Great read, compelling characters, tension in spades - looking forward to the next novel!,
This review is from: Deathwatch (Warhammer 40000) (Paperback)
This book turned out to be one of the highlights of Warhammer 40k fiction last year, in my opinion. The author does a great job infusing the characters with a sense of personality, history and intrigue. I genuinely want to know more about them and see where their loyalties, agendas and circumstances take them next. In many space marine-centric books, the human characters generally suffer from a lack of depth and purpose - not so here, the human characters are every bit as nuanced and pivotal to the dialogue as the astartes protagonists. The author also does a good job of showing and inferring the traits of the space marines via the dialogue and banter that goes on between them. In fact, if I could change one thing about the book it would be to see yet more of this.
The plot itself is well paced, with a good balance between action and plot/character development. In terms of lore, the novel provides uncommon insight into the workings of the mysterious deathwatch, the training of DW astartes and the sinister secrets of the relatively unknown Death Spectres chapter. The novel offers a lot to the new and seasoned 40k reader alike, its certainly a must for anyone with an interest in the chamber militant of the Ordos Xenos. Space marines and the inquisition - a killer combo. Highly recommended.