The world became a target for the forces of Chaos because it was home to an ancient subterranean portal to the Warp known as the "Damnation Cache" which dated back to the time of the Horus Heresy. However, the opening of the Damnation Cache led to the world being transformed into a nightmarish wasteland scoured by daemonic forces and the reality-altering effects of the Empyrean , with great loss of life. Another piece in his dark design to bring an end to the Long War , the Warmaster of Chaos fell upon the world with a small force of Daemon Engines and infernal war machines. In the space of a few bloody solar days the major hive cities were overrun and the local Planetary Defence Forces crushed beneath the might of the combined Traitor Legions.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Pandorax by C. Pandorax Space Marine Battles 13 by C. Daemons in their thousands flock the sky, and none other than Warmaster Abaddon leads the attack.
With the Death Guard and Black Legion arrayed against them, the Catachans appear to be doomed, until salvation arrives in the form of the entire Dark Angels Chapter, led by Master Azrael and a host of heroes. What secrets does it harbour and why has it also attracted the attention of the daemon-hunting Grey Knights?
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Pandorax Space Marine Battles, Surprisingly, it was far better than expected: an action-packed novel filled with 40k cheesiness, good characters, unexpected twists and a few nice references to the Horus Heresy saga.
View 2 comments. Of course, that is in a stark contrast to last year where I was reading at least two Black Library each month, sometimes as much as four even.
Pandorax is the first novel from Christian Dunn, who is an editor for Black Library and has been around for a long, long time. The novel was just released this weekend, so its a fairly new release and after having just finished it about an hour ago, I hope that the buzz for this is incredible.
As I mention in my pull-quote up top, this is a fairly solid debut novel, aside from a few flaws, and I would love to see Christian writing more novels. Though I expect that will clash with his role as an editor. That would be a welcome thing, especially since it can open up the way to include more novels about the Imperial Guard and other branches of the Imperium that are not Space Marines. Which brings me to one of the best things about this novel.
The novel starts off with the introduction of an Inquisition team lead by Inquisitor Dinalt. It then progresses on to prominently showcase several troopers of the Catachan rd regiment that has been stranded on Pandorax for a few years, and then it goes on to feature Imperial Navy characters.
Loyalist Space Marines, of the Dark Angels and the Grey Knights both, are not the main focus of the story, even though they feature prominently in the second half. They are all unknowns and that imparts a significant tension to their scenes, compared to the characters like Chapter Mater Azrael of the Dark Angels and Supreme Grand Master Draigo of the Grey Knights, who are significant characters in the Warhammer 40, background and thus cannot be… killed off.
It robs their scenes of a certain amount of tension since you know they are going to be okay by the end, alive and well. I like it. And I want more. Perhaps in some sort of a sequel to Pandorax, which would be cool. Oct 30, Milo rated it really liked it Shelves: black-library , warhammerk , notablereleases , releases-read. Whilst it may not be perfect, CZ Dunn produces a solid debut book that will please long-term fans and relative newcomers alike.
If you like action, then Pandorax may well be exactly what you need. Of course, with a new Apocalypse series — there is the potential for a brand new tie-in series from Black Library, and what better to kick off procedurers with Pandorax, a novel based on the events that take place in the War Zone rulebook — Pandorax? CZ Dunn crafts an engaging and interesting read, and gives him a promising and solid debut novel. Sure, the author has been around for ages with short stories and audio dramas, such as Malediction being a notable example.
Even Kaldor Draigo, who many people thought was too overpowered come his introduction with the 5th Edition Codex of the Grey Knights is made interesting in this book, as Dunn builds upon established lore to create a solid and well rounded character.
Indeed, pretty much every major character is strong in Pandorax - Junior Inquisitor Tzula and Imperial Navy pilot Hagen are notable standouts — and amongst the Imperial Guard Catachans stationed on Pandorax, Colonel Strike was another fine addition. CZ Dunn employs a variety of sequences from a variety of participants, be they the lowliest Catachan Imperial Guardsman or the highest-ranking Dark Angel. Whilst yes, it may be another novel detailing the struggles of the Imperium against Chaos rather than exploring the lesser known elements of the Warhammer 40, Universe, Pandorax allows for a very entertaining read.
Whilst there may be a lack of focus on all the characters and the novel may suffer with too much stuff happening at once, you should still enjoy what you see here. Certainly worth checking out. Mar 24, Derek Weese rated it really liked it. As a first full length novel, this is an excellent outing from CZ Dunn.
I really enjoyed the interplay of distrust between the Grey Knights and the Dark Angels. The Catachan were well represented as well and the character of K'Cee, while never saying a word, shines brightly in the story.
I loved his little wrap up at the end too. One thing that stood out in this was the use of a strong, African female character lead Tzula Digriiz, you don't see that too often in Warhammer 40, settings. It was As a first full length novel, this is an excellent outing from CZ Dunn. It was nice to see. View all 3 comments. Oct 16, G. An easy read, could not put it down at times! Other times could have have forgotten about it completely.
Overall a good read, some parts annoyingly typical of the 40K book style Could have been a lot better in regards to interesting W40K "main" characters. If I had known the end at the start of the book, I don't think I would have read it at all, maybe skim read it anyway Jan 07, Matt rated it it was ok Shelves: ebook , fiction , warhammerk. Genre fiction is often criticized as glorified fan fiction, and this book provides ample evidence for that charge.
Horrible dialogue, a nonsensical plot full of holes, a crowded cast comprised of recognizable names but used to no real effect and that ensures no character development, and a disappointing ending - this book has everything you'd expect from something posted at dakkadakka. Also, at nearly twice the length of some other 40k novels, this book just extends the pain far longer than nece Genre fiction is often criticized as glorified fan fiction, and this book provides ample evidence for that charge.
Also, at nearly twice the length of some other 40k novels, this book just extends the pain far longer than necessary. Why give it even two stars? One, for the first half of the book at least, the pace of the action is strong. Even though a lot of it doesn't make sense, you shift from place to place fast enough that you don't get too bored. Also, this is the only 40k novel I've read with a Jokaero, which are awesome.
That a mute monkey is the book's most interesting character tells you all you need to know. Nov 10, Alastair Digby-Vane Trumpington rated it it was amazing. Its a bit clumsy at points but has some great battles. Oct 13, Hawke Embers rated it liked it. A truly mixed bag; filled with both the unforgettable and the forgettable.
Pandorax is one of those strange books that I found myself almost permanently putting down multiple times only to be sucked right back in by an incredible moment, it is a strange beast that I am both hesitant and willing to recommend, depending on the reader.
The story follows an Inquisitor and his cohort as they investigate corruption in the Pandorax system but it isn't long before everything goes to hell quite literally A truly mixed bag; filled with both the unforgettable and the forgettable.
The story follows an Inquisitor and his cohort as they investigate corruption in the Pandorax system but it isn't long before everything goes to hell quite literally.
The sight of this epic conflict happens to take place on a world filled with Catachans who are then forced to desperately fight off the enemy as chaos erupts. Of course, it isn't long before the likes of the Dark Angels and the Grey knights come in to aid in the fight but it is also not long before tensions begin to rise between these unique factions. In the end, if you want to read a story that carries weight and implication, with strong characters; most of whom have some very strong moments.
A story with some truly bad-ass moments that feature Catachan jungle fighters doing what they do, inquisitorial conspiracy, Grey-Knights and Dark Angels doing what they do but you are willing to sieve through long moments of drawn out exposition to get to it, then this book is for you. Ultimately I will say though, that this book has stuck with me and there are moments I can recall from it years after reading it for the first time, so as I said
Practical. Proven. Reliable.