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Warmaster: 14 Hardcover – 21 December 2019
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- Publisher : The Black Library (21 December 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1849705305
- ISBN-13 : 978-1849705301
- Dimensions : 16 x 2.7 x 24 cm
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One of the greatest strengths of this series, is that the author, Dan Abnett, really takes his time to develop his characters and stories over a succession of novels, and is never afraid to take his characters into places that will bring out strong emotions from the readers.
This willingness and skill in how he handles his characters is one of the reasons this series of books is favourably compared to Bernard Cornwall's Sharpe series, and IMHO, rightly so.
Whenever I recommend any Black Library 40k novels, this series is always the first of my top two recommendations.
That being said Dan Abbnetts absence from the series does show in places and intricate plot lines and details that usually fill the pages arent there to the full. Got high hopes for the next book though if the hints in this one are anything to go by
The opening sequence is possibly the highlight of the story here. Followed by a downhill flow as a series of unlikely events unfold.
Spoilers, being flung ten years into the future is not beyond the realms of possibility in warp travel but it does feel like a forced narrative device to move the crusade along and let the ghosts experience the rewards of the strike at Salvation Reach without Dan Abnett having to write enough novels to plug the intervening ten years.
Esra Night survives against the odds battling an entire boarding force with stalk tanks only to be needlessly shot in the back by Meryn towards the end of the book.
Felyx's bodyguard departs as swiftly as she entered the narrative by showing the combat savvy of a depressed lemming. Felix herself reveals her big secret which can be guessed within two seconds of it being hinted at. Yoncy continues to excellent as a hidden enemy asset by acting like the creepiest child in the whole of literary history. Blenner suddenly decides his position is untenable despite Meryn having zero evidence against him and the option of using his commissarial authority to dispense.with Meryn at the drop of a hat.
Speaking of. Mervyn kills Ezra for no apparent reason
Ezra has killed Did I and Jakub has been executed with no one the wiser for Meryns involvement but now he decides he should draw Gaunt attention to the matter even more.
Gaunt becomes a Lord Militant - changing the dynamics of the ghosts and Gol Kolea has a long winded chat with the Inquisition.
Meanwhile,Mkoll, the last remaining super ninja now Ezra and MkVenner are out of the picture, decides to fight an entire army himself.
The author’s style - and the book’s construction in particular – are designed to grip the reader from the first to the last page and in this it is fully successful, including, among other features, a boarding action, a ruthless skirmish against enemy snipers in an urban environment and a major assault on the same city by the heavily armed ground and air forces of the Sons of Sek.
Added to this is an atmosphere of plot and intrigues on the imperial side that Gaunt and his Ghosts also get caught in, as the brilliant, eccentric but out of touch Warmaster Maccaroth obsessively tries to outwit his cunning and devious enemy regardless of the feelings of his generals. Unsurprisingly perhaps, Gaunt will play a major role on the imperial side in what is yet another exciting read.
My only (mild) criticisms is that the story somewhat ends with a cliff hanger rather than a clean break – which is something that I found a bit annoying – and that the reader (or at least me) never clearly understood what was so precious and decisive with the mysterious artefacts that Gaunt and his Ghosts had brought back from their successful raid at Salvation Reach. Four stars as a result.