This second Abnett omnibus collection comprises four novels: Honour Guard, The Guns of Tanith, Straight Silver, and Sabbat Martyr. The basic elements of the Tanith Regiment and the principal cast of characters have been established in the first omnibus, The Founding, and this collection further develops these characters through a variety of different conflicts and settings.
One of Abnett's talents is to find a variety of different settings and battle types and to breathe life into them. Despite the large number of military actions which take place in these pages, not one of them seems repetitive: tank battles in Honour Guard, fastrope aerial assault in the Guns of Tanith, trench warfare in Straight Silver, and urban warfare in Sabbat Martyr. This only scratches the surface of what Abnett manages. A superb collection, and quite possibly the high point of the series.