Mortarion: The Pale King (Volume 15) (The Horus Heresy: Primarchs) [Hardcover] Annandale, David

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Mortarion: The Pale King (Volume 15) (The Horus Heresy: Primarchs) [Hardcover] Annandale, David

Mortarion: The Pale King (Volume 15) (The Horus Heresy: Primarchs) [Hardcover] Annandale, David

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The parallels between the enemy that he fights in this book, the tyranny that he fought on his homeworld in the past, and the monstrous entity that the Imperium later becomes is a clever plot device which works really well in this book. The ending really adds an element of tragedy to his story and much like my other favourite books in the Primarchs series, it leaves you with this tantalising thought of "What If?

Overall, I felt this was simplistic and lacked the swagger and punch other titles being to the series. When Keri and I decided to dive into the Primarch series, we divided up the primarchs based on who we were most interested in reading about. Annandale doesn’t give the reader an understanding of what the arcology looks like or how the different zones of battle relate to one another.

We don't actually get to learn much about the leader of the Death Guard that we didn't already know, but we do get to glimpse fan-favourites Garro and Typhon in their earlier days and, through the framing device, get some insight into Mortarion's relationship with Sanguinius and Horus. A fact that leads to an overall deterioration in the realism of the space where most of the novel is set. These battle scenes aren’t particularly compelling in their description and they aren’t well-written enough to truly put an image into the mind of the reader. Everyone takes a varying amount of some drug that keeps the population docile or makes the overseers more aggressive. Though I don't think Morty's "voice" as written by Annandale quite matches the one I have in my own head.

However, my favorite part were perhaps the Digger/Sinis scenes and the way in which she perceived Morty. Most of the book follows the Death Guard as they fight through the hallways and wider rooms of the arcology that contains the seat of power in the Galaspar system.

Mortarion, newly uplifted to commander of the Death Guard, descended upon the world, and with him came a slaughter of untold proportions. A few really keen moments where we get a peek at Mortarion’s personal character flaws and the beginning of his descent into treachery. For all those who love to read great crusade era stories and especially those who love to read pre heresy traitor legion stories, this book is for you. Such easy alterations, in my mind, prove there is a better book buried within the one that was published, but perhaps Mr.

Though for his primarch book, I was hoping to learn more about his experience on barbarus or when the emperor first discovered him.

While unnecessary, if you like the Death Guard and Morty, this is a fun addition to the roster, just don't expect anything to change because of it. For Warhammer 40,000 he has written Warlord: Fury of the God-Machine, the Yarrick series, and several stories involving the Grey Knights, as well as titles for The Beast Arises and the Space Marine Battles series. Yet in the Horus Heresy they're just some dudes with a predilection for chemical warfare, which makes no practical difference to what the other legions inflict on the average noncompliant human world or xenos. You don't need to have read other Mortarion stories like The Buried Dagger, Lantern's Light or Verdict of the Scythe whatsoever to understand this book but whether you're a diehard Death Guard fan or a complete beginner to the Legion, there's plenty to enjoy here.



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