Eh, Watchers in Death
... An okay read I guess, but so much squandered potential...
Scattered thoughts and ramblings below.
The founding of the Deathwatch felt like a bunch of random marines just walking into a room, one of them starts shouting Deathwatch and the rest just join in on the chanting and having a space bro moment. It just felt very hollow and rushed to me.
And how do the marines suddenly turn into epic orc mass murderers that blow up moons, space ships and titans like no ones business? In the 40K setting them being very good at their thing makes sense, being the best of the best in their respective fields, armed with the very best weaponry and technology. But these guys just felt like a random bunch of stereotypical marines thrown together, quickly re-painting their armour and going full on 80’s action movie on the orks. Also holy shit there was nothing at stake at all, at no moment did it feel like any of them were at any risk of ever dying. The Blood Angels walking a very thin line between succumbing to the black rage twice, but no problem either time and the Techmarine miraculously surviving like that. And none of them had any character beyond chapter stereotype.
The first chapter of the good was quite good, then it just devolved into page after page of Deathwatch bolter porn butchering orks left, right center with a few pages of politics trickled down here and there. A lot of very interesting material, like the search for the Sisters of Silence was jumped over in favour of getting to the next bolter porn section. It is as if the author did not dare/know how to explore these unknown parts of the universe and simply sprinkled in the absolute bare minimum to make the story work and then proceed to fill out the page count with more bolter porn. It just kept jumping from the end of one mission straight to the start of the next one with nothing in between and so much potential was squandered.
And the orks having arrived to a place right before the Imperium arrives there is becoming a serious cliche in this series. There is always an ork fleet attacking whatever place the characters in the story are traveling to. Some variance, please! Instead of shoving the entire Sisters of Silence thing onto like two and a half pages because hey, got to show the space bros having a space bro moment blowing up the titan, they could have entirely skipped that shit and have explored the Silent Sisterhood in more detail instead, since there was so much there to explore. Why were they exiled? Why do they speak? What kind of fortress were they in? What had they been doing there? And so on and so on. But no, instead we just get a quick argument were they at first don‘t want to defend the Imperium and by extension the Emperor, but name drop Vulkan and ouh suddenly it so conveniently is okay to fight for the sake of the Emperor. It was no the worst argument in a 40K novel ever, since most of them are fucking shit, but the reasoning behind them not wanting to fight and suddenly being all "Lets go to war babes" just felt like the author trying to come up with a small conflict for the Inquisitor to resolve but could not come up with a better or more compelling way of doing it.
And what did Vangorich teach Koorland that suddenly made small kill teams the absolutely best idea ever and somehow made small five man teams more effective than several chapters of Astartes combined? Then when they blew up the moon, debris falls all over Terra and kills hundreds of millions, but the book just leaves it at that. Might as well not have happened for all the relevance it had. Why does the book skip over all of that? All this skipping over the details and such are really what drag this book down for me. I read through it in one reading, because it was adequately well written and I was intrigued by the stuff that it promised to show but ended up barely grazing in favour of space bros. Quite the let down in the end, but flying Rhinos were awesome. For the two lines of text dedicated to them.
[Flerden] 9:05 pm: Why the hell can't he just go offline if he goes to watc tv?
[dark angel] 9:06 pm: It is Doelago, we will never know
Last edited by Doelago; 09-05-16 at 04:24 PM.