I’ve just finished the Space Marine Battles Novel Damnos by Nick Kyme and a thoroughly enjoyable read it was. The book includes the novel Fall of Damnos and the novella Spear of Macragge.
Setting the Scene
As the short blurb from the Black Library website says: When Damnos is hit by cataclysmic earthquakes, an ancient force is awakened. Deep beneath the earth, the necrons rise from their slumber to decimate the human populace.
Fall of Damnos begins with the Necrons rising from their slumber below Damnos and their attempts to wipe humanity off of the planet. The next part then focuses on the Ultramarines arrive in time to delay such an eventuality and try win an impossible war.
Spear of Macragge is a continuation from Fall of Damnos but instead focuses on the attempts of legendary tank commander Antaro Chronus to crush the Necrons.
I must admit I started off slowly with Damnos but once it got going, I struggled to put it down. It is a novel I will definitely go back to and it has made want to explore the Necrons even further – infact next to read will be The World Engine by Ben Counter.
Avoiding spoilers, my top 5 highlights were:
- An armoured engagement between Ultramarines tanks and Necrons battle barges (!!!)
- The humanity shown by the Ultramarines towards the guard and militia units they fight alongside
- The complex loyalties and relationships of Captain Sicarius and his Sergeants
- The even more complex relationships and machinations of the ‘sentient’ Necrons
- Chief Librarian Tigurius whenever he turned up
Special mention also to the Ancient Agrippa – he was epic.
The only negative I can say is that sometimes with one side essentially being automatons, this can lead do a few rather dour battle scenes.
Read this if you like…
- Ultramarines – I surely can’t be the only one to?
- Armoured warfare
- Fights against impossible odds
- Space marines being more than simple killing machines
Where to Get
My copy was an ebook from the Black Library website where you can also order a paperback version – http://www.blacklibrary.com/all-products/damnos-ebook.html
Further Reading / Listening
Veil of Darkness (Audio Book) by Nick Kyme – This is essentially the follow-on from Damnos and follows Captain Sicarius recoveing on Macragge.
The World Engine by Ben Counter – I’m only half-way through at the moment but it probably gives the best insight in to the Necrons so far.
The Everliving Legion (Anthology) – For those who want to delve further in to the Necrons. Also includes a reading version of Veil of Darkness.
Blades of Damocles by Phil Kelly – This shows Sicarius prior to his promotion to Captain as a Sergeant in the famous Damocles battles against the Tau.