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Carcharadons: Red Tithe. 8/10. Really enjoyed this book. The perspectives of both the space sharks and NLs are both interesting, and the action is well paced. Also loved the tidbits about the Sharks' origins. There's enough there to start a fluff thread later.
 

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Angels of Caliban, 6/10

I wanted to like it, and there were certainly plenty of good bits in there, but I have some real issues with the portrayal of the Primarchs. Its a recurring theme in Thorpes books that characters cannot be reasonable in any way and I felt this one took it to the extreme. I felt every time any of the Primarchs talked to each other they were over the slightest disagreement going straight to anger and being at each others throats.
 

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Cadia Stands, 2/10?

It saddens me to say this, but this book was a mess. It started with a great prologue, but from there it just fell apart so badly that it is hard to describe. It tries to do everything at once and fails spectacularly on all fronts. There is exactly zero character development, no clue what the idea here was. It just keeps jumping around from character to character, switching POV sometimes three times on a single fucking page. The first half of the book especially is really incoherent and it just jumps with days and months in whatever direction not following any character in particular.
 

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Rise of the Ynnari, Ghost warrior. 5/10

I found it passable and an interesting look at the status of the eldar post the great rift, but thats about it. Its very slow paced and takes a really long time to pick up, and ultimately doesn't change much. Though the very much final chapter perhaps the best part of the book, but sure takes a long time to get there.
I think it suffers from being an opening book for the eldar post gathering storm, and thusly can't have any monumental changes or revelations, hence the nothing changes comment.

The craftworld eldar and dark eldar path series was far better written, and a lot more energetic.
 

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The Path of Heaven - 9/10
 

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Ruinstorm - 3/10

Absolutely terrible. All the problems I have had with Annandales other works just got multiplied tenfold in this one.
 

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Cadia Stands, 1/10

If I'd seen @Doelago's earlier comment I'd probably have skipped this one, but this thing deserves another mention because of how it is advertised. I quote:

Black Library said:
The storm has broken and the forces of Chaos batter against Cadia's defences. Lord Castellan Creed leads the defence of the fortress world, but for how much longer can they hold out. Cadia stands… but will it stand forever?

READ IT BECAUSE
Justin D Hill follows up his Ursarkar Creed short stories in Legends of the Dark Millennium: Astra Militarum with the tale of the hero's finest – and darkest – hour.
I feel I can be forgiven for thinking this was a story about Creed. If you've read Gathering Storm 1: Fall of Cadia, you'll probably agree that we're getting tantalizing hints there's a fantastic story happening with the main Imperial characters: Creed, later joined by Cawl, Celestine and Greyfax. We get a bunch of short snippets and sidebars that practically beg for a novelization of their interactions.

This, however, is not that story. Creed barely gets to be on the stage, and then only seen through a third party. Cawl and Greyfax never appear at all. We're instead getting half a dozen shorts that merely happen to be set on Cadia during those final months. Worse, those stories only occasionally nod toward converging.

This book is a trainwreck, only made worse by the missed opportunity.
 
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Castellan by David Annandale 1/10

For once I have to give a David Annandale book a total miss. I find this book unbelievably bad with the truly insane feats of the Grey Knights. I enjoyed the first book Warden of the Blade, but its like he didnt even try in this book. While he does the impossible deviancy of chaos well, its not enough to lift it above the disaster that is the super overpowered Grey Knights and Crowe in particular. David should really have taken more than just a page from his first book.

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Grey Knights, Dark Adeptus and Hammer of Daemons are far better Grey Knights novels by a far more competent author that strikes them as a strong precision instrument, without going totally gaga.
 

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The Devastation of Baal by Guy Haley - 9.5/10

Dante was great, this one was even better. Guy Haley writes the Blood Angels so well that I don‘t want another author to touch them. All around an excellent book, and somehow manages not to devolve into bolter porn which amazed me considering the circumstances depicted in the book.
 

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Ahriman: Exile 8/10
Ahriman: Sorcerer 9/10
Ahriman: Unchanged 6/10

(read as part of the Omnibus, as you may guess. Yes, I'm just a bit behind on BL....)
 

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Knightsblade 8/10. I found it considerable improvement over the previous book Kingsblade, which I found rather mediocre.

Andy Clark has definitely gotten much better at writting Imperial Knights.

I look forward to read the third book in the series, I -want- to see the end of the tale.
 

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Lorgar: Bearer of the Word 8/10

Quite a slow paced novel, but the climax and implications of the ending gave me a whole new perspective of my favourite primarch.
 

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Ruinstorm, 5/10. Really struggled with this one. Sanguinius' inner struggle with his visions of his own death was played on far too much, so much so I got bored with it. I think this arc of the story might have been a bit too big for Annandale.

The one thing of interest was the revelation that
 
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