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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  276 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
By the blessing of the Omnissiah was the Mars Triumphant born – from the forges of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the mighty Baneblade super-heavy battle tank comes to bring death and destruction to the foes of the Imperium. As part of the Paragonian 7th Company, Honoured Lieutenant Marken Cortein Lo Bannick commands the venerable war machine in a bitter war against the orks in t ...more
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Published May 7th 2013 by Games Workshop
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Gav Thorpe
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable read. A great blend of 40k madness with a more traditional sci-fi approach that doesn't feel laboured, in some ways more reminsicent of Rogue Trader days with its bizarre but slightly hard-sci-fi-ish world. The story trots along nicely, the setting is wonderfully evoked and the pay-off whilst not a shocker is nicely done.

One star dropped because there was just a couple of chapters around the midway mark that dragged a bit, particularly with the back story, and the ending w
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
"Meat for the Imperial grinder"

Black Library have given us some wonderful novels about the Imperial Guard, such (anti)heroes as Caphias Cain and Gaunt are the staple of any BL fan. Generally were presented with the foot-sloggers of the Imperium, however with "Baneblade" by Guy Haley, we're given a taste of tank warfare in the 41st millennium.

Say hello to a young Paragonian Lieutenant Lo Bannick, a disgraced aristocrat, who decides to enlist for a muster call, so he avoids the authorities. Sneak
Justin Howe
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
For a novel about a three-story tank battling its way across a grimdark future this was much better than it needed to be.
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
War rages across the dust-ravaged surface of Kalidar, as the humans of the Imperial Guard battle Ork invaders for supremacy. Here, where even casual exposure to the planet's dust can mean certain and painful death, tanks rule the battlefield. After a battle in which he loses everything but shows his courage, tank-commander Lieutenant Colaron Artem Lo Bannick, a disgraced member of his planet's aristocracy, finds himself appointed to second in command of one of the Guard's massive Baneblade super ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
What a relief to read a warhammer novel as good as this. I’ve read quite a few this year, but none ever measure up to Dan Abnett. This one, though, it comes close, and reminds me why I keep persisting reading books in the 40k and fantasy setting.
It falls into passive voice, but you know, I struggle to find a novel that doesn’t, which means there’s two possibilities: I need to read better novels, or maybe it’s not such a great sin used in moderation. I’m thinking it’s more the latter than the f
Sven Mysterioso
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a pretty decent tale from the 40k galaxy.

I've broken the addiction to the Astartes & Inquisition, and am branching out to the rest of the Imperials. I don't think I will be trying the Eldar books anytime soon, and any Ork book would be full of captial letters and the descriptions of eating... so here we are with the Guard.

Superheavies. These things have really interested me as some non-titan, more realistic version of space combat. A tank the size of a very-small fort. A crew of ten
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading the short story Stormlord there was no chance of me not giving this book a try. I play 40k and have done for years. I've always love the Baneblade. There is something intimidating about placing such a huge model on the board. It really does dwarf the other tanks on the board. I'm a big fan of changing my opponents battle plans before they've moved a single model and this is just that kind of asset. In fiction it is if anything even more scary and this comes across really well in th ...more
Michael Alexander Henke
The Baneblade is a super heavy tank and one of the most powerful weapons in the Imperium of Man's arsenal. It's a machine of destruction bringing to death to the enemies of mankind. With that in mind I wasn't expecting anything too deep from this book, just a whole lot of battles and action. Baneblade ended up surprising me.
The characters in the book are well written, all with different and believable motivations. The orks are a very formidable foe and the planet itself, a desert world covered i
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the story of the human drama that surrounds the crew of a super-heavy Baneblade tank. I am starting to realize that I like Imperial Guard stories a little more than Space Marine stories because of how vulnerable human characters are and how much more loss is amplified. Like any good story, the focus is on character first and the reader sees that Imperial Guard soldiers are human beings trying to fight in some of the most insane conditions imaginable while dealing with their personal issu ...more
Michael Dodd
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
While tanks are obviously a hugely important (and entertaining) part of the Imperial Guard, a book solely about a tank is perhaps not the most exciting prospect. Thankfully then, Guy Haley's Baneblade – despite the title – is very much a human story. Yes, in true 40k style we get to see a bit of the tank's personality in terms of its machine spirit, but this is really a story about two men's different viewpoints on and relationships with the tank.

Read the rest of the review at http://trackofword
Andrey Nalyotov
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Probably the least interesting and amazing book from truly talented and amazing author Guy Haley. The story are not as interesting as his other stuff and in general battles are bland - but that could be forgiven, after all - that was one of his first 'not short story' written type for BL. But it contains a lot of W40K madness + truly 'heavy' armour - so probably all the fans of the mechanised columns should be happy
Anthony Giordano
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
More like 3 1/2 stars.
My full review on Baneblade can be read here:
Hawke Embers
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
What I was expecting was a claustrophobic tense engagement between tanks and other nasties, similar to that of John French's excellent Tallarn works'. What I got was a coming of age story; featuring a young protagonist with a troubled past that happened to have a fair chunk of tank action in it..... And you know what, I'm OK with that.

In this novel there is a LOT of tank action, but after reading this novel you realize that the tank and military action is the plot that moves the drama along. Whe
Ebenezer Arvigenius
May 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Middle of the road military fiction without any especially redeeming or condemning features. A bit too unfocused in plotting with too much sidetracking to make it to the three stars the well-written individual scenes would otherwise deserve.
Randy Jarvis
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you like Tanks and Warhammer 40k then this is a decent book. If you don't like either of those things then why are you even looking at this book?
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, hardcopy, 40k
Solid, workman-like, 40k no-nonsense fiction.
Milo (BOK)
The Review:

“Excellent stuff, Guy Haley makes his debut in the Warhammer 40,000 Universe a triumphant one. This is an incredible read, exciting and action packed. You won’t want to put it down.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

"By the blessing of the Omnissiah was the Mars Triumphant born – from the forges of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the mighty Baneblade super-heavy battle tank comes to bring death and destruction to the foes of the Imperium. As part o
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bookworm Speaks!

Baneblade: A Warhammer 40,000 Imperial Guard Novel

by Guy Haley


The Story: By the blessing of the Omnissiah was the Mars Triumphant born – from the forges of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the mighty Baneblade super-heavy battle tank comes to bring death and destruction to the foes of the Imperium. As part of the Paragonian 7th Company, Honoured Lieutenant Marken Cortein Lo Bannick commands the venerable war machine in a bitter war against the orks in the Kalidar system. As the campai
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-read
You can find the full review over at my blog:

Shadowhawk reviews the first Black Library novel by author/editor Guy Haley.

“Hopefully this is the start of a series of novels about some of the most potent weapons in the Imperial Guard. A recommended read.” ~Shadowhawk, The Founding Fields

There aren’t a whole lot of novels within Games Workshop’s Warhammer 40,000 setting that showcase tank battles as the major event. Off the top of my head, William King’s Ange
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was an unexpected surprise. I find it interesting that a year after watching the movie Fury, I finally read this book. I love tanks and this book fills a serious gearhead and epic war reader's niche. The characters are deep and highly entertaining, as is the far away planet on which they battle. The combat descriptions are amazing and you can open your mind and smell the sweat and the reactor burn. The desperate plight this massive, super heavy main battle tank has been put in is nearl ...more
Vincent Knotley
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As novels within the Warhammer 40,000 universe go, Baneblade is a different, but no less potent beast, its claws and innumerable fangs forged of incredible characters and their tales.

Most Black Library stories tend to centre around the IP's figureheads. You know the ones I'm talking about; those big, armour-laden sods who kill alien and heretic alike with impunity. Baneblade, however, focuses instead upon the people around the Space Marines, their vehicles, their cultures, and their own weapons
Feb 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
A really good read. both action and interesting characters. I really love how Haley manages to blend the past and present in every other chapter. It gives some depth to the main character as well as letting us understand him better.
And it's about a baneblade fighting orks. That's awesome!

ok, there are a couple of negative stuff as well. Some of the characters are not as interesting as they could be and we get a wee bit too much supernatural effects towards the end. not so much as to ruin a good
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
For Some reason I find that I really like BaneBlades. The concept of a massive multileveled tank rolling around destroying whats in its path I find awesome and so this book heavily appeals to me. A good WarHammer 40,000 fan will enjoy this book.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Compared with the other book I am reading at the moment I'm finding the disjointed narration a little difficult to follow. Still, the actual real time stuff of W41k battles and technology is good, just not for me.
Kevin Collett
Oct 30, 2014 rated it liked it
It's not a bad book and has a good pace to it but I think this book has suffered from the sheer number of Warhammer 40k books I've read this year which is why it got a solid 3 rather than anything higher.
John Hurst
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very exciting read. The story pulls you in quickly and keeps you hooked. Makes me really want to get around to painting my baneblade.
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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Guy Haley is the author of Crash, Champion of Mars, the Richards and Klein series, The Dreaming Cities and others. He is a prolific contributor to Games Workshop's Black Library imprint having written books including the bestselling Dark Imperium, Dante, Pharos and The Devastation of Baal.
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