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The Lost: A Gaunt's Ghosts Omnibus Paperback – Illustrated, April 17, 2018
The Tanith First-And-Only face their sternest battles yet in the third Gaunt's Ghosts omnibus, containing the novels Traitor General, His Last Command, The Armour of Contempt and Only in Death.
For a thousand years, the Sabbat Worlds have been lost to the Imperium, claimed by the dread powers of Chaos. Now, a mighty crusade seeks to return the sector to Imperial rule, but the innumerable forces of the Archenemy attack without mercy, and planet after planet burns with the flames of war. Amidst this nightmare, the armies of the Astra Militarum stand stoic against their foes. The Tanith First-And-Only are among the most legendary of these regiments of Imperial Guard, and at their head stands Commissar Ibram Gaunt, unflinching in duty and unrelenting in combat. But now the very future of the regiment is in jeopardy as Gaunt's Ghosts battle the forces of Chaos across the Sabbat Worlds. From daring rescue missions to the grim horrors of the battlefield, the Tanith First-And-Only must survive extreme danger and the ghosts of the past if they are to avoid becoming forever lost.
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- Publisher : Games Workshop; Illustrated edition (April 17, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 944 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1784966746
- ISBN-13 : 978-1784966744
- Item Weight : 1.44 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 2.2 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #784,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In terms of the content, I thought Honour Guard was mediocre. The ending was a bit too 'deus ex machina' for my tastes.
The Guns of Tanith was fantastic, but I found it a bit hard to follow the different squads throughout the story. The map was definitely helpful in picturing what was going on.
Straight Silver is my second favorite Gaunt's Ghosts novel so far, after Necropolis. WW1-style trench warfare in the 41st millennium... I really loved this one just based on the setting alone.
Sabbat Martyr is considered to be one of the best novels in the series, but to me it felt like an inferior version of Necropolis. Also had a bit too much fantasy / magic / warpcraft for my tastes, but still a great read.
My only criticism (hence 4 starts vs 5) is the lack of more realistic military tactics. I get this is sci-fi... just that I would like it to be a bit more realistic in basic unit tactics, fire support missions, the employment of snipers...
By Roger Cornpone on February 27, 2021
The overall pace is quite different from the other books in the series, focusing more on the more famous individuals, rather than the more Ghosts-centric & squad based approach of the other books. However, this has helped make things more personal, and even at times reaches the level of individualization reached by Glen Cook in Chronicles of the Black Company or the Eisenhorn (A Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus) books.
I would recommend it highly for anyone who is a fan of the WH40k universe or Dan Abnett. There is even a clean enough break where those new to the Ghosts could drop into the series with The Lost and not be entirely at a disadvantage.
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One of the greatest strengths of this series, is that the author, Dan Abnett, really takes his time to develop his characters and stories over a succession of novels, and is never afraid to take his characters into places that will bring out strong emotions from the readers.
This willingness and skill in how he handles his characters is one of the reasons this series of books is favourably compared to Bernard Cornwall's Sharpe series, and IMHO, rightly so.
Whenever I recommend any Black Library 40k novels, this series is always the first of my top two recommendations.
Traitor general sees Abnett take chanting infiltration mission and use the idea to develop a full blown story on a Chaos Held world - introducing a new character and laying the ground work for some important changes in characters and their relationship to one another. It also provides an opportunity to retire a well loved character.
In a rare display of continuity His Last Command picks up where Traitor General left off. We get to see the consequences for the rest of the Tanith troops and fallout for Gaunt and his Gereon on team as well as introducing some new characters.
Armour of contempt brings closure to the Gereon story arc. It also revisits and develops Dalin and Merry.
Only in Death is a change of style with elements of horror woven into the story. It links with the Gereon arc in as much as it is a continuation of the campaign to take chaos held world's - the fortress planet of Nagoya in this case. The story flirts between various characters to play up the different experiences within the setting. The style change is a little jarring but makes sense when tied together towards the end. Developmentally the story is important for Ludd, Merry, Dalin and Gaunt though it spends time getting us a little better acquainted with Baskevyl. It also delivers closure on events from the Herodor campaign.
For me, Only in Death felt like a long story - possibly because the events mostly happen in a tight confined setting. By the time I got to the short story following it, The Iron Star, I had little patience left. As such when I quickly realised what the story was about I skimmed through to find the end - not my favourite Abnett story for sure but may appeal to some.
Overall a great purchase, and an interesting, exciting read that had me wishing that time would slow to a crawl, just so I could snatch a few more pages every time I opened the book.
And this is no exception - I'm normally very picky with the particular armies from this universe that I will read about, and as a rule I hate Imperial Guard...but I was pleasantly surprised by the Gaunt's Ghosts series after being persuaded by a friend to give them a chance.
I'd go so far as to say this series is almost his best work - second only to the Eisenhorn trilogy.