Thats all I've read so far, but heres a few thoughts I've had on it and things I've noticed.
1. The 1K son on the front cover is introduced quickly enough, which probably means the front cover scene will actually take place at some point. I'm guessing the marine behind the UM is a Space Wolf, and the one with the power fist the Word Bearer they are fighting.
2. The Word Bearers seem to have a fairly straightforward organization. The Legion is broken up into chapter, each made of 1000 marines, led by a captain. However, the Ultramarines are also organized in this way, so it may just be a lack of imagination on Ben Counters part.
3. Counter describes the UM upside-down Omega as a U. I'm not sure if its described as this normally, but I'd have thought the upside-down Omega description was obvious enough to actually be used.
4. Counter appears to not know a certain amount of fluff about the Legions. At one point (page 61 for anyone interested), Cestus is thanking the marines from the other legions for helping and says 'You have the gratitude of Guilliman and the eighth Legion for your attendance here this day.' The UMs aren't the eighth legion! They're the 13th! The 8th Legion is the Night Lords!
5. The title now has a double meaning. As well as a battle for any abyss they happen to find on Calth, it could also mean a battle for the Word Bearers' ship, the Furious Abyss.
6. The writing quality. I'm just hoping the battle I described in the Spoiler doesn't result in the destruction of the Furious Abyss. That would be a really lame end to something that is made out to be so powerful and important to the storyline. And even if it just loses the battle it would be wierd. A spaceship larger and more powerful than any in existance, designed to withstand the orbital defences of Macragge, losing to a ragtag fleet which includes only two larger ship, the largest of which is only less than a third of its' size? It would, as I said, be rather lame. The quality itself isn't good either. I found a sentence in which 'was' should have been used, but he used 'were'. An author shouldn't be making simple mistakes like that.
Has anyone else managed to buy it, and if so, what do you think of it?
Edited by brother Hastatus, 01 August 2008 - 07:42 AM.