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Ravenor: The Omnibus (Warhammer 40,000)

4.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,501 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
In the war-torn future of the 41st millennium, the Inquisition fights a secret war against the darkest enemies of mankind - the alien, the heretic and the daemon. The three stories in this omnibus tell the tale of Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor and his lethal band of operatives, whose investigations take them from the heart of the Scarus Sector to the wildest regions of space b ...more
Paperback, 892 pages
Published August 3rd 2009 by Black Library (first published 2009)
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Jan 02, 2012 Nyari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed it, very descriptive and sensitively written. I did however feel that half of the 3rd book was a waste of time. The second half picked up the same pace as the rest of the book and ended with a flourish. I wld recommend.
Nov 23, 2012 Shane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have any interest in the Warhammer 40k universe, you owe it to yourself to read this book. It is a very fun read. Of course, literature it is not, but someone looking for a good story can't go wrong.

Having said that, if you haven't read the Eisenhorn trilogy do that first. It's not necessarily better exactly (though very different), but I would say it is as good, it's chronologically first, and provides some background for the stories told here.

One of the things that Mr. Abnett does well
Andrew Ziegler
Jan 11, 2013 Andrew Ziegler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 13, 2015 Mick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Collects Ravenor, Ravenor Returned, Ravenor Rogue.

I consider Dan Abnett's previous Inquisition trilogy, collected as the Eisenhorn omnibus, to be among the best examples not just of fiction set within the worlds of Games Workshop's Warhammer and Warhammer 40k universes, but of the tie-in fiction of any setting. That series mixed space opera with horror, detective-work, action, impressive science fiction ideas, and a truly tragic hero to create a fantastic story which went beyond the basic (but f
Skut L
Jan 15, 2012 Skut L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sprawling collection is probably best read in one full sweep, as the stories are interconnected and the dramatic tension builds through the earlier novels. Even though the three main Ravenor books are separated by short stories, it's not jarring to have those pauses. Especially not when the former introduces some important plot points.

I enjoyed the attention to detail in how things functioned, from the grandiosely grotesque societies of 41st millenium from richest to poorest, to the governm
Oct 07, 2012 Jean-Luc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dan Abnett's Eisenhorn trilogy was well-written and popular. Another book in the series was a no brainer. What we got instead was a focus shift to Eisenhorn's interrogator, Gideon Ravenor. After The Atrocity on Thracia Primaris (capital letters, not to be confused with any other atrocity), Ravenor was reduced to pulp. By all rights, he should be dead, but his psyker powers and hatred sustained him long enough for Martian tech priests to entomb him in a mobile coffin. He spent some time studying ...more
May 01, 2016 Rakan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan Abnett utilizes certain vocabulary that clearly emphasizes the exact meaning/scene in such a way that it is amazingly easy to understand and love. Not only does he give a deep and well structured plot but he also takes the characters very moments into such a consideration that the reader would easily understand each character as thoroughly as the main character him/herself. However the immense amount of description does sometimes bore the reader and feels as though it is not necessary and t ...more
Mar 30, 2016 Bahadır rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I will not be as generous as the other reviewers. Even thought I really wanted to enjoy this omnibus, It really falls short compared to Eisenhorn. Ravenor character is really boring and feels very one sided. Only during the last book of the series we get a glimpse of Ravenors humanity. Rest of the time he just feels like a ''chair'', literally. Supporting cast wasn't that great either but at least they were more interesting than Ravenor himself.

Most of the plot twists were way too obvious if you
Mark Gordon
Apr 28, 2013 Mark Gordon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cracking read!
William P.
Jan 05, 2011 William P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was fantastic on a number of levels. The book(s) are great, really a lot of fun. There's detective work, dealings with organized crime, sci-fi action, inter-personal drama, creepy mysticism, and some very nicely Lovecraftian evil. I loved Ravenor, and I'm not 100% sure why. I don't think he'd have been half as engaging if he hadn't narrated almost half the story. The first short story wasn't as interesting as it might have been, but only because it really did require that you k ...more
K.L. Neidecker
Jul 22, 2011 K.L. Neidecker rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.L. by: marisa neidecker
Shelves: borrowed
Unlike many of the 4 and 5 star reviews by other readers, I would give this a 3 at best. It was a good enough book (or omnibus of books actually), and it was written well, as Dan Abnett always writes. There was a good bit of twists and turns, well thought out bit characters that show up only to get disposed of in a fashion that foreshadows what the main characters will be dealing with, a fair amount of delving into character histories, etc.

I feel, however, that as great all these bits are, the
Tripp Moultrie
Mar 31, 2013 Tripp Moultrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan Abnett might just be my favorite writer. I read Eisenhorn before this (I recommend anyone starting WH40k books start there as well) and I am just as impressed by Ravenor. Ravenor's another great addition to the Interrogator chronicals Dan Abnett has writeen for the WH40k universe. I liked Eisenhorn more, but Ravenor is still pretty damn good. Abnett takes us from world to world in pursuit of a brilliant heritic named Molotch. There's a definately a Sherlock Moriarty vibe going on, but it's s ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Mateo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is nice science fiction and a pretty good example of tie-in writing. The author does a very good job, and the series mixes detective work, a little bit of horror and space opera action pretty well. Characters are solid and human enough, despite being ridiculously super human at what they do.

Overall I think this story is good but not excellent, as, in my opinion, it lacks depth and some parts of it are weaker. But you are not reading warhammer 40k novels for depth, are you? Have fun!
Mar 03, 2015 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-adventure
The Inquisitor trilogy (Xenos, Malleus, Hereticus) was a fun ride, but this is too much of the same.
Feb 21, 2013 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've said it before, but if anyone can take the unremittingly grim, guns-and-gore drenched building blocks of the Warhammer 40k world and create something worth reading out of it, it's Dan Abnett. Most 40k books I've come across have been stories of one dimensional warriors with huge guns fighting endless battles, but Abnett inserts two things often missing, plots and characters. The roster of characters in this trilogy actually feel like people, with all their strengths and weaknesses, and wher ...more
Doomsnake Nestrobber
This one would probably deserve a 4 and a half, like alot of books by this guy. While this one had it's share of epic moments, and plenty of funny little dialogues or just those times when you're just getting really into it (ex. psykick mind battle scenes etc.), it also had it's share of dry spots and a few boring stretches of not so actiony stuff.
Overall, it managed to keep my occupied for the couple days it took to read through, and it had me wanting to leave the movies to see what happened in
Cody Jensen
Jan 08, 2016 Cody Jensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic 40k omnibus. Abnett has never disappointed me and never will. The story arc and timeline settings were different than the Eisenhorn trilogy, but I fond the shake up to be refreshing.
It took me a while to read this omnibus, but that is not unusual for me. With books like this, I may read part of it, put it down, take it back up. I will say that, while I liked it, I did not love it. The first novel in the set seemed a bit slow to be honest. I particularly enjoyed the Patience short story, and the last novel did pick up the pace at the end. This is a book that you should read at once. I mean that the novels are so closely linked that they can be read as a single work. Personal ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although a little similar to the Eisenhorn omnibus, it was still highly enjoyable and the writing, as always, was the perfect mix of cleverness, sarcasm, and heartfelt emotion.
Sven Mysterioso
Jan 11, 2014 Sven Mysterioso rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Collected the three Ravenor books, the follow-on trilogy to the Eisenhorn epic saga.

You really want to know about these characters and their world. They are a little TOO awesome at what they do, but honestly, they need it, because they are in a hopeless situation, again and again.

I re-read this, even.
Oct 24, 2012 Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40k
The Ravenor series, follows the Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor and his agents in their quest to root out a Chaos cult and stop their attempts to awaken a greater deamon.

A great adventure yarn and a natural continuation from the Eisenhorn series. What makes Ravenor different are the crippling injuries he suffered earlier in his career. Interred inside a Force Chair he can stretch out with his mind and "wear" the bodies of his agents, meaning that Ravenor can be everywhere and nowhere at the same time.
Mar 24, 2013 Hayley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: discarded
I'm not sure why so many people raved about this. I found it too slow and cold and the characters not relatable enough, especially the protagonist who is barely human. This could have been exploited more to show his evolving detachment but the book opens with him already in that state.

Admittedly I stopped halfway through to read other things because I was getting disenchanted with it. Perhaps if I had continued it would have got better. The main problem is that it seems such a disappintment whe
Alan Okada
Jul 20, 2015 Alan Okada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it.
Mar 29, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dan Abnett is one of the best writers in the Warhammer 40K universe and he does not disappoint in this series about an offshoot character in his Eisenhorn trilogy. Even if you've no little about the Games Workshop Warhammer 40K ecosystem this is good sci-fi with just enough intrigue and twists and turns and craziness to keep you interested and wanting more. Though I did really enjoy this omnibus I preferred the Eisenhorm more mainly because I guess I enjoyed the Eisenhorn character so much.
Paul Brown
Mar 07, 2015 Paul Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be 4.5 stars, but I'll bump it up to 5 just for sheer entertainment factor.
And holy crap was this a huge trilogy.
Gianfranco Mancini
Degno seguito/spin-off della trilogia di Eisenhorn di cui riprende
tematiche e personaggi aggiungendo una maggiore dose di azione ed ironia.
C'é giusto un enorme errore di continuity.. ma i non esperti dell'ambientazione di W40K non se ne accorgeranno nemmeno.
La fantasia di Dan Abnett é inesauribile ed é diventato in poco tempo uno dei miei autori preferiti.
La saga proseguirà presto con La trilogia di Bequin, Eisenhorn vs Ravenor! Non vedo l'ora. :)
Jerry Haygood
Mar 26, 2011 Jerry Haygood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great omnibus! I love Dan Abnett's work. He is an amazing writer. I gave Ravenor 4 stars because Abnett likes to start alot of his chapters describing the setting and city/planet that the chapter takes place in. That's all fine and well, It just became unbearable by the second book. I found myself skimming the page and a half setting description almost every chapter. Besides that the omnibus was phenomenal. I'm looking forward to The Keeler Image.
Nov 27, 2011 Taddow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? Ravenor is awesome (though not as great as Eisenhorn) and this Omnibus was a good read. There is a lot a character killing (which seems to be an ongoing theme in Abnett's Inqusition-themed books) but that's life in the deadly world of Warhammer 40,000. I will admit (without giving away spoilers) that I thought that some of the mechanisms to resolve prolems were tie plot leads together were a little too "convinent."
Jan 19, 2014 Jaye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, there goes another literary sockdolager from Dan Abnett. I loved the Eisenhorn omnibus, and this was more of the same.
Mar 09, 2011 Christian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished. This bookm is awesome and leaves the Eisenhorn books in the dust. This isn't just fantastic Sci Fi writing; this is fantastic writing PERIOD. The large cast of characters are distinctive, sympathetic, frustrating and all too human. The book, just like in real life, doesn't end in a nice bow with all ends done. I think the Imperial Inquisition is now my favorite part of the Warhammer 40K universe!
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