This was really really good! A perfect mix of action along with a lot of tantalizing glimpses at the mysterious history and true nature of the Charcharodons. However, the book’s blurb is a little misleading. It says the story centers around Genestealers on Piety V, but the plot only arrives at the planet like halfway through the novel. The first half actually involves the Carcharodons negotiating with another chapter, the Ashen Claws, and an Inquisitor investigating evidence of the Carcharodons on another planet, and *then* the two plotlines converge on the Genestealers on Piety V.
With that consideration in mind, this might be the best MacNiven work I’ve read yet. Tons of great action all throughout the book, ranging from one-on-one duels to the climactic final battle with the genestealers, mixed in with a ton of worldbuilding. I’d say the portions of the novel involving the Inquisitorial investigation of the Carcharodons are masterful, really gives you the impression you’re reading a fine mystery novel as they try to tease through the scraps of centuries-old evidence leading them to the wanderers of the Outer Dark. Now, you’ll notice I haven’t given many specifics, but that’s cause I don’t wanna spoil anything. This really is a straight-up sequel to the first Carcharodons novel, Red Tithe, and you’ll find out what happened to characters like Skell and Rannik here! But there are definitely some big revelations (especially one that seems like intriguing fodder for future stories) so I don’t wanna give them away. There’s even a little cameo from a character from Death Warrant! But yeah, since all of these plotlines are so significant, I gotta keep mum about them in this review. You should definitely give this story a look! 5 stars, easily.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Games Workshop (15 September 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1784967718
- ISBN-13: 978-1784967710
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 106,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)