Now to start off with, I have not played either of the Dawn of War games. I have no idea if this was true to those. It was a good, action packed book. There were some plot gaps, and while they jumped to the front for me, I cannot help but think that these books were written for a more gamer-centric audience. On the other hand, the three different stories were pretty formulaic, with only the scenery and antagonists changing. Each story can be summed up as follows...
- Captain Angelos sees a problem that no one else in a chapter full of psykers can see.
- There is a warning for Gabriel from Macha the Biel-Tan Farseer.
- Everyone thinks Gabriel is a heretic for talking to Macha.
- Gabriel breaks protocol to meet the threat.
- Gabriel solves the problem and everyone realizes he is right.
- Gabriel and Macha double cross each other.
My single biggest problem is that while it shows Tau on the cover, they are not in any of the books. The only race on the cover to not be included, in fact. Might just have to read Courage and Honor to make up for it.