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Angels of Caliban: 38 (The Horus Heresy)

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I can happily say that Angels of Caliban is another solid entry by Gav and although slighter than many other of it's contemporaries in page length it manages to cover a suprising amount of ground and deal with events of some import. Not everyone enjoys primarch POV scenes, and this isn’t going to change their minds, but the slowly widening cracks in their relationship, reflecting the state of Imperium Secundus as a whole, are clearly an important element in the ongoing narrative of the series. Through voted-lieutenant Farith Redloss we learn about the previously unknown Dreadwing of the Dark Angels and readers are treated to watching the relentless way they do battle. DarkChaplain is a big nerd who spends too much time reading and thinking about books, organizing them on his ever-growing shelves, and yet increases his backlog by the month.

In one moment he will encourage one of his officers to disagree and speak plainly, the next he will grow furious about it. With the Dark Angels spread across a hundred systems, primarch Lion El’Jonson stands as Lord Protector of Ultramar – though his true motives are known to few indeed, and old rivalries on his home world threaten to tear the Dark Angels Legion in half. In the last HH book, John French wrote a short story about the Watchers in the Dark and an unnamed Dark Angel helping Iacton Qruze and Loken escape Caliban. I love Thorpe writing the Dark Angels and I cannot wait to see the eventual cataclysmic confrontation between Lion El’Jonson and Luther. As mentioned earlier Lion El’Jonson really can be a bully and while I can’t agree with his methods I find it easy to appreciate him as a character.Not long into the novel, Johnson pushes Sanguinius to allow him to deal with the Night Haunter once and for all; to put an end to his madness and murders, and bring him to justice.

Deeply and personally invested in his quest to take down the Night Haunter the Dark Angels Primarch has been all over Ultramar in an attempt to bring the Night Haunter to heel and is none too gentle in his pursuit of his quarry leading to some interesting conflict in the triumvirate on Macragge as the frailties in Gulliman's fledgling Empire are exposed. Tyler is a life long painter and hobbyist and took home his first Golden Demon award at the 2012 Chicago Games Day with a follow up at the 2013 North American Games Day. The story of the elves in Warhammer is built upon the legend of Aenarion the Phoenix King and the curse laid upon his line when he drew the Widowmaker, the sword of the Bloody-handed God Khaine. A lot of people online seem to dislike it, with the biggest complaints being that it doesn't have much to do with the Heresy itself, and instead plays out more like a fantasy novel than science fiction. When Belath (last seen in Tales of Heresy helping Astelan get kicked to the curb) and his Dark Angels appear, Cypher doesn’t warn them of what is going to happen and warn them to tell the Lion what is going on.Together, the legionaries approached Horus's throne, and Typhone told Luther that Litus of the Mournival was working with him. This is when Sci-Fi is at it’s best, when it takes real world issues and spins them through the looking glass of, in this case, the 31st millennium. As the book ended, I still found myself feeling sympathy for the Lion's adoptive father-brother, rather than see him as the arch traitor he is considered in the 41st Millennium.

The last full novel we had gotten for the Dark Angels was Fallen Angels by Mike Lee several years ago. Originally, Dreadwing was announced as a novel by Dan Abnett, but for various reasons, that was scrapped and rolled into Gav Thorpe's Angels of Caliban.On top of that, the Legacy of Caliban trilogy, and Gav's debut Dark Angels novel Angels of Darkness, which set the tone for the Legion ever since, are all connecting to this installment in one way or another. Perhaps, but the words of trust, of placing the future of the Legion in the hands of Luther, had been meant as spoken. And it brought back some great Luna Wolves characters like Tarik Torgaddon and Garviel Loken, whom I’ve missed enormously since they died during the betrayal at Istvaan III. It provided him with ways to explore the Legion's nature, and the Lion's unrelenting hunt, which stood in stark contrast to Guilliman's diplomacy, which obviously led to the two brethren butting heads. There’s so much good new lore about the setting that I was lost in just keeping track of it and going back and forth with a 40k wiki reading about all of it.

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