Release Date: 04/08/11
Tired and broken by war, the men of the Brimlock Eleventh Imperial Guard are a force on the verge of collapse. Having been stretched across the galaxy by their loyalty to the Emperor, they are presented with one final battle that will allow them reward they all seek: to colonise the distant world of Vorr and live out the rest of their days in peace. All that stands in their way is a force of savages - a plague of feral orks that has spread across the planet. But can the Brimlock's battered bodies and minds hold up to this greenskin invasion?
Whilst I do enjoy the Space Marines, in a bleak future where mankind is in a never ending war I have to side with the average Joe and as such you really have to follow the Imperial Guard as they fight their way across the stars in the name of the Emperor of Terra, in suspended animation in his Throne Room after being gravely wounded during the Horus Heresy.
Here, in this outing, Richard’s Brimlock Eleventh Imperial Guard who are already heavily depleted, find themselves battling for not just their lives but for a home against the mighty Greenskin army on the distant world of Vorr. As you’ve come to expect from the Black Library, its heavy duty combat, the fighting bloody and for every inch of ground gained a heavy price is paid by these soldiers of the Imperium. As with Richard’s other books (Reiksguard and Relentless) the tale is one that concentrates on the struggles of both the mind and the physical and as such does a great job of bringing both the fore as the reader feels the troops exhaustion throughout the title.
All in this is a great addition to the Warhammer 40K Imperial Guard portfolio and whilst many want more of the superhuman chosen few, I vote and stand by the little guy whose achievements shouldn’t just be lauded but legendary as for me, their fight is the hardest.