I can succintly summon this book up in the following way:
Fulgrim: Does something
Perturabo: Eyerolls Fulgrim, WTF!?
I absolutely loved this book. There are a number of reasons for that, the above being just one of them. All of the characters are interesting and I want to know more about them now the book has finished. Not one of them is boring, dull or a characature. I was left wondering who I should be rooting for, because even the villains of the novel were well portrayed!
Some of the scenes in this book are fantastic, and they illustrate well the differences between the legions and how they operate. Special mention for the Raven Guard being surprised when an Iron Hand does stealth. For one of the Iron Hand having a sense of humour. To Forix for having the worst day ever and a dreadnought named Bombastus – what a name! There are plenty more characters to get to grips with as well, and they are all interesting.
The book is inconceivably well written (see what I did there) and well balanced. The plot is swift paced, but not too swift to keep up with, and the description is perfect. There is a huge battle scene in the latter half of the book and I could not listen to it quickly enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and think that it is now in my top 5 of heresy books. I will definitely be listening to this one again!