Review: Daemonifuge (Graphic Novel) - Gordon Rennie


Title Daemonifuge - Heretic Saint
Author Gordon Rennie, Kev Walker and Others
Publisher Black Library
Year 2005
Stand Alone or series Stand Alone
Pages 256
Rating 8/10

Summary
Ephrael Stern - Sister of Battle - Daemonifuge! Tainted soul or living weapon against the dark forces of Chaos? Under investigation by the Inquisition, Ephrael Stern and Inquisitor Silas Hand must place their trust in each other as they embark on a dangerous quest to discover the origins of her power!
Review
This was a very interesting read. A good graphic novel with an interesting story about a Battle Sister. In this book she gets all kind of trouble because of her past, powers. In fact, Ephrael was all these things even before she had been born human. She did her duty and she did it well...until she died. When she is resurrected, things change.
Ephrael is chosen to be the "Keeper of Secrets" by the "Screaming Cage" on Parnis. Inquisitor Silas Hand gave everything, including his life, to keep Ephrael alive so she could do her duty by delivering the secrets to the Black Library. The knowledge within her is transforming her. She is slowly learning what she has become and what she can do. Until the transformation is completed, she must simply survive and wait for "The Pariah" to find her. The Pariah is to guide her through the secret paths between worlds. Surviving is not easy. Besides Ordo Malleus and the Grey Knights, also the Dark Eldar, Thousand Sons and others will battle her...
Notable Quotes/ Parts
* Prayer May Cleanse the Soul. But Pain Cleanses the Body. Both are necessary for the survival of humanity.
* ... all is chaos andd unreason ... the absence of faith... the absence of faith is the mark of damnation.
* Chaos is devious, subtle... the way of shadows.
* A single man with faith can triumph over a legion of the faithless. Untold billions of the faithful can never be opposed.
*The righteous shall Fear no Evil, for we act in the divine light of the Emperor. May our deeds be noble in his sight and pleasing to his heart. We pray that in pleasing him, his divine will brings us courage in life and honour in death. All hail the Emperor.
* I'll not suffer a witch to live!!
* Blessed are they that reap the sinners from the sight of the emperor...
* The daemon has many forms. You must know them all. You must tell the daemon from his disguise and roothim out from the hidden places. Trust no-one. Trust not even yourself. It is better to die vain that to live in abomination. The zealous martyr is praised for his valour. The craven and the unready are justly abhorred.
* There is no place for the weak-willed or hesitant. Only by firm action and resolute faith will mankind survive. No sacrifice is too great. No tragedy too small.
Verdict
I really enjoy this graphic novel. It made me want read the Einshorn & Ravenor or the Inquisitor Trilogy or Grey Knights Trilogy or even Faith and Fire. Maybe it will be the October Reading Fest (I just invented it...) My only complain is that it felt uncompleted and some ballons with the letters were not that well printed. Mainly the Italic ones.

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