 40K universe that get's the reader thinking then this will not disappoint.
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HASH(0x93116240) von 5 Sternen really nice change of pace for the imperial guard 18. April 2013
Von Nick Whittington - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I really enjoyed this book, and it introduced an imperial guard regiment that was fresh and new to the 40k genre. I enjoyed the Arkhan confederates and there style of fighting. This book had several good twists, corruption, and dark secrets that continued to haunt the confederate regiment. I liked the journal entry's at the beginning of each chapter, and this book was a real page turning, there were moments where I simply wasn't able to put the book down. The only bad thing about the book was the ending, there is an apparent warp taint that haunts the regiment from a massacre in the past that they committed, however it never fully explains who was behind the massacre until later on when you put the pieces together on your own. The ending was abrupt and left to you as the reader to decide what happens, however it was a nice fresh perspective for the imperial guard that I greatly enjoyed.
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HASH(0x93116678) von 5 Sternen Intruiging and compelling 40K novel with a Dark heart 10. Mai 2013
Von Darkheir - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
In his debut novel 'Firecaste', author Peter Fehervari carves out a bloody slice of the Warhammer 40K universe with a very jagged blade. Set against the backdrop of hideous tropical death-world Phaedra, it plunges the reader into a desperate and bloody confrontation between the Arkhan, a forsaken Imperial Guard regiment and the Tau. However, Phaedra harbours many dark secrets - and she will not give them up easily...

What immediately sets 'Firecaste' apart from the usual 40K fare is its author's very unique approach to characterisation. Eschewing traditionally cliched hero/villain archetypes, he instead populates his world with a multitude of damaged, cursed souls. Each feels so convincingly drawn it is a wonder there is enough space in the book to contain them all. Similarly impressive is the intricately constructed plot. But darkness is never far away. Corruption, treachery and shadowy agendas permeate the dense narrative and the proceedings positively drip with intrigue. To his credit, the author employs some very inventive story-telling devices to weave his twisted tale, in particular flashbacks which memorably convey the agonising torment of a haunted commissar.

One of the books' strengths is the manner in which it cunningly envelops the reader in a complex and multi-layered narrative. There are a fare share of surprises along the way, with some shocking revelations in store for both the Arkhan and Tau. However, those looking for hardcore action will certainly not be disappointed. The storyline is punctuated by some suitably riveting pulse-pounding battle set-pieces which ensure that the reader's attention is never lost. These harrowing episodes are depicted with such savage intensity that I almost winced whist reading. 'Firecaste' is a page-turner of the very highest order.

Peter Fehervari's able prose is as fertile as the putrid jungle world he so evocatively conjours up, which makes this a mature, compelling and fascinating read. Make no mistake however - 'Firecaste' is not for the faint-hearted. The author is not afraid to take the reader into some seriously grim territory. This is a world of starkly uncompromising violence and horror, where no-one is left untainted by the darkness. If you like your 40K fiction laced with a dose of dripping venom, then this book definitely is for you - and marks Mr Fehervari as a talent to watch out for.
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HASH(0x93116a44) von 5 Sternen Wrong title (Imperial Guard book) 3. Juli 2013
Von Thomas Lau - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This has got to be by far the most incorrect title by far in the Warhammer 40,000 line up.

This book focuses on the Imperial Guard to a near exclusivity. While the Imperial Guard story line has an interesting design and a very introspective aspect, the actual book might contain Tau Fire Caste about a fifth of its story arc. The Tau are almost woefully under-represented.
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HASH(0x93116b28) von 5 Sternen A good book, but doesn't live up to its potential 5. August 2013
Von James B - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I'm really torn about Fire Caste. First it needs to be said that this book is largely not written from the Tau perspective. If you're looking for that you'll probably be disappointed. If however you're interested in the impact on an Imperial Guard regiment caught between the cruel neglect of the Imperium and the heretical "Greater Good" this a book you might enjoy.

The reason I'm torn about Fire Caste is that it is a book which has a lot of potential but which never quite reaches that potential. It is a good book, for Black Library books in particular it's well written, but it's not a great book. It's a book I'd recommend to one of my friends familiar with 40k but not to a friend without a prior interest.

The book has a great setting and some stellar characters. It reminds me heavily of Vietnam era war stories, and that's no mistake. The setting of a jungle world, the characters and the plot feel at times that they're directly ripped from Armageddon Now, and that's okay because it works. Without giving too much away, there were times when I felt I could almost feel the madness that the characters were experiencing. You could sense the growing unease, you can see the characters slipping from sanity.But ultimately the plot gets away from the setting and the ultimate conclusion of the book feels unsatisfying.

I like this book, and if you enjoy 40k fiction I recommend it. Unfortunately I feel like the book could have been so much better.
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