Path of the Warrior written by Gav Thorpe is the first book in the Path of the Eldar Series. It follows Korlandril, starting from the Path of the Artisan, to and through. Gav Thorpe . Death was no stranger to those that trod the Path of the Warrior. turned to Ulthanesh, second greatest warrior of the eldar, sword-bearer, raven-. Bellarius takes a look at the first installment of the recently ended Path of the Eldar series by Gav Thorpe and published by Black Library.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Path of the Warrior by Gav Thorpe. Paperbackpages. Published June 29th by Black Library first published May 8th Warhammer 40,Path of the Eldar 1. To see what your wartior thought warrikr this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Path of the Warriorplease sign oath. Lists with This Book.

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 od 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. 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. This is not helped by the speed at which he apparently becomes a great warrior. It only takes him two battles to gwv the end of his path and become an exarch. However what really drags this book vav though th 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.


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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.

May 01, Abhinav rated it really liked it Shelves: You can read the full review over at my blog: It is also the story of the various xenos species who inhabit the galaxy, whether that be the brutal Orks, the ravenous Tyranids, the broken Eldar, the aspiring Tau or any of the others. And as such it is always great to see the differing perspectives, alt You can read the full review over at my blog: Even the Orks are better narrators in that respect!

It explores the Eldar society of Alaitoc Craftworld through the eyes of an artist-turned-Aspect Warrior, Korlandril, who must confront his past and his prejudices and his relationships with those around him if he is to succeed on the Eldar Path.

Path of the Warrior

There is little direct action in the novel and it is instead very much a philosophical story, as befits the Eldar that is about. And I certainly enjoyed it to a degree, enough at least that I am looking forward to continuing with the rest of the series.

I enjoyed reading about the Eldar at the time, rather than through their perspective. However, times change and here we are. Patth a species, the Eldar are in decline across the galaxy. More than ten thousands years ago, their interstellar empire essentially imploded in a catastrophic event that saw their numbers and their strength decimated.

To combat their reversal of fortunes and bring their lives warriog on track so they could survive in a much more hostile galaxy, the species divided its communal life along the guidelines of the Path. Their society is divided into various aspects of daily and communal life, and each aspect is considered to be a Path, a specialization of sorts.

And when we meet him, our hero Korlandril is on the Path of the Artist, having ventured along the Path of Dreaming before. As a protagonist, Korlandril has flaws aplenty. He is uncertain and angry at the world around him, always attempting to force it to conform to his wishes rather than going with the flow and accepting what is placed before him. This created some rather tortuous moments throughout ga novel, where Korlandril became a significant unsympathetic character and I thkrpe put the book down in frustration as a result.

He is too conceited, too focused on himself to ever truly consider an outsider perspective. Living all his life on Alaitoc and always indulging himself, he has no cause and no interest in gaining a bigger perspective on Eldar life. Jan 20, Amanda rated it it was ok Shelves: It features Korlandril, a rather self-centred Eldar following the Path of the Artist at the start of the novel, and follows his journey as he discovers death and thlrpe and learns thd put on his war mask.

I have very, very mixed opinions about this novel. On the one hand, I absolutely loved seeing more of the mysterious Eldar culture. The different Paths, the exodites versus the true Eldar, the methods of wa Path of the Warrior is the first in a new trilogy featuring the Eldar Warriors by Gav Thorpe. The different Paths, the exodites versus the true Eldar, the methods of waging war, the way in which the Eldar constantly fight against the temptation of She Who Thirsts – all of this is magnificent.

And damn well should be considering Thorpe’s heavy involvement with the Eldar. The first part of the novel was very entertaining – introducing the triangle of characters who will affect the future of the Eldar: Korlandril, Thirianna and Aradryan.

It patj interesting to see the different Paths these three will take, and how it changes their relationships. I gv seeing aspects of everyday life from the Eldar point of view. When Ggav takes his first steps onto the Path of the Warrior, the tale remains tye enough although much of the training segments feel as though they should wagrior the ‘Montage’ song from Team America: World Police running behind them – very cliched.


It is when Korlandril becomes rhorpe in the lust of battle that the story loses impact and becomes merely a series of battle scenes. These should be the most exciting part of the book, but they are dull and pedestrian.

I found myself flicking through pages with no real inclination to read them in depth which is a marked difference from Dan Abnett and Graham McNeill, who both write gripping and vivid battle scenes. I also disliked many of the characters. Korlandril himself is at first shallow and self-centred, and thinks only of his own pleasures – and then his character shifts to something so different that it feels as tborpe you don’t even know him anymore.

I accept that this fits the theme oath the story that Thorpe has gone for, but it makes it very, very hard to root for Korlandril.

The secondary characters are, mostly, just a fancy name and no real substance. Speaking of the names, Warrkor know that Eldar Warriors cannot be called Bill, or Colin, or anything simple – warroir it became tiresome trying to work out the floral pronunciations of these characters.

The best impression I have of Path of the Warrior is that gamers can use it to flesh out the character of the Eldar army they are using.

Regular readers of science fiction are unlikely to find much to impress here, especially when considering the impressive heights that Black Library novels can reach. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation of the Eldar race – it’s just a shame that the story and characters did not live up to the world building. Flat and dull writing defeated me. Unless you have an express interest in the Eldar race, I would pass. Aug 16, Mitchell rated it it was ok.

I wanted to read this book to learn more about the Eldar in Warhammer 40k and as a change from the usual Space Marine setting. Unfortunately this book was a slog to read through along with having a boring and cliffhanger ending. The characters are very stale and the protagonist is the most unlikable, whiney and annoying of them all. There’s quite poor writing at times too especially around expressing the characters feelings and the battle scenes which are all basically the same.

I would not recomm I wanted to read this book to learn more about the Eldar in Warhammer 40k and as a change from the usual Space Marine setting. I would not recommend this book unless you are the most diehard of Eldar wareior. 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. Over the past few years there have been other novels presenting various xenos races as protagonist: Oof several novels have had alien races as sympathetic characters if not the protagonist: