The ancient eldar are a mysterious race, each devoting their life to a chosen path which will guide their actions and decide their fate. Korlandril abandons peace for the Path of the Warrior. He becomes a Striking Scorpion, a deadly fighter skilled in the art of close-quarter combat. But the further Korlandril travels down this path, the closer he gets to losing his identity and becoming an avatar of war. Discuss and Review Path of the Warrior at Goodreads.
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The ancient eldar are a mysterious race, each devoting their life to a chosen path which will guide their actions and decide their fate. When the artist Korlandril feels the call to war, he abandons peace for the Path of the Warrior. He becomes a Striking Scorpion, a deadly fighter skilled in the art of close-quarters combat. But battle is coming, as Craftworld Alaitoc com. But battle is coming, as Craftworld Alaitoc comes to blows with the vengeful Imperium of Mankind, and the further Korlandril travels down the warrior's path, the closer he gets to losing his identity and becoming an avatar of war.
Can he retain his sense of self and still be the weapon Alaitoc needs, or will he be consumed by one of the warrior-spirits of his race? Read it because When the eldar artist Korlandril feels the call to war, he walks the Path of the Warrior and joins the Striking Scorpions.
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Paperback , pages. Published June 29th by Black Library first published May 8th More Details Original Title. Path of the Eldar 1 , Warhammer 40, Other Editions 9. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Path of the Warrior , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Path of the Warrior Path of the Eldar 1. Nov 14, Callum Shephard rated it it was ok. What is it with writing eldar in Black Library books? The last book focusing upon them was by C.
Goto who apparently thought he was writing romulans when he threw that together, but there were no excuses here. Gav Thorpe has been with Games Workshop for years and written about the universe extensively.
His dry manner of writing should have been perfect for the eldar who focus upon self-restraint and control but he dropped the ball here. Path of the Warrior the first of a trilogy looking into the path system. This follows three friends as they walk the paths of the warrior, the seer and the outcast. He slowly loses more of himself until he is little more than a machine, becoming an amalgamation of the spirits of older warriors tying their essences into his own. There are Animorphs books with more natural character progression in than is seen in Path of the Warrior.
The eldar are supposed to be subtle, have very controlled emotions to help resist things like wants or pleasures which might lead them to Slaanesh. Instead we get Korlandril throwing frustrated fits because apparently his art is flawed, which leads him to become a striking scorpion.
There is a clear progression of him becoming a warrior, but it is squashed beneath ham handed attempts to show this. This initially sounds good until you see how it is implemented, by having the protagonist think back thirty seconds and realise what he has done. Multiple times.
When trying to approach a civilian outside of the Scorpion Shrine he trained in, the person acts startled then complains about how aggressive he is acting before leaving. Thinking back he realises that he had instinctively clung out of sight under a tree and then moved into the light in a fighting stance ready to attack the civilian.
Again, heavy handed. This is not helped by the speed at which he apparently becomes a great warrior. It only takes him two battles to reach the end of his path and become an exarch. However what really drags this book down though is the bits surrounding the humans themselves.
Yes, the craftworld is invaded. Let this be made clear — this would be the equivalent of attacking major imperial sector command base.
If the author wanted to make them feel different to humans, having a conventional human mind talking for a few paragraphs would help emphasise upon their alien nature.
Perhaps he was avoiding it to try not to make the eldar seem too human, something he failed at, but not having two sides in any one of the conflicts robbed it of a massive amount of potential. Rather than having an eldar leader announcing that there was a Imperial force preparing to attack them, Thorpe could have instead switched to some Lord Commander.
If you are an eldar player and are willing to accept a lot of flaws in the writing you might want to try looking at Path of the Warrior, but remain cautious about it.
Jun 22, Jeff rated it really liked it. Path of the Warrior is the first of a new trilogy focusing on the race of Eldar. This is interesting in one respect as the Black Library for ages chose to avoid such novels, wanting to keep the alien races…alien. This presents a challenge for any Black Library writer as they need to delve in to what it is like to be one of these strange characters. Over the past few years there have been other novels presenting various xe Path of the Warrior is the first of a new trilogy focusing on the race of Eldar.
Also several novels have had alien races as sympathetic characters if not the protagonist: Guardians of the Forest fantasy as well as several others where humans are the main focus, but xenos races get some spotlight time and we get a glimpse in to their psyche.
A real glimpse of life as an alien. The question becomes can the author make us believe it. Can we delve in to the psyche of a race that is completely alien, make us feel for it, yet keep a sort of awe at the race and characters as being completely foreign to us…maintain that feeling of alienness? Gav Thorpe steps up to the plate and smashes the ball over the fence and out of the park! Mandatory reading. If you play Warhammer 40k and field Eldar, this book should be read before you assemble and paint one figure.
The story is about a young Eldar named Korlandril who is a bit of a fop, a nancy boy. The story follows him as he deals with some issues that are pretty common to anyone: something we can all appreciate and his eventual trail toward the Path of the Warrior.
Once on this path we see some pretty brilliant illustration of how the paths work, what brings the various personality types to the various Aspect Warrior shrines.
Thorpe does an amazing job of illuminating how the Eldar really work: the nuts and bolts of what makes this race tick. They really ARE different. They think, observe, communicate and feel on so many diverse levels, and the author really brings this out in a manner we can understand.
The Eldar are incredibly deep. The novel is not packed to the gills with battles. I will admit that some of the shifts in perspective, and shifts in time between the present and flashbacks of the past are jarring. There are a lot of flashbacks, which some folks may find jarring, especially since they are often in-line, one para to the next you jump from one POV to another. There were a few instances where we see the same scene from two different views. Again I think if these were broken up via formatting differently it would be easier to follow.
As it stood I had to stop and go back a few times, re-read the section to realize what the hell was going on. I will admit that with the Eldar being such a contemplative race it works easier than I think it would otherwise.
The cover art is by Neil Roberts and it is fantastic. Very crisp and stark. A perfect fit. I want a poster of this! Overall it is a damn fine novel and absolutely essential reading if you are even remotely interested in the Eldar. The author takes us in to a few big battles, including one that is Craftworld-scale, including a lot of big names.
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