I am furious about Nemiel/Zahariel.
This is because:
Nemiel had his character built up over two books. He provided a great contrast of character with Zahariel, and it was certain (well, not really in hindsight) that they would meet on Caliban, Fallen vs Loyalist. But no.
Mr.Thorpe simply kills him off, wasting some great build up of character from Mr.Scanlon and Mr.Lee.
Not only that, but his death was incredibly clumsy and simply confuses me about the character of the Lion. Nemiel obeys the Emperor, as he says, but when the Lion hears this he just decapitates him. Which none of the characters mention later in the book. Like Nemiel never, ever existed.
If the Lion had simply smashed Nemiel and demoted him in rank, it would have shown how conflicted his character is. But as Nemiel mentioned the Emperor, all this does is just confuse me.
The rest of the story was really good, as I love the Iron Hands and Death Guards. Also, I loved Deliverance Lost.
That bit just left me feeling disappointed and angry as it destroyed the mirror of the Lion/Luther, played down to the level of Astartes. So how are they going to adapt the story of Zahariel now?
I just feel a bit disappointed.
N:B I am welcome to listen to other peoples opinions on this, so argue with me if you want.