Author: Nick Kyme
Series: Warhammer 40,000
Publisher: Black Library
Released: January 21st, 2020
I received a copy of Knights of Macragge through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Knights of Macragge is one of several new novels to hit the streets from the world of Warhammer 40,000. This is a dramatic and action-filled novel, one who will show you the Ultramarines and everything they’re capable of.
There was a time when Captain Sicarius, Master of the Watch, was lost in the Warp. This is the story of what happened to him – and his men – during that time. It’s an epic saga depicting battles against the warp and other eternal enemies of the crusade.
Knights of Macragge is perfect for anybody looking for an Ultramarine battlefest. It’s also perfect for fans of Sicarius in particular, as his story is a leading focal point (obviously).
“Hold on, Praxor. We are almost to you. Sicarius has driven them back. The Master of the Watch has rallied the field.”
Knights of Macragge is a novel full to the brim of satisfying action and drama. It’s the Ultramarines in the purest form, at least to my perspective. It’s dramatic, full of heroes giving it their all and doing what they do best.
If you’re looking for a novel full of Ultramarines being super badass and fighting against all odds – this is a good book for you to pick up. I feel like this novel was the personification of all the morals – and battles – fans have likely come to expect from Gulliman’s men.
Looking back on it, Knights of Macragge really did end up reading like two different books. There are the events (and battles) on the ship. And then there’s the series of battles that occur planetside. Both were fairly interesting, though I’ll confess I found the ship battles to be much more disturbing and enthralling.
I’ll confess that before Knights of Macragge I hadn’t read anything with a focus towards Captain Sicarius. So I don’t think I had quite the same emotional attachment that other readers will surely experience. I did still find the novel to be a fun book full of action and battles – a lot of them.
Knights of Macragge is a novel utterly unafraid to be itself. Its entire focus is on the glory and devastation the Ultramarines can bear, and that makes for a relatively gory and graphic depiction. But to be fair – that’s exactly what I was expecting (and almost hoping for).