Deus Encarmine (Novel)
|Followed by||Deus Sanguinius|
Deus Encarmine is the first novel in the Blood Angels novel series by James Swallow, featuring Rafen and his brother Arkio. It was published in 2004 and re-published, along with Deus Sanguinius (Novel), in The Blood Angels Omnibus in 2008.
On the remote world of Cybele, the Adeptus Astartes of the Blood Angels Chapter fight a losing battle against the forces of Chaos. Battle-brother Arkio leads a counter-attack that has the enemy reeling, and there is talk that this is a holy sign. Is Arkio blessed by the spirit of Sanguinius, or is the turmoil for the Blood Angels just beginning?
Rafen, a Space Marine of the Blood Angels, is torn between his loyalty to his chapter and that of his blood-brother Arkio.
As his brother Arkio is proclaimed the reincarnation of the Lord Primogenitor Sanguinius all give fealty to the Reborn Angel.
All except Rafen that is. Inquisitor Remius Stele, a servant of Chaos manipulates the situation to cause a schism in the Chapter. From the Blood Angels home world of Baal comes the ruthless Lord of Death, Mephiston, sent forth by Chapter Master Dante to investigate and to judge, and he isn't known for his sense of mercy.