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Complete Living to die by Vengeful Soldier - M - Warhammer 40k

Discussion in 'Other Fandoms Review Board' started by Steelbadger, Mar 19, 2020.

  1. Steelbadger

    Steelbadger Order Member

    Nov 9, 2013
    United Kingdom
    Title: Living to die
    Author: Vengeful Soldier
    Rating: M
    Genre: Adventure/Sci-Fi
    Status: Complete
    Fandom: Warhammer 40k
    Summary: On Krieg you are born with sins already weighing you down and the only way to redeem yourself is death in the Emperors service. A young Krieg nobleman joins the Korps, not to atone, but for revenge.
    Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8467432/1/Living-to-die

    Here's another Warhammer 40k story that caught my eye. It follows Erich Von Shreider of Krieg as he joins the Death Korps following the death of his father at the hands of the treacherous Eldar.

    I found this story to be very enjoyable. As you read it, you can feel the grand aspirations the write had, and while I'm not sure they quite managed them (the story suffers from very obviously being the first entry in a series, setting up a number of plot points in the opening that are never really addressed), it still stands far above normal fan-fiction fare.

    The beginning of the story really sets thing up, and I was really excited to follow Erich as he investigated just what his mother/father were up to, and what the Eldar had to do with it, but then it drops into a bit of a slog as Erich goes through training for the Korps. I'm not really one for military wank, and this story does tend to veer into that territory on occasion.

    It really hits its stride when the shit hits the fan on Erich's transport ship while it is in the warp. The narrative does a very good job of communicating just how screwed up the Warp really is, and it becomes a very engrossing read.

    Technical writing is top-notch, and the various characters feel distinct and with sufficient variation that they feel like they really can come from planets that are light-years apart.

    There's a sequel which suddenly returned to life again in February after years of silence, so maybe some of the many hooks and hints laid out in this story actually have a chance of being seen through to fulfilment.