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So due to the mail going completely fubar on me i've only just got round to reading and finishing Nemesis. So few things.

Kell and the marines he has assassinated before, seemed to leave it massively vague, of course it might have been suring those 2 years of the heresy previous to the time of the book, but a few people i've talked about it with like to think its another nudge about the 2 missing Legions. I'm not so sure, like i said it could easily have taken place after the heresy had begun, did seem a bit deliberatly cryptic though, who knows.

Little mention of M'Shen, nothing massive of course, i'm just a bit of a sucker for the little easter eggs and notes in the books there for people who already have a good account of the lore.

Malcador being the Master Assassin. Quite liked that little touch myself, definetly adds a bit more to his character and how he opperated.

Assassins in general, would quite like another few books on the assassins, thoroughly enjoyed the banter and remarks between them. The Garantine and Koynes sarcastic comments and jibes being some of the best. "Must have lost my invite" was my particular favourite. Some people i've seen didnt like the recruitment 'missions' of each assassin, i quite like them though, added a bit more to the characters and it was just a good read.

I will agree with some peoples complaints about the investigation sub plot though. Yes it was relevant to a degree to give a bit more scare to Spear and show how he got his current disguise, but the other characters, Daig springs to mind the most just seem pointless, especially the way he just.....died with no real impact at all to the story.

On a similar note did anyone else find Jennikers death a bit too sudden and anti-climactic? Just seemed so random to have her killed by a random peice of bone shot in a hurry from Spear. Tariel died almost exactly as i expected he would, it was literally the precise way i thought it would happen, one moment holed up in his hide, gets spooked and ends up running straight into Spear, although i had wished he would have just run away after the grenade. Kell's apparent death was pretty anti-climactic aswell, just piloting his ship in a rather futile effort straight into the vengeful spirit. Why didn't he just stay on the surface and wait for Horus to come down?

Few other points i was going to raise but have for now forgotten. End of the day though i enjoyed the book alot. Yes it was a filler, but it was never going to be anything else, we all knew neither sides assassins would suceed, but it was just interesting to see how it played out and what the post-istvaan imperium was like. Like others have said though you could easily fit pretty much the same story into current 40k. Either way i liked it
 

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Tariel lists the kill to Valdor when he first meets him, he's reeling off names and when he gets to Brother-Captain- Valdor cuts him off. Like i said i assumed it to be a traitor legionaire, but just pointing out some people are pointing to it being pre-heresy. I still think traitor but meh.

Oh Tariels death fitted him perfectly, just a little predictable.

Horus did land on Dagonet, he has his convesation with Erebus and co. on it. The Sedirae thing bothered me a little aswell, would it really killed them to have waited literally a second longer to get visual ID on his face
 
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