Hunting Souls

Damn, that’s a long time without a post. Not sure where the time went, other than I’ve been *very* busy. Belated New Year’s greetings to anyone out there still waiting for a sign of life. Not dead yet, though after getting through the mid-point of Sword of Vengeance last week, I almost am.

So, what’s going on? Well, a 5,000 short story for the BL Live chapbook is now done. This is sharing a billing with a fantastic Nick Kyme 40K short, and was a lot of fun to write. It was another chance to spend some time with the big, bearded unsmiling one before I sign off on the Schwarzhelm/Helborg duology sometime next month. Gonna miss him when he’s gone, the old curmudgeon.

Sword of Justice proofs are almost done, too. It’s a long one (125,000 words, almost on the nail), and it’s taken a while. Nice to see it heading to completion now. Anyone looking for more info this could do worse than download the sample PDF from the Black Library website.

Aside from all that, I’ve finally found some time to read, and BL recently sent me a copy of Aaron Dembski-Bowden’s Soul Hunter. It’s astonishingly good. The Night Lords are many people’s favourite Chaos Legion for obvious reasons – their moral complexity, their antagonistic relationship with the powers of the warp, their enigmatic, brooding Primarch, the quixotic nature of their war against the Imperium. Soul Hunter captures all of this superbly, and the writing – cliché-free, beautifully descriptive – is consistently excellent. Highly recommended.