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The Gildar Rift (Space Marine Battles #7)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  186 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The newest Space Marine Battle novel from a new author featuring loyalist vs traitor space marines

In the depths of space, the Silver Skulls take on the might of Huron Blackheart and his Red Corsairs.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Games Workshop (first published December 2011)
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I had not heard of Sarah Cawkwell until I attended the Black Library Live 2012 event. I so enjoyed what she said and how she said it that I went straight to the sales table and asked to buy whatever they have by her. Just in case you couldn’t tell, Sarah Cawkwell is a female writer. Women can’t write Space Marine novels can they? Erm, if this is anything to go by then the answer is a definate yes. There is no fluffiness about this book, it is a proper hardcore 40k novel.

The immortal words “There
"I got the impression the author liked to quote action movies in this novel - all twenty one lines"

What a pleasant surprise The Gildar Rift was. I've been going through a patch with Black Library novels lately. The majority being fairly bog-standard bolter porn. Now, Sarah Cawkwell is one of the few female authors for the publishers. I don't buy into the theory that females can't write science fiction, it's a myth and rather short-sighted of those who cling onto this draconian ideal. Sarah reall
Andrew Ziegler
I give the author, S. Cawkwell, a lot of benefit of the doubt because I have not read anything of hers set in the Warhammer 40K universe yet. In fact, the only time I came across her infinitely memorable name was on the back of Sons of Dorn with a quote. Sons of Dorn was a bit of a generic tale, and kind of a let down.
Gildar Rift is interesting enough. But sadly, it falls into the grey haze of pretty much all the other Space Marine Battles books. I have thought all of them, and I have read most
Michael T Bradley
Yech. Editing might have saved this. I went into this really hoping to like it, as the Silver Skulls are a chapter I know nothing about, and I was very excited to read something from a female author in the 40K universe (Ms Cawkwell is the ONLY one that I know of). While the story itself seemed like it had potential, there was FAR too much overwriting. Oftentimes points would be explained once in dialogue, then again in narration. It felt like this was written for a 7-year-old audience rather tha ...more
This is a perfect example to any young budding authors out there of how NOT to write a book. Of the 411 pages, there is probably less than 50 pages of conversation. The rest of it is description, and an awful lot of it, unnecessary. There is also FAR too much usage of the (made up) word 'Prognosticator'. In one small paragraph that was less than 7 lines long, it was used 4 times.

There are also 4 drawings in the middle of the book, one of the main ship in the book, one of the system the book is
A Space Marine Battle Novel that is... mostly space battle, as in "battle in space". It's a good book, well written and such. But, in my opinion, the plot is poor or at least just not deep enough. As a whole, I think the story would do better as a shortstory max 150 pages.

Everything good about this novel is the quality how it's written, the quality of language. Haven't read much from Sarah Cawkwell but so far everything's quality stuff.

I recommend this book to Red Corsair fans, that's t
Lord Nouda
Very badly written. The only saving point was the space battle between two space marine battle barges, 3 executor class grand-cruisers (the last of their kind!) and a strike cruiser. The author must be new to the W40k universe because she made them sound like a bunch of whiny, emotional pansies. It totally churned my stomach but alas, I had to keep reading just to figure out why the usually awesome Space Marines have been waste of time imo.
Silver Skulls getting a beating from the Tyrant of Badab and him escaping unscathed by a fight with one of their best.
Really? The Tyrant of Badab seems to have alot of unfair luck i think il write a novel about the collapse of his forces due to infighting and him being haunted by a relentless foe who is implacable to his petty mockery.
intresting read with some major fundamental questions throughout the book. also good portrayals of both captains. overall a good read but it needs work to reach its full potential. a good author with lots of promise, one to watch
Gregor Eder
A nice book about the fleet-parts of the superhuman Space Marines. And one of their greatest enemies, which would be presentet not as some faceless Chaos-minion but as a great tactical genius and fearsom warrior.
Great story telling by Sarah. Believable characters and a good story line.
John Scott
Finished it!!!! Brilliant Sarah!
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A freelance writer based in the north east of England, Sarah is old enough to know better, but still young enough not to care. When not slaving away over a hot keyboard, Sarah's hobbies include reading everything and anything, running around in fields with swords screaming incomprehensibly, and having her soul slowly sucked dry by online games. Her minimum bribe level is one chocolate orange.
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