The Guns of Tanith (Warhammer 40K: Gaunt’s Ghosts #5) ★★★☆½

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Title: The Guns of Tanith
Series: Warhammer 40K: Gaunt’s Ghosts #5
Author: Dan Abnett
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 416
Words: 104K



In the Sabbat Worlds Crusade, the heretical forces of Chaos are fighting back hard. Dangerously overstretched, their supply lines cut by degenerate enemy troops, the Imperial forces grind to a halt. Colonel-Commissar Gaunt and the Tanith First-and-Only must recapture Phantine, a world rich in promethium but so ruined by pollution that the only way to attack is via a dangerous – and untried – aerial assault. Pitted against deadly opposition and a lethal environment, how can Gaunt and his men possibly survive?

The novel begins with the Tanith First training to take part in the airborne assault on Cirenholm, a dome-city perched above Phantine’s toxic Scald. The archenemy’s elite Blood Pact have captured the city, which the Imperial forces plan to use as a staging ground for their campaign to reclaim Ouranberg, one of Phantine’s largest cities and a major source of promethium. After the Ghosts successfully infiltrate the Blood Pact’s defences and prevent a disastrous loss for the Imperium, Lord-General Van Voytz re-considers his approach on the Ouranberg invasion.

A number of Ghosts are hand-picked to form specialist kill-teams, placed in a regime of additional jump-training and covertly deployed into Ouranberg prior to the invasion. Codenamed Operation Larisel, their mission is to kill Sagittar Slaith; the Chaos commander of the Blood Pact holding Ouranberg. Doing so will break the morale of the Chaos worshippers and enable the Imperial forces to recapture Ouranberg with greater ease. The task is made more daunting with the prospect of thousands of Blood Pact troopers and Loxatl mercenaries standing between them and their target. However, the rest of the Tanith First face their own trials as they await deployment; a great unease is brewing between the Tanith and the Verghastite soldiers, and a crime case involving several Ghosts highlights this divide.


My Thoughts:

Something about ground pounding marines in a science fiction setting really does it for me. While the Horus Heresy deals with demi-god levels of warriors, Gaunt’s Ghosts are nothing but baseline humans. The common man fighting the forces of Chaos with gun and sword.

Both invasions, the first being a general free for all with everyone and the second with 4 teams of 4 infiltrating and attempting to assassinate Slaith, are just jam packed with fighting. More fighting than you could shake a Power Sword at!

The little side story about about the divide between the original Tanith and the newly integrated Verghastites keeps things from becoming to fight’y, if you know what I mean. Plus, the whole murder of a civilian and Cuu the bastard incriminating another Ghost added some spice to the story. I have to admit I’m looking forward to Cuu getting his just desserts, hopefully in an appropriately horrible way.



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20 thoughts on “The Guns of Tanith (Warhammer 40K: Gaunt’s Ghosts #5) ★★★☆½

        1. i have 20 WH novels on NG… I have no reason to buy new books for the next two years, yet I just came home after a month long holiday with nearly 20 physicals as well. Have you seen they put up 5 more recently?

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            1. There is a 20 year aniversary of Gotrek and Felix, A gotrek in Age of Sigmar, A horusian wars novel, and a Horus Heresy Anthology, of of the top of my head. I skipped the horusian wars as I have not started that series yet. Gotrek and Felix was a no brainer for me as I love old world….

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    1. For some reason akismet stuck your comment in limbo. Weird. But this is why I check my spam folder every day.

      I have to admit, I’m actually not paying much attention to what author is writing what book in this series. Probably because they’ve all been decent 🙂 Wait til I hit a stinker and then we’ll see if I remember them then 😀

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    1. The only comic I read by him was the Elseworld’s The Superman Monster (I think that was the title), beyond that it has been nothing but WH. And the only non-Gaunt’s Ghost book I read by him was the Horus Heresy, which I didn’t enjoy, so I don’t think it was him as an author. I’d have to try him outside of Gaunt to make a truly informed decision,but so far, I really like what he’s writing for Gaunt.

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  1. This actually sounds fun! I need to try it out, I think 😀 Abnett gets good reviews, especially concerning his Warhammer books; I’ve read some of his comics and wasn’t overly impressed, but then, I’m rarely are when it comes down to comics 😀

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