A worthy end to the beginning; after the hectic excess of Fulgrim it was good to come off the accelerator and return to solid steady writing.
Counter brings the opening salvo of the Heresy to its dramatic conclusion at Isstvan III and as such is gifted the headline event of this trilogy of the series; he does not disappoint and proves more than up to the task, with a well paced, exciting read.
This book is dark with a capital D, as loyalties are betrayed, sides finally drawn and true natures revealed. The might and horror of conflict between Astartes is portrayed in some overwhelming action set pieces.
Despite knowing the ultimate outcome, there were enough little surprises to keep me guessing and through all the sad loss of heroes, the possibility of a few unfinished tales left a burning ember of hope for future books.