Sons of Fenris
Overview: Few Space Wolves are as famous as Ragnar Blackmane Ė his exploits are legendary and his courage is limitless. When Ragnar and his Wolfblade battle-brothers are sent to investigate reports of Chaos attacks on the planet Hyades, he encounters his Chapterís most bitter rivals Ė the Dark Angles Space Marines. As old feuds come to the fore, both sides call in reinforcements and the situation quickly escalated out of control. Can these two savage forces of Chaos exploit the infighting and complete their nefarious plans?
Pages: 404 Pages
Review By: Jason James
Yes the series has a new author so you might think that it will go in a whole new direction. Actually it was a lot of the same. The book started off like others in the series were Ragnar is leading a team into battle and the main story almost becomes a flash back. This time he is doing his exile duty and protecting assets of the Space Wolves. This leads him to a jungle planet that is more than meets the eye. One of my main problems with the book is that at times it just seems forced. The Warhammer 40K universe is shoved at you almost like and advertisement. Everything is going as expected until Dark Angels show up. Then an eternity of mistrust causes the Space Wolves and Dark Angels to fight each other. For those that don't know the books are based on a game by Games Workshop. They sell both Space Wolves and Dark Angels armies and it felt like they were trying to convince me to by one if not both and then try to recreate the battle represented in this book. I understand that they brought the Dark Angels into the story to add conflict but it just seemed heavy handed. Overall there are parts I liked and parts that bored me. I do appreciate how true to the series that the new author was just didn't appreciate extra parts of the Warhammer 40k universe being thrown at me. If you have read this far into the series then you will want to read this one as well.
Review By: Browncoat
It had been awhile since I joined the exploits of Ragnar Blackmane and his rise to wolflord, so let me bring everyone up to speed. Ragnar though courageous and true hearted has been sent from grace on more or less exiled from his battle brothers because he used and then lost a beloved artifact driving back Chaos, a hated enemy. In WOLFBLADE William King tried to use Ragnar in a political setting and the story lost a lot of its appeal. Now we have Sons of Fenris, the newest chapter in Ragnarís tale.
First thing I noticed was that William King was not the author here. That was a scare. Heíd done so well on the previous books, that I was scared a new author would destroy what was up until this point an excellent story with only a minor hiccup at the end. The story continues with Ragnarís exile. His brooding and slow acceptance of his fate. Truth be told this book is slow, almost painfully slow. That is until the Dark Angels show up. The Dark Angels are supposed to be on the same side as the Space Wolves, but an ancient grudge between the two sides makes it hard for either side to trust the other. This works out well in building the tension in the story. That and it also letís Ragnar do what he loves, dive headlong into the fight. The story is done well in the last half of the book, and if the first half had been written as well I would have been truly impressed. The things that Iím thankful for is our new author Lee Lightner doesnít try to change Ragnarís personality, or the way he is. I do have to give credit to a new author to a series trying to do things his way while staying true to the story so far. If only more authors and directors could do that. Humph. Sons of Fenris is an ok read. As Iíve said, the slow start hurts itís overall feel. What I do like is the direction with the story now, and I think Lee will do ok by our favorite Space Wolf. Bottom line: Youíve read the story thus far, you should keep going.