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Patrik Belknap, a retired Imperial Guard medic will who will assist anyone, anywhere, regardless of their ability to pay. Maud Plyton, a cop guilty of the high crime of working in the same police department with someone who, once upon a time, asked a question. As always, you can linger on imperfections, like the number of times "voluptuous" is used as a descriptor. But it's a trilogy and change that managed to combine character and setting with a consistent plot thread. Abnett repeatedly puts together exciting and varied setpieces, at a circus, at a meat market, at a bank, at a church. It's the time taken to have fun. Thorn Wishes Talon is a bridge story. The title is a reference to Eisenhorn's code language, Glossia. The story sets up the major tension for the next 2 books: what Ravenor does (or does not do) could trigger the summoning of a daemon that will kill billions. It also sets a fight, Eisenhorn vs Ravenor, that we have yet to see. Dan Abnett's Eisenhorn trilogy was well-written and popular. Another book in the series was a no brainer. What we got instead was a focus shift to Eisenhorn's interrogator, Gideon Ravenor. After The Atrocity on Thracia Primaris (capital letters, not to be confused with any other atrocity), Ravenor was reduced to pulp. By all rights, he should be dead, but his psyker powers and hatred sustained him long enough for Martian tech priests to entomb him in a mobile coffin. He spent some time studying w/ the Eldar in secret, and was eventually promoted to full Inquisitor by people who had no idea Ravenor associated with the filthy xenos.

The complete story of Gideon Ravenor’s greatest triumphs – and greatest failures – brings together a cast of compelling characters thrust into a mission that tests them all to their limits. None of them are quite what they seem, and all of them have a story to be told. And some of those stories are brutal and end very, very messily… Ravenor Returned: 4 stars. I like this one as a whole way more than the first. You're well acquainted with the characters this time and their mission feels more cohesive as a whole. My main issue with the story largely have to do with Carl's story. So much of it feels painfully obvious to literally everyone but people who spend every single day of their lives with him and should notice. Given some details in the third book, I wonder if this is on purpose, but at the time it feels a bit forced given how detail oriented all of the characters are meant to be in this universe. The pace of the story comes fast and at full throttle right from the beginning and the way the team goes about their business is brillianlty handled and the comparisons to other teams is brilliantly done! This really shows how radical but brilliant the team really is! The collection cleverly leaves things nealty set up situations and plots for future events! The dive into the elements of society they find and the other other planets they go to really brings in the world builing brilliantly! At the same time Abnett doesn't hesistate to put his characters through the wringer making for an epic book that never lets up from the beginning! I enjoyed the attention to detail in how things functioned, from the grandiosely grotesque societies of 41st millenium from richest to poorest, to the governments running their lives, and to the powers that try to control those governments. The dialogue and pacing were sharp and very rarely did I skim even when I knew what was coming. One of the things I like best about the 40k universe is that it's so very different from most science fiction settings. Humanity is not a noble race defending itself from enemies, rather it is just as 'evil' and flawed and willing to do anything to survive as any other. So the reader must apply their own sense of right and wrong, their own moral compass. Much of the 40K world is grey, but there's shades of silver here and there. Ravenor's team of operatives, as well as many people they come across, represent those slivers even if they're also servants of an Inquisition that would unhesitatingly annihilate billions if it was that or total destruction of humanity. And those are the sorts of odds they play with. There is never a saviour or a Great Noble Captain to come to the rescue, people do the best they can in their limited capacities.

If you have any interest in the Warhammer 40k universe, you owe it to yourself to read this book. It is a very fun read. Of course, literature it is not, but someone looking for a good story can't go wrong. Ravenor: The Omnibus is brilliant collection of stories that really introduce you to Ravnor and his gang! Humour and action are present right from the start add to the other tones of daring do, cunning etc that you see right from the start! Right from the start you realise what they are willing to do to get the job done! Ravenor, Patience Kys, Zeph Mathuin are all given there limelight right from the start so you actually get the sense of an anctual team working together! Alll the characters are three-dimensional and are distinct individuals with their own motivations and loyalities! This makes for complex character interactions that will keep you on your toes guessing which way the characters are going to go! In the war-torn future of the 41st Millennium, the Inquisition fights a secret war against the darkest enemies of Mankind -- the alien, the Heretic, and the Daemon. The three stories in this omnibus tell the tale of Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor and his lethal band of operatives, whose investigations take them from the heart of the Scarus Sector to the wildest regions of space beyond, and even through time itself. Wherever they go, and whatever dangers they face, they will never give up until their mission succeeds. Wystan Frauka, one of Alizabeth Bequin's untouchables who survived the purge on that horrible night. I don’t know what to say. I just finished the whole omnibus and… it made me sad. I won’t spoiler it. But, it sort of drove home what people have said of Warhammer lore : there are seldom good guys or happy endings.

Inquisitor Ravenor and his followers investigate a daemonic conspiracy that stretches across space and time in three classic novels by Dan Abnett. Eisenhorn was spectacular. Ravenor is better. This sprawling omnibus tells a suitably epic story, across not only the primary setting of the Scarus Sector), but across the galaxy spanning Imperium of Man and, in a rare move for 40k fiction, time itself. The characters are all fleshed out and distinct, with the most notable being the titular Inquisitor himself, Gideon Ravenor, a massively powerful psychic and intellectual who is physically confined to a mobile life support system (think Davros meets Charles Xavier). Abnett also brings life to a particularly nasty, but not simply evil, collection of villains. In the war-torn future of the 41st Millennium, the Inquisition fights a secret war against the darkest enemies of mankind – the alien, the heretic and the daemon. When Inquisitor Gideon Ravenor and his band of lethal operatives are drawn into a conspiracy to spread the taint of Chaos across a sector, their investigations take them into the gravest peril through space and even time. Wherever they go, and whatever dangers they face, they will never give up until their mission succeeds.I also like the way he creates little details that bring us into his story - fictional types of clothing, varieties of alcohol, drugs of choice, etc. They blend together to give his settings a real verisimilitude and his characters some life. Ravenor Returned - The team has figured out where the narcotics are coming from, and the consequences are dire indeed, yet the danger is minimal compared to the real threat. What's the real threat? Computers. Yes, in the grim dark future of the 41st millenium, computers that haven't been lovingly annointed with sacred oils and prayed over are evil. It is one more than four saken,' he replied. 'It is a level of grief behind which is no furthestmost.' The complete story of Gideon Ravenor's greatest triumphs – and greatest failures – brings together a cast of compelling characters thrust into a mission that tests them all to their limits. None of them are quite what they seem, and all of them have a story to be told. And some of those stories are brutal and end very, very messily...

Setting A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body: - humans in a futuristic society Nonetheless, I think that at times the intricate and for the most part enjoyable plot denied us a chance to get to know these characters better. With the exceptions of Kara Swole and Ravenor himself, most of his team didn't grow nor change throughout the series. Not to say they weren't interesting, but even something like falling in love (with a ridiculously stereotyped and yet still awesome warrior-woman in one case) or nearly losing everyone you cared about did not affect the tough and grim band. Thorn Wishes Talon (Short Story) (2004, also collected in What Price Victory (Anthology) and The Hammer and the Eagle: Icons of Warhammer (Anthology))I never disliked Ravenor, but always had a hard time getting into his stories after Eisenhorn. Revisiting this Omnibus, I remember the first book the most, small parts of the second, and almost none of the third. I'm not actually sure I ever finished this omnibus originally. I'm very glad I finally did. Overall, I think the Ravenor trilogy has a few rough points, particularly in the beginning, but really comes together brilliantly in the end. Spying & Investigations - Yes What is main char. doing? - fighting futuristic drug dealers Magical Beings/Mental/Magical/Powers - Yes magical powers: - telepath (scifi) Is this an adult or child's book? - Adult or Young Adult Book Ravenor is Professor Xavier meets WH40k Emperor on his Golden Throne: a vulnerable near-corpse kept alive (and mobile) by a chair, housing massive psychic powers — mind over matter.

Ravenor Rogue: 4 stars. A really exciting book. It ties all the events of the first two books and new events together while rushing to a very satisfying conclusion. Some crazy stuff happens in this one and I really enjoy all of it. That said, Abnett’s plotting and writing become tighter with every book: the Ravenor novels outshine the Eisenhorn ones, and each Ravenor novel improves over the last one. His weakness remains characterisation: there’s just too many expendables (and on the baddies’ side, expended) with little more than a name, vest, and weapon attached, no real conflict or character development among hired guns and a superhuman hard boiled detective. The last two novels in this collection are by far the best in Abnett’s Inquisitor trilogy or trilogies so far. Two characters (Carl Thonius and Patience Kys) have actual arcs and conflicts. Everyone has secrets. There are strong interesting locations. Sholto Unwerth is a comic relief that works AND one you end up actually caring about. And the novel directly works with the series’ main concept, Ravenor’s physical vulnerability, but stops short of making something significant of it, i.e. a palpable change in Ravenor’s character after going through the Hero’s Journey underworld of facing the world as a literal naked lump of flesh. (Ravenor’s main arc is the same as Eisenhorn’s and by now familiar and expectable, and with far less surrounding introspection and doubts by Ravenor to give it the same significance: a faithful Inquisitor’s slow descent into “radicalism” = the ends justify the means, using the enemy’s tools (or even the enemy) to fend off a greater evil.) Ravenor - After successfully executing the heretic Zygmunt Molotch, Ravenor and his team head for Eustis Majoris to investigate narcotics. Kids, don't do drugs! Thank Xenu I read this in omnibus form, because the ending is no ending at all. If I didn't have easy access to the sequels, the sudden stop would make me throw the book out the window. This sprawling collection is probably best read in one full sweep, as the stories are interconnected and the dramatic tension builds through the earlier novels. Even though the three main Ravenor books are separated by short stories, it's not jarring to have those pauses. Especially not when the former introduces some important plot points. If you liked the Eisenhorn books, these will be a little jarring at first. The writing jumps around more, which after plowing through the three Eisenhorn novels, throws you off. But as you ease into it, it makes perfect sense, and creates an enjoyable read.

I like to think of Gideon as a good guy. He isn’t perfect, but he is perhaps the closest to a hero between the 6 books and several short stories I’ve read so far in this series. Even considering Eisenhorn.

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