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Lucius: The Faultless Blade

(Warhammer 40,000)

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He is Fulgrim's champion, the Soulthief, and the Scion of Chemos. His name is whispered and cursed across both time and space, a peerless blademaster who even death cannot threaten. He is Lucius the Eternal, blessed by Slaanesh and the greatest swordsman of all the fell Legions imprisoned within the Eye of Terror. With his armies exhausted by unending war and consumed by t ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 2017 by Black Library
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Sud666
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
While I enjoy any stories about the Astartes, I find the stories of the Traitor Legions to be amongst the most entertaining. With the exception of Abbadon's Black Legion, who serve Chaos undivided, the rest of the Traitor Legions serve individual gods. Often these gods don't like each other.

This is the background for the story of Lucius the Eternal. Lucius was once a gifted swordsman from the Emperor's Children, now he is blessed by Slaneesh. He is called the Eternal due to the fact that, even i
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Marc Collins
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ian St Martin has a gift.

Where other authors have gave us Traitor characters with understandable, if not entirely relatable, motivations (Ahriman's quest for redemption/vindication, Abaddon's drive for brotherhood-in-revenge, Fabius' ambition to build a better humanity), he succeeds in making The Faultless Blade into a compelling read, while never shying away from Lucius' inherent odiousness. Indeed, it is the visceral inhumanity of the Cohors Nasicae that keeps us watching, transfixed as though
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Kdawg91
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am still exploring my current fascination with Warhammer and jumping deep into the chaos(bad guy) side of things. Without getting too far into lore, each of the legions of space marines that joined and went over to the bad side of things follow various evil deities, and Lucius and his faction serve a being who is into extreme sensations, indulgence in pain and pleasure. These guys have overdone it to a point that their bodies don't feel anything so their search for sensation has moved to a sad ...more
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Michael Dodd
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Set at an unspecified point pre-Gathering Storm, this sees Lucius and his dwindling warband at low ebb, much reduced from their glory days. Lucius himself is plagued by the voices of those whose bodies he’s usurped after having perished at their hands, struggling to maintain a grip on his mind and his warband.

While the concept of how an immortal, genetically-engineered monster might cope with increasing mental degradation and growing schizophrenia is explored in interesting ways, Lucius is only
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Pavle
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Preface: This book brought about mixed emotions for me. The first 40k book that drew me into the Lore was the Primarch Novel: Fulgrim, The Palatine Phoenix. I immediately fell in love with the Emperors III. However, as I soon discovered what befell then at the onset of the Horus Heresy. I decided to look elsewhere for a Legion to call my own. That being said, this novel gave me hope.

Ian St. Martin took a different approach to the Emperors Children than Josh Reynolds had done. I rather enjoyed t
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Christian
Aug 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Martin pulls off the trick of writing about villains without the reader either identifying with or reviling them. Lucius is portrayed as an egotistical psychopath but in an almost clinical detached sense. His warband being whittled down because of constant battles, Lucius tries to bargain for more martial resources. There is an interesting 'guest star' and several turns later a jailbreak from Commoragh. It was an interesting read that continued to both define the Emperor's Children as well as to ...more
Tepintzin
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
I gave it a 3, but it's a solid 3, maybe a 3.5. Ian St Martin is a good writer, but Lucius isn't someone whose point of view is really worth following. I picked up this book because Fabius Bile was in it, and Josh Reynolds writes him so deliciously well. There is a lot of action but there can't be any character building in a Legion that has become stagnant in its quest for perfect pleasure, especially not when their main pastime is fighting while high on drugs.
Kerry B Boner Jr
Absolutely loved this book!

I definitely recommend this for fans of chaos! Lucius was amazing and seeing the emperors children at work was just incredible
Bastiaan Vergoossen
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Entertaining Lucius character, as always. Nice depictions about the slaanesi influence on both astartes and mortals. Entertaining book.
Emily Grasmeder
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read Warhammer books before and was unimpressed, but after this The Faultless Blade I'm definitely going to keep trying. There's plenty of gore and violence in this one, but the surprising moments of crushing tragedy, heartbreak kept me turning pages. I'm hopeful to see several of the fascinating characters in the future.
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