"Blood of Asaheim" By Chris Wright
(Minor spoilers below)
Blood of Asaheim
By Chris Wraight
Jarnhamar pack of Ragnar Blackmanes Great Company
Gunnlaugur AKA Skullhewer- Pack Leader
Valtyr- Blademaster, 2nd in command
Baldr- Heavy weapon (Heavy Bolter)
Olgeir AKA Heavy Hand
Jorundur AKA Old Dog-Thunderhawk Pilot
Sisters Of Battle: Order of the Wounded Heart
Cannoness de Chatelaine
Sister Palatine Uwe Bajola
Death Guard Legion CSM (Heretics and plague marines)
The basic premise of this book is that Ingvar returns from serving 57 years with the DeathWatch to the pack that either he (Ingvar) or Gunnlaugur would inherit with the pack leaders death. Because Ingvar wasn't there, Gunnlaugur was promoted uncontested. There is so much pride from Gunnlaugur that he constantly has to prove/show that he is the pack leader to Ingvar. Even though, Ingvar just doesn't care and all he wants to do is serve the Pack. So you (the reader) have to put up with all the petty BS as the Pack is sent on a mission to Ras Shakeh for an up coming major offensive and they (Imperial authorties) want to use that planet as a staging point. Jarnhamar pack is supposed to link up with the Sisters Of Battle to stamp out the rebellion that is going on on the planet.
Jarnhamar Pack assumes that this is going to be a easy mission, basically guard duty. However, as soon as they get in system they are spotted by an enemy ship. In typical Space Wolf fashion, they don't back down or look for a better attack pattern and just go in guns blazing. Although it was a good fight (and good reading), it costs them their ship and every one aboard except for the Space Marines.
Through out the book, Ingvar is constantly second guessing himself and the way of the Space Wolves after the lessons he learned serving with other chapters in the DeathWatch. His thoughts/advice is immediately brushed off by Gunnlaugur. Which in the end causes Ingvar to kind of go "rogue" as he just does pretty much what he wants. Worth noting that Ingvar's actions did work out for the better and saved the Pack multiple times (even if Gunnlaugur would NOT admit it).
All in all, the book is a good read. Especially if you are a Space Wolves fan. The childish "my penis is bigger" stuff gets old though.
I would rate this book 6 out of 10. I gave it that low of a score because of the bickering. Others will (of course) rate it higher, but the bickering just rubbed a sore spot with me.