War of the Orks is the fourth and latest volume of Cavan Scott’s Warped Galaxies, part of the Warhammer Adventures series of Warhammer 40,000 novels for kids. The story so far: having picked up some navigational clues, the kids and their Rogue Trader friend Amity are now travelling around to try and figure out which of several candidates might be the “Emperor’s Seat” where Zelia’s mother said they’d rendezvous. Ruling out Terra (because surely she’d have just said “Holy Terra”), they decide to check out the world of Weald, in whose dense forests a group of Ultramarines carved a statue of the Emperor out of a mountain to commemorate a victory.
When they get there, they find no sign of Zealia’s mother and an absurd number of Orks – two groups of them, in fact, some of whom rely on naturalistic weapons leveraging the flora and fauna of the jungle and some of whom fiddle around with tech for optimised dakka. What follows is essentially an extended slapstick sequence, in which the various core cast bounce around and are alternatingly chased and captured by the different Ork tribes until they’re finally brought together.