I want to see more of the siege through Katsohiro's eyes, he's been conscripted, herded like cattle to the outer trench line as cannon fodder, fended off the deranged hordes of mutants and cultists thrown at them, endured traitor attacks, orbital barrages which penetrate the shield on occasions and level entire sections of the outer trench line, chemical weapons munitions and the horror of gas attacks and a direct assault by the Death Guard, escaping by the skin of his teeth and it shows a sliver of humanity in his interaction with the Imperial Fists, then he has a full blown panic attack.
That poor bastard has been to hell and back and the walls haven't even been breached yet, It was a missed opportunity to see the Siege through his eyes, being posted to various sectors the degenerating conditions of the slums and refugee camps, the lack of supplies, the grumbling and patrolling of Commissars within the walls and executions to forestall mutiny, hinting at what the Imperium will become in the grim future
The Old lore dealt with it more effectively, that Imperial army units went rogue and turned traitor as the Traitor Legions made an assault on the Space Port, rendering the perimeter compromised and allowing the Traitors to gain a foot hold. The entire Free Corps plot line could have been rolled in and dealt with through Katsohiro's eyes and his interactions with them as part of the perimeter defence on various sections of wall, keeping it inside the Siege lines, rather than splitting things off into yet another plot line, where we are trying to focus on the Imperial Fists, the Iron Warriors, Katsohiro AND the Free Corps, it's just too scatty and it's not given the time and attention needed for the plot line to deliver effectively, rather detracting from the main focus of the book, becoming a tangential arc which doesn't add anything to the pivotal event of the HH and sets the tone for the entire 40k universe, the Siege of the Imperial Palace
Edited by Billy the Squid, 09 April 2020 - 03:35 AM.