I'm gonna make this short. The ultramarines portrayed in this book come off as weak, dumb, and ineffective. How have they held ultramar as long as they have if they always do like in this book, underestimate and allow themselves to be outsmarted by the enemy. The Ultramarines didn't make a single tactically brilliant move in this entire book. In fact, we're lead to believe that an enemy force that's never even been to ultramar know their defenses better than the ultramarines do. Tigurius, the most powerful librarian in all the Imperium, comes off as weak and ineffective against the demon forces of M'kar. I mean, Tigurius should have been able to banish M'kar himself, he's so powerful in the
background information, but in this book, he can barely hold off minor demons. Mephistion of the blood angels in the novels comes off as far more powerful than his
peer, Tigurius, who was once able to scan the mind of an entire hive fleet and live to tell the tale. Too bad he's not effective at all in this book. And how was M'kar able to stand up to the Gauntlets of Ultramar, which have taken down Daemon Lords as well as Khaine avatars? M'kar was literally shrugging off blows from gauntlets that are Dark Technology Age wonders, with no explanation as to how he could do so. Calgar could beat M'kar before, but not now with Tigurius and Captain Agammon at his side? And after all the trouble he causes Hansou conveniently escapes again? With no reason as to how? The Ultramarines fleet is that weak as to be dominated like they were? I thought they were the most powerful Imperial Organization on the Eastern Fringe? Why were inquisition members in this book? They accomplished nothing. When it came down to it, why was Uriel Ventris and Cato Sicarius so not effective against Honsou and the pirate queen? Honsou was ten times the fighter Ventris was for no apparent reason all of a sudden. Even Vaanes the Raven Guard was ineffective as a hero. But he was effective as a villain. In fact, all the villains in the book cause terrible devastation while the heroes can't pull their heads out of their you know whats to figure out what's going on. And even when they do, they still make the same muck ups. Having a not so bright Uriel clone meant the Iron Warriors could override all the defense protocols of the Ultramarines? I could go on and on pointing out the flaws in this book, but I think I've said enough.