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Promising start, but inconclusive end
on 26 October 2010
Straight up let me say this book is long (over 700 pages) because it includes 3 novels in 1. What ultimately starts out as a promising page turning thriller set in the warhammer 40,000 universe ends up as a rambling introspective and inconclusive tale, dampened by an anticlimactic ending. I will echo a lot of the other reviews found here that the first novel "Drago" is by far the best. The two others were unnecessary because they become marred by a lack of focus, a bloated narrative and a directionless plot. From a lore perspective, you will experience everything from the emperor's throne to the eye of terror, from genestalers to Eldar Harlequins, from titans to land raiders. All the content is there, but it isn't woven together that well, and the initial plot that threatens humanity is later discarded. If it wasn't for the chemistry between several of the main characters the last two novels would appear nihilistic. Plot strands are left unfinished, characters vanish suddenly, others are forgotten altogether, and the plot that drives the first book really loses its energy quickly. What's more, the saga ends abruptly, almost as if the author was wrenched away half-way through a sentence, not even leaving much yearning because by that time the story has delved into irrelevance anyway. Unless you're a hardcore fanatic that has to get his hands on every piece of lore around, you'd do well do avoid this book.