First of all I just want to say that I thought the fluff in this book was awesome. The scope of the battle was truly impressive. This was the best story since Apotheosis in my opinion. Doug writes in such a way that I'm really able to visualize what is going on almost as though I'm there filming it. The fact that I know what the characters look like certainly doesn't hurt.
So what happened from the Khador perspective?
Irusk realized that he must ally with Cygnar to drive Cryx out of Point Bourne. Cryx planned to leave anyhow. They left behind enough of a force to lure the allies along. To help bait them further they allowed the Khadorans to see Karchev tied to a Leviathan just before it ran away. Strakhov wanted to go after them but Irusk knew it was a trap and did not take the bait. Irusk has a Karchev detector built by the Greylords. Somehow they took blood from what was left of his armor and are able to use magic to track him.
Asphyxious wants to break Karchev's will and use him as a weapon againt Khador. He tasked Deneghra with this assignment. She tortures him and tries to break him but she has learned that she can not break him. She wants Asphyxious to try but he has been otherwise occupied.
Sorscha is back. Nemo was waiting for his Colossals to be shipped via boat and Sorscha was blocking the way. Sorscha's forces battled Nemo's. During the battle Nemo learned of the cease fire and informed Sorscha. She received confirmation from her troops that the cease fire was in fact real.
Butcher is back as well and let's just say the information about the cease fire was a bit slower to reach him. He happens upon a camp of Winterguard and sees that they are colaborating with Cygnar. He assumes that they are traitors and proceeds to start hacking and slashing along with Fenris and some Doom Reavers. He has a very cool battle with Siege and just as he is about to finish Siege a Kovnik intervenes and shows Butcher an official letter about the cease fire. Butcher pulls his swing on Siege but still cut off the Kovnik's hand. Ooops. He still doesn't completely trust anyone and takes the Cygnarans prisoner.
Zerkova works with Goreshade and learns the location of Ossyan who has Nyssor and is trying to get him back to Ios. Zerkova is on her way to successfully retrieving Nyssor but then Vyros comes along and ruins everything. He defeats Goreshade's force first then Zerkova's and takes Nyssor back to Ios.
Vlad rushes to meet with Severius before Kreoss's army can intervene. At one point it looks as though he might kill Sevy but instead tries one last time to talk with him. We still don't know for certain what he intends to discuss but I'm pretty certain that he wants to ally against Cryx. I was hoping Vlad would do a bit more in this book but he's dealing with Menoth and I find Menoth to be rather un-interesting so that is probably my issue.
In the main event the allied forces of Khador and Cygnar along with some help from Ossrum and his Rhulic Mercs drive their way into the Thornwood and have a MAJOR battle with Cryx. Although they are winning the battle the allies suffer heavy losses. Then Asphyxious raises his subsurface fortress the Nefractorum I believe it is called. He also unleases six Krakens. Khador has two Conquests and Cygnar has two Stormwalls. In the end the allies grudgingly retreat. I was pretty surprised to see Cryx come out on top in this one but it was well done. It'll set up nicely for the next book.
As of the end Cryx still has Karchev btw. That was another surprise. I figured that would be resolved in this book. Maybe we'll get Epic Karcev in the next book. Squee! My expectation is that Strakhov and/or Irusk will rescue Karchev and he'll get a new warjack body but we shall see.
Well those are the Khador high points that I can recall off the top of my head. I read it a couple nights ago. Feel free to expand upon what I already talked about, correct any mistakes that I made, or bring up anything that I left out.