Reviewed by Steve Dean
Nocturne, the home planet of the Salamanders space marines, had been invaded by a mixed bunch of Dragon warriors, dark eldar, Chaos renegades and other assorted scum and villainy. The bad guys are lead by Nihilan, who wants revenge on the Salamanders, and to get hold of something they have locked away. Meanwhile, a prophesy (yawn) tells that psyker Librarian Dak’ir will either be the saviour or destroyer of the salamanders. As this is book three in the Tome of Fire trilogy, it is helpful if you have read the other two. It can be enjoyed standalone, but like many things, it’s better with company.
And so what we have is a multi-threaded epic war story with action all the way, much death and betrayal, some sorting out of a few things and one hell of a punch-up. It’s well written, the author really gets into his stride with this one, with some good characters and a few twists and turns along the way. If I had to pick fault, and I do, I would say there are maybe one or two threads too many, and the action would have been better if a few were snipped. Otherwise it’s a good read, a good end to the series, and a worthy addition to the WH 40K galaxy.