Wargear Blood Pact troops in battle Blood Pact warriors often resemble a particularly ragged and ill-kempt Imperial Guard regiment due to their reliance on Imperial pattern weapons manufactured on captured Forge Worlds. They wear the usual type of infantry kit, including the standard steel helmet. Because their uniforms are essentially the result of plunder, manufacture and customisation, no two Blood Pact troopers ever appear the same. The Carapace Armour , Flak Armour and cloth uniforms of the Pact are all dyed a faded red, the colour of dried blood.
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The book is basically the complete inverse of the similarly excellent Traitor General as the Ghosts find themselves protecting a key imperial asset from an elite team of Blood Pact who have inserted into a familiar imperial world. Tension increases as the book goes on, and by the final confrontation - taking place in one of my favourite locations in any 40k novel - things are truly breathless. By design the book has a range of antagonists with clear personalities, and even touches on some deeper themes such as memory, grief, and the inherently violent nature of soldiers.
Very different from Necropolis and Sabbat Martyr and in many ways superior to the inverse novel Traitor General is this the best novel in the series to date? Blood Pact is a little something different than the rest of the books in the series. What follows is a fun romp where Gaunt and a group of Ghosts have to protect the prisoner from the frighteningly effective Chaos special forces troops loyal to Khorne, they are from the Blood Pact after all, hence the books title while another under Major Rawne are fighting for their lives following a supremely hilarious early incident that involved a theft from a gambling institution that landed many of them Rawne included in the brig.
Blood Pact is a hell of a great, fun read and the ending absolutely floored me. Without giving anything away there is a character by the name of Jaume who make s a living by fabricating memorials for deceased members of the Imperial military to be given to their families.
The epilogue is such a touching scene where Gaunt is simply remembering the horror that was the fighting for Balhaut. As he is sheltering under cover from the furious onslaught of incoming Chaos fire he turns to a junior PDF officer and together they lead the charge that breaks the Chaos resistance.
This on is called Blood Pact. Now I have to admit, after reading Sabbat Worlds, I was a little worried about this one. I read this book in three days, and for me thats pretty quick. I usually sit down to read for about 30 minutes each night before I go to bed, with some books its difficult to plow through one chapter a night, with Blood Pact, I was worried about the lack of sleep I was getting. This book is excellent. This was not a combat oriented book, the Ghosts have been pulled back from the front lines after twelve years of near-constant war.
Throughout the book, many of the characters we have come to know and love make the briefest of cameos throughout the entire story. That being said, of the characters Abnett does put in the story, he does a good job. In the first chapter of the book, we meet E. Montvelt, he oversees things on Pier Thirty-One on a huge orbital platform called Highstation. In twelve pages Abnett does an excellent job telling the story of E.
Montvelt, how he inherited his job and most of his possessions from his late uncle, and how Balhaut, the scene of one of the greatest victories and greatest tragedies of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade, has changed in the last fifteen years. In twelve pages I felt that I knew E.
Montvelt, and this guy is beyond a minor character. We never see him after the first chapter, but I was sucked into the book in those twelve pages. When a small Blood Pact kill team gets on to Balhaut and assaults a commissariat headquarters yes, I said that correctly the action is fast-paced and brutal! I would also like to point out that Dan Abnett is the master of the 40k car chase.
Although there are some drawbacks to this story, it does feel like a nice change of pace for the Ghosts. I hate you Dan Abnett!
I love you Dan Abnett! Highlight it to see the OMG part of the book!
Previously, cover artwork had been created by a variety of artists. The Founding and Saint story arcs have been released as hardcover omnibus editions, with paperback editions which were released in February and August respectively. The publication of The Iron Star took the form of a 1,copy limited edition novelette which was only available for purchase at the UK Games Day and the Games Day in Germany. Their battles are normally against the forces of Chaos , although they briefly face orks on Typhon Eight. Up until Guns of Tanith the Ghosts are mainly pitted against heretical rebels armies, but on Phantine and in most of the campaigns following it they face the well-trained and elite Blood Pact. By the end of Only in Death, the Ghosts have been serving in the Crusade for roughly twelve years. Each novel begins with an extract from a fictional book called A History of the Later Imperial Crusades, which briefly explains the situation in which the Ghosts have been deployed.