The Old Kings of Medina was thought to be only myth. It was said to be a monument that would awaken and strike down the enemies of Medina at a time of dire need. But when the Archenemy appears and begins their quest to claim the Old Kings by slaughtering millions in their path, it is obvious that the myth may very well be truth.
Inquisitor Obodiah Roth of the Ordos Hereticus is dispatched to investigate. Roth and his Task Group make slow headway as they struggle to figure out what the legions of Chaos are up to. Outward appearances suggest random massacres, executions, and signs of using slaves to excavate areas in search of the Old Kings. However, Roth is beginning to see that things are not as random as they had first believed. To make matters worse, Roth learns that there is an infiltrator in his ranks leaking out intelligence.
*** THREE STARS! This story mainly follows an investigation led by an inquisitor with a bit of experience under his belt, but not enough to make him as formidable as most. Those within his group have even less experience. Yet even knowing this, I found myself disappointed with Roth more than once. I am used to reading of a hard core inquisitor who goes down to a planet, does his task and then continues on to the next step (even if he must leave behind doomed people that he cannot help) to successfully complete his mission for the greater good. Roth is not hardened by experience as yet to do this. It made Roth out to be softer, weaker. Of course, this is my own opinion.
The battles are well done, though it is obvious, at least to me, who the spy is. All-in-all, this story is an enjoyable read, but not the author's best work. ***
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.