The first novel in an exciting new Space Marine trilogy.
Castellan Crowe, Brotherhood Champion of the Purifier order of the Grey Knights, bears a heavy burden: to be the warden of the dread Blade of Antwyr. Its malevolent voice is forever in his head, trying to crack his resolve, urging him to unleash a power he must never use. The toll is terrible - how long before the incorruptible Crowe is at last defeated? His harrowing task first began at Sandava II. Under the command of Castellan Gavallan, Crowe and his brother Purifiers bring purging flame to a daemonic incursion that threatens to consume the world. However, what awaits them is more insidious and more powerful than they imagine, and they must reckon too with the machinations of the Blade, as it seeks to destroy its guardian and drown the galaxy in blood.
David Annandale is the author of the Horus Heresy novel The Damnation of Pythos. He also writes the Yarrick series, consisting of the novella Chains of Golgotha and the novels Imperial Creed and The Pyres of Armageddon. For the Space Marine Battles series he has written the novels The Death of Antagonis and Overfiend. He is also a prolific writer of short fiction set in the Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer universes. David lectures at a Canadian university on subjects ranging from English literature to horror films and video games.