I enjoyed this novel immensely, well written and well paced, with intriguing characters. The Night Lords are not your typical chaos legion, at least most of them aren't, and this book takes forward the ideas of a conflicted legion, swaying almost psychopathically between two different ideologies,that were raised in the novel Lord of the Night by Simon Spurrier.
Are the Night Lords wronged and betrayed, out for righteous vengance, or are they simply monsters, playthings of the runious powers. Soul Hunter gives some tantalising glimpses into this mysterious legion, and will probably leave you with more questions than answers, but for the first book in a new series this is surely a good thing. I for one can't wait to read the next installment.
The storyline is an invasion of an Imperial system, containg a key forge world, by Abbadon the Despoiler and his Black Legion, with the Night Lords and some traitor chapters in support. Can they take the prize before the Imperiums reinforcements arrive? While this may sound fairly standard fair for a 40k novel, it really only forms a backdrop. The real story is where does the future of the Night Lords, their 10th company in particular lie? Will they slavishly be cannon fodder for the Despoiler and his Black Legion, or seek their own goals and destiny? For Black Library fans this is a must read.