As the flames of treachery spread throughout the Imperium, Horus plots to subvert or destroy all those who would stand against him. On Mars, home world of the Mechanicum priesthood, the great manufactory-cities have long produced much of the weaponry required for the expeditionary fleets across the galaxy - making the world invaluable to whoever controls it in the coming war. Now, the Warmaster's agents begin to stoke the fires of rebellion, turning the loyalist forges and the mighty Titan Legions against one another. And, with whispers spreading of an ancient terror lurking beneath the Red Planet's surface, the Dark Mechanicum rises...
Epic but engaging
I'm reading through the Heresy series in order and have to admit I thought a full novel about the Martian Mechanicum was going to be a bit too much filler after lots of Astrates novels. Weirdly though it turns out to be one of the most interesting and human novels, and it offsets some of the epic battles (which would be great as a movie or war game) with smaller character stories. As the author himself states in his addendum it was also great to have some very ordinary humans and several female characters, including the main character - given WH40K does tend to be a bit of a boys only universe. You get plenty of massive battles, politics, conspiracy, slaughter, honour and gritty last stands - but you also get to see where the future bleakness comes from and some characters who have to think their way out of problems rather than hack them to pieces with massive funny named swords. Great stuff.
Excellent insight into the Mechanicum
I found this book thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Good characters and a great buildup to a foregone conclusion.
I thoroughly enjoy Graham's works and this one stood out for me due to its great coverage of the strategic action and the personal stories within.
I hope Graham expands the number of Mechanicum books.
I was not a fan of this book
been reading the series to this book. I was expecting a heck of a lot more than what i read. Generally it was slow, didnt really connect with the characters, there was little to no action and personally i found the writing confusing.