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A mixed bag of stories, but a great deal of information and background detail,
This review is from: The Age of Darkness (The Horus Heresy) (Paperback)
The Horus Heresy has been going for some time know and every book I read adds depth and colour to the Warhammer universe and every review seems to say something different, so with that in mind and the number of detailed and varying reviews I will try and keep this short and sweet.
This collection of short stories sets about telling of the few years following the events in the Isstvan system and shows the good, the bad and the ugly of the loyal and traitor Astartes. Every story adds some depth, but in my personal opinion half are well written and captivating, whilst others are sadly a dry husk of a story to show and tell something. Obviously, there are matters of personal taste, but it was this way with the previous short story collection and it seems that the Black Library writers cannot always put their best into short stories.
This is essential reading for the Horus Heresy and having read it you will haved gleaned a great deal of information and read some great stories, all I want to do is to warn you that they are not all of the incredibly high standard that this series sets for itself.
Rules Of Engagement by Graham McNeil 3/5
Some interesting and very important points about the Ultramarines, but sadly not wrought with the wonder McNeil is capable of, but essential reading
Liar's Due by James Swallow 4/5
This is an insidious and fascinating tale of the Alpha Legions operatives
Forgotten Sons by Nick Kyme 3/5
A Salamander (Hek'atan who was in Promethean Sun) and an Ultramarine have countless difficulties acting as ambassadors
It's not easy sending warriors as ambassadors, especially when Horus has iterators and this is a fair point, somewhat interestingly displayed, but it is just far too long and unrewarding
The Last Remembrancer by John French 5/5
This is more like it! Cracking story about Dorn contemplating the fate of a remembrancer who was with Horus' fleet. This is wonderfully written and really evocative and thought provoking.
Little Horus by Dan Abnett 5/5
At last we get a glimpse of the Sons Of Horus from their own eyes, and from the vaunted, bloody pen of Dan Abnett, and it's fuggin' good!
The Iron Within by Rob Sanders 5/5
A tale of a loyalist Iron Warriors bastion who hold against the bloody tide of their traiterous bretheren. Incredibly written and bloody. Raises a good point about those of the traitor legions who remain loyal.
Savag Weapons by Aaron Dembski-Bowden 4/5
Dark Angels and Night Lords battling and posturing at one another. Other than a slightly farsicle moment when the legions are trading insults, a rather interesting tale that adds a few more bubbles of discomfort under the facade of the first legion.
Overall, necessary and worthwhile reading, but don't expect the vaunted heights that the Horus Heresy has soared all the way through.