Finished this book a few days ago and have to say, that I enjoy the short story books as much the main full length novels. Below is my ratings on the books. I am one not to spill spoilers that others may do...
My ratings will be in #/# format. First is my rating, the second is out of.
Featured Stories of the Book:
- Runes (Space Wolves) 4/5. This was a good opening story, had a nice twist.
- The Rewards of Tolerance (Renegades) 3/5. Perhaps the worst of the lot, hope this expands more in a full length book or other future short stories.
- Black Dawn (Warbringers) 4/5. A crisp story if you will, very cut and dry about the chapter, had a nice twist at the end of the story.
- The Long Games at Carcharias (Crimson Counsuls) 5/5. I think this is going to get either more shorts or a full length book soon. This was a jewel in the book.
- Heart of Rage (Blood Angels) 4/5. Has a vibe similar to another story I read (don't want to say to avoid spoilers), yet was a good read.
- But Dust in the Wind (Imperial Fists) 4/5. A decent story.
- Exhumed (Deathwatch) 3/5. I expected more from this story. It was a bit predictable in many ways.
- Primary Instinct (Silver Skulls) 4/5. Once you get past the Predator feel of the book, the story is rather enjoyable and is nice to see other chapters get the light.
- Sacrifice (Grey Knights) 3/5. Average again, the style was interesting but I feel they could have carried this on better and could have been a better tool for the story. You will see it when you read the book yourself.
Just started this book today, just a few pages in so far. Leading with Graham McnNeill was a great choice and looking forward to the rest of the stories.
Here is the writers and stories in the book:
- Rules of Engagement (Graham McNeill)
- Liar's Due (James Swallow)
- Forgotten Sons (Nick Kyme)
- The Last Remembrancer (John French)
- Rebirth (Christ Wraight)
- The Face of Treachery (Gav Thorpe)
- Little Horus (Dan Abnett)
- The Iron Within (Rob Sanders)
- Savage Weapons (Aaron Dembski-Bowden)
Again, wow! Graham (that wrote A 1000 Sons), James Swallow (Flight of Eisenstein), Nick Kyme (The Salamander Trilogy writer), Dan Abnett (Gaunt books) among the others just puts a major big name line up from their main writers. I am looking forward to some great stories!!!!