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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (22 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849702594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849702591
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2012
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The Siege of Castellax tells the story of an imperial planet conquered and occupied for over a century by one of the Great Companies of the Iron Warriors (or rather what is left of it after 10000 years of the "Long War") and transformed into a gigantic weapon-producing arsenal for Chaos Marines. The whole human population is enslaved as either workers or slave-soldiers (janissaires). Then the planet is invaded by an innumerable horde of Orks and a terrible siege begins.

In some respects, the story is hardly original. This is still about a planet held by Space Marines attacked by a huge horde of "Greenskins" which vastly outnumbers the besieged, with Iron Warriors having replaced the Black Templars of Helsreach or the Crimson Fist of Rynn's World.

Another point which lacks originality, and is almost boring at times, is the tendency to "overdo" the "wicked" Iron Warriors who casually bump of their human slaves. I understand that the author intends to show up their sadistic and atrocious behaviours. At times this becomes both monotonous and a bit of a caricature and a stereotype. It is not a very convincing one either as it also tends to show the Iron Warriors as a bunch of mindless bloodthirsty brutes barely different from the Orcs that they are fighting against.

A further point which was unclear to me is the reason for this invasion. The reader will learn that it is about revenge but the reasons for that revenge were somewhat unconvincing to me, although I will not develop this point any further to avoid spoilers.

There were however a number of interesting points as well. The rivalries between the various units of the Iron Warriors, while not original and heavily inspired by Graham McNeill's books, were mostly well drawn.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sean on 5 Jan. 2013
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Getting through Siege of Castellax was difficult. The same color and despondency is writ across every page: big bad Iron Warriors intimidating their human slaves; an Ork invastion that relentlessly progresses; and an Iron Warriors counter attack that never comes.

The author adds numerous sub-plots and betrayals and hopes and failures, but none of them rise above the grind of the invasion and seige, and none of the personalities are memorable.

Specifically, there are some characters like the Obliterator who make no sense at all. And though I am happy to make some allowance for poetic license the Iron Warriors invulnerability throughout, and especially the invulnerability of the Obliterator, adds to the tedium. Its somehow clear that nothing will dent their armour until a plodding betrayal demands it, thus stealing a lot of the tension of battle. They are fighting through hordes of Orks and Nobs after all, which we know from the 40k universe can put hefty dents in Space Marines if they are not careful.

Battle of the Fang remains the best of this series; Siege of Castellax comes no where near to challenging that place. There is enough twists in plot that if 150 pages were taken out it might be a good read IMHO, but not as is.
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Nice read, full of betrayal and violence. What a traitor book should be. I am a Black Templar fanatic and thus hate the Iron Warriors but I enjoyed this book as a true 40k fan. Love the way it is written and the different perspectives are interesting, such as the oblitorator, two raptor leaders and the traitor guardsman. It shows the brutality of the Iron Warriors perfectly as well as the constant threats for the traitors from enemies and friendly alike, but also the honour amongst them too. Superb ending and brilliant twist. Love the way the orks are portrayed and all in all a good book.
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By Ross J Donaldson on 4 Jun. 2014
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I've read a few of the 'Space Marine battle novels' and it was good to have a change from Loyalist to Heretic. Seeing a battle from the Heretic perspective was really good, how they treat battle and their human slaves.

I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing novel.
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poor novel you would think they were fighting grots not orks just lets the whole book down all them orks would overwhelm a handful of marries in certain chapters (dem orks is hard you knows)
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as above really if you like 'Storm Of Iron' and HH book 'Angel Exterminatus' you'll love this and you'll know why:)
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