For those who may not have received the email with the ability to dl the small excerpt. UMs have always been my favorite so I have sort of high expectation for this (maybe not a good thing) but I have to say based on the excerpt I am looking forward to this one! While the excerpt is only about 20 pages or so (so clearly the book could be totally different) the following is what I noticed:
1. Destroyers: I have always found these squads (or in this case an entire company!) interesting. The ideal of using "forbidden weapons" especially within the UMs seems like good times. Hopefully this will be explored more it seems like they were used earlier in the crusade but of course Guillman questions this. The captain of this company is from Terra and based on how he comes across clearly belongs with the World Eaters-just wants to blow up.
2. Monarchia: Not sure if this will be explored further but we clearly see the UM's view on this event from their eyes and their feelings about it. I thought maybe this book would have taken place closer to the beginning of the crusade or even his rise under Konor but it seems to take place mid crusade. I like getting this perspective as all we know about the razing has been via the WB's perspective so of course it is skewed.
3. Guilliman: Nervous how Annandale will handle him as to me Dan and ADB (also Guy with Pharos) have been my standard as to how he has been handled. I think it is tough to make Guilliman come across interesting without being a robot. At least based on the excerpt, Annandale has done his homework. I like how he weaves in "codex-like" comments in the text and Guilliman's anticipation of events and responses of his captains.
All in all looking forward to this one. Now I can order this and Path to Heaven to avoid the shipping charge (US).
Edited by Izlude, 28 April 2016 - 12:53 PM.