Finished some great reading this week in the shape of my two latest purchases from the Black Libary Horus Heresy series and like the earlier novels in that series these were a great read. I got them because they offer more stories about the Word Bearers my Legion of choice...
Know No Fear
By Dan Abnett
Dan Abnett also wrote Horus Rising, Prospero Burns and Legion all of which I've read but of which I only enjoyed the first one. I was hoping that this one would be as good as Horus Rising even more so as it focused on the Word Bearers assault on Calth and the first major phase of the Heresy after the battles on Istavaan III and V. Told from the perspective of a number Ultramarines, various humans and members of the Mechanicum its a great read that covers the full gambit of the battle for the planet. It starts with events leading up to the battle counting down using the Ultramarines standard format and then works its way through various key events.
By Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Not strictly a Word Bearers novel as its primary focus is on Angron and the World Eaters. But it takes up the story when they, Lorgar and elements of the XVII Legion are travelling together. I was really looking forward to this novel as Aaron Dembski-Bowden also wrote the First Heretic which is THE novel for Word Bearers fans and an outstanding read.
While Angron and his eventual descent into madness and transformation into a true servant of Khorne, part of his path to asscension to Daemon Prince, are the central focus of the story the two key characters are Argel Tal (leader of the Gal Vorbek and Captain of the first Word Bearers Company to enter the Maelstrom and become possessed) and Kharn a World Eaters captain (Argel Tal is perhaps the most complex character in the books I've read and my favourite). The friendship between these two Astartes, their battle with the nature of the Heresy, the role of the Chaos Gods and the differences between their respective Primachs are what make this story so strong. *** Spoiler Alert *** The book also marks the return of Cyrene when Argel Tel has her resurrected hoping perhaps that the return of the confessor will help alleviate his pain, but she returns with her sight something that completely alters her perception of the Heresy and the Bearers of the Word.
All in all another fantastic book - the artwork in the large semi-hard cover version is just fantastic (see below) that has already given me some solid ideas for the direction to take my Word Bearers force including a much larger contingent of Assault Marines than originally planned.
And on a final note suck eggs Queensland roll on Origin 2 and a NSW series win...