2 good...one bad and no ugly.imperial guard must buy,
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This review is from: The Last Chancers (Warhammer 40,000: Last Chancers) (Paperback)
As a compilation this is a fine addition to your warhammer 40k library. All three books deliver what you want..when you want it.The main character of kage throughout the books goes from disgruntled guard reject to tough uncaring son of gun to something else entirely. I loved the relationship between kage and the colonel who enlists him in the penal legion for serious infractions. This results in steadily going to town on kages head turning him and molding him into a mission obsessive animal/killer/psychopath. It all starts off with a short story which i guess wets your appetite.
Book 1 13th legion then broadly covers the nuts and bolts of what these new characters are about. Hopping from war zone to war zone and slowly seeing the ranks decimated and knowing that no one cares because they are the lowest of the low and do the worst guard jobs imaginable. If theres a suicidal mission or a chance to run headlong into enemy fire the 13th legion are given the task. Kage seems swept up in the mess and just wants to survive. The ending is awesome and you do feel for kage because he is broken inside. Theres a second short story next that shows kage descend furthur into madness and how he just doesnt know any better. He's now the terminator crossed with hanibal lecter but with less face eatting.
Book 2 kill team is more focused than the first book because there are less characters and concentrates on kage training the new last chancer squad (not legion this time) to assassinate a tau leader. Kage now doesnt give a damn and just gets the job done. This book concentrates on the training aspect quite alot and feels very much like the dirty dozen. This book does stutter near the end a bit but soon picks up.
Book 3 annihilation squad is about the new new last chancers preparing to kill or capture a hive world ruler on armageddon. Something is seriously up with kage and his health and sanity are now becoming a problem.This book was the worst of the three in my opinion. Thats not to say its rubbish i just felt very let down about how the last 50 or so pages went. It seemed as though gav thorpe realized he needed to tie things up and just did what he did.
In all a good buy and i wouldnt mind reading more about kage but thats unlikely now.He was my kind of scum.