I'd like to start this off by saying that I really enjoyed this book. That being said its not the greatest bit of writing I've ever read either. I hav...moreI'd like to start this off by saying that I really enjoyed this book. That being said its not the greatest bit of writing I've ever read either. I have an affection for the source material, both Warhammer 40k as well as the Space Wolves. This is definitely not literature, and I don't think it ever thinks of its self that way. What it is, is a fun read of a heroic battle by guys who are admiral and some what good by comparison to the almost completely evil (but some what sympathetic) invaders. This is a military historical fiction story set in a science fictional world and time. If you are not already a fan of Warhammer 40k then you may want to skip this one as its very steeped in that world and not terribly accessible to the uninitiated. Thats the worst thing I can say about this book. The best thing I will say about this book is that it actually gives you a mortal perspective on Space Marine/Space Wolf culture. You have two different point of view characters who are mortal servants/thralls of the Space Wolf chapter. This is something I've never really seen in Warhammer 40k before. It paints a fairly even hand and gray picture of the Space Wolves. Yes they are heroic as all hell, but they are also savage and live there lives on the backs of virtual slaves who's lives they don't give a fig about. You can make all the arguments you want about it being for the good of the universe cause we need them to be able to fight evil chaos, but at the end of the day they have slaves that they would kill if they looked at them wrong. Of course so do the antagonists in this, of course that sort of behavior is to be expect of the bad guys. What is not to be expected is the inferences that said bad guys were maybe not "bad" but just not in line with the "party line" when they were labeled anathema and kicked out of the human empire.
So to sum up, its decent craftsman quality writing about an enjoyably simple subject, that is given the most fair and balanced treatment I've seen from the Black Library books so far.(less)
I can't say this was anything especially new in this long running series. Gotrek and Felix came, they saw the evil, and they kicked evils ever mutatin...moreI can't say this was anything especially new in this long running series. Gotrek and Felix came, they saw the evil, and they kicked evils ever mutating ass. In the process they got beat nearly to death themselves. So pretty much SOP for them. But there are some new twists.
This story is fun because you get to see them running bashing around like a drunk ork in a china shop. They are in the heart of the Empire and all the rules and beaurocracy doesn't mesh well with their rock'me sock'em style. You also get some nice guest appearances by two very notable past companions of the group. I'll give you a couple hints, one is cold and the other is eye level with Gotrek.
The writing is much more indepth in this installment as well as the one preceding it. I'm not sure if the series is better or worse for it. I fell in love with the series for its no apologies simple style. It had no gradious notions of being a deep tale, simply an exciting and blood thirsty good time. If you liked Dwarves in Warhammer, then you would love this series. And thats what I liked about it. The stories reminded me of old Conan stories, he arrives, finds bad guy, kicks bad guys butt and leaves. Now the plot feels almost stretched out, like they told the writers they weren't going to pay them unless the book was 300+ pages. Don't get me wrong, this is still a hugely fun book. I'm just still digesting wether or not its as good as say "Daemonslayer". Still, the characters are all there, the same level of action and colateral damage, and there is still a large rune axe and a dwarf with a doom to find. So its all quite good.(less)