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Soul Hunter (Night Lords #1)

4.35  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,102 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
The Night Lords form an uneasy allegiance with the Black Legion in order to assault the valuable planet of Crythe Primus. The Imperial world puts up a stern defence, but the biggest obstacle to success will be the disunity and mistrust between the two Legions. Will their covenant last long enough for them to succeed in their mission?
Paperback, 416 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Games Workshop (first published January 1st 2010)
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Apr 09, 2010 Jeff rated it really liked it
Soul Hunter by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Black Library Publishing
411 Pages
*This is an advance copy review.


I generally don’t care for Chaos Space Marine novels. I think it’s because I have a difficult time seeing how I’ll be able to relate to the characters. How can I root for the bad guys? Dark Creed proved me wrong on that, and since Soul Hunter came in my monthly care package from BL, I was willing to give it a shot. This is the first Aaron Dembski-Bowden book for me as well, so I was
Mar 30, 2012 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Of all the Marine books out there, there is very little literature wise in the way of the Night Lords except for short stories and the like. We had Lord of the Night and then along came Soul Hunter.

For any fans of the Night Lords these are a must read, not only does it immerse you into the action early on but you get an affinity with First Claw and their own private thoughts and battles. You get the impression that they might not like each other all that much but when it comes to working togethe
Jul 05, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
This is flat-out my favorite book set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe...and one of my favorite all-time military sci-fi novels!

What makes it work so well is how Aaron Dembski-Bowden turns the stereotypes of the 40k universe on their ear. The protagonists are Traitor Space Marines of the Night Lords army of superhuman warriors genetically engineered from the worst dregs of a criminal planet, who later betrayed humanity in a galactic war. "Soul Hunter" is set centuries after that betr
Nov 24, 2014 Andrei rated it it was ok
Reading this book was a weird experience. On one hand I've read The First Heretic and The Betrayer, both of which I consider to be superior works; on the other, Soul Hunter didn't turn out to be quite as bad as I thought.

It has a slow and rather generic start and I'd almost say its cast of characters are formulaic insofar as 40K novels go (the generally disliked space marine who had a special bond with his primarch, the female human that finds her place), but it slowly redeems itself as the sto
Feb 15, 2012 Abhinav rated it it was amazing
AJ (Shadowhawk) is our newest book reviewer on staff here, and he starts off on TFF with a wonderful review of Soul Hunter by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. I hope you’ll all welcome AJ and make him feel at home. -CP

“One of the most intriguing and unusual novels from Black Library, Soul Hunter will challenge your perceptions about life as a Traitor Astartes.“ ~The Founding Fields

I have read precious little of the published work of Aaron Dembski-Bowden, limited to his Horus Heresy novel The First Heretic
Sep 30, 2014 Nick rated it it was amazing
There's a bunch of Space Marine legions that don't get much attention in W40K; The Ultramarines show up everywhere, but the likes of the Salamanders, Iron Warriors, and White Scars never get any ink. This book is about the Night Lords, one of these neglected groups, and it may be understandable why they've been ignored up until now - the concept behind them is Batman, if he went around murdering criminals to keep everybody in line. This is an interesting concept, but in the world of 40k where yo ...more
Feb 08, 2014 Matias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like every other work from Aaron Dembski-Bowden I categorize this, and probably soon the whole Night Lords series, as "one of the better 40K stories" and a must-read for a 40K fan. Guess the series could even work as a start-off point for someone new to 40K lore.

Chaos, the Demon-Primarchs, the Traitor legions. The stereotypical image of them usually given in 40K stories is more or less maddening. Like their Primarch Konrad Curze, the Night Lords legion are murderers who use fear as a weapon - li
Apr 10, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it
This book features the Traitor Legion, the Night Lords. It focuses on Talos, a space marine who has the gift of prophecy and the "sight", as did the chapter's Primarch Konrad Curze, the Night Haunter.
This is a dark and well written book about a despicable and thoroughly evil Chapter. They are not insane or taken over by Chaos to the point of not retaining any of their original Chapter tenets and beliefs. They are still stealth killers and users of tactics involving fear and terror. The author d
Jacob Stiver
Aug 12, 2010 Jacob Stiver rated it it was amazing
Outstrips even Lord of the Night.
Omar Gonzalez
Sep 07, 2010 Omar Gonzalez rated it it was amazing
very dark and bloody
Glenn Nelson
Jun 19, 2010 Glenn Nelson rated it it was amazing
great book
Dec 10, 2013 Patremagne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warhammer
What a book.
Jul 08, 2012 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Fantastic! I really like this author, he does the 40k universe proud in my book. There were a lot of things that I really liked about this book:

-A great glimpse into a chapter that I wanted to know more about and which has always been mysteriously intriguing. Blended in also with a lot of flashback/insight into the era of the Horus Heresy and Konrad Curze. I REALLY like the way Curze was portrayed and revealed. A lot of insight into why he did what he did, and I confess, I didn't really see it c
Student Teacher
Feb 25, 2011 Student Teacher rated it really liked it
So I think Black Library has a new king and his name is Aaron Dembski-Bowden. I thought he did a excellent job in his first book Cadian Blood which I have already reviewed. I have just finished reading two of his most recent books Helsreach and Soul Hunter.

I fell both books are do a very good job of bringing me what i want in a BL book. A good friggin story and nothing else.

Now I consider myself a big Dan Abnett fanboy, but he seems to be getting into the Tom Clancy habit of having a mission sub
Dec 27, 2011 Ken rated it it was amazing
Soul Hunter, centers around the fate of the First Claw of the 10th Company, a squad that has existed since the Horus Heresy. They have hidden in the Eye of Terror since the defeat and due to some effects of the warp, they find themselves in the 41st millenium lacking the vital resources to operate.

At the middle of it all is Talos, the unoffical leader of the First Claw. He is gifted with the same prophetic power as the Night Haunter and is a valuable asset to the Chaos legions. However Talos is
Sean McGovern
Sep 10, 2012 Sean McGovern rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Throughout the reviews I've been doing for the Warhammer 40k books, I've been trying to relate them other, more mainstream works. This time it may seem like a reach, but follow me on it.

Back before he turned out to be a raving loony, Mel Gibson was in a pretty good film (and a flat out AMAZING director's cut) called "Payback". The movie (the theatrical cut, anyway) was an extremely watered down version of Richard Stark's "The Hunter" - which I didn't know at the time, and only went because of th
Chris Baker
Aug 16, 2013 Chris Baker rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Halfway through ‘New Maps of Hell’, Kingsley Amis' literary critique of science fiction in 1960, I realised that my own space-lust was in need of a binge. I set off towards the nearest high street in search of a quick fix.

Rather than a discarded classic or the obligatory representative of Iain M Banks’ culture series, I found myself standing in the British Heart Foundation holding a copy of ‘Soul Hunter’ - a Warhammer 40,000 novel. I’d seen these before, not only as a teenage boy in the Games W
May 05, 2014 MegaSolipsist rated it it was amazing
Ave Dominus Nox!
This was my first Aaron Dembski-Bowden novel, and so far my favourite (although Helsreach and the other Night Lord books are also brilliant). In fact, this book manages to claw it's way into my top five books ever.
Every character is unique, with a distinctive personality and 'voice'. They all have different opinions and thoughts, whether its those who want only revenge for the murder of their primarch and the obliteration of the treacherous Imperium to those who simply wish to re
May 22, 2012 Will rated it it was amazing
This book is an interesting look inside the life of the Night Lords, specifically their 10th company, a legion of traitorous chaos space marines that live in complete darkness upon their strike cruiser. The author really does a fantastic job of painting a picture of what their life is like as their resources dwindle, and power struggles arise as is the nature of the unpredictable chaos. The point of view is often swapped between characters, which really fleshes out the events by being able to vi ...more
Brian Turner
Oct 25, 2015 Brian Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Good action novel set in the Warhammer 40K universe.
Talos is a member of the Night Lords (Chaos Space Marines), prone to glimpses of the future.
The company is dwindling in numbers and seems to lose people in every encounter. Talos tries to keep his squad together.

From finding a new navigator, to rousing a dreadnought, he takes centre stage much to his overlords disgust.
Various attempts to prevent him taking any more credit start to show the cracks within the Night Lords.

In between, there is plen
J.G. Cully
May 12, 2016 J.G. Cully rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the book that encouraged me to become an author. I love Aaron's twisted sense of humour, cinematic style of writing, and want fantastic characterisation; so I wanted to try it myself. Each character, even the 'walk-on's', have some fantastic lines and interactions. Each one feels like a true individual, worth remembering even if they are slain mire pages later. The story is exceptionally well crafted and pulls you in to the better end. The descriptions of the Night Lords themselves in pa ...more
Justin Langlois
Jun 04, 2012 Justin Langlois rated it it was ok
I was given this book by one of my students and pretty much read it as a favor to him. He gave me the first book in the series last year (a series written by many different auhtors and numbering into the 30's I believe) and handed me this one a month or so back. It takes place thousands of years after the first book, but the concept is still the same...superhuman soldiers are fighting and destroying each other in brutally graphic and violent ways. I can definitely see how this book would be comp ...more
Apr 11, 2016 Jesse rated it really liked it
This is probably the best that a 40k book can be. Dembski-Bowden's action is expertly planned, his squadmates are well characterized, and he slips in some really fun splatstick whenever he can. For more serious fans, there's also a lot of talk about how the Traitor Marines are ironically more steadfast than the Loyalists and a whole mess of background about the VIII Legion.

Ave Noctus Domine!
May 25, 2012 Jeremy rated it really liked it
This is my favorite Warhammer 40k series so far. I really liked the story's lead, Talos, and the idea of a noble soul buried deep in the mind of a monster; someone that wanted to be the hero that he was groomed to be, but feels he was screwed by fate and left as a bitter, angry shell of what he could have been. Also, he's like a super powered evil Batman; how could that not be cool?
Aug 20, 2012 Cassy rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Fantastic characters who are actually allowed to develop through-out the story (a thing I think some of the other 40k books have a tendency to overlook)and a plot that sucks you in immediately. As someone who is more of a warhammer fantasy reader, I really enjoyed this and didn't feel left behind because I didn't know every bit of lore there is to know.
Selim Tlili
Nov 09, 2013 Selim Tlili rated it really liked it
It's been a lot of fun to read the events of the Horus heresy as described by chaos space marines. I also really enjoyed the depiction of Abbadon. Rather than being an inept leader, he came across as a cold Machiavellian warlord who had plans within schemes within agendas. Talos is a very interesting protagonist and I enjoy viewing the galaxy from his perspective.
Apr 25, 2012 Jared rated it really liked it
Excellent look at one of the Traitor legions I know the least about. I was fascinated by the life aboard the Covenant of Blood, especially from the standpoint of the human slaves. Talos is a great protagonist who adheres to a code of honor all his own. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys 40K fiction.
Mario Polytaridis
May 20, 2012 Mario Polytaridis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
One of the best books I've read in a long time! Excellent plot with great twists, the characters are AWESOME, great scenes and murderous violence and mayhem. Read this and you'll always be rooting for the bad guys (who are actually just mis-understood good guys)!!
Cliff Riseborough
Mar 12, 2011 Cliff Riseborough rated it really liked it
Pretty good read, actually. The Night Lords are a bit different from every other Space Marine chapater (either loyal or Chaos, as they are) in that they're a dying chapter that has to scrape and scavenge to stay in existence. Pretty decently written, too.
Matthew Dame-Brusie
May 06, 2012 Matthew Dame-Brusie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-will-to-read
wonderfully hardboiled in an apocalyptic universe, Talos is perhaps the best space marine character I have read. troubled, determined, angry, fully fleshed out and not merely a mindless zombie, this is a great book and so far a great series.
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