Mere days after the loss of their home world Sotha, the Scythes of the Emperor stagger to the Chapter outpost at Miral Prime to lick their wounds and formulate a campaign of vengeance against the tyranids of Hive Fleet Kraken. Devastated and leaderless, these Space Marines now look to their only surviving officer, the reluctant Captain Thracian, for guidance. But the psychic shadow of the xenos is growing in the warp once more, and the bastion atop the Giant’s Coffin mesa may yet become the site of a most ignoble last stand…
Some of the Space Marine Battles series are great, some less so, but Slaughter at Giant’s Coffin has taken me completely by surprise.
This is the first of Laurie Goulding’s material that I have read, and he now has a new fan. I had zero interest in The Scythes of The Emperor before I started this novel. Now I think this chapter is pretty awesome in concept.
Don’t let the series fool you. This book isn’t just a running combat, but contains mystery and intrigue as well.
If you have liked some of this series (Battle of the Fang, Rynn’s World, Helsreach, Death of Integrity are some of the best in my opinion), I highly recommend picking this up as soon as possible. It’s now on that list.