Found a copy of Mont'ka and perused the information within. While most of the story isn't anything truly shocking, the ending definitely IS.
In fairness the Worldflame would not have worked like that anywhere outside the Damocles Gulf. It was all the nebulae and other celestial phenomina that chain-reacted with the destruction of Agrellan to cause a system-wide firestorm.Wow.
I like it a lot.
Killing off Aun'va is pretty ballsy, gotta say! The system-burning missile is kind of silly, but sounds like something the Imperium would do so I can forgive it. I think we all knew the random anonymous assassins weren't going to succeed in killing important, established Tau characters but Aun'va, dayum.
It's quite frustrating that the Astartes are beaten so easily in so many novels. Only the Guard should suffer this kind of loss in numbers as the SM's (especially the Raven Guard) are meant to be brilliant stealth tacticians.The way Pask got taken out of the fight was a bit stupid though. Wasn't a fan of the Vindicares fail.
He ran into Darkstriders perfect ambush, with his perfectly places pathfinders and his perfectly times photon grenade. Sigh.
The biggest problem I have across both books, is how the author just does not seem to grasp how monumental the losses inflicted on the Space Marines are. In the final attack, the Space Marines deploy upwards of half a dozen companies maybe? HALF are killed in the initial ambushes, just the initial ones, then Farsight seems to be hunting more down with relative ease. Almost half a chapter gone, in one battle. Combine this with the earlier losses in Mont'ka and the hideous losses in Kauyon, and whole chapters worth of Astartes have been killed and over half the Raven Guard chapter, including their chapter master. At the end of this though, the Raven Guard are just like, 'well, we're needed elsewhere, see ya', where as they should be retreating to homebase to desperately try and recover what's left of their chapter.
Yeah, reading about Fire Warriors out stealthing the Raven Guard is frustrating to say at the very least.It's quite frustrating that the Astartes are beaten so easily in so many novels. Only the Guard should suffer this kind of loss in numbers as the SM's (especially the Raven Guard) are meant to be brilliant stealth tacticians.