I can't do anything special from my phone to hide spoilers so don't read ahead if you haven't read void stalker yet.
So at the very end when "Talos" says he's not Talos and that his name is Decimus. Are we supposed to know who that is? Aaand what's the deal with everyone gathered around talking about the Thirteenth Black crusade? Is this an alternate universe like Lost *SPOILERS* moment where they were already dead? I loved the ending despite being a little bit confused
I thought it was fairly obvious. Decimus is the son of Octavia and Septimus, stolen away by Variel the Flayer and implanted with the geneseed of Talos and gaining his prophetic abilities.
That's exactly what i'm assuming too. However I'm curious why Variel needs the child – we only know from Talos' prophecy, that the Flayer will take him from his parents –, why the sudden change of heart, when he haven't really seemed intrested about him in the first place. And why is the new prophet named Decimus. I mean where is the ninth (7th/Septimus, 8th/Octavus (Octavia), 9th/?Nonus?, 10th/Decimus).
Well... maybe in the next trilogy we'll get the answers, if ADB will get around to write it. Hopefully
Anyway, I've dashed through the book in two afternoons (despite that I'm a slow reader). So basically you wait almost a year for the release and then finish it in mere two days. That's the only negative thing I could find about it. Definitely a 5* book for me.
Decimus is Octavia & Septimus' child, but it's very strongly implied given the context of the story
Similarly, regarding the discussion at the end
Soul Hunter has Abaddon and folks discussing the possibility that there might be a new undertaking on the horizon. The 13th Black Crusade hasn't yet happened, so that's what the Night Lords who survive are talking about at the end.
OOOOOOOHHH MAH GAH there go my undies getting all wet. I think being so friggin tired while reading it at 2am probably helped me miss what was happening. Thank you brother Lucian and the rest for clearing that up. I wasn't disappointed at all with this book. Too damn great of an ending.
Variel WAS very much interested in Septimus and Octavia's son. The fact that he has inherited some of his mother's navigator genes should, in all likelihood, be a tremendous boost to the prophetic powers that Talos' geneseed grants.
The lack of interest Atyaman speaks of probably comes from the scene where Variel doesn't argue with Octavia when she says that the Legion can't have her child. The thing is, Variel is acting just like we expect him to. He's not going to argue over petty details when he knows he's eventually going to get things his way. He remains just as sickeningly calm as ever - in much the same way he does when he forcibly euthanizes one of his former Corsair brothers, or when he guns down said Corsair's friends when they come for revenge in Blood Reaver.
Good review. It was an excellent read and exceeded all my expectations. I'm actually worried about starting the Word Bearers trilogy as I know it's going to be a letdown after this kickbutt trilogy from ADB. I need more Chaos PoV books!! I was so desperate I actually read Sigvald (Warhammer fantasy chaos PoV)... man that was a waste of money.
I wouldn't go as far as to say it's the best SF book I've read. But it's in the top 3 of the BL books I've read.
Decimus - No spoilers. I'm just going to say I'm sad as I'm fearing we won't get to read about his exploits... He pretty much appears in the timeline up to the newest fluff... so I guess we won't see him fulfill his eldar prophecy? Unless I'm mistaken and it's been mentioned in some fluff.