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Ravenor (Ravenor #1)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  3,077 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Dan Abnett's action-packed novel leaps into the fray as genius psyker Gideon Ravenor and his trusted war-band of desperados hunt down the secretive enemies of mankind.
Paperback, 412 pages
Published March 29th 2005 by Games Workshop(uk) (first published 2004)
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Ross Falcone
Oct 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ravenor, warhammer40k
Now before you get angry with my two star review or pass this book up, remember a two star review means I found this book only O.K.

The main reason I found this book only ok is because of our main character Ravenor. Ravenor is a crippled member of the Imperial Inquisition and a powerful psycher. My problem with him is that it is really hard to get behind a character that is basically confined to a floating casket and takes over the minds of others if something physical is required of him. The boo
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. Has a different charm from the Eisenhorn trilogy. Still great.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
О Рейвенор великолепен! Конечно в истории Эйзенхорна были более причудливые миры, а здесь делалась ставка на сражения, что тоже в общем-то не плохо. Книга была проглочена за сутки и я совершенно не могла заставить себя от нее оторваться. Обидно только, что троица плохишей нарисовалась быстро и слишком очевидно. Но, за такие мелочи, как (view spoiler) ...more
Mar 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
This started out slow & was a little hard to get into, but once the characters took on some definition, it picked up.

Currently reading the second in the trilogy & it is much better.
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it
During the last few weeks, I've hit something of a slump in my reading. Usually I can go through books at a fairly fast clip of a book every week or week and a half, but during this latter half of the year I've barely managed to make a book every two weeks. This has a lot to do with the kinds of books I've been reading. For the most part, I've been happy with them, but there is always something about them that trips me up: some flaw in characterization, or some plot point, that makes me want to ...more
Adam Whitehead
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor is one of the finest agents in the Inquisition, the former protege of the infamous (and now missing) Gregor Eisenhorn. Badly wounded in the catastrophe on Thracian Primaris, Ravnor is restricted to a life-support chair but his formidable psi-powers remain undimmed and his allies and agents are among the best in their fields.

Ravenor's latest case leads him and his team to Eustis Majoris, capital world of subsector Angelus, on the trail of 'flects', a new drug that induce
Další Abnett přečtený - a přišel mi zatím ze všech jeho warhammerovských děl nejslabší. Respektive - nejobyčejnější. Chybí tomu ta barokní gotičnost, kterou se vyznačují jeho ostatní knihy z tohohle světa. A nějaké výraznější téma. Zatímco Gauntovi duchové zachycují válku ve všech podobách a série s Eisenhornem se zase točí kolem inkvizice, heretiků a mystiky, tak tohle je v podstatě klasická akční sci-fi kriminálka, která by se mohla odehrávat kdekoliv. Řeší se v ní něco tak obyčejného, jako je ...more
Richard Swan
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
A straightforward "inquisitorial procedural". Ravenor and his team investigate the mysterious drug trade in "flects", highly-addictive warp-tainted shards of glass being pumped into Petrograd by persons unknown. The team rattle some cages, piss off the wrong people, and have a few scraps. I won't spoil the ending but it doesn't take a great leap to imagine how it goes.

This is textbook Abnett, Black Library's talisman and most talented writer by a significant margin. I must say I did not enjoy i
Sean Goh
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
On-point characterisation of the stifling nature of a faceless bureaucracy, filled with make work involving parsing of nonsense (though it turns out that the entire set up had a more insidious purpose..). Mind-numbing to the point that hardened bounty hunter Nayl would rather jump right into a raging firefight than repeat his infiltration.
Familiar faces from Eisenhorn return, new faces are introduced, the same good writing persists.
"Don't think I can handle another day like that, Gideon. I me
Andrew Bass
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favorite Abnett story thus far, but Ravenor is a worthy successor to the amazing Eisenhorn. I've heard that this series takes off in the second book. An interesting read... Abnett does what he usually does: Delivers the stories from the OTHER side of the Warhammer universe... The mysteries and adventures of the individuals, the Inquisitors investigating large scale conspiracies as opposed to the Planet invading chainsword fests found in many 40K series'. I like both, but these are in shor ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short take:

The start of this series did not grab me as readily as the Eisenhorn series did. For one, Eisenhorn is a tough character to match, and though Ravenor has chops, Abnett doesn’t spend nearly as much time in Ravenor’s head as he did in Eisenhorn’s. The plot is also less compelling in this outing.

So what did grab me? The scale that Abnett achieves in some pivotal scenes. I’m talking massive environments and spaces and ships that, in turn, stretched my mind and made me think “gee-whiz,
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excited by the release of a fourth Eisenhorn book I decided to get the Ravenor Trilogy.

And Abnett again delivers. This is definitely different than Gaunt's Ghosts, my favorite 40k by far, and it's a different kind of action to be sure - but it delivers. Abnett has captured these characters and there's very little wasted space. Yes, there are some obligatory mentions of in-universe things that the mins and RPG audiences love, but I, not being in those groups, don't feel it intrudes and in some c
Brett Bricker
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A typical Dan Abnett masterpiece. This book was fantastic and filled with great action, twists and characters. If you are a fan of the Eisenhorn series, you will be pleased with the further character development and cross-over. The same sort of atmosphere and hallmarks of the Eisenhorn series are present, but they are definitely different. Inquisitor Ravenor is his own man with his own style. I am interested to see who will be my favorite Inquisitor about finishing this series.

5/5 highly recomm
Marlon Ausby
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dope. Picks up where the Eisenhorn Trilogy stops. I expected a drop off because Eisenhorn was so dope. Nope. Same universe but Ravenor is dealing with different issues than his mentor. Well written space opera that will not disappoint if you liked the Eisenhorn Trilogy or just good sci-fi in general.
Vernon Burt
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun (and dark) adventure romp through a universe gone old, crazy and menacing. Ravenor feels like a refinement over Eisenhorn, a similar character but with lessons learned from the original series. There are so odd or over the top bits (as always with the black library), but the action flowed well and the plot was interesting to read.
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, owned, sci-fi
Unlike the Eisenhorn books, this is an ensemble cast rather than a single tightly-focused first person POV. It still worked very well for me - I'll definitely be trying more Dan Abnett books after I wrap up this series.
Peter Friedrich
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good old Warhammer 40k from good old Dan Abnett :)
The characters are a bit cliche, except for Ravenor (who is quite a badass), but the story is good.
Lemuel CyroN Salubo
The cast may not be as interesting for me compared to Eisenhorn's troupe, but man, does Abnett know how to hit the right notes.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
While I did find it hard to follow at times (frequently there is A LOT going on), it was still an awesome read. Being a Necromunda fan made the first half especially interesting.
Ravenor, one of Abnett's best!

Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor, a physically crippled, but immensely powerful psyker is send to investigate a warp-tainted narcotic. Follow him and his retinue as they search the hiveworld of Eustis Majoris for increasingly harder to find information about traders, suppliers and users of these so-called 'Flects'.

Ravenor follows a somewhat different style compared to Abnett's previous Inquisitor trilogie. This is most noticeable in the fact that it has an ensemble-cast wi
Aug 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I don’t spend a lot of time reading fiction tied to game universes, but occasionally find books that are not only good game fiction, but good in their own right. High watermarks for me include Michael A. Stackpole’s famous Warrior: En Garde series in the MechWarrior universe and Fiddleback Conspiracy trilogy in the Dark Conspiracy universe, as well as Dave Gross’s brilliant Prince of Wolves. A friend of mine gave me a copy of Dan Abnett’s Ravenor and apologized that he didn’t give me the previou ...more
Black Fox Book Review
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Ravenor
Author: Dan Abnett
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: 2004
Publisher: Games Workshop
Pages: 416

Amazon Book Blurb:

When his body is hideously damaged in an enemy attack, it looks as though Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor's promising career would be abruptly brought short. Now, encased in a life support sytem that keeps him alive but forever cuts him off from the physical world, Ravenor utilises his formidable mental powers to continue his investigations and thwart the machinations of C
Amigos me temo que tenemos un problema, un problema que se ve agravado por el hecho de que este libro sea una continuación, de manera algo indirecta, de la anterior trilogía sobre el inquisidor Eisenhorn. Y el problema tiene que ver precisamente con las expectativas creadas por el personaje de Eisenhorn: Ravenor no tiene ni una pizca del carisma de este y para colmo se pasa el libro encerrado en su silla-caja actuando de manera vaga y dificultando empatizar con él. Vaya, que si de verdad es un i ...more
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grimbright, own-print
A lot of boring action sequences towards the end I just skimmed through, and Ravenor himself seems like a cypher even in his own book. I know this series is supposed to be more about the retinue than was the case with Eisenhorn, but the concept of a secret agent who's basically a Force-sensitive Joe Bonham is just so damn cool and unique. I hope the next book gets into Ravenor's head more.

Other than that, excellent! The descriptions of the hive world Eustis Majoris reminded me of China Miéville'
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
The Ravenor Trilogy begins some 15 years after the events of 'Hereticus' and the finale of Dan Abnett's Eisenhorn Trilogy. This series follows a new hero, Inquisitor Ravenor, over the course of perhaps his most dangerous case to date. He and his retinue are charged with investigating an almost rudimentary drug ring within the Angelus Sub-Sector. However, as the story unfolds it becomes clear that this is only scraping the surface of a plot that could bring down the Imperium as well as destabilis ...more
Ding Ong
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
Once again, another good book by Dan Abnett depicting the adventures of another imperium Inquisitor, Gideon Ravenor. Gideon Ravenor was Eisenhorn's disciple before he went rouge. Due to some freak accident caused by an alpha plus psyker left Gideon Ravenor steps away form the gates of hell while his body was melted into a nasty ruin. Whatever was left of his body was then deposited into a golden chair made by the adeptus mechanicus so that he can live normally, or at least as normal as possible ...more
Jan 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
An interesting spin-off from the Eisenhorn series, Ravenor follows another protege inquisitor around smiting the forces of Chaos. Except this inquisitor is basically Stephen Hawking with a force field and a pimped out chair. He was blown up in a previous story and is now left with just his massive psychic powers, indomitable will, and fast thinking.

Like Eisenhorn, Gideon Ravenor has his little coterie of friends/ yeah, another sort of A-Team story. They make things interesting wi
Adrian Collins
Jul 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that I'm not so sure how I feel about it, having now finished it. It was of a very different nature to your standard 40K novel, though of the same sort of quality you could expect from Dan Abnett.

I'm happy that I've got all all three Ravenor books, and I'm looking forward to reading those over the next couple of weeks. It is far more of the secret agent style genre, which I think I need to get a little used to to fully enjoy.

Some of the descriptions of places went a li
Tonydowler Dowler
Feb 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
This series is very good. This isn't your run-of-the-mill spinoff series. Dan Abnett's stuff is every bit as good as Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe novels. The Ravenor series is a bit of a departure from his usual military adventure. Genre-wise it's a bit hard to pin down. These novels follow the adventures of Ravenor the Imperial Inquisitor, a man with a morally unyielding mission in an unforgiving world. An inquisitor is like a Jedi. He stands head and shoulders above his fellow men in competence a ...more
Marco Vaca
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
A very good spinoff of the Eisenhorn novel. Ravenor is a compelling character, despite what some people will say here.

You don't have to know about the Warhammer 40K universe to enjoy this book as Mr. Abnett makes a very good job of introducing you to the general setting, but if you know about it, you'll certainly enjoy the book much more.

It starts slow, but steadily it picks its pace. And the ending... Without spoiling any of it, I'm quite sure that the final 50 or so pages are far more exciting
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