Captain Uriel Ventris returns to Macragge after defeating the Tau on the planet of Pavoinis. As usual, the next battle comes quickly. Such is the life of an Ultramarine. The Iron Warriors, lead by Warsmith Honsou, is targeting the realm of Ultramar. Honsou is out to destroy all Ventris cares for, including his homeworld of Calth. To this end, Honsou has freed the Daemon Lord M'kar, a diabolical hybrid of Dreadnought and warp-spawn.
Captain Ventris must also deal with the Newborn. The Newborn was once a human boy, but thanks to the Ruinous Powers, the being is now a patchwork melange of stolen skin sewn together from corpses, and its hatred of Ventris is matched only by Honsou. Ventris is horrified to learn that he and the Newborn have much more in common than he could ever have dreamed possible.
**** FOUR STARS! Graham McNeill adds a few interesting secondary characters to flesh out the plot this time around. Captain Aethon Shaan of the Raven Guard is in the action with Uriel because one of his Chapter, Battle Captain Vaanes, is on Honsou's team. (Side note: Uriel met Vaanes during his exile. Early in this novel, Uriel gives a brief overview about the time of his Death Oath.) There are a few other secondary characters with vital roles, but Uriel's Death Oath is at the core of this story's events.
The story jumps between various groups of characters. This gives the readers insight into the main characters' actions and goals. At times it even helps to develop (or deepen) more than one background story of key players. However, in my opinion, not enough time is given to the daemon lord or the Corsair Queen, who commands the Bloodborn host. On the flip side, this author has been known to tell just a bit about some secondary people and/or beings in one story and then bring them back in later stories as main players. Graham McNeill has one wicked imagination! ****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.