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Well, I have taken the plunge so to speak. I am reading my first 40K novel! It is "Faith and Fire" by James Swallow, and I am halfway through it. It is about Sister Superior Miriya of the Order of our Martyred Lady, Sisters of Battle. Since I am a Sisters player, it was logical to start with the first novel about them. I am hoping for insights into the lives of the Holy warriors of the Ecclesiarchy, and some good adventure. So far, I'm not disappointed, but not overly impressed either.
There are some great scenes, my favorites so far being the opening of the story where Miriya is praying, which sets a good tone for the story, and a scene where a character takes the vow of the Repentia, which is interesting.
I expected a bit more fanaticism and zeal from the characters. Oh, there are moments of it, that are quite fun. Like when the Sisters are talking about space marines using psykers and one of them scornfully calls the Astartes "abhumans', a term I have not heard since Squats, ha ha On the whole though, Miriya is quite a run of the mill heroine, and thus far in the story has shown no character growth at all. She has yet to have any revelations about herself, her faith, or anything.
The villain is... *spoiler* a corrupt high Ecclesiarch. *Yawn!* Like I didn't realize that within two pages of him being introduced? It's a very cliche and uninspired choice.
Adventure-wise it's quite exciting though, a bit mystery, a bit action/adventure. So you don't get bored as Miriya and Verity are plunged through chaos and confusion. The planet where the adventure takes place, Nevus, is quite interesting. While it has come under the authority of the Ecclesiarchy, it's practices a barbarous and crude form of Emperor worship that provides an interesting insight into the nature of the Ecclesiarchy. Religious tolerance within a certain breadth of Imperial Orthodoxy does exist within the Imperium, as long as the Emperor is God and the tenants of the Imperial Cult are observed and not contradicted, some very exotic forms of Emperor worship can flourish in the Imperium.
I suppose I can understand James Swallow needing 'bad religion' to contrast with Miriya and Verity's purity of faith. It's just so overdone. Like that Movie 'Kingdom of Heaven'...
Anyways, all in all I am happy with the book. Unlike other books I have yet to read, there are not game contradicting elements in this story. I want to read the author's 'Nemesis', which I saw in the game store last week. He's a good writer, for all that I complain
Hope you will read 'Faith and Fire', and share with us what you think!
--- Be well, be blessed!
Overall, would you say it's a fairly decent representation of the Sisters, though?
I've been meaning to look in to reading this one for some time, but I've never really seen a copy of it anywhere and haven't been enthused enough to order it! I'm pretty sure a GW near me has started stocking Black Library books, though, so it might be an option now...
Hi there Deadstar_MRC,
Well, I'm not certain, I haven't read enough other material on Sisters to know if Mr. James Swallow hit them spot on or not. From the intro of Soul Storm on You Tube and from the codices, I was expecting somewhat more fanatic and zealous Sisters, but they weren't bad the way they were written. I'd give this book a 7.5 out of 10.
Have a great weekend Deadstar, talk with you soon!
I haven't read this book, but I have read The Blood Angels Omnibus by James Swallow, he is a pretty good writer and I recommend this book
"I am the Emperor's servant, and by my hand his enemies perish."
Arkio - Space Marine of The Blood Angels - Younger sibling of Rafen of The Blood Angels.