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The first book featuring the Dark Eldar from Warhammer 40,000In the hidden city of the dark eldar, a crisis is coming. An ambitious archon and a twisted haemonculus unite to challenge the city’s rulers, and Commoragh will burn in their wake.For millennia, Asdrubael Vect has ruled the dark city of Commorragh, crushing any who dare to cross him. His reach is long and his posThe first book featuring the Dark Eldar from Warhammer 40,000In the hidden city of the dark eldar, a crisis is coming. An ambitious archon and a twisted haemonculus unite to challenge the city’s rulers, and Commoragh will burn in their wake.For millennia, Asdrubael Vect has ruled the dark city of Commorragh, crushing any who dare to cross him. His reach is long and his position unassailable... or so he thinks. Yllithian, an ambitious archon with the desire to unseat the tyrant, joins forces with a twisted haemonculus in an attempt to revive a long-dead warrior and challenge the might of the overlord, both racing to achieve their goal before Vect discovers their treachery. But a cataclysm is coming, and Yllithian’s actions may in fact be the cause......

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ISBN : 9781849701372
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Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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Path of the Renegade Reviews

  • Tarl
    2019-01-13 15:22

    This is my second time reading this book, and quite frankly, I remember nothing from the first time other than Morr. Chambers is old hat in the Warhammer universe, and knows his stuff. I had read some of his works over the years, and when I first discovered that he was writing this trilogy, I was excited. I had, after all, read one of the linked short stories and was interested to see what he would do with the dark kin of the Eldar. Much to be said, overall this is an okay novel. The story is interesting, Chambers' writing is fairly strong, and the story moved from one thing to the next fairly easily. The characters are a rogue's gallery of interesting and unique characters and readers will easily find one that piques their interest. The one weird thing I found, however, is that unlike the Eldar Path series of works, the protagonist of this book is not the renegade mentioned in the title. Rather, he's a character that shows up part way through and closes the novel. I thought this was a weird choice to make, though really it wouldn't have shown the full world of the Dark Eldar... I mean Drukhari.Also, as far as showing the depravity of the Drukhari, Chambers holds back. Sure, they do a lot of blood shed and back stabbing, but most of it happens in a word or two rather than any kind of description. This, though watering down the dark kin, manages to keep the book out of the horror realm, as well as makes the novel able to reach a wider audience. (especially new, younger players who would be drawn to the 'edgy' nature of the Drukhari) So I can't blame him really, and he did do a fantastic job making them seem plenty evil without going overboard. Still, it does tone them down a lot and weakens what could have been a darker book. You win some, you lose some.All in all, this is an okay book. I enjoyed it, I liked how it worked with the two short stories I had read before reading this work, and I liked how the renegade was able to show the differences between the Drukhari and the Aeldari. How one of the Aeldari could turn to the other side and how that would eventually transform them into one of the dark kin. It was interesting to see, and I am sad that more time wasn't spent on him, but rather the protagonist. (who, now that I think about it, was also kind of a renegade against the current norm, but overall he was just being a standard Drukhari, so it isn't so much being a renegade as it was just doing what they do, blackstab people.)If you are interested in something other than the plethora of Space Marine novels out there, I would recommend giving this series a go. It's refreshing to read, and one of the more unique series in a collection over populated with orks and space marines. Well worth the time to read.

  • Tim
    2019-01-07 20:16

    I was hoping this book would be connected with the Path of the Warrior/Seer/Outcast trilogy by Gav Thorpe. And actually, without immediatly noticing it, it is kinda connected.The main plot of the story can be condensed to a group of archons trying to overthrow the supreme tyrant of Commorragh, the capital of the Dark Eldar in the Webway. But this is not where the interesting parts of the story are.A subplot in the story tells the story of an eldar from the craftworlds that actually changes sides to his dark kin. This is where the "Path of the..." trilogy connects. After reading part of the trilogy, it's interesting to see how an eldar can choose to rebel, betray his kin and join the Dark Side... without immediatly succumbing to the clutches of She Who Thirsts: the Path of the Renegade is a path just as any other, granted, with a lot of different twists and turns.The overall atmosphere and description of the lives of the Dark Eldar paint a very nice picture of how they too endure as last surviving elements of their species. Myself, I didn't know how these Dark Eldar survive or save themselves from the gaping maw of Lady Slaanesh, but now I do... small hint to a spoiler: (view spoiler)[it has to do with becoming Slaanesh, with eating screaming souls just as the Dark Goddess does, to strengthen and prolong their own existence (hide spoiler)]And as a cherry on the cake, we get a glimpse of those other Eldar we didn't know a lot of, apart from that they're neither craftworld eldar or dark eldar: the story features a raid on an Exodite world (with hints on how the exodites are 'saved' from chaos), and we even meet up with a Harlequin Eldar... which is a very elusive but interesting part of the story.Not at all recommended for beginner WH40K readers, a must-read for those interested in the 'Path of the ...' trilogy.

  • Milo (BOK)
    2019-01-09 13:13

    Original Post:’m going to start this review by informing you about the author, Andy Chambers. Whilst he may not be familiar to any newcomers to the Black Library Universe, and indeed, I hadn’t heard of him before reading Path of the Renegade. But when I google’d his name to see what other works he’d done, if any, it came up with the following: He’s worked on many, many Codexes from various editions of the Warhammer 40,000 game, including Codex: Craftworld Eldar (Third Edition), Codex: Tyranids (4th Edition) and Codex: Necrons (3rd Edition), and has already written one Black Library-published novel, the ancient Survival Instinct, which can nowadays be found in the first Necromunda Omnibus. So, Andy Chambers was already a veteran to the Warhammer 40,000 universe, right? Let’s see how he handled what is I believe the first novel focusing on the Dark Eldar, one of the most twisted races ever to sail the stars of the grimdark far future. Here’s the blub, borrowed from our friends at Black Library, below:"For millennia, Asdrubael Vect has ruled the dark city of Commorragh, crushing any who dare to cross him. His reach is long and his position unassailable… or so he thinks. Yllithian, an ambitious archon with the desire to unseat the tyrant, joins forces with a twisted haemonculus in an attempt to revive a long-dead warrior and challenge the might of the overlord, both racing to achieve their goal before Vect discovers their treachery. But a cataclysm is coming, and Yllithian’s actions may in fact be the cause…"So, pretty interesting, right? I mean, this has managed to get me wanting to read the book, and the only time I’ve encountered Dark Eldar before was in the occasional novel as the enemy faction (Firedrake by Nick Kyme), and the occasional game on Dawn of War: Soulstorm. And, when I read the book, I’m going to say that I really enjoyed it. Andy Chambers has kept me hooked right from the get go, and I’m really looking forward for the second novel in the Dark Eldar Trilogy, Path of the Incubus, which should be coming out in March 2013, and presumably follows directly on from Path of the Renegade, which was a huge enjoyment and I would love to return to Commorragh, the home city of the Dark Eldar.Well, I wouldn’t love to actually go there, as judging by the background and in the novel, Commorragh is a dark, brutal, torturous place where the Dark Eldar make their home.Before Andy Chambers even started this novel, he was facing a question. And that question, is how do I write something that’s utterly, and completely alien? There’s a reason why the majority of novels and short stories that come out focus on the Space Marines and the forces of the Imperium, folks, as quite simply, they’re the closest things in this universe that the author can relate to. Dark Eldar are literally impossible to relate to. Even somebody like Graham McNeill, and dare I say it, Dan Abnett – would face a challenge in getting the Dark Eldar written in a way that not only gets across their perspective, but also pleases the fanbase.And, from my opinion at least, Andy Chambers does both of those things. He doesn’t just do both of them, he does them both well. He brought across a culture that was rich with information to draw upon, made the characters believable and interesting, as well as not making them seem too human. There isn’t really going to be a ‘hero’ in this novel, one that the readers can relate to, but then – that’s never going to be the case with any Dark Eldar novel.However, Path of the Renegade, as much as I wanted it to be, isn’t perfect. It does have some flaws, and chief among which is the pacing – it’s a little uneven, building up a little slow, with the occasional burst of action. And the ending also happened a bit too fast, making you wonder what Andy Chambers could have done if he had written more, and made the conclusion a tad more satisfying. However, this is the first in a trilogy though, and these two flaws will not stop me from reading Path of the Incubus as soon as it arrives on my doorstep.The background of the Dark Eldar race is explored fantastically in this novel, and we’re really given an insight into their culture, and what makes them tick for the first time in novel format in the world of the Warhammer 40,000 Universe. A lot of factions that are used in the Army List in the game are explored here, and at no point does it feel like Andy Chambers is trying to fit in all of them just because he can. And indeed, the battle scenes are no different. From aerial duels to small skirmishes on the ground, Path of the Renegade has no ‘wasted’ action within its pages, and that’s another plus for Andy Chambers there.Path of the Renegade is a nice story that could easily, despite a few plot holes, be read as a standalone novel. There are a few minor aspects that Path of the Incubus and the final novel in the trilogy could tie up, and I’ll be waiting to see how the author tackles them.Verdict: 4/5The Dark Eldar Trilogy: Path of the Renegade, Path of the Incubus (March 2013), To Be Confirmed

  • Matthew Herrera
    2019-01-13 18:30

    Matthew HerreraMs. CarteauxEnglish 1 Honors Period C29 September 2015 Path of the Renegade reviewRating: 5 out of 5 starsPath of the Renegade is classified as science fiction, and kicks butt as an action thriller that has tons of violence and conflict. The book has many great lead ups to every chapter. This is the opposite of most books as it is about the evil side of the universe and what the citizens of Commorragh do on a daily basis. The theme of the book that I got was always to heed the warnings people give you. " You will bring about a Dysjunction. Turn aside from your path before it is too late"( Chambers 37). This is because a soothsayer said that if Yllithan brings back the dead emperor of Sha-Doom. Commoragh will fall into complete disarray. Yllithan did not adhere to the warnings and the Dysjuncton occurred." The very foundations of the eternal city were shaking. The Dysjunction had begun" ( Chambers 413). The book is about a young aspiring leader trying to make a name for his kabal and himself. He tries doing this by trying to resurrect a dead emperor to otherthrow the tyrant of Commorragh. He is successful in doing this but regrets it later because the emperor is possessed by a daemon and is trying to get all the power for himself. The book was very good to me. It may not seem as good of a read to others because you need to know a little more of the backstory to get the full understanding of the book. The plot flowed well as it showed the steps and issues that they went through to get the plan in place and make it succeed. The characters were developed extremely well. I felt as if I was there with them the whole time. The book made a great bridge to a trilogy as it ended with the emperor dead and the main character almost dying but escaping before a terrible affliction comes over him.The book to me was really interesting. Nothing seemed out of place or incorrect. All the characters and events flowed well throughout the book. This book really showed what it is like to live in the Dark City and what happens on a daily basis. The book wasn't like other books to me. It wasn't a chore for me to read this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The book was full of action form the huge raid of a world, to small little arguments that happened between the characters. But the fighting really made everything come together. The battles were really made well and flowed well. I thought I was fighting the battle with the characters. The book lacks nothing, the characters are intriguing and the well done and fighting scenes make it stand out from all the others.

  • Martin
    2019-01-01 14:07

    Interesting insight into the Dark Eldar though filled with too many moustache twirling villains relishing in gratuitous violence. Where most space marine stories are "bolter" porn, this Dark Eldar seemed to follow the grim dark machinations of G. R. R. Martin, but with bondage space elves instead of faux medieval and without the nuance.I'm hoping the rest of the series transcends the wanton violence.

  • Housewife Bubuchu
    2019-01-11 14:20

    Сначала я дала книге 3 звезды исключительно за прекрасное описание и детализацию города Коморра и социума темных эльдар. Автору удалось удивительно красочно, реалистично и увлекательно нарисовать общество чистого зла, построенное на принципах, диаметрально противоположных человеческой морали. Но и только.Ни один из персонажей не вызвал не то что сопереживания, а даже просто интереса. Плоские как картонные солдатики, герои прорубают себе путь через сюжет, в вихре крови, отрубленных конечностей и прочих кровавых ошметков. И даже правильно, хорошо построенная интрига и полная логичность происходящих событий ситуацию не спасают. Домучив книгу до законного и весьма драматического конца я, признаться, вздохнула с облегчением. Однако стоило мне начать читать вторую часть, как внезапно уже прочтенная первая книга наполнилась жизнью, герои обрели характеры, объем, реально ожили и зашевелились. Поэтому если хотите получить от прочтения больше удовольствия, читайте всю трилогию целиком, без пауз. Только так от книг останется правильное и цельное впечатление.

  • Stephan
    2018-12-24 14:15

    Why, oh why wasn't Path of the craftworlders this good?We have interesting characters and a story filled with intrigues and backstabbing! The story ties in nicely with a couple of shorter stories as well, most of which are pretty good as well!I'm really looking forward to read the next part as the ending's not an end at all!

  • Taddow
    2019-01-20 21:11

    The Dark Eldar are my favorite race in the Warhammer 40K universe and there are very few stories written showcasing them as the main characters. This novel did not disappoint. Andy Chambers does a wonderful job of highlighting the society of the Dark Eldar- deadly, ruthless, depraved, psychotic and always...always conspiring. The Dark Eldar are sadistic, and Andy Chambers provides many examples in this mindset in the book. Having read Gav Thorpe's Path of the Eldar series, it was good to see the differences between the two factions and the beliefs and methods they use to address the lurking Chaos danger they fear. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • Mistress
    2019-01-14 19:14

    The story line of this book is really entertaining. I've been a fan of Warhammer 40k for a long time, although this is the first novel I've read. I wasn't expecting a literary masterpiece and it wasn't. It is pulpy and fun. And it is a fascinating take on the irredeemably evil society of the Dark Eldar. My complaint: grammatical/punctuation errors!!!!!! It is as though this book didn't receive a standard copy edit. The lack of commas in certain places is quite jarring as it drastically changes the meaning of the sentence. Additionally, there are irritating spelling errors. Other than that, the book is enjoyable for fans for sci-fi, fantasy, and/or Games Workshop.

  • Eohall
    2018-12-25 16:14

    This book is great, pulpy fun for 40K/Black Library lovers in general, and Dark Eldar enthusiasts particularly. Characterization is a bit flat, and theres no real sense of mounting stakes though. Many of the 40K novels fall prey to this, and it comes down to the source material often. Every event or bit of lore is more epic and overpowered than the last, every warrior or weapon the ultimate expression of death in the galaxy. Its tough to make any narrative seem "real" in even the loosest sense when the entire IP lore is one big case of powercreep. However, this book is loads of fun if you are at all invested in the source material.

  • Stuart Paton
    2019-01-12 13:11

    A decent enough 40k airport novel. It interprets some things about Dark ELdar differently to the way I would have, but whatever. I also think Andy Chambers read my rules, give his mention of "empathic connections" several times while explaining the power from pain thing, which I used also. Empathy isn't mentioned in the DE Codex at all. :PThe plot is reasonably basic, I suppose, but I'll probably get the next couple of books in the series. Three stars out of five, but if you're a fan of the Dark Eldar then it's worth a read.

  • Dmitri Austin
    2018-12-26 14:28

    I was hoping that this book was a sequel of some sort to the previous eldar book; but it was good nonetheless. Some parts were repetitive and too detailed. Although, the plot was gripping and the characters were amazingly structured.I would give this book a 4/5 and I am looking forward to the sequel!

  • Christian
    2018-12-23 19:07

    This was a very interesting easy read into the treacherous world of the Dark Eldar. The characters are, make no mistake, sociopaths, but for some reason the reader can see them as either anti-heroes or suffer Stockholm Syndrome for them. The plot revolves around a group of Archon nobles trying to overthrow their dark city's eternal tyrant. They trigger something much much more traumatic.

  • Steve
    2018-12-30 21:02

    The book was readable, but shouldn't grip me. I had to set aside time to read it, rather than finding I'd read for longer than I had expected.That said, it was an enlightening view of Dark Eldar society in the 40K universe.

  • Damon
    2019-01-05 16:23

    Not a bad book. Andy manages to make the characters sufficiently evil without also rendering them unsympathetic. Loved the bits with the Haemonculus Bellathonis. Very much had this mad scientist/monster movie vibe going. All in all an enjoyable read.

  • Bryan Mcentire
    2019-01-08 20:14

    A vivid and entertaining journey into a dark and sadistic world I am glad to not inhabit.

  • Patt
    2019-01-02 13:27

    Great book i loved it cant wait for the sequel

  • HamsterGod
    2019-01-04 18:01

    Nyos is ok everything's ok shhhh

  • Alexander Draganov
    2018-12-25 19:31

    Intriguing and gruesome space opera tale with an epic plot and vivid, even if unpleasant characters.

  • Simon
    2019-01-19 19:01

    not as connected to the other as i'd hoped but an enjoyable read.

  • John Lambshead
    2019-01-18 13:02

    If you like pulp adventure stories then you'll like this.