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Small but perfectly formed,
This review is from: Tales of Heresy (The Horus Heresy) (Paperback)
Well where to begin? I think I'll take this review Story By story.
Story 1 BLOOD GAMES by Dan ( the man ) Abnett.
This first story is an excellent little tale told in the first person by a mystery practitioner of some very nasty and surreptitious talents and follows him as he travels the globe constantly hounded and chased by the imperial powers of the Emperor. His goal? Well that is simple. To gain access to the imperial palace and assassinate the Emperor himself!
This Story By Abnett is of the usual splendid quality you would expect. It keeps the reader ensconced by a well paced and well described universe of characters. The protagonists motives are constantly questioned by the reader and will keep you turning the pages at a rapid rate until the end.
Story 2 WOLF AT THE DOOR by Mike Lee.
The second Story in this compendium follows the exploits of a group of Astartes from........you guessed it. The Space Wolves. A thus under used chapter in the heresy books so far and one of the favourites of the table top gamers.
You follow the exploits of a command group of noble ( if a bit wild ) Space Wolves as they take a detour to a newly discovered planet now freed from the terrors of Old Night. The only problem being that the terrors of Old Night and the xenos skum who took advantage of it haven't quite finished with the planet yet. This story places a real emphasis on the emotional impact on Astartes in a rare and unusual manner seldom seen when writing about the Emperor's finest.
A fine romp 8/10
SCIONS OF THE STORM by Anthony Reynolds.
The third edition to this tomb written by Anthony Reynolds follows the story of yet another command group of Astartes. This time of the Word Bearers chapter as they assault the last bastion of an enemies city. A Mecca or Jerusalem if you will of their corrupted and misguided faith.
The story provided by Anthony Reynolds unfortunately does not live up to the premise and possibilities of the story outline I just provided. It is a woeful and overly long story that is by far the worst in the book. The strange Grammatical style of Reynolds sentence structure is jarring and the story so slow and boring that you will struggle to read your way through it.
" Good work, Brother Aecton, said Sor Talgron. All squads:blow your charges on my mark, said Sor Talgron. Turning to Sargent Arshaq, he nodded solemly. Sor Talgron smiled grimly "
3/10 high school sci fi.
THE VOICE by James Swallow.
The fourth story in the book written by James Swallow joins once more with the Sisters of Silence met at the end of the fantastic book ' THE FLIGHT OF THE EISENSTEIN ' also written by Swallow.As they go in search of a missing Black Ship. One infamous vessels used to transport the empires warp touched witches and telepaths.
This well paced and well written story provides a number of very interesting small yet significant insights into the culture of these pariah gene sisters of battle. The right length. The right pace and the right amount of action and intrigue.
CALL OF THE LION by Gav Thorpe.
This instalment by Thorpe follows the ill fated Dark Angels as they attempt to bring a new world into compliance. The world however is simply a setting for the real story. The story being the fracture within the Dark Angels Chapter itself, between its original members born on Terra and the new influx brought from the world where the Emperor found his lost son Lion El'Jonson.
A well paced story brought all the more to prominence by those who know about the history of the Dark Angels Chapter during the heresy via the table top game and their undying shame at the chapters decisions.
THE LAST CHURCH by Graham McNeil.
the penultimate story in this compendium although one of the shortest is also one of the most esoteric and interesting on an intellectual level. It follows the last hours of the last priest on Terra. Visited by a brooding servant of the Emperor an intellectual sparing match ensues as the two opposing ideologies take to battle on a stormy winters night.
This Small but perfectly formed story is at the crux of the entire crusade. It is the embodyment of the Emperors goal to rid the human race of superstitions and myth in favour of science and reason. Its resonance being relevant in todays fractured world is clear throughout the story.
AFTER DESH'EA by Matthew Farrer.
The final addition to the tomb is a strange if not compelling story following the World Eaters Legion. Or rather the War Hounds as they are known at the time of the telling. It follows the days following the discovery of the last Primarch Angron by the Emperor and his bloody integration into the legions history.
A fascinating tale of the personal anguish faced by Angron as he is ripped from his savage world of battle and rebellions to the ordered and regimented position of Primarch.
OVER ALL SCORE 9/10. A fantastic book blighted by one incredibly sub par story.