Reviewed by Steve Dean
Collected together here, we have the novel ‘Storm of Iron‘, the novella ‘Iron Warrior’ and five short stories. They follow the antics of Warsmith Honsou, general of the ruinous powers and not a great fan of the Ultramarines. The plot arc follows Honsou as he makes war against the Ultramarines, the threads intertwined with some of Mr McNeill’s previous Ultramarines novels, but from another perspective.
In ‘Storm of Iron‘, we see Honsou before he was famous, laying siege to the huge fortress of Hydra Cordatus, mainly to get hold of something hidden inside. Despite this story being mostly about Honsou, the author cleverly gives us some good guys to cheer for, and one in particular to get behind. This is classic McNeill, well-written, fast paced and inventive. The plotting is superb and the novel is probably one of the best black library books I’ve read for a while.
If that wasn’t enough, you also get the other stories, all very good, if not quite as good, that follow the fortunes of Honsou as they wax and wane. Definitely one to recommend, good value and great entertainment.