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Warhammer 40k, Writing

The Gildar Rift – Sarah Cawkwell


The Gildar Rift is a book written by Black Library author, Sarah Cawkwell. That’s right, she’s a girl. Now, I know that girls don’t really get much of a shout when it comes to writing Warhammer 40k books, and I think that this is a crying shame, as this girl can clearly write, and write well (for a girl that is :)).

The Gildar Rift covers one of the oldest Warhammer 40k Space Marine chapters there is (in terms of game coverage that is), but which has always been overshadowed by Chapters such as the Crimson Fists, Ultramarines, Blood Angels, Dark Angels and Grey Knights. Which one am I talking about? The Silver Skulls of course!

The Silver Skulls leap from the pages of The Gildar Rift as warriors truly deserving of their own Codex. Battling the might of Huron Blackheart and his Red Corsairs in space and planetside, the Silver Skulls (and Sarah of course) take us on a rollicking adventure full of combat, bolters and lots of Space Marines going ‘raaaarrrrggghhhh’ at each other. Hand-to-hand fight scenes rival with mind-to-mind (was that a spoiler? :)) fight scenes and great heros of both the Empire and Chaos die in brilliantly graphic i.e. messy ways.

On top of that, The Gildar Rift takes time to develop one of ‘the little’ people, as well as showing just how far space marines will go in their duty to the Emperor.

All in all, this is a cracking good read and well worth getting from amazon. Just follow the links above.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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