Saturnine is Warhammer at its finest. What Dan Abnett has achieved here is simply brilliant.
The Horus Heresy holds a special place in my heart. I picked up the first book, Horus Rising by Dan Abnett, way back in 2008 and have been following the story ever since, reading most of the books and anthologies and listening to a fair share of the audio dramas. For the last decade, I have been looking forward to the Siege of Terra arc. Unfortunately, the first three books, although quite good, just did not live up to expectations for me. They left me feeling disappointed. Then Dan Abnett comes along with the fourth book, Saturnine, and blew my socks off.
Saturnine is epic, I mean seriously epic, both in scale and ambition. The story unfolds through multiple viewpoints across four different theatres of war around the Imperial Palace. The traitor legions have surrounded the loyalists and, under the military genius of the Lord of Iron, Perturabo, are systematically tightening the noose. In response, Rogal Dorn devises a plan to sacrifice one of the four theatres in order to deliver a significant blow to the traitor forces and buy more time while they wait for reinforcements.
For Tanith, For the Emperor, and for me! Sabbat Martyr is Dan Abnett at his finest, and is exactly what I wanted from Ibram Gaunt and his Ghosts.