“This one is sort of a sequel to "Thousand Sons". Why I say sort-of-a-sequel? Well when you start reading you'll see that only two events are present in both books - Nikea and assault on Prospero, and details regarding this two events are present almost 99% in "Thousand Sons" book. And that's it. While "Thousand Sons" follow the story line as it was already known in existing W40k "history", "Prospero Burns" shows the background events that will ultimately lead to the collision of two mighty Space Marines Legions - plot planned and executed by means unfathomable that will finally turn two great armies against each other, brothers against each other.
Here we are shown the reason why do the Space Wolves distrust Thousand Sons and why are they so easy to believe that their brothers-in-arms have fallen so much that they are not to be allowed to exist any more.
As much as I was sad to see Thousand Sons betrayed and attacked by their brothers (all the time trying to figure out "why?") this book sheds a light on Space Wolves and their role in the Imperial Army structure.
Lone, thought to be savages and brutes, Space Wolves are all but those things. Fearsome warriors they are the ultimate weapon, weapon that is to be used when there are no other means, destroyers of worlds, but also warriors that are getting weary of the constant bloodshed and role assigned to them - and one that they execute so well. But duty is duty and they follow Emperor's commands with no questions asked.
Ending of the novel (when the main character finds out the truth) is one of the best I ever read.
Great novel. Highly recommended to W40K fans, but also for all fans of quality SF.”
Zare I wrote this review Wednesday, April 27, 2011.