- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: Games Workshop (6. Mai 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1849706050
- ISBN-13: 978-1849706056
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 3 x 23,4 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 57.711 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Scars (The Horus Heresy, Band 28) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 6. Mai 2014
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Chris Wraight is a writer of fantasy and science fiction, whose first novel was published in 2008. He's written several books set in the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 universes, including the bestselling Space Marine Battles novel Battle of the Fang. He doesn't own a cat, dog, or augmented hamster (which technically disqualifies him from writing for Black Library), but would quite like to own a tortoise one day. He's based in a leafy bit of south-west England, and when not struggling to meet deadlines enjoys running through scenic parts of it.
Die White Scars sind grundsätzlich gesehen eine Legion welche, trotz beachtlicher Fähigkeiten, im Schatten der prinzipalen Space Marine Legionen des Imperium steht. Ihre Natur ist bescheiden, kühl und geprägt von ständigem Respekt gegenüber Verbündeten und Feinden.
Die Ereignisse um den Bürgerkrieg verlangen nun klare Entscheidungen, und als letzte Legion welche noch keine Seite bezogen hat, stehen die Scars unangenehm im Rampenlicht.
Ich habe dieses Buch gerne gelesen, da es den Charakter der Scars sehr vielseitig beschreibt und einmal mehr offen legt, dass nicht nur militärische Hindernisse das Übel einer Legion sein können.
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The White Scars, led by their Primarch Jaghatai Khan, are not like any of the other legions. The Scars don't particularly fit in well with order and discipline of the Imperium. They are much more content to do their own thing. To strike out on their own and hunt the enemies of mankind on their own terms. In fact they are sometimes thought of as the lost legion, because they are usually off doing their own thing under the radar and everyone kind of forgets about them. That being the case, once the heresy starts in full swing the Scars are the last to know. They don't have a clear picture of what's going on, and the other legions have no idea if they have turned traitor or stayed loyal. The main crux of the story is Jahatai and the legion discovering the heresy and determining their place in the galaxy after it.
We get a good look at the legion and their culture and discover they aren't the barbarians everyone assumes they are. In fact it quite rankles them to know they are often compared Leman Russ and his brutal Space Wolves. Upon ascending to the ranks of the Legiones Astartes the new White Scars are encouraged to follow one of the noble pursuits, be it poetry, music, art, etc. They are also one of the only legions that truly loves and finds joy in what they do. The White Scars enter battle with a smile on their faces and a song in their hearts. Freedom, speed, the joy of the hunt, these are defining characteristics of the White Scars. They quickly transformed from a legion I had almost no interest in to one of my favorites.
As Wraight has done a great job keeping the Rout from being simple, smelly, mead-swilling brutes, he turns the Scars into a rather unique Legion, and even goes into some small detail on the Khan's support of Magnus, and the Librarius - which always seemed an interesting, if confusing, footnote in the history of the Heresy.
The past few Heresy books have been rather weak for the most part (Unremembered Empire probably being the weakest of the lot, while I liked Angel Exterminatus for the exploration of Perturabo's character), but Scars quite easily snaps the lethargy the series has become mired in and recalls the scale of the early Heresy books - it's much more Space Marines and much less Spehss Mahreens.
Personally though the excellency of this book is due the characterization of the White Scars legion, each POV shows a little more about the legion:
The Khan show every second what it means being him, and that is not showing himself, which is perhaps the strength and the weakness of his entire legion. I just love how Mr. Wraight managed to insert this into the book (again, due to his well structure narrative). His relationship with Magnus and Horus was quite well explained and justified, which helped with one of the showcases of the book: the Khan's fight against one of his brothers.
Yesugei is perhaps the most affable Astartes I've EVER read to a point that he actually upped himself to the likes of Loken in my mind. Not only he is a believable and a well developed mentor archetype, but Yesugei deals with the important plot point of the Psykers through the heresy.
Shiban and Torgun were good foils, though if you wish to read more about them check Brotherhood of the Storm, because their purpose is quite clear (and very important to both understand the White Scars position in the Heresy and another good justification for following Horus, and one that does not involve insanity), but I thought they could have been used more.
Ilya was the Hawser character that helped the readers to see the Scars from a human point of view, and it was enjoyable seeing her liking the legion more and more as the story developed (her exasperation were somewhat funny too).
One thing that really matters to me in quite a personal way though is the fact this book brings REPRESENTATION to the table (pun intended). I'm a man of asian descent (writing through a relative account) and while a big fan of the 40K universe I could hardly feel close to the characters in a personal manner due to the fact of how they are mainly european white men. My biggest praise towards Mr.Wraight is not making the Scars either a stereotype (which happens so often in media, be from the West or from the East) or white european characters in mongol skin, but their own Legion, with touches of some asian cultures (like the philosophies behind GO) that I could identify myself with.
All in all, it's espetacular and far more than I would expect from the White Scars Legion. Also it brings one of the best lines of the Heresy:
'By the time I make my kills, I'm always laughing.'
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