Ten short stories comprise "Legends of the Space Marines," a Black Library collection focusing entirely on the ultimate warriors in the Warhammer 40K universe. The tales are written by popular and well-established Warhammer authors such as Ben Counter, CS Goto, and Graham McNeill and newcomers like Paul Kearney.
While all of these shorts follow the standard guns, guts, and glory angle that one usually finds in a Warhammer 40K novel, a few of them will surprise you by going in a number of other directions as well. Counter's "Twelve Wolves" focuses on the legend of Fenris' twelve children who lead and protect the Space Wolves as they protect humanity. There's also a very big surprise in this story as well. Richard Williams' "Orphans of the Kraken" finds a Scythe of the Emperor attempting to prevent the extinction of his Chapter of the Space Marines.
One of the best stories in the collection belongs to Kearney, who's "The Last Detail" follows a young boy's development into a warrior as he assists a Dark Hunter on the boy's war-ravaged planet. Another highlight is James Swallow's "The Returned," which finds a Doom Eagle long-thought to be dead attempting to reclaim his place in his Chapter.
Other stories feature the Black Templars, Flesh Tearers, Mantis Warriors, Salamanders, Ultra Marines, and White Scars. Not one of them is subpar, and if you're a fan of the Space Marines, you will not be disappointed by this collection.
The rest of the authors with stories in this book include Nick Kyme, Mitchel Scanlon, Jonathan Green, and Aaron Dembski-Bowden. The collection is edited by Christian Dunn.
Once again, fans of the Space Marines or Warhammer 40K in general will find something to enjoy in these ten stories. Highly recommended.
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Space Marines and their evil counterparts, the Traitor Marines, epitomisr the wartorn. Warhammer 40,000 universe. This short story collection focuses entirely on these superhuman warrior, telling high-action tales of heroism and savagery. Combining the talents of Black Library favorite authors such as Mike Lee and Nick Kyme with hot new talent, this collection is not to be missed