The book does combat scenes pretty well, the plot moves along swiftly enough and splits between several different areas of focus. The downsides come in a fairly abrupt and IMO lackluster sequel tie-in ending that lacks much suspense and is too predictable for me, there were a number of galling grammatical faults spread throughout the book and the plot hung up at a few points where I felt like I had to slog through them.
On the other hand the book depicts the Salamanders excellently and delivers a great deal of insight into the Chapter and the nature of Nocturne, even more so than the previous book did. Firedrake really hammers home the nature of the Salamanders, their motivations and characters and this is easily the best aspect of the book I think.
Despite its faults I'd still say it is a must read for Salamanders players or fans and is a decent 40k book all around. Its faults don't detract hugely from the reading experience and the background material is well worth the effort.
In short I'd give Firedrake a reasonable 7/10, maybe an 8/10 I haven't entirely made up my mind about it yet.
Edited by Vash113, 19 October 2010 - 02:16 AM.