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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Anthology, 11 May 2011
This review is from: The Age of Darkness (The Horus Heresy) (Paperback)
Age Of Darkness, edited by Christian Dunn, is Book 16 in The Horus Heresy Series published by the Black Library. This book is an anthology of 9 short stories set during the Heresy itself and attempts to bridge the gap between the initial phase of the Horus Heresy and the next stage of novels in the series.

This anthology features stories from a wide range of authors, including Black Library legends such as Graham McNeill and Dan Abnett, established authors such as Nick Kyme and Aaron Dembski-Bowden and relative newcomers such as Rob Sanders. As such, the stories vary in quality and content but they are generally of a good standard. One positive about this anthology is that the shortness of the stories make this book quite accessible to a knowledgeable reader who does not have a lot of free time. However, the shortness of the stories can also be a negative as some readers may become frustrated at the lack of major developments in regards to the Horus Heresy as a whole.

Overall, this is a solid anthology that does add to the Horus Heresy Series and does explain to a certain degree some of the events between the betrayal at Istvan V and the upcoming assault on Terra. However, I would only really recommend this book to an existing fan of the Horus Heresy Series as otherwise the lack of background knowledge will limit the reader's enjoyment of the book. If you have enjoyed this book then you may enjoy the anthologies, Heroes of the Space Marines (Warhammer 40,000 Novels), Legends of the Space Marines (Warhammer 40000) and Victories of the Space Marines (Warhammer 40000) which should provide a good introduction to the Warhammer 40,000 universe.
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Initial post: 12 May 2011 03:23:15 BDT
Many thanks for your feedback on my first review, you are far more generous than me in relation to this book, I admit I had negative feelings towards it before I even brought it, my central issue with the heresy series is GW's continued attempts to use it as nothing more than a cash cow, regardless of the actual quality of output, this book is a case in point, I suspect they had no novel ready to publish for their 2nd quarter, and rather than wait until one was finished they simply rung around the usual suspects and asked for a few thousand words to allow them to get something out under the heresy banner (with its assured sales) And I feel this cavalier attitude is reflected in the book, for a start it has allowed a major break with canon to creep in, and as previously stated the Raven Guard story is in my opinion the weakest story I have ever read from GW. (I understand why they needed a bridging story but this one was bordering on silly) It also highlighted for me once again why several of the books already published have been pointless wastes of potential. WHY has there been no Night Lords novel, surely one of the most intresting of all the Legions, rather than waste a book on assassins for example, which is surely a more relevant subject for short treatments than the core subjects of the heresy - the Primarchs and their choices.

Posted on 12 May 2011 10:25:34 BDT
Mr. Ke Moitt says:
I think a book about the assassins as well as the whole heresy has been really good, Paul redmonkey asks why waste a book about assassins. Well my answer is its not all about the legions, there other aspects and players that build the wider picture of the entire heresy. I agree that some of the collected stories are ok Tales of Heresy was good, but some more expansion on the Emperor would be good

In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2011 10:33:30 BDT
I think the black library has to be careful when dealing directly with the Emperor. He is meant to be so far above even the Primarchs that it would be difficult to translate onto print without losing some of his majesty.

I agree with you that the Heresy is more than just the astartes legions and so far they have dealt with the mechanicum as well as others aspects of society. Nemesis (The Horus Heresy) not only dealt with the formation of the assasins but also included a fair amount of detail about the formation of the Imperial Faith. However, by having an entire novel focussed on the assasins it humanized the assasins too much for my taste. I feel that the content could have possibly been much better dealt with in one or two short stories in anthologies such as The Age Of Darkness.

The whole Heresy series has been good but the black library has to tread a fine line between telling all of the stories in the universe and keeping the series moving forward with some momentum. I realise that this is difficult and i think that they have got it broadly correct at the moment.
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