On the hive world of Targian, Zelia Lor helps her mother search for ancient tech, digging up treasures of the past on the wind-blown plains. They are happy. They are safe. All that changes when the Necrons attack. Without warning, a host of robotic ships appear in the skies above Targian and rip the planet apart. Separated from her mother, Zelia must escape the doomed world, her only hope a scrambled transmission promising safety at a mysterious place known only as the Emperor’s Seat. Launched in an escape pod, she crashes on an icy wasteland far, far from home. But Zelia is not alone. She is joined by a rag-tag group of survivors – the street-tough juve Talen, gadget-obsessed Martian boy Mekki and super-intelligent alien-ape, Fleapit.
The Husband almost exclusively reads Warhammer books. So seeing as I am currently partaking in Believathon (a middle-grade based readathon) and one of the prompts was to read a scifi, I decided to pick this one up. My second ever Warhammer read. And I quite enjoyed it.
We mainly follow Zelia as she has to flee her home planet when it gets attacked by Necrons. She is joined in this by Talen and Martian Mekki. Also, there are Space Marines, and an alien-ape. Pretty good stuff. I do have some basic knowledge of the world from what the Husband has told me, but you can definitely go into this series completely blank. I liked Zelia, she was feisty and kind. Mekki has some fun quirks and is brilliant. Talen I didn’t really care for. There were some attempts at developing his character, but it didn’t quite work.
The pacing of this story was incredibly fast, making is extremely easy to read in a single sitting. This is also helped by the fact that it is only 200 pages, and has massive fond. Which brings us to my main issue with it… it was too short. And not in a ‘it was so good I wanted more’ way, but in a it wants to do too much in too little time way. There is no space left for any depth. The characters are pretty flat, and the few attempts at developing them aren’t enough. There are some scenes that are supposed to be emotional, but they are raced through so fast that again there is no time for it to have any real impact on the reader. Which is a shame.
Overall this was a fun read, one I am happy to have read but also one that won’t stick with me. There is great potential, and if it had slowed down just a bit to give the reader the chance to actually connect with the characters it would have been great.
I will leave you with the review The Husband wrote on this. He rarely reads Middle Grade, but loves his Warhammer, so went into this one with quite a different mindset.