Over the past few days there have been a few articles across the web with spoilers to do with the Fall of Cadia. You'll be happy to know that this overview has NO SPOILERS in it!
I read an article this week that persoanlly ruined this book before I even bought it, so if you want spoilers - go here and be sad. I warned you!
Gathering Storm - The Fall Of Cadia is the first book in what is puported to be a year long campaign that sees Abaddon and his forces of meanness pour out of the Eye Of Terror and invade the Imperium in yet another 13th Crusade. Someone's abacus must be in the shop! Their first target this time is the might world of Cadia, home to seemingly an unlimited supply of troops and armaments for the Imperium.
As the forces of Chaos loom, the Imperium responds with all at it's disposal - Cadia must not fall.
Space Marines, Inquisition, Sisters of Battle, Imperial Guard and a very grumpy partridge in a pear tree.
So what's inside?
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Black Templars, Imperial Fists, Dark Angels, Howling Griffons, Ultramarines, Storm Lords, Death Spectres, Brazen Claws, Angels of Absolution, Genesis Chapter, Novamarines, Sons of Orar, Iron Snakes, White Scars, Salamanders (there's an interesting twist here), Raven Guard, Iron Hands, Consecrators, Angels of Redemption, Ironwolves, Wulfen, Tempestus Scions of the Kappic Eagles, Doom Eagles, Exorcists, Angels Sanguine, Angels of Vigilance, Deathwatch, Blood Angels, Hawk Lords, Aurora Chapter, Iron Knights, Marines Exemplar, Black Guard, Revilers, Subjugators, Storm Warriors, White Consuls, Destroyer Chapter, Forces of the Mechanicum from Ryza, Mars, Stygies VIII and Luciius.
Many of these Space Marine Chapters are known as the Wardens and watch over the Eye of Terror (obviously not that well) so explain the diversity of the selection. I also don't think it's a coincidence that there are so many of the Successor Chapters of the Dark Angels. As we've mentioned before, The Fallen may play a role in all this, so this solidifies that thought to us.
It is interesting that they do so much in this first book - there was so much I thought they might drag out for people to play games over and then work out what they are going to do, but it's all there.
For a 40K player this is the beginning of a shift - personally we think a bit of a time shift forward - so the 40K universe can progress. It'll be fascinating to know exactly who the causalities will be and also the main players going forward. Obviously if you're interested in the universe, then this book really needs to be read - not matter what the result in future tomes may be!