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Heresy comes full-swing!
on 28 October 2013
Betrayer is great!
Before saying anything more, Please PLEASE double check which format you are buying this in - Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback! It'll really look different on your shelf (people often want a matching collection), and the price is different too.
Onto the book:
Betrayer serves as a sequel to a few previous Horus Heresy novels: The First Heretic, Aurelian, Know No Fear, and even Battle for the Abyss.
The plot revolves around Lorgar and his Word Bearers on a crusade against the Ultramarines alongside Angron and his crazed World Eaters. The crusade has been raging for a while and Ultramar is getting destroyed from within, but the effects are taking their toll - Angron is slowly dying as the "Butcher's Nails" take over control, and Lorgar is seeking to save him.
The reason this book is great is because of its POV characters, namely: Kharn, Argel Tal, Lhorke (a dreadnought who is awoken to discover the Heresy has begun) and especially Lotara Sarrin, the ships captain. She provides a more human perspective to what transpires as each Legion brings their unique characteristics to the tale.
I can't reveal too much more as it may give it away, but it is a must read for fans of the Horus Heresy.
However, there are a few criticisms:
*This book makes hardly any reference to the audio drama "Butcher's Nails", yet is meant to serve as a direct sequel to it.
*There is a discussion about a battle where the Word Bearers/World Eaters discuss facing "a billion" men. Now I know they are guessing, but it just seems stupid that they would even discuss such numbers without more intel, and that even 2 Legions against the discipline of several Ultramarine chapters, titans and human auxilliaries would not stand a chance against a billion men.
*Roboute Guilliman has a fleet of 41 ships against 3 big ships. Instead of a space battle then blast the WB/WE from orbit, he rushes ships past these massive enemy ships to land troops, losing many men and ships in the process... Then he's stupid enough to directly attack Two other Primarchs, one of which is meant to be the most brutal fighter in the galaxy... Mr Dembski-Bowden's portrayl of Guilliman flies in the face of what we've been constantly told about his meticulous planning and tactics etc...
*A character is brought back to life, yet nothing major happens to them. Their status is left ambiguous at the end of this novel, so that's fine, but I would've suspected such sorcery would've had greater repercussions. I'll have to wait for a new book to see what happens!
*He kills one of my favourite characters!!