There are two basic types of long novel series: those where each book stands as its own story (Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, and Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files come to mind), and then there are the series where the reader needs to have read all the previous books to get the full value of every episode. Gaunt’s Ghosts is definitely the latter kinds of series. So if you’re reading this and you’ve already read the 13 books that came before, it’s highly probable that you’re already heavily invested, and you aren’t looking to be told why you should like this series.
And if you are all caught up, he only reason to even bother reading this review would be to discover if this is the book that drops the ball
You’ll be happy to know that it isn’t.
In fact, that now that there’s an end in sight for the series (supposedly coming in 2021), Abnett seems to have shaken off the feeling of repetitiveness that was beginning to creep into the series, and while the end isn’t really in sight, it’s clear that we’re moving in that direction.
Yes, in the dark future, there may be only war, but war alone isn’t enough, and Abnett brings his usual mix of thrlling storytelling and compelling characters to the demon infested battlefield.
And if, for some reason, you’re reading this and you haven’t read any of the Gaunt’s Ghosts series, what are you waiting for? The First and Only are waiting for you to join their ranks.