Fire Warrior is a good SF novel set in the 41st milinium where there is only war. It has good action in there and the descriptions of the horrors of war and the gore are excellent and fitting for the tabletop game it derived from.
However some of the main characters seem bland and have no real growth. The exceptions being La'Kais, the book's protagonist, his commanding officer, the Space Marine Captain and possibly Kais' friends Yhol and Ju who have very few lines. Also the lack of a main female character is a tad sad and same goes for a lvoe itnerest, but then again it is a war novel so you can let that slide.
This novel is a good introduction to the Tau Empire, focusing rather on the Tau homeworld and the Tau race rather then the Kroot (who get mentioned) and Vespid, and gives the Space Marine/Imperial Guard fans also a little something to chew on. Chaos makes a strong appearence in the novel and really cranks up the gore elvels (as they should). Again this is a Tau novel so do not expect anything new expect maybe a new Space Marine Chapter called the Raptors whom I haven't seen in any other source but this one.
This book is FAr superior then the game it was based on and is one of the black library's forgotten treasure's in my opinion. There is some good action here which focuses on a single Shas'la and how war and great expectations can mentally scar one for life.
I recommend this book to Tau Empire fans, well only those who only care about the Tau race rather then the Kroot and Vespid allies, and some Space Marine/Imperial Guard fans to.
Go forth for the Greater Good!
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