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The Last Son of Dorn

(The Beast Arises #10)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Book 10 of The Beast Arises

With their new Deathwatch kill-teams a resounding success, the forces of the Imperium return to the heart of the ork empire to finish what they started…

As the ork menace ravages the galaxy, the Imperium faces its darkest hour. Its fleets are in ruins, its armies devastated – amongst them the noble Imperial Fists – and even a primarch of myth has
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 17th 2016 by Black Library
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The Last Son of Dorn is probably the best entry in the The Beast Arises series up to this point. It has politics, action, huge twists and gutwrenching scenes. It brings plotlines to their conclusion in a satisfying way and completely boggles the mind on how in hell the series is supposed to wrap up within the next two books.

The book continues on from where Watchers in Death left off, albeit on an increased scale. We are immediately plunged into multiple Dea
Andrey Nalyotov
And here goes another episode of dramatic 'TBA' series. Almost a penultimate one... Except that it isn't and got itself into the same mistakes episode 6 and 7 got themselves into.
That's a second venture of a brilliant WFB writer - David Guymer into M32 and TBA. And through he has previous experience writing for W40k, adding it to a glories list of WFB (with truly epic duology Gotrek & Felix: Kinslayer and 'Slayer') this time he was given a second 32nd millennium story to write. And here has wri
Dylan Murphy
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Michael Dodd
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Beast Arises reaches book ten of twelve with David Guymer’s The Last Son of Dorn, his second in the series. After the disastrous events of The Beast Must Die and the subsequent regrouping in Watchers in Death, Lord Commander Koorland now has a plan to defeat the Beast, albeit a desperate and as yet untested one. Making good use of the newly formed Deathwatch and the once-mythical Sisters of Silence he sets out on what is essentially a dry run, as his forces return to some familiar locations ...more
Chris Dennison
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book. It has plenty of political intrigue and action. It moves along at a great pace and has an amazing finish. A fantastic price of work in an of itself but it's real accomplishment is while being a totally satisfying story it whets your appetite for the next in the series. Well done Mr Guymer. I look forward to reading more of your work and the end of the series. ...more
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Are they re-taking waterworld? Oh wow, yes they are! And other places too! Deathwatch (humanity's finest!) teams are showing up on Ork infested planets with orders to capture Ork witches. And it's possible to detain those Orks without exploding because the Deathwatch teams are backed by the Sisters of Silence! But why are they trying to capture Ork witches? It's part of a plan so silly it could only work in the grim darkness of the far future!

This is book 10 in the year-long event known as The B
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a standalone novel or, at least read some time after the previous story, this is an enjoyable read. The characterisations are consistent with how the other authors have portrayed the characters, he even finds space to allow an Astartes to be amusing. Quite a rare thing in the vast Black Library corpus. The action is well described and it moves at a good pace. The Imperial intriguing at High Lord level continues to develop in a satisfactory way. For all these reasons Last Son of Dorn is an abo ...more
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
You can read the full review over at my blog:

The Beast Arises has been steadfastly moving towards an epic conclusion for the last several books. Everything changed for the Imperials once the long-lost Primarch Vulkan was rediscovered, bringing true hope for the first time in the ongoing losing war against the Orks. The lord of the Salamanders led a massive army drawn from across the Segmentum Solar against the Ork world of Ullanor, once the site of the Imp
Declan Waters
Apr 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: warhammer, sci-fi
The Beast Arises series continues to run towards it's ending as Koorland (the last surviving Imperial Fist), has to rally the Imperium of Man after the defeat at Ullanor and the death of the last known Primarch.

There are still a lot of characters running through this story, which can make it difficult to follow but when it gets into the battles, the terminator armour, and the bolt shells it rushes along to its conclusion. Can the Imperium defeat the chief Ork (the Beast) or will it fail and fall
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
The over detailed narrative made me dizzy. "Here's a battle. Here's the whole description of the fighting. Of every movement. Every bullet. Every. Single. Last. Detail."
"And now, I shall describe the walls. Please, bear with me. This one monument will only take 4 pages to describe while also adding nothing to the story line. You're welcome."

I honestly didn't know that something so exciting as a humam-xeno war in the 32nd Millennium could be turned so boring. I skipped entire chapters while never
Anders Lindberg
Feb 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
I cant tell if this is written by some one hating 40k, sentences and words in general or loves them too much. I was fearing the worst after reading echoes of the long war, but this is even worse.

I have little to no idear what is happening, why it’s happening or where it’s happening. The language is so superfluous it’s staggering. The scene, mood and world building is practically non existent, where the best 40k writers can create beautiful worlds, and tell meta stories, here there is non of tha
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Easily the best book in the series so far. Pacing issues, hard to follow logic and scenes, simple basic storytelling have all plagued this series from the beginning but not in this novel. Despite being a less experienced author than some of the others that have played their part David was able to remember his scope and not over step his available time. I only wish that there were more books left in the series to keep with his boost.
John Vance
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
They are really ramping up the stakes in book 10 of a 12 book series. So much so that I’m getting burnt out. Obviously the Imperium gets their shit together seeing as how this takes place only two thousand years after the Horus Heresy. It’s not fair though because I can see that this is a great book on its own. Bah! I have to trudge through the last two volumes just for the completist in me.
William Spencer
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Back to politics of the high lords but still lots of good battle segments. The stakes in this one seem so much higher and the ending left me thinking how it could progress from here. Especially liked how it brought back past planets and characters from the series.
Kevin Collett
May 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Finally finished The Beast Arises series. It's been a bit of a slog and the ending was suitably grim as you would expect for 40K.

I'm not sure I'd read a similar series again as it's seemed more of a task than a fun thing to do.
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
This good be a great series if most of it was compressed into a trilogy.
Patrick Rauland
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: warhammer
Koorland travels to Ullanor to fight the Beast. Bad shit happens.
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow would this be a great tv series!!! or better yet a movie from each book
Deryk Allan
Apr 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another great installment in the beast arises.
Thomas Creedy
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It is a good thing when a characters death makes you feel something. Throughly enjoyable entry in a good, tight series.
Bumpy  Lewis
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cant go wrong with Deathwatch kill teams and Sisters of Silence action. Massive Imperium v Orks battle at the end a highlight.
Quick listen-Audiobook @ 6 hours.
Siobhan Harmer
Apr 22, 2021 rated it liked it
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David Guymer is a freelance author, PhD in molecular microbiology (which still comes in more handy than you might think), and tabletop warlord based in the Yorkshire East Riding. He is the author of the Gotrek & Felix novels: City of the Damned, Kinslayer, and the series conclusion, Slayer, which is currently long listed for the David Gemmell Legend Award and can be voted on here http://www.gemmel ...more

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