Book Review: The Crimson Fist by John French

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Sometimes you just want to read a book that is a quick, fun page-turner. You want something that you know you’ll like based on the author or the setting, something comfortable. And quite honestly, I tend to find books published by the Black Library (set in the Warhammer Old World or in the 40k universe) to fill this place for me perfectly, and The Crimson Fist by John French doesn’t disappoint. 

At its heart, The Crimson Fist is a novella about an epic space battle between old rivals. Set during the Horus Heresy (a massive, galactic civil war for those that don’t know about 40k stuff), the story mostly follows Captain Alexis Polux of the Imperial Fists legion as he finds himself thrust into command of the remnants of a strike force that has been battered by a warp storm. Cut off from the rest of the Imperium, they find themselves at the mercy of their old rivals, the traitorous Iron Warriors legion, and must battle for their survival and face the consequences of fulfilling their duty to the Emperor, no matter the cost.

So what can I say about this story? Well it is, in all honesty, pretty typical fare for 40k stories and that means space fantasy/opera on a giant scale with a huge amount of grimdark chucked in. It is full to the brim with over-the-top heroics and immense feats of bravery, physical endurance and brutal violence. So if that all sounds good to you, then you’ll probably enjoy this!

Being honest, the story line and characters are pretty simple and straightforward. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This book is fun to jump into and very quick-paced, as most novellas are.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this book. It was a fun jump into the 40k universe and it entertained me. What more can you ask for from a book, really?

6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Crimson Fist by John French

    1. There are so many Horus Heresy novels that it is a bit of a rabbit hole, yes! But it sounds like they would be right up your street!

      And that book looks like it would be right up my street! Anything like Star Ship Trooper’s has to be alright!

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      1. Well, there you go, a swap of recommendations for similar style reads! ☺️ And, as it was, I only found the first book in print, which I added to my wish list. The rest might have to be ebooks at a later date.

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