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

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In a lot of ways, Mortarion is to Corax as Konrad is to Corax—a dark mirror lacking the optimism of the Raven Guard. Bitter and frustrated from being unable to complete his mission in Barbarus, eager to prove himself to his brothers and newly unified Death Guard and most of all, absolutely ready to decapitate some tyrants. Thanks to different video games about WH40k ( Dawn of War for Jen, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine for Keri), they delved deep into the rich lore and haven’t looked back since. Then one of the "units" appears and while afraid tells Mortarion how she finished her allotted corpse counting.

Anyway, two stars isn’t really for the writing, the writing is good, it’s not even really for the story which is okish. It’s a particularly bad lapse in the prose because what little descriptions we get describe the arcology as an incredibly tight space, which stands in direct contrast to the moments where Mortarion and the Death Guard fight against vehicles inside of the city.I was expecting more about Mortarion's character, his past, his relations with the other primarchs and the Emperor, etc. The Death Guard in the "present" setting do carry a distinct sense of horror with their rotting carcasses. This isn’t really a bad book, it’s just so boringly inconsequential that you’re really going to get nothing from it. We already knew Mortarion would come to this decision and learn this lesson, there was no need to see the process that led to it. This society was discovered by the ship Manifest Unity (pretty awesome 30k ship name) which was destroyed.

If an article link referred you here, you might want to go back and fix it to point directly to the intended page. This story takes him back to his first campaign in the Great Crusade, and manages to balance his bellicose personality with the military genius and greater than mortal passions all primarchs should have. As he answers Horus’s and Sanguinius’s questions, he insists throughout that there was no way other than what he chose to do. Annandale does incredibly well is the introspection and reflection on the motives of his characters and the events that unfold.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. The eventual fight between Mortarion and the reinforcements from the other cities on Galaspar is significantly better written, and it proves that Mr. The prologue starts with the aftermath of the before mentioned short story in which Mortarion accepts surrender and tries a more peaceful approach to The Great Crusade at his second action in charge which is the planet Abysrtus.

By devoting space on the page to the philosophy and world view of the tyrants in power on Galaspar we get a better understanding of why Mortarion has to be so brutal in removing them from power, which builds understanding and sympathy towards the Primarch as he’s questioned by his brothers. Good book, good setting up what Mortarion will do in the Horus Heresy, no remarks from my part, might even have been a bit longer. He brought the cast of characters to life as he always does and conveyed the barrage of emotions brought to bear in the finale perfectly.The details of Galaspar's society painted a pretty good image of the life of the slaves and Comptrollers which made for an great background. Mortarion is no exception to this rule, and while the novel which bears his name has little to do with his upbringing, it does have a lot to say about his views on the Imperium. As well as establishing Mortarion’s character as a stoic puritan, it also hints at where we know his arc will go.

The Primarchs series of Novels is, I think, intended to shed light on their nature and that of their Legions. All of them have very unique perspectives not only on their father, the Emperor but also on the Great Crusade and the burgeoning Imperium as a whole.A fact that leads to an overall deterioration in the realism of the space where most of the novel is set.

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