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Fist of Demetrius (The Macharian Crusade #2)

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As the crusade reaches its apex, Lord Solar Macharius is drawn by a prophecy to the world of Demetrius in search of an ancient artefact - the Fist of Demetrius. Rumours and legends abound of the artefact’s providence as a weapon of a primarch, the lords of the Horus Heresy. With it, Macharius believes his success and victory is assured but others crave this potent weapon, ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 2013 by Black Library
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Nov 02, 2013 Stuart rated it liked it
"Alexander the Great in space? Apart from he didn't have superhuman powers duh!"

What can I say about Fist of Demetrius I liked and disliked it with equal measure. The opening chapter of William King's novel is grimdark/horror personified. It was rather good. The bad, well I'll come to that.

Macharius, Lord Commander of the 'new' crusade to reclaim lost planets since the Horus Heresy. He is rather good at it. A tactical genius, he has no equal (as of yet). He has no equal man-to-man. So what about
Mar 15, 2014 Martin rated it liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
This book is a bit of a curious one. I like it... But I also kind of don't.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the works of William King. I've been a big fan of his Gotrek & Felix series as well as his Tyrion & Teclis novels. But I think the reason why I liked those novels as opposed to this novel and the previous novel 'Angel Of Fire' is that those other novels had characters I actually cared about. They were told from a first person perspective where the protagonists directly influenced
Mar 13, 2015 Mick rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The second in William King's The Macharian Crusade trilogy (following The Macharian Crusade: Angel of Fire) once again portrays the career of the Forty First Millennium's greatest soldier and space's answer to Alexander the Great, Lord Solar Macharius, through the eyes of his bodyguard and personal tank commander Leo Lemuel. This time, King pits the Imperium's master strategist against a cunning alien adversary capable of thinking on the same level, a Dark Eldar archon.

This is Warhammer 40'000
Mar 26, 2014 Blonic rated it really liked it
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Great science fiction, with snatches of humour in the characters' banter, and continuous action right up to the last line. The rather lengthy description of a parade was a bit dull, but otherwise it read well.
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Dec 02, 2013 Jack Keane rated it it was ok
Nowhere near as good as angel of fire and guilty of an abrupt and completely unsatisfactory ending leaving no questions properly answered. After angel of fire I expected so much more but this is a lazily written and full of unfulfilled potential I hope the final book redeems the trilogy
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I thought this book was good got me hooked on the second series. Great imperial guard story of the life from the eyes of a mid level troop
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