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As a work of fiction Angel of Fire is a hard book to judge. While writing it William King made some unusual choices which, while you can see why they were made, hinder the book as much as they serve to strengthen the narrative.
Following the events of the seven year Macharian Crusade, the book is told through the eyes of Baneblade crewman Leo Lemuel and his fellow soldiers as they mount an assault against a major target of the crusade. Fighting their way inside the Hive City of Irongrad, Lemuel and his comrades find themselves fighting at the side of astartes and even Lord Commander Macharius himself as they successfully take the city. However, it quickly becomes clear that occupying the hive is a far more difficult task. Especially in light of what lurks within its walls…
In many ways the book shares a number of parallels with that of the Ciaphas Cain series. It is written in the manner of a soldier’s diary, recording the events of the battles which are being collected following the campaign. Between the chapters are the occasional reports of Inquisitors and other reports, often used to flesh out events which could not be seen or explained by Lemuel himself. However whereas the Cain series is a work of comedy, Angel of Fire is played far more straight and has a far more tricks to make it seem like the genuine article.