tbh, the sisters of silence was much more overt than the culexii, and the assassins probably got very good at hiding their existence from nosy highlords given how they barely avoiding being shut down in the Emperor's time. I feel the dismissal of the sisters probably was born out of human failings, fearing what they didnt understand, and or worrying for the astronomican with the increased focus on Emperor worship. Especially with the imperium becomming at 'peace'.
Watchers in Death has just been released for subscribers. I grabbed the bundle and added it to my kindle.
Edit: Finished it. I found it a good enough read. Was quite interesting to read about the founding of the deathwatch and the new legend they have to find.
I do agree with LoTN that the Deathwatch had some truly incredible plotarmor. And just what happened to the astartes to make them so terribly more potent in mixed chapter squads?
Regarding The Beast..
I paid note to Koorland's thoughts of how the beast couldnt have survived, but its essence still lived on in a form. I suspect that the grievously wounded Beast, have been interred in its own 'golden throne' to sustain it due to the injuries Vulkan dealt it.
Eh, Watchers in Death... An okay read I guess, but so much squandered potential...
Scattered thoughts and ramblings below.
The founding of the Deathwatch felt like a bunch of random marines just walking into a room, one of them starts shouting Deathwatch and the rest just join in on the chanting and having a space bro moment. It just felt very hollow and rushed to me.
And how do the marines suddenly turn into epic orc mass murderers that blow up moons, space ships and titans like no ones business? In the 40K setting them being very good at their thing makes sense, being the best of the best in their respective fields, armed with the very best weaponry and technology. But these guys just felt like a random bunch of stereotypical marines thrown together, quickly re-painting their armour and going full on 80’s action movie on the orks. Also holy shit there was nothing at stake at all, at no moment did it feel like any of them were at any risk of ever dying. The Blood Angels walking a very thin line between succumbing to the black rage twice, but no problem either time and the Techmarine miraculously surviving like that. And none of them had any character beyond chapter stereotype.
The first chapter of the good was quite good, then it just devolved into page after page of Deathwatch bolter porn butchering orks left, right center with a few pages of politics trickled down here and there. A lot of very interesting material, like the search for the Sisters of Silence was jumped over in favour of getting to the next bolter porn section. It is as if the author did not dare/know how to explore these unknown parts of the universe and simply sprinkled in the absolute bare minimum to make the story work and then proceed to fill out the page count with more bolter porn. It just kept jumping from the end of one mission straight to the start of the next one with nothing in between and so much potential was squandered.
And the orks having arrived to a place right before the Imperium arrives there is becoming a serious cliche in this series. There is always an ork fleet attacking whatever place the characters in the story are traveling to. Some variance, please! Instead of shoving the entire Sisters of Silence thing onto like two and a half pages because hey, got to show the space bros having a space bro moment blowing up the titan, they could have entirely skipped that shit and have explored the Silent Sisterhood in more detail instead, since there was so much there to explore. Why were they exiled? Why do they speak? What kind of fortress were they in? What had they been doing there? And so on and so on. But no, instead we just get a quick argument were they at first don‘t want to defend the Imperium and by extension the Emperor, but name drop Vulkan and ouh suddenly it so conveniently is okay to fight for the sake of the Emperor. It was no the worst argument in a 40K novel ever, since most of them are fucking shit, but the reasoning behind them not wanting to fight and suddenly being all "Lets go to war babes" just felt like the author trying to come up with a small conflict for the Inquisitor to resolve but could not come up with a better or more compelling way of doing it.
And what did Vangorich teach Koorland that suddenly made small kill teams the absolutely best idea ever and somehow made small five man teams more effective than several chapters of Astartes combined? Then when they blew up the moon, debris falls all over Terra and kills hundreds of millions, but the book just leaves it at that. Might as well not have happened for all the relevance it had. Why does the book skip over all of that? All this skipping over the details and such are really what drag this book down for me. I read through it in one reading, because it was adequately well written and I was intrigued by the stuff that it promised to show but ended up barely grazing in favour of space bros. Quite the let down in the end, but flying Rhinos were awesome. For the two lines of text dedicated to them.
The Last Son of Dorn is available for subscribers. It has been added to the bundle, just grabbed it and added it to my kindle!
Koorland will get to face the Beast at last, and we will see what happened post the fight with Vulkan.
Edit: This one makes up for the disappointment of watchers in death. Several long anticipiated questions are being answered, i love it!
Edit 2: Finished it......I never saw that comming. Dark, dark times ahead. But one hope remains, 'they' seem finally set to take the stage.
The Inquisition's and Veritus's obsessive need to keep secrets has cost mankind dearly. 3 times now Veritus holds crucial knowledge about Imperial assets. How much could have been saved, or disasters averted if Vulkan, the Sisters of Silence and....
The Grey Knights all had gone at once to Ullanor the first time? The Grey Knights is looking to be the final salvation of mankind for the third and last assault on Ullanor in the next book.
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So if the Grey Knights are going to deal with the beasts, I am suspecting we might see a massed charge of Nemesis Dreadknights. They were after all built for giving them the size and strenght to cope with greater daemons. Koorland, mighty as he were, was woefully outmatched by the Beast in physical provess and size.