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Excellent listen. Loved the story. The narration was good but had some room for improvement. My major sticking point was the performance in relation to the female characters and the dreadnought. Still very good but could have been spiced up with either some more sound effects/voice modulation for the dreadnought and a female narrator for at least some of the female parts.
I was a little worried when it looked, initially, like it would be a anthology but it has a single major storyline told through a number of different viewpoints. Overall it comes together nicely. The story is not as contemplative as some the early entires in the series but miles above the bad ones. It has a feel of gravitas and epic scale that is sometimes lacking in the large scale novels. None of the characters are really super touching but each has their own points. I recommend.
Tallarn is a decent enough book, collecting the Tallarn novel and short stories in one volume. Of these Executioner is the best though it ends abruptly and the series never really recovers. Like Damnation of Pythos it's a serviceable book but doesn't do much at all to forward the Heresy story, and can be safely ignored if you want to save your credits for the meatier novels.
Admittedly its not an offensive novel - Battle for the Abyss and Outcast Dead remain the series low points - but it doesn't introduce any interesting characters or even lore. There's precious little story and it's credit to John French he sustains interest in such a slight meal. After the events of Angel Exterminatus this would have been a fantastic opportunity to study Perturabo and give him the same depth of character as Lorgar or Fulgrim.
Instead its almost a standalone - with no new revelation about the Primarch, a guest appearance by the Alpha Legion and some other equally forgettable events. It's a shame, as Perturabo is one of the more fascinating of the Traitor Nine and Tallarn could easily have been a breakout novel for him (Angel Exterminatus belonged to Sharrowkyn).
The gold standard for Iron Warriors remains Rob Sanders 'Iron Within' and this is what you should be spending your credit on. Tallarn is only recommended for completists
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It is a great book about the Iron Warriors, I would recommend to anyone looking into them.