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Peter Fehervari: Fire Caste Peter Fehervari: Fire Caste

First Black Library novel starring the mysterious alien race the tau

In the jungles of the Dolorosa Coil, a coalition of alien tau and human deserters have waged war upon the Imperium for countless years. Fresh Imperial Guard forces from the Arkhan Confederates are sent in to break the stalemate and annihilate the xenos. But greater forces are at work, and the Confederates soon find themselves broken and scattered. As they fight a desperate guerrilla war, their only hope may lie in the hands of a disgraced commissar, hell-bent on revenge.

Black Library, Nottingham, 2013
416 oldal · ISBN: 9781849703093

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– I didn’t get your name, soldier.
– I am Tás Zsombor, tethered blood-brine of Underlocker 5.
– You’re proud of your lineage?
– I am shamed. The Underlockers are sunken prisons where the scum of Lethea are cast down to brawl and drown and die, – Zsombor grinned like a shark, displaying his gem-studded teeth. – But like all Corsairs I fought my way up to the land and the light.
– To redemption?
– To penitence and pain, – Zsombor growled. – There is no redemption, commissar. There is only holy torment. Have you not heard the Lethean Revelation? The Emperor condemns.


I no longer believe the God-Emperor cares for such prattling. Like the Coil, my own faith has unravelled into something dark and tangled, yet I sense His hand pulling at the threads, urging me forward. I can only hope that He isn’t laughing.


Joyce could tell the newcomer was really important because he was taller than anybody he’d ever seen in his life. At first the boy had wondered if the man might even be a Space Marine, but he wasn’t wearing the sacred armour he’d seen in all the paintings so Joyce had decided he was probably a saint instead. Later he’d heard the sailors call the man Confessor Gurdy-Jeff, which sounded like a pretty holy name to him.


Cog priests had always made Joyce queasy. With their strange machine bits and messed up metal faces no two were ever the same, but all were as ugly as sin, even the pair who served the regiment. The Arkan called their cog priests ‘professors’ because that’s what their kind had been called before the Imperium came to Providence, but the name didn’t make them any better. Professor Mordecai’s face looked like a steam engine had tunnelled through it and got stuck halfway, but Professor Chaney was even worse. Under his hood there was nothing but a windmill of mirrors that reflected a man’s face right back at him in a thousand different shapes and sizes, all spinning and whirling like a silver twister. They both made Joyce’s skin crawl, but since they were priests he guessed they must be all right. He still hadn’t got that part of the Imperial Gospel figured out…


Commissar Cadet Ysabel Reve caught up with us this morning, ferried in by a speeding sea skimmer. The first thing I noticed about the girl was her height. She can’t have been much past twenty, but she was almost a head taller than me and I’m taller than most. Everything about her was hard and brutally efficient, from her lean, muscle-plated build to her square-jawed face and shaven scalp. Her storm coat and boots glistened with polish, complementing the bright silver pin of the Sky Marshall’s chosen. By Providence, the girl was even carrying a gold-plated autopistol!


To his surprise he wasn’t sure how he felt about that truth. Trinity had shaken his faith in many things, including humanity’s divine right to rule the stars, but that didn’t make the tau any better. For all his fine talk of the Greater Good, O’Seishin was just another conniving son-of-a-bitch selling another flavour of oppression.
Better our evil empire than theirs…

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