- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Games Workshop (26. Februar 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1849703000
- ISBN-13: 978-1849703000
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,8 x 3,3 x 17,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 151.025 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Path of the Incubus (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Dark Eldar) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Februar 2013
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A veteran writer for the Warhammer 40,000 universe with more than twenty years’ experience creating worlds dominated by war machines, spaceships and dangerous aliens. Andy worked at Games Workshop as lead designer of the Warhammer 40,000 miniatures game for three editions before moving to the PC gaming market to work on the hit real time strategy game Starcraft 2 by Blizzard Entertainment. Andy has written several short stories and two novels for Black Library, Survival Instinct and Path of the Renegade.
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The book itself is more like a collection of short stories each revolving around a lead character as they attempt to deal with the consequences of the events triggered in the first book. The POV hops from character to character but the threads of their stories do not really intersect within this book.
The first story thread follows the titular Incubus character, Morr, who is blamed by the rest of his warrior order for violating the order's neutrality and slaying his patron and employer. He is accompanied by the Harlequin, Motley, in his quest to uphold his honor or die in the attempt. In the course of their travels Morr's background is revealed, laying to rest some of the speculative theories that arose among readers of the first book as to his identity.
The second story thread follows the Dark Eldar Archon Yllithian as he attempts to retain power and bury his role in causing the Dysjunction that afflicts the Dark Eldar city and realm.
The third story thread follows a servant Wrack and a mercenary assassin, and interweaves this with following the Wrack's master, the renegade Haemonculus Bellathonis who is wanted dead by the Black Descent coven that he left long ago.
In the course of their travels and adventures, some more tidbits about Dark Eldar society are revealed.
Andy Chambers' writing style is much more smooth flowing, visceral, and earthy than the more dry style in the other Eldar trilogy, Path of the Warrior by Gavin Thorpe. Some readers might complain this makes the Dark Eldar more like humans than aliens, however I do not find this an issue as all the major alien races in Warhammer 40K are and have always been exaggerations of humanity's traits in one form or another. They have never been truly incomprehensible or alien, nor I would argue are they meant to be no matter how much some people, Games Workshop writers included, might claim. They are mirrors of humanity, and in the Dark Eldar case, they show a society in which selfishness is exalted above all, leading to the inevitable endless cycle of conflict, struggle, and intrigue.
As far as characters only Morr (Incubus) was consistently great. Sardon, Kharbyr, Xagor had some very solid parts as well. Aez'ashya started out rather interesting but nothing further was done with her. Yllithian and Bellathonis each had sizable parts but both felt mostly like filler. Something relatively big happened to both of them but it didn't make an impact since the characters remained exactly the same. In fact it almost seemed like a common occurrence considering how little changed.
The book was by no means bad, and I might have actually given it another star but the editing was rather unforgivable. The number of types and grammatical issues really pulled me out of the story. As a long time reader of Black Library I'm pretty disappointed that the editing quality slipped to such a low level.
Path of the Renegade
Path of the Incubus
As the title already mentioned, this is a great story but with certain conditions. My recommendation is to read the Eldar Path series by Gav Thorpe first. That trilogy, while not the best ending focuses on the Eldar concept of fates. In particular how all the fates are interconnected and no single action is truly independent of everything.
This fate concept is the underlying idea behind this Dark Eldar paths series.
In Path of the Incubus we follow the consequences of the first book. Once again, the overall theme is that fate itself is never independent and that there are always consequences. Without spoiling too much, this is a worthy ending of the two books for the Dark Eldar Paths series.
What made this a 5 star book is, having read the Eldar Paths and Dark Eldar Paths series, the final question Mortley asks. A simple but profound question that brings the whole series into a beautiful closing and shines an unlikely spotlight onto the Eldar race as a whole. And that despite their differences, there are similarities that each side denies.
I love the fact that instead of telling the same story from 3 different points of view like the Eldar books, the Dark Eldar books each contain multiple points of view and weave an ongoing story throughout the trilogy.
Also, unlike Path of the Warrior or Path of the Seer, Path of the Incubus is not limited to one type of Eldar. While it centers on Commorragh and the Dark Eldar, and the byzantine politics within, we also get to see glimpses of Craftworld Eldar, Exodites, and Harlequins as characters. Even within the Dark Eldar, we see a wide range of characters from different parts of society. The amount of variety within the Eldar race is breathtaking and Andy Chambers exploits it fully.
Finally, the book becomes more engrossing as you read on. The ending blew me away. It was epic in scope, with the fate of Commorragh on the line, and yet there were unexpected twists. When I finished, I just sat there repeating "Wow!" for a few minutes as I tried to process the magnitude of what had occurred.
Buy this book. I'll definitely be buying the next one when it comes out.