Name: Warrior Brood
Author: C. S. Goto
Length: 251 pages
Type: Space Marine, Deathwatch
Death comes to the world of Herodian IV when the horror of a tyranid hive fleet descends from the heavens. The untold nightmares within have but one mission: devour every living thing possible and leave the world a barren rock. The clock is ticking for the forces of the Imperium before the planet is lost forever; and to making matters more dire, Inquisitor Kalypsia of the Ordo Xenos and a team of Deathwatch space marines have been charged to investigate the purpose of a mysterious facility that may have some connection with the hive fleet. What terrible secrets is the facility hiding, and does the young inquisitor know more than she is letting on? Time is running out for Herodian IV, will her defenders be able to bring about salvation or is it already to late and they are fighting a desperate escape before the ravenous alien horde tears them apart?
Now before getting into any actual reviewing I must do something I am normally loathe to do; and that is spoil some aspect of the book that you cannot get from the description. In this case it is the appearence of the Mantis Warriors and how they are a fairly prominant part of the story. The very appearence of the chapter is an important thing to take note of, because it is perhaps the first time we get any insight to the Badab War, and from the perspective of one of the chapters who sided with the Astral Claws and later repented and have been on a penitent crusade. I'm gonna leave this at: we are treated to the fallout of this mistake, and how much it has cost the chapter, and likely all of the others on similar quests.
Anyway, no more of that; onto some actual reviewing and less spoiling, this time broken up into sections.
The inquisition sub story was very interesting, and by the end I found myself smiling because I did not see the end coming. Truth be told I fell into what was likely an intended trap, and thought something completely different was going to happen.
The Mantis Warrior sub-story, that one I found myself liking the most and this is largely due to the fact that it focuses a great deal on the the feeling and treatment of the chapter; both by others and by its own marines. The novel starts and ends on this sub-story, and by the end I felt myself truly feeling for the chapter, for all that they had lost, for what they stood for, and for what they would be remembered for.
-The Mantis Warriors: disgraced chapter teetering on the brink and trying to find redemtpion. My heart went out to these marines and what they end up losing, and that ending..
-Space battle: oh so glorious; not to many stories involving fleet engagements against a tyranid hive fleet.
-Repetative: lets look at librarian Bob as he twirls his force staff, ten pages later lets go back to him, oh look spinning that staff some more.
-Boring: catch all of the pacing and being repetative; once or twice I found myself reading on only to get through the book, not because I was enjoying myself.
-Rocky pacing: would have truly loved some more time spent on characters and less time spent on the bolter-porn; this book has the formula for doing pacing wrong.
-Spelling: I don't think I got through a single chapter without tripping over something spelled wrong. Bit of an editting debacle that one.
Its not god-awful overall, and I would say get Warrior Brood for, if anything, the Mantis Warriors. Truth be told they were the real heroes in this book (well the battlefleet as well but you get the point) and they are still a repenting chapter from the Badab War. Otherwise, I cannot in good conscionce reccomend this book.