My BL reading so far this year:
The Unremembered Empire - 7/10. Decent. Felt that the gratuitous Primarch slapfights were wholly unnecessary, and that Curze was forced to be depicted so powerful that he made all the loyalists look bumbling and helpless. More juicy Perpetual details, but quite a bit of squandered potential: Alpha Legion plots, Word Bearers teleporting in for bloody rampages, Perpetuals working behind the scenes... these could have made for a compelling convergence of schemes, but the Primarchs had to steal the show and leave each sub-plot a few scenes to resolve themselves. Some good characters and gets into the heads of Guilliman and such well, but could have been markedly better.
Ahriman: Exile - 8.5/10. An intimate portrayal of a ragged Ahriman on the run that in no way lessens how awesome and potent of a character that this, one of the most seductively cool special characters in the game, can be seen. Almost a Dresden Files book set in the 40k universe.
Atlas Infernal - 8/10. Ah, Czevak, you poor, damned fool. This is a book where the author took all the coolest things about 40k and shook them up in a big jar of Eye of Terror and spilled the result out on the table. The first two chapters have Death Korps of Krieg, an immortal cannibal death-cult assassin Living Saint, Deathwatch, inquisitorial intrigue, Harlequins, a Relictors Techmarine, a daemonhost, a sultry Rogue Trader, the Eye of Terror, Salvar Chem Dogs... and more.
Angel Exterminatus - 6.5. An excellent insight into the very sympathetic Perturabo. Except, uh, when he's in killing rages. The whole "copy/paste cast from Storm of Iron to make the 40k univers seem tiny" thing is depressing and distressing, as is the fact that both Iron Warriors and Emperor's Children are indistinguishable from their modern 40k counterparts. Also "hyper-competent loyalist stragglers make evil Primarchs look like fools" is also getting a bit tiresome. Lots of little things about it irritate me, but to the book's credit, its core is strong enough to bear through and act as a serviceable addition to the series.
What sphinx of plascrete and adamantium bashed open their skulls and ate up their brains and imagination? Imperator! Imperator!
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