Absolute gopping mess. I'm going to preface this, with a 1.5/10, and maybe lower. The worst book in the Heresy series, and yes, I'm including Battle for the Abyss, Prospero Burns, AND the Outcast Dead in this list. Know No Fear and Fear to Tread, despite fairly poor writing actually have the saving grace of "shit happens".
The Iron Hands, about as cool an idea as possible, Terminators in Power Armour, Flesh is weak, replace with logical machines, and yet the Primarch realised that his sons were going too far, in some poetic parallel with the Word Bearers.
HOW THE FUCK ARE YOU SO BORING?
HOW THE FUCK ARE YOU SO FUCKING IDIOTIC?
HOW THE FUCK DO YOU NOT HAVE FRIDGE LOGIC? IT'S A KIND OF FUCKING LOGIC.
It's Bolter Porn, and not even good Bolter porn. It's Space Marine Battles novel, with references to Chapter's Ctrl+F'd and replaced with Legions, with the tick-box BL seem to have of having three legions mentioned per novel that seems to be the running trend (TUE; UM, DA, BA/TVS; UM, BA, SoH/DoP; IH/RG/Sal) to have it labled a Heresy novel.
Nothing important happens. A few Space Marines start off with X plot armoured characters go to a world, kill something to tick the "ooh kill'em" box, then they go back to the planet, where people begin to die, and some fucking idiot can't read the writing on the wall, and the Space Marines have the ability to read threat indicators like a blind 3 year old.
They deserve to die, and you want them to die for being such cunting retards.
There is one interesting bit - the demon summoned (you might as well know, you can spot it a mile off, and I'll save you £10+) is an anagram of Lamiad. This is either intentional, or about the shittest name for the BBEG since... nope. It's the shittest name ever. Madail? Seriously? Mad Ale? Fucking hell.
The characters are not even that. They're caricatures of extremes of the legions used as a statement, and very poorly.
The words written are of an entirely different story, then run through a Thesaurus to give it some false je ne sais quoi, some form of fake integrity and depth that some vapid twat you're speaking to uses big words to make themselves sound more intelligent. This isn't just the typical overbearing bumf you're used to in 40K where they make up words all the time. This is purposely annoying uses of deliberately archaic terminology.
Annandale is not established or capable enough to pull it off.
And the end of the story? Everyone dies, pointlessly and needlessly. It's a self contained book, with no references to the Primarchs short of Ferrus Manus is dead, and no characters you were aware of (sans some minor short, IIRC?), nor need to care about. Even the shitty subplot of Vengeful Spirit with Loken was better written (because really? Who got Vengeful spirit to read about Loken? I got it to see Horus in action with the Mournival in tow).
This is the worst book in the entire series.
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