Originally Posted by Angel of Blood
Indeed, I know everyones got different opinions and all that jazz, but it truly, incredibly baffles me on a mind boggling scale as to how quite a few people have rated FtT so high. I'm actually going to go right out and say this, and I know there will be outcry on this, but I genuinely rate Fear to Tread lower than Battle of the Abyss, BftA was crap, no doubt about it, but hell at least I liked Mhotep and Skraal, hell I more than liked them, I genuinely think they were good characters. Something FtT lacks entirely for me.
So yeah, I've said it. Fear to Tread, for me, is the worst book in the Heresy series.
I stopped reading FtT when I reached the part about tire irons and sign posts coming to life.
Thank goodness for Lexicanum spoilers otherwise I would not know what happened next in the story or what the big reveals were.
In regards to ADB taking on the BA, I'm a bit worried he might make them sound too similar to the Black Templars or in some ways the Night Lords. I didn't get a feel for the World Eaters or a sense of who they were as a legion in his Betrayer
. They didn't seem as reinvented as we were led to believe but as I've stated before, GW's lore department are 99% at fault for placing such restrictions on the World Eaters ages ago.
I kind of believe certain legions fit certain authors and for them to deviate and try writing about other legions tends to not work out that much.
In summary, I think fresh blood is needed. John French perhaps? He hasn't tried his hand at a HH novel or been given a legion to write about.