Black Tide

Black Tide - James Swallow These novels are dark, very dark, simply because of the nature of the setting itself. There is no hope in the Warhammer 40,000 universe - as the tagline goes, in the dark future there is only war.

Despite this grim setting, or in fact because of it, the stories told are about incredibly heroic figures. People whose only destiny is a violent, bloody death on a foreign planet, people who -know- this is their only destiny, yet despite this they are determined to die with a snarl on their face spitting in death's eye. They are inspiring figures and the strength of this alone lends the weight of the ancient heroic sagas to these stories.