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Review – Requiem Infernal by Peter Fehervari

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Requiem Infernal

Book Title: Requiem Infernal

Book Description: “On a distant world, an obscure order of the Adepta Sororitas study their founder's visions. They live in solitude… which is about to be broken as danger approaches. The Adepta Sororitas of the Last Candle have stood vigil over their sanctuary world for centuries, striving to decipher their founder's tormented visions. Outsiders are unwelcome… yet still they come. Decimated by an encounter with a lethal xenos entity, the survivors of an elite Astra Militarum company have journeyed to the Candleworld in search of healing, escorted by a woman who is no stranger there – Sister Hospitaller Asenath Hyades, who turned her back on the order decades ago. As the seekers near the sect's bastion, malign forces begin to stir among the planet's storm-wracked spires, but the most insidious shadows lie in their own souls.”

Book Author: Peter Fehervari

Book Format: Paperback

Date published: 2019-10-15

Number Of Pages: 400

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  • Writing - 9/10
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  • Development - 9/10
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Summary

Requiem Infernal merges the lore of Warhammer 40,000 with some of the most terrifying elements to be found in the horror genre, leaving a chilling read for all to check out.

Requiem Infernal

Requiem Infernal is the latest novel in the Dark Coil Series from Warhammer 40,000. This novel is written by Peter Fehervari, and it is so deliciously dark that you’re best advised to not read it in the dark. Seriously.

The Adepta Soroitas of the Last Candle are an isolated group, choosing to keep to their vigils over all else. Their island is remote, and cannot be flown directly to, even with all the technology of the empire at hand. And yet it is towards this island that Sister Hospitaller Asenath Hyades is taking her charges—a ship full of injured and dying Astra Military soldiers. It is a desperate move, but the Adepta Sororitas might just be the only chance at saving these men.

Peter Fehervari - Requiem Infernal (Warhammer 40K)
Peter Fehervari – Requiem Infernal (Warhammer 40K)

Unfortunately, this is one of those tales where nothing is quite like it seems. Treachery and betrayal lie ahead, and a world full of dark and corruption. This story will be perfect for fans looking for a gothic horror take on the world of 40K.

Writing

Requiem Infernal is a prime example of decadent writing in the horror genre. Peter Fehervari has put a whole new spin on this world, one that will thrill you as much as it chills you. I, for one, was on the edge of my seat for nearly the entire novel.

Requiem Infernal merges the world of Warhammer 40,000 and a disturbing horror novel. The balance is a fine one, yet it is maintained, nonetheless, throughout the entire novel. In fact, it was so well done that I’ve found myself desperately hoping for more novels like this one.

This was, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most intense novels I’ve read this year. And I mean that in all the best ways possible. The tale weaves together multiple characters with complex backstories, all of which work together to obfuscate the truth. It’s brilliantly done.

There were three main characters in Requiem Infernal, leaving plenty of room for any reader to become attached to each and every one of them. Naturally, that went a long way in increasing the horror of the dilemma at hand.

Development

Requiem Infernal is a tale that didn’t rush itself. Instead, it went forward at a steady pace, right up until all hell broke loose. And that was exactly what I wanted out of this story. The gradual building of the plot significantly increased the tension, as did all of the little hints towards what was wrong in this world. On an individual level, it is easy to overlook any of these clues. But together they told a horrifying story, and it was one that our three characters were rushing headlong towards.

Fehervari used subtlety to the best advantage within these pages, with writing that seemed to flow onto the page as naturally as water. Requiem Infernal wasn’t anything that I was expecting. And yet, I found it to be exactly what I’ve been looking for this whole time.

Conclusion

Requiem Infernal is a dark and foreboding read. It takes the best elements of horror and throws them into a world so many of us readers and gamers already know so well. It was a brilliant decision on more than one count.

Having finished Requiem Infernal, I can’t help but find myself wanting more novels along this sort of vein. Thankfully, there are plenty of other novels in the Warhammer Horror section.


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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