Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Book review - Fall of Damnos

When Damnos is hit by cataclysmic earthquakes, an ancient force is awakened. Deep beneath the earth, the necrons rise from their slumber to decimate the human populace. All appears lost until salvation comes from the heavens – the Ultramarines brave an orbital bombardment to deploy their forces on Damnos, led by two legendary warriors – Captain Cato Sicarius and Chief Librarian Tigurius.

They are the planet's last, great hope against the remorseless alien foes, but tensions within their ranks threaten to derail victory. As battle rages on Damnos, and the Ultramarines seek to defeat their soulless enemies, Tigurius receives a terrible vision – a vision telling of the death of a hero...

Finally made it through the book and I am somewhat unimpressed with the ending. The anticlimax at the end was weak. You have to major battles that get the standard last minute save by blindsiding an enemy. At least this time there is no "Ultramarine utility belt" solution to any problems. Also the infighting on both sides felt petty. Instead of being aged soldiers they come off as new recruits. The 2 worst offenders of this are Sicarius and the Necron leader. It is shocking that both characters lived as long as they have. Neither expressing the basest concept of military tactics beyond march forward and shoot anything that moves. I know the boys in blue are shock troops but even shock troops go in with a plan. The thing that I really like and hate most about the book is the open ended part. I just wish they wouldn't have wrapped it up in under a paragraph of text. It feels like all the build up for the architect is wasted in a few sentences. They introduce him as a key character only to waste his potential. The Necrons destroy stars and assimilate entire planets. I expected much more from them.

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