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This review is from: The Age of Darkness (The Horus Heresy) (Paperback)
I just do not understand why they have released another short story compilation on the heresy. The claim is that it will shed light on the 7 years between the betrayal and the siege of Terra, and to do this they release a collection of short stories averaging less than a 100 pages a piece!
The stories vary in quality, which should come as no surprise to regular readers of Black Libary's 40k releases, a couple add small amounts to the background (a statement from Khairn filling out The World Eaters view and motivation for example) a couple of the stories make little sense in relation to the heresy, (all ways a problem with short stories were there is no space for back stories to explain how the current situation in a story has come about) and some of them could have easily been placed in any time period between 31k and 41k, as they do nothing to expand our understanding of the heresy in particular.
And at least one hugely contradicts previously published GW canon, (which I don't mind if it is done as part of a larger story, but not as a short peice)
My particular lowpoint is a story that explains how one of the loyalist primarchs escapes Istvan V,(no spoilers here) now you may think an event like that should surely warrent a full book, but you'd be wrong! 50 something pages should do the trick in this case, a weaker more tamer cop out of a story I have never read, but this particular 1st founding Legion/Chapter has always been one GW has stuggled to do anything with. (basically it follows on from one of the Audiobooks already published, I suspect it is a rush job to tie up all the loose ends from the Audiobook, as this legion may finally be getting it's own book later on this year,and so they cobbled together this 'bridging' story between the audiobook and the next novel.
In short, as a collection of 40k short stories it is about average when compared to their other short story compilations, as an addition to the Heresy series, it is hard to justify,
But lets be honest, your going to buy this book, you have brought every other heresy book and your not stop now
Those of you who do have everyone of the Heresy Books will place this down amoung the lesser lights of the collection, those of you who are new or just fancy trying a 40k book for a change, don't bother with this one, there are many much better 40k/heresy books out there to buy before you need to get to this one.
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Initial post: 6 May 2011 13:30:36 BDT
This was a good review, and yes this book is low down in the Heresy food chain. Though not as low as Nemesis.. /shudders.
Posted on 11 May 2011 15:51:52 BDT
Mr. A Bridger says:
Good review. I agree with you to a certain extent although i do feel that this book could have a legacy it just depends on what the following books in the heresy deal with.
As regards to the Istvan V story - it tells the untold part of the audio cd Raven's Flight (The Horus Heresy). Judged individually they are quite dissapointing but when judged as a whole they are ok - if only they had been together in the first place.
I also agree that this will only appeal to an existing Horus Heresy fan.
Anyway good review and i hope you like my review as well.
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