Knight of the Blazing Sun – Josh Reynolds (Black Library Publication)
The knights of the Blazing Sun are a noble and venerable order of templars dedicated to the warrior-goddess Myrmidia. Hector Goetz is sent to the distant island of Svunum to investigate the disappearance of a group of knights. Reunited with his comrades, he battles vicious pirates and bloodthirsty raiders, but from his increasingly disturbing nightmares Goetz realises that there is more to the place than meets the eye. As northern savages lay siege to the island, a deadly secret is revealed that threatens to damn his order for all eternity.
A different sort of novel in Warhammer ranks. There are the expected epic battles and all the usual intrigues, but the real surprises here are, that all in all, it’s quite ‘nice’. Hector Goetz is the focal point as a ‘Knight of the Blazing Sun’ and a lot of focus, and the character and writing style make the book quite an easy page turner as Goetz is an idealist who has to come to terms with the fact that nothing around him is simple, nothing is black and white and his ensuing the struggles in coming to terms with this. The supporting characters lend a lot to the twists and turns, and in doing so, help build the ever apparent lack of trust that’s prevalent throughout the novel. Like I said, as far as Warhammer novels go, ‘Knight Of The Blazing Sun’ is probably the most easy going sword and sorcery tale you’ll ever stumble across, making it a bloody excellent read. Very enjoyable. Gav