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Blood Reaver (Night Lords #2)

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  793 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Driven on by their hatred of the False Emperor, the Night Lords stalk the shadows of the galaxy, eternally seeking revenge for the death of their primarch. Their dark quest leads them to a fractious alliance with the Red Corsairs, united only by a common enemy. Together with this piratical band of renegades, they bring their ways of destruction to the fortress-monastery of ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Games Workshop
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Dylan Murphy
ADB and First Claw does it again! Blood Reaver is an action packed thrill ride with betrayal and bloodshed lurking around every corner.
Blood Reaver starts picks up shortly after the end of Soul Hunter, and the Night Lords warband lead by The Exalted continue their crusade of raiding and running from fights in typical Night Lords fashion,with Talos and First Claw continue to grow and evolve(albeit in their stunted Super-Human ways).

I really enjoyed that the novel played with the idea of the dif
Nov 26, 2014 Andrei rated it liked it
The second installment in the Night Lords trilogy is an improvement over the first, but it doesn't come without its flaws.

Much like the original title, this is an incomplete story, more like an episode of your favorite show that's particularly eventful than a 400p novel.
That can be fine, but I feel to draw out the "main" story for so long with only a few hints every 100 pages and every epilogue is messed up.

Now if there's one complaint I have that others will hate me for, it's that this doesn't
Andrew Ziegler
Jun 07, 2012 Andrew Ziegler rated it it was amazing
Aaron Dembski-Bowden excells at his craft in my opinion. Sure, you might say his is not real because it is licensed fiction, but to that I reply, Go F Yourself! Reading his works strips away the shackles people place on him because it is a set universe and frees you up to see he is a really good "writer". Why do I say that? Well, last evening when I was finishing this book I kept thinking this guy really knows how to write the details. It is an older style of writing I think some modern authors ...more
Andy Blake
Aug 07, 2012 Andy Blake rated it really liked it
My first review. Dembski-Bowden is among the elite of the Black Library, and he proves it again here. Another dark masterpiece of artful characterisation and immersive plot. I do agree though with other reviewers that Soul Hunter is marginally the better book - perhaps because the author's lost the element of surprise. The thrill of discovery of these complex characters has passed and the author needs to find new ways to cast light on his 'heroes'.

*** Spoilers ***

As for the book itself, the plot
Feb 08, 2014 Matias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Both readable as individual or as the 2nd novel of the Night Lords -trilogy. Very much recommend this novel, mostly to 40K fans but also to someone new to the story.

Blood Reaver starts of somewhere near where its prequel Soul Hunter left off. The Night Lords warband lead by Talos and the Exalted, consisting mostly of Traitor Space Marines that fought in the very first heresy war, the Horus Heresy, is trying to find a location where to repair their ship.

I'm reading the trilogy in its correct orde
Sep 07, 2010 Jimmy rated it really liked it
ADB does it again.

I love the fractured hate filled world that Talos and the first claw inhabit. They are comrades for centuries but you get the feeling that it's only because the right opportunity for betrayal hasn't come up yet.

The world of First claw is built on the world of the slaves they take and the somewhat twisted loyalties that the slaves develop with their Lords.

The flashbacks to Talos's origin story and the windows into his past and the other members of first claw provide are the mos
Jul 01, 2012 Alexander rated it liked it
I should re-read Soul Hunter and then re-read this one immediately following. The story picks up after the end of Soul Hunter with the Night Lords victorious over the Blood Angels, but limping along through the void of space. There's a lot of downtime in this book, which is slightly annoying, but also helps paint a picture of the dying Legion clinging to life.

Talos is so-so in this book. Octavia the same. Septimus has an interesting role earlier on, and then not much else. I really enjoyed read
Dec 28, 2011 Ken rated it really liked it
After completing Soul Hunter, I jumped straight to Blood Reaver. On the whole I found Soul Hunter to be the better book. Too much attention was paid to the ship falling apart and not enough to the fall of Vilamus, which is an important part of the 40k lore. Despite this, the book is still an outstanding piece of work that greatly adds to the 40k universe.

As with Soul Hunter, Dembski-Bowden has once again shown us how vastly different Chaos Marines can be from each other. In contrast with the fai
May 01, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it
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There's no way you can put this book aside for more than a few hours. After reading Soul Hunter and listening to Throne of Lies it was a pleasure to meet again with the "heroes" of this series.

The characters are beautifully developed, and their integration in the story just fits great.

I was a bit put off by the end part, because it suffers from the "second book in the trilogy" pains. It seems like some story threads are ignored to create a cliffhanger-feeling, while other threads came to a too a
Jun 19, 2012 Derek rated it it was amazing
I still can't decide if 4 or 5 stars is appropriate, but I decided to give Mr. Dembski-Bowden the benefit of the doubt. There are a couple of things in this book that I don't quite remember, so I'm going to have to go back to Soul Hunter to review them. That aside, I think it's a very strong second installment in the Night Lords trilogy. Solid plot advancement, enough action to keep people satisfied, a heaping helping of betrayal (natch), and an ending that leaves one waiting eagerly for the fin ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it
This was a great second book in the Night Lords trilogy. I'm really enjoy the characterization that Bowden puts into each person. The Night Lords belong to the enemy side in the Warhammer universe but throughout the book you can see their perspective on things and understand them. Talos, the leader of the chapter, is given the most time in the story and you can see how much the current situations are affecting him. The others memebers of the legion don not see eye to eye with each other and the ...more
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Apr 23, 2012 Patrick rated it it was amazing
Epic sci-fi from one of the Black Library's most distinctive and consistently entertaining authors.
It's a tough gig to make seemingly undefeatable space marine bad-ass anti-heroes into compelling characters but Dembski-Bowden somehow does it.

Great action scenes and small character moments - a fast, fun read which ends in such a way as to make reading the next book in the series a foregone conclusion.
Apr 10, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it
This book carries on with the Night Lords, Chaos Space Marines chapter. They have conflict with the Eldar Craftworld of Ulthwe in this book and realize quickly that the Eldar are no easy foe to vanquish. When your race and way of life are dying off slowly, what do you have to lose? What are the depths of your drive and willpower, when you have no future. The Night Lords find out just how desperate the Eldar can be.

Oct 03, 2011 MegaSolipsist rated it it was amazing
A beautifully crafted book with fully fleshed out characters, an intriguing plot and masterfully created backstory.
ADB does the impossible, creating amoral, psychopathic, treacherous super-soldiers as the good guys, and making us root for them and want them to utterly destroy the noble soldiers of the Emperor.
One of the best books I have ever read, and in the 40K universe, Blood Reaver is matched only by Soul Hunter.
ADB is one of the most talented authors out there.
Apr 24, 2012 Jared rated it really liked it
The continuing saga of the Night Lords. Again, and excellent book. I am utterly fascinated by the lives the Astartes of the Eighth Legion lead 10,000 years after the heresy. Each character is deep and nuanced. At times, it almost seems as if Talos truly cares for Septimus' well being and yet I have no doubt that Septimus would perish at Talos' hands if ever he crossed his master. Read Soul Hunter first and the read this book. The story of the Night Lords is one everyone should know.
May 20, 2011 Kyle rated it liked it
Shelves: black-library, sci-fi
I found Soul Hunter to be the better book. Regardless, Blood Reaver provided a new angle to the Renegades within the Malestrom. Considering how the Siege of Vilamus was to be the major conflict of the book, I found it somewhat rushed, especially in constrast to the invasion of Crythe Primus in Soul Hunter. Overall, a strong book by the Black Library, but one of Aaron's weakest so far.
Jan 06, 2016 Eulercauchy rated it it was amazing
Wow, that was far better than it had any right to be.

That was like Empire good.

Downside, it took me forever to read. I'm usually an extremely fast reader but this took me a while to get through. I think I got burned out on 40k, though I was reading Horus Heresy on audio at the same time.

Just a wonderful piece of action adventure science fiction writing.
Mary Gilson
Apr 27, 2013 Mary Gilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warhammer-40k
Aaron has done a spectacular job with detailing the adventures of some of the most charismatic members of the Chaos Chapter, the Night Lords. Each character has his own insights, foibles and flaws and even principles, even coming from what Imperial loyalists would consider a heretical Astartes Chapter. I would highly recommend this book for any Warhammer 40k fan
Jul 08, 2012 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Not quite as good as Soul Hunter in my opinion. A lot slower (this one took about 1/3 to 1/2 to really get going. Once at that point, I really liked the idea of the plot and was curious to see it play out, ending up a bit surprised (not completely) by the ending, and ultimately satisfied. Dembski-Bowden is a great author. I've yet to read one of his I didn't like.
Jun 04, 2011 Shawn rated it it was amazing
Omg. this book was exceptional. The characters were very well developed, and the story was very appealing. i myself am a HUGE Night lords fan, and to see Talos in action got the blood pumping. a MUST read for every 40k fan.
Mark Edwards
Sep 29, 2011 Mark Edwards rated it it was amazing
I liked it, I actually finished it a while ago. I'm not a good goodreads-updater-person.

ADB does a good job humanizing very, very bad people. Good sci-fi and by Black Library standards, a great book.
Apr 27, 2014 Jesse rated it liked it
seems rushed and unfinished. Subplots are tossed in and forgotten or rendered meaningless about every chapter. The fun Khorne Zerker splatstick is replaced by predictable torture-killing of pretty much every single minor character in the book. Not bad, but a letdown after Soul Hunter.
Cliff Riseborough
May 26, 2011 Cliff Riseborough rated it really liked it
I find the books following the Night Lords Chaos legion interesting, namely because they aren't much of a legion. They're a small band of survivors, scavenging for parts, recruits, and everything else they need while trying not to die. Not exactly your typical Chaos band.
Dec 01, 2011 Crispin rated it really liked it
Loved it, ADB getting into his stride, excellent book highly recommended. Cant wait to read ht enext installment.
May 19, 2011 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
I have to say the Night Lords books (this and Soul Hunter) are by far my favorite Warhammer 40k novels I've read yet. I like them more than the Space Wolf series, and that's my faction.
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