Originally Posted by Giant Fossil Penguin
Thing is, when someone is determined to be unhappy, even if they don't know it, they are petulant and unpleasant, especially if the person they are interacting with is trying to make them change their mind. A reason for why things are how they are is much more attractive for someone, certainly over something that appears random and sets them apart, maybe above, everyone else. Someone who has survived awful trauma, if not helped in the immediate aftermath, is not goign to be a pleasant person to be around as they work through the bowels of their depression. Being emotionally damaged doesn't mean being unable to function, just not able to function appropriately.
Different people react differently. Some react stoically. Some react in a Spartan manner. Some shut down completely. Some consciously try to overcome their suffering but aiding others in theirs. There are myriads of different reactions to trauma. Petulance and self-pity are certainly two of those reactions, but they sure do make it difficult to sympathize with your focal character.
The -redacted- might have been something of an afterthought, but isn't this a good way to enter them into the wider mythos?
It would have been had they actually had something to do with the greater storyline other than being an unforeseen stumbling block.
It is obvious that the Crusader Host in the temple allowed him to take their Progenoids before they died; hence why he says as his [art of the deal he will 'allow them to live'.
I... got the distinct impression that he gathered the Gene-seed from those who had already fallen, during the utter chaos (no pun intended) of the battle.
They now have an obvious role (what it is, ahhh, that is the question) in a way that mightn't have been as connected if they were an anthology storyline.
How exactly were the Custodes introduced in this series again?
As to the descriptions of the Imperial Palace, I see two reasons as to not go into too much detail. First, how can something so huge and majestic ever be described in a way that will resonate with all of us who have been imagining this place for years?
Better than the way it has thus far. I wouldn't say that Mr. McNeill didn't try to put any
effort, but I was disappointed to see only the most general terms of scale and size used. How is it that the artists who paint and draw illustrations for 40k are able to conceptualize and bring to life some of those images?
There's no way any Author could hope to do it justice in this regard.
A complex the size of a small continent? Probably not. The specific portions of it that one DOES visit and interact with? Yes, absolutely!
Second, is that the characters themselves don't see it.
Not true. Kai can
see, thanks to his bionic implants, and it's at least implied that the Astropaths have comparable vision vis-a-vis their psychic sight. And even if the latter couldn't
see, there's a challenge to provide a dramatically different perspective (and thus engage the reader more).
The Palace isn't an actor in this story as it iss an indistinct backdrop, a vast oppressive curtain for the characters to act against. It passes by them in a blur, or hangs over them like a threat. They don't care about towers and statues, more than they care about what shelter may be found under and within them.
I find it odd, then, that the author went to the trouble to convey the reactions (emotional or otherwise) the characters had while passing various landmarks.
@Xisor. How could Nagasena avoid being Captain Japan? There is no Japan in the era of the Emepror Alive, so where is he going to be getting his ideas from?
being Captain Japan to begin with, especially as there was no Japan for some thousands of years?
Finally, I don't really care about everything being answered now. I'm just concerned about what we do see (especially when we see it for the first time) being described to us with more justice.
I have no beef with Mr. McNeill. I think he's by all means a good writer. I've enjoyed a number of his novels - from "Storm of Iron", to "False Gods", to "Dead Sky Black Sun", to "A Thousand Sons". I've probably had one complaint or another for pretty much every single one of those books, just as I've had them for pretty much every single book I've read... since no one's perfect.
My disappointment with this novel is part of an occasional trend I see across Black Library, wherein some efforts just seem unambitious.