Something about it just didn't inspire me - maybe the eldar were just too human. Also, plugging in one of the villains saying "make NNN great again" was really cringe-worthy. There's a difference between having political relevance and shunting the reader out of the story. But when the book worked, it worked.
The Last Hunt 8/10
The ending was a bit too tidy, but generally, it was a very solid book with a great feeling of atmosphere.
Ferrus Manus: Gorgon of Medusa 9/10
This one is still in flux. In general, it was a phenomenal book. The downside was the portrayal of Ferrus being insufficiently awesome, so to speak. Ferrus needed a portrayal that showed why he was chosen to lead seven Legions at Isstvan, and this wasn't it. At all.
Perturabo: Hammer of Olympia 1/10
The rest of the book was decent, the hrud were fittingly scary, but the portrayal of Perturabo was so abysmal as to break any numerical scale. I think Haley is just bad at writing "left-brain" characters - he writes Guilliman badly in Dark Imperium, and this abomination is even worse.
Watchers of the Throne: the Emperor's Legion - 5/10
Blood of Iax - 7/10
The Lords of Silence - 10/10
Shroud of Night - 9/10
Carcharodons: Outer Dark - 8/10
The Voice of Mars - 10/10
For the Emperor 9/10
Caves of Ice 7/10
The Traitor's Hand 9/10
(yeah, I'm a bit behind on actually reading those....)
The Beast Arises:
I am Slaughter 7/10
Predator, Prey 6/10
The Emperor Expects 8/10
The Last Wall 8/10
(on sheer entertainment value, the Emperor Expects + Last Wall were both 10/10, but the inconsistencies are already piling up, and more generally I have issues with the presentation of the M32 setting.)
I quite like that it doesn't really have much to do with the overarching plot. My main gripe is that a lot of the assassins didn't particularly act like assassins.
The reveals about the truth of Mars and the Mechanicum were the best bits. The titan battles I could take or leave. The main character's journey was interesting but she was frustratingly idiotic (for a genius).
The Solar War 8/10
Enthralling non-stop action (and I'm not usually keen on the battle based books), with a fantastic reveal at the end which we should have seem coming!
At last, I can read what I want, not connected with my study. Recently I've passed my last exam No idea how I would do that without https://studenterra.com/, actually. Maybe there are some fellow students and they find it useful.
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