Honour Guard (Warhammer 40K: Gaunt’s Ghosts #4) ★★★☆½

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Title: Honour Guard
Series: Warhammer 40K: Gaunt’s Ghosts #4
Author: Dan Abnett
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 416
Format: Digital Edition



From the Wiki and Me

The Ghosts are sent to the Shrineworld Hagia, religious capital of the Sabbat worlds and homeworld of the revered Saint Sabbat herself, to reclaim the holy world from the clutches of Pater Sin and his so-called Infardi. During their campaign to reclaim the Doctrinopolis – the planet’s central city – Gaunt, who has command of the ground forces, is forced into a trap set in one of the most holy structures in the city. A warp-beacon is activated in the process, and a Chaos fleet advances on Hagia to obliterate the Imperial forces.

With just eighteen days until the fleet (large enough to wipe out the liberation force even if the fleet were a quarter its current size) arrives, Gaunt is given one last chance to redeem himself by the arrogant and pompous Lord-General Lugo: recover the Saint’s remains and holy relics from the Shrinehold in the Sacred Hills for evacuation. The Ghosts are appointed as the honour guard of these relics, and together with units from the Pardus armoured regiments they form a convoy and journey into the mountains. However, much of Sin’s Infardi horde has pulled back into the hills; leaving the Ghosts with no choice but to fight the heretics while at the same time fighting the elements and navigating the unfamiliar terrain.

Several of the wounded, left back in the city, start hearing a voice telling them “Sabbat Martyr” in their heads. They band together and meet Gaunt at the shrine. Turns out they are all needed to activate a secret weapon left by Sabbat to protect her homeworld. The Psychic Weapon is activated and destroys every creature on the planet with the taint of Chaos. It also destroys the chaos beacon and scatters the approaching chaos fleet.

My Thoughts:

As long as you turn off your brain about the super psychic weapon (as in, why aren’t those things being studied and recreated now, instead of lying around for 6000 years), this was a lot of fun to read.

Abnett mixed things up by introducing a whole host of armoured tanks to complement the Ghosts and their being strictly infantry. Not a big mechanized tank fan though, so it didn’t do much for me. I did like that Abnett addresses how taking on new “Ghosts” affects them as a unit.

Gaunt is revealed to be a very religious man, with him venerating, if not worshipping, Saint Sabbat. Since there hasn’t been any of that to date, I wonder if I’ll see any more of it in later books. I highly doubt it however. It came across as more superstition than devotion though. I suspect most of that is because the religious side of Warhammer 40K is some paint on it, not something integral to it like a load bearing beam.

Gaunt gets in trouble with the over-General and while he succeeds at the end of the book, what happens politically wasn’t written about. I suspect that will play a big part in the beginning of the next book.



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10 thoughts on “Honour Guard (Warhammer 40K: Gaunt’s Ghosts #4) ★★★☆½

  1. Ola G says:

    I recently finished my first Warhammer book – Guy Hailey’s Konrad Curze. I was quite positively surprised by it, so who knows, Warhammer might become a more of a fixed feature in my reading itinerary 😊

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    • Bookstooge says:

      Is that Warhammer or Warhammer40K? So far Gaunt’s Ghosts is the only series that I’ve enjoyed from either franchise. Good thing it is a longer series 🙂

      Hope you can keep enjoying. It is franchise fiction, so I’m sure you’ll experience all the attendant pitfalls that go along with it 😀

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      • savageddt says:

        Great review mate, you actually know more about Gaunt than I do now… Im gonna have to plan a re read some time, but I still need to track down Necropolis. As for Ola’s comment, Kurze is 40K but set in between the forging of the Night Lords as Kurze is the book that mainly deals with their primarch. Its the edgy Batman I compared it to in my review earlier this year. I am really happy that you are still giving Gaunt a go. Makes me possitive in actually completing my collection.

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        • Bookstooge says:

          Thanks for the info about Kurze.

          I think that Gaunt is working because he is primarily dealing with ground pounders (the ghosts) and not with the space ships very much. But whatever the reason, it IS going well 😀

          Any time you want any of these just let me know and I can email you a lending copy.

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          • savageddt says:

            If these stories are what you are after then you could maybe become a fan of the Imperial Guard. Regiments from all over the galaxy that are used for fodder. But staunch soldiers non the less. The one book that i ordered for myself as a birthday present lands tomorrow and deals with the Cadians. Prob the best and hardiest of them all, i still have to see.

            I might take you up on the lending copy some time, wont be any time soon tho as my reading might take a dive from early next year

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      • Ola G says:

        I see you are quite happy about that prospect! 😉
        It’s 40K, and after this book I’m quite versed in Primarchs and Horus Heresy 😉 I know all about the uneven quality of franchises after Star Wars EU so hopefully I can still be able to keep picking up the good books 😅

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        • Bookstooge says:

          Nothing makes the cockles of my heart warm like watching another bookworm suffer through a bad book 😀 😀 😀

          I feel like anyone who made it all the way through the Star Wars EU should be able to handle just about anything ;-/

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  2. I want to try a Warhammer book sometime… Same for those Dungeon & Dragons stories or even World of Warcraft stories but I fear… I fear that they’ll just me average to me…

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I had almost no luck with Warhammer and Warhammer 40K until Dave suggested these Gaunt’s Ghosts.

      I suspect your “fear” is justified in regards to such franchise fiction. I couldn’t recommend diving into them unless you had a real purpose or desire to check out a franchise’s book side of things…

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