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Ragnar Blackmane

(Space Marine Legends)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  229 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Ragnar Blackmane is a legend of the Space Wolves, the youngest warrior ever to rise to command a Great Company. As he battles the forces of Abaddon the Despoiler on the war-ravaged world of Cadia, Ragnar remembers the events that brought him to this place and time, and relates two great sagas from his past, each bringing him into conflict with brother Space Marines from ot ...more
Published December 26th 2015 by Black Library (first published August 1st 2015)
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Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very fine book about the Vlka Fenryka and one of their most famous heroes, I enjoyed this book immensely. Also, on the very last day of the year, a precise hit for my reading challenge :)

Usually, I like properly written Chaos stories much more, even more so if they are less bolter porn and more Lovecraftian in style, but in this book we follow Ragnar as... Ah, no, I won't write this, better read all about it yourself :)
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a whole lot of time to read lately. Been falling behind.

Really enjoyed this book though. Not only is it about one of my favorite characters to play in the game, but the old Bill King "Space Wolf" novels were some of my first introduction into the world of 40k fiction. And amazingly enough ADB gives a bit of a nod to those books, to make sure we know that they still count.

Good character development, and a good look at what Ragnar was like during his time in the Wolf Guard under Berek Thunderf
Michael Dodd
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first Space Marine Legends title – not to be confused with the Lords of the Space Marines series – Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s Ragnar Blackmane is a short novel tackling perhaps the most well known of all Space Wolves, the titular Ragnar. Released in Limited Edition hardback and standard ebook formats back in 2015, it takes the form of two interlinked stories set approximately 40 years apart but both taking place towards the very end of the 41st millennium. In one strand we see Ragnar as Wolf Lor ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wh40k
What can I say? I am soooo happy to be able to read this one. One of my favorite wh40k characters meets my favorite wh40k author. It's as great as I thought it would be. Aaron Dembski-Bowden kept the style we are already familiar from William King's and Lee Lightner books, part of the story we experience from Ragnar's memories part in present time and the story intertwines beautifully. I don't want to write anything about the story itself as to not spoil the reading for you all, so I'll just say ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
You can read the full review over at my blog:

One of the great mysteries of William King’s Space Wolves series was how the young Blood Claw Ragnar Blackmane, the protagonist of the series, became an elite of the Wolf Guard without ever attaining the rank of Grey Hunter, a seasoned warrior, in Wolf Lord Berek Thunderfist’s Great Company. This was especially teased in the novel Grey Hunter when in the prologue one of Ragnar’s warriors calls him out on it and
Victor Ward
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good given its 1) A warhammer 40k novel and 2) Space Wolves. It's rare to see good Space Wolf fiction, as their Wolf upon Wolf upon Viking theme often overrides any chance for good writing. The fact that two other often one-sided space marine chapters are depicted without problems is some kind of Black LIbrary hat trick. The character and his companions are interesting, pretty well developed, and suited to their roles. As always with Black Library, you aren't going to see anything r ...more
Joseph Boyd
Jun 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book sucked. While reading g it ft like the author did no research from William Kings 6 book series. Could not connect with this version of Ragnar at all. This is what solidified for me that the Black Library houses no good authors anymore. The book now sits in my closet now because I'm ashamed that I spent good money on it.
Lee Frost
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-library
Haven't found a book by ADB that I dislike, and this one is no different. Takes a little too long to really get into the action, hence the 4 star review. If you enjoy Wolf lore and sagas you will enjoy this without a doubt.
Emily Berry
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a good introduction to Space Wolves, which are basically werewolf Vikings in this universe. The tales meet together beautifully and worth every page turn although your heart breaks for each one. Worth the read.
Jeff Pedersen
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I am not surprised to see that the dark angels and the space wolves are still at each other's throats. The flesh tearers coming into the mix was nice to see as well. I enjoy the sagas of Ragnar Blackmane, but this book seemed a little unnecessary. It was still entertaining though.
Morgan Freed
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I am not a fan of the space wolf legion. But Aaron is such an amazing writer. His chapters and his characters have life. This is all about character development. Not bolter and slash junk. Read this book.
quentin gatens
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Really enjoyed it. Rather has been a favourite character since Bill King wrote about him .read all the rather books so far.
Lorgar Tang
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent! I love how Mr.ADB's portarit of sharptongue.
Exceptional Space Wolves story.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, if you're a Space Wolves fan at all pick it up.
I waited a long time to read this book and was slightly disappointed. I felt it didn't have the same kind of cleverness or depth of drama as ADB's usual work. It was still a fine more introspective style story of Lord Blackmane and it expresses powerful themes of regret, consequence and cooperation. Unfortunately for me, as a Space Wolves fan, it continued to take the polish off my favourite chapter as they behave dishonourably.
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