Published: 15 October 2019
Publisher: Black Library
Series: Dark Coil
Format Read: Digital ARC
Blurp: (Taken form Net Galley)
On a distant world, an obscure order of the Adepta Sororitas study their founder’s visions. They live in solitude… which is about to be broken as danger approaches. The Adepta Sororitas of the Last Candle have stood vigil over their sanctuary world for centuries, striving to decipher their founder’s tormented visions. Outsiders are unwelcome, yet still they come. Decimated by an encounter with a lethal xenos entity, the survivors of an elite Astra Militarum company have journeyed to the Candleworld in search of healing, escorted by a woman who is no stranger there – Sister Hospitaller Asenath Hyades, who turned her back on the order decades ago. As the seekers near the sect’s bastion, malign forces begin to stir among the planet’s storm-wracked spires, but the most insidious shadows lie in their own souls.
This ARC was made available to me through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. The fact that it was free did not influence my final review of this novel. I would like to thank both Net Galley and Black Library for making this possible.
In an interview somewhere on the interwebs, Peter once sat down and talked about how he sees his Dark Coil series and gave those interested a sort of reading order he would advise, but not limit the potential readers to following. In said list Requiem Infernal was said to be book 3, I have not read 1, but enjoyed The Reverie quite a lot. So much so that I gave that book a second read/listen just to see what I missed on my first read through. As I have said on my GoodReads review, I might have missed a shit tonne of things in this novel as well and might have to give it a read through as well, only this time around the story to me was very much all over the place. So much so that I have nearly no further comments to give on this book. Some characters were some what interesting. The plot was all over the place. Flashbacks and past occurrences happened way to often with already to many peoples individual view points. The main, or one of the main character’s back story, or dairy was sort of a dead give away early and I just did not understand a lot of what the hell was going on with most of the sub characters and the second main. I felt so alienated and out of place and I do not know if this was a “me and not the book’s fault” scenario, but re reading this will have to happen in another format some day, right now it is very low on the priority list. The fact that I got through it at all is a testament to my determination to read a book through to the end. I liked certain aspects of the novel, but mostly disliked the time jumps and stuff going on that I just could not pay attention too and should not be frowned upon for not getting. Rant over.
I gave Requiem Infernal a 3 out of 5 on GR. I can not recommend it to anyone unless they are familiar with the Dark Coil series. I do not know why Black Library printed this under the Warhammer Horror end of things. I am not really scared of flies and zombies with the Nurgle taint. It does not frighten me. It mostly pissed me off in this novel. and then just throwing everything out of the cot at the end and leaving me with an unexplained mess just did not sit right with me. Where all the five star reviews for this novel comes from goes beyond my comprehension, then again, I might have missed things by reading this in the long time it took me to get through this book.
I hope this was honest enough. I hope that a re read will change my mind on this, but I am not ready to start it all over again, that much of a sucker for punishment I am not at the current stage of my life.