Monday, May 3, 2010

Rynn’s World by Steve Parker


I just finished Rynn’s World by Steve Parker the other night.  A good thing too as Helsreach, the next installment of the Space Marine Battle Novel series is starting to hit bookshelves.

Rynn’s World tells the tail of an Ork invasion on the Crimson Fists home planet of Rynn’s World.  Shortly after the Orks make planet fall a great and terrible tragedy strikes the Crimson Fists as they suffer massive losses due to their fortress monastery being reduced to a pile of rubble.  The book follows the chapter master Pedro Kantor as he struggles to keep his chapter from being completely annihilated.

Overall I really enjoyed the book.  It was very captivating at times and had me eagerly flipping the pages.  There are however, times where scenes ended rather abruptly and left me wanting more.  Sadly there are also a plethora of type-o’s, but none that any average reader can’t get past.  If you’re a fan of the Crimson Fists or even just like Space Marines and their few versus many battle stories then I definitely recommend this book.


  1. I got the Helsreach novel after it scored a 10/10 on Graeme's Fantasy Book Review:

    Aaron Demski-Bowden is jumped up there with Sandy and Dan as the top echelon (Graham Neill misses out ... HAVE you read the Ultramarine novels?!?)

    ADB punches above his weight ... paints a particularly appealing and realistic psyche for the Space Marine:

    Stompy teenager meets superhuman, obsessed with breaking heads... It's compelling!

    Skip Steve Parker and go straight to Helsreach ...its superb!

  2. I have to agree 100%. I picked up Helsreach and am only on chapter 2, but already get the sense he's up there with Dan Abnett. I haven't read anything by Gram McNeil yet, but I plan to pick up Machanicum eventually.

  3. Thanks for the book-review. I've always liked Imperial Fists and Crimson Fist history. Typos? bad editor! haha. Thanks for the review.


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