Monday, August 12, 2013
Into the Black Library - Yarrick: Chains of Golgatha
This book is short. It only covers the span of 122 pages. But every moment of the book captures the moments of war and each character perfectly. The story switches from one character's point of view to the next, but easily distinguishes this before each change with the character's name in bold lettering. This provides the novel with a truly cinematic experience as you follow characters through their own arcs sometimes separated by half a planet in seconds.
In the short time you read the book, the author shows you the minds of both humans and orks, and how disturbingly powerful these differences can make their clashes on both the battlefield, and the slave pens aboard the hulk. The action is intense and detailed, keeping you on the edge of your seat right to the very end; while the dialog is nothing short of a perfect depiction of the people involved. Yarrick spouts a few great one liners that I found myself almost cheering at while reading. The ending itself is a bit abrupt, but it's definatly a great ending to the book. Its a humilating... but necessary moment for Yarrick, and the message is not only haunting in it's context, but in it's existance.
Black Library has done this conflict between the two legends with utter sublimity, and I strongly encourage any who, like me, enjoy these titanic characters. Two Thumbs up for Yarrick: chains of Golgatha.