Graham McNeill ✓ 2 Free readEr 40k anboy I have the Imperial Auila tattooed on my chest but I d taken a ew year hiatus rom the universe Now I m back with a vengeance and there is a surplus of new material to gorge on The most recent Horus Heresy novel I ve read ANGEL EXTERMINATUS by Graham McNeill is the 23rd book in a series that is currently on its 37th installment The books are penned by multiple authors and all of the books are connected by larger events and characters but not all are necessarily seuential It s a truly impressive collaboration It S Been Ten Years been ten years Black Library began publishing the Horus Heresy and a lot
Has Happened Since Thehappened since the trilogy ANGEL EXTERMINATUS is perhaps most closely tied to the Dona Flor fifth book in the series FULGRIM also written by Graham McNeill ANGEL EXTERMINATUS is also a preuel of sorts to several of Graham McNeill s books set 10000 years after the Horus Heresy two of myavorite 40k books STORM OF IRON DEAD SKY BLACK SUN one of my least Rocker Babies Wear Jeans favorite CHAPTER S DUE In any case ANGEL EXTERMINATUS is not the placeor newbies to startRead Here s the synopsis lifted rom Primarch Fulgrim leads his brother Perturabo in an attack upon a mysterious eldar worldPerturabo master of siegecraft and the executioner of Olympia Long has he lived in the shadow of his avoured primarch brothers Sono with Visits from the Seventh frustrated by the mundane and ignominious duties which regularlyall to his Legion When Fulgrim offers him the chance to lead an expedition in search of ancient and destructive xenos weaponry the Iron Warriors and the Emperor s Chil Boom Angel Exterminatus is book 23 of the HH series Really yep And sadly it was awesome I am not saying the last 3 weren t good but hey in a series like this that has books that are so obviously awesome when you come across mediocrity Remarkable Creatures for a while you start to wonder if it is all worth it At least I did And then Angel Exterminatus kicks you in the nuts with a swift up thrust of honest to goodnessantasticoMan I love Perturabo and I had no idea He gets mentioned here and there throughout the 22 books preceding this one His legionnaires have gotten pages If you haven t read Age of Darkness and the Iron Warrior story in there you #should you REALLY should But anyway back to ole Perbs He # you REALLY should But anyway back to ole Perbs He almost orgotten since the opening pages of the HH He Heroes Adrift (Hero, finally got voiced in Crimson Fist but that was really the only time I remember him even speaking on the page And I was underwhelmed I never really got the IVth and what they were all about especially with their Primarch But this book well shit it was awesome Perturabo is awesome The IV are awesome I am really really struck with the tragedy again of theirall Chuck and Danielle from the Emperor Once again like Magnus all of this could have been avoided The IV The Crimson King s Thousand Sons and the XXth seem to be the best characters soar because theirs have been the most heartbreaking Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old falls to me This was a great book and a great insight into a Legion that has here toor been really overlooked All I ask of the HH series are three things Firstly give the Vth a novel of their own boy do THEY deserve it Second a novel about what the hell happened to make Mortarion go the way he did in detail like some of these others And three a trilogy about the conclusion of this craziness written by Abnett Dembski Bowden and McNeill That is all This is another case of preliminary impressions Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs from early in the bookI ve previously mentioned McNiell s tendency towards painfullylorid verbiage in my comments on The Reflection Crack d If anything it s gotten even worse He wasted ten to Gray Bishop fifteen minutes with bruise purple prose to say you are a dreadnaught now to a character who hadn t been seen before and hasn t made his return yet It has been so painfully boring that I m beginning to doubt if there s even a short story s worth of content in this book So much ink spilled over so little import just drives me awayrom the story crushing any sembance of immersion and causing me to tune out what s happening We re barely into chapter two and this book eels like it s dragged on or ages alreadyIn the irst engagement Perturabo stopped his whole legion to lay seige to a company of Imperial Fists who were garrissoning a ortification that they hadn t even built The narration states that he did this to humble that legion The problem is when you look at the engagement what you have is a strategic humilation Liar for the Iron Warriors who get bogged downor a protracted period by a miniscule opposing Noir force take significant losses and burn through substantial amounts of munitions to take a strategically unimportant planet They even admit that theortification could have been. En Fulgrim offers him the chance to lead an expedition in search of an ancient and destructive xenos weapon the Iron Warriors and the Emperor’s Children unite and venture deep into the heart of the great warp rif. Angel Exterminatus had to be a good novel partly due to the act that it is the Gaffer first new release of a hardback Horus Heresy novel For those Black Libraryans that still aren t clear on how the new Circumstantial Evidence format will work three months before the release of the paperbackormat you will be getting Angel Exterminatus in Collector s Edition When Angel Exterminatus hits the shelves it will hit them in a trade paperback Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers format currently seen in the Space Marine Battles series And then six months after the trade paperback s release we will get the standard mass market releaseormat With that in mind I m using the hardb Angel Exterminatus is a seuel of sorts to Fulgrim although it ocuses much on Perturabo the Primarch of the Iron Warriors and how the two traitor primarchs grudgingly team up in order to take control of a lost eldar superweapon Obstacles includes distrust between the brothers the defences of the eldar crone world and a rag tag army of survivors of Isstvan V seeking vengeance at any costAs usual there s a bit of repitition and the story itself including the prize isn t all that interesting with a twist you could see a mile away Where it is interesting is in the character of Perturabo He is not yet corrupted by Chaos nor did he align with Horus due to some lofty ideal He simply elt used and resented and thought Horus was the one guy he could trust For being an angry war god who genocided his own homeworld he comes across as pretty sympatethic the overwrought symbolism of the would be architect being reduced to tearing stuff down as the consummate siege expert is almost poignant at times Sick of Fulgrim s stuck up jerkface How about Lucius cowardly sword snobbery Get ready to cheer on the Iron Warrior s Perturabo and a ragtag bunch of Iron Hands a Raven Guard and a Salamander as they become nauseated with the mutation and debauchery of the Emperor s Children and then open up a siege cannons worth of whoop ass on their hyper painted discordant girlypants This Book Is Great Soooooo satisfying One of the jewels of the Heresy This look into the heart of Pertubo is a look into the heart of The Emperor and not to be missed Stunning battles of A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping ferocious nature and betrayals aplentyill this story Loved it This book came out of nowhere suddenly it was announced Almost the same week it was released both in expanded e book Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) format and in hardcover deluxe edition and in aormula in which you could get both at the same time winIt s an official Horus Heresy novel this time eaturing in the left corner the Iron time winIt s an official Horus Heresy novel this time eaturing in the left corner the Iron and Emperors Children both primarchs Perturabo and Fulgrim included and in the right corner a small remnant of the Isstvan V slaughter a Raven Guard a Salamander and a small host of Iron HandsAccording to an afterword by the author the story started as a continuation of the Fulgrim storylineWarning to step into this part of the story you must have God Said, Ha!: A Memoir finished Fulgrim duh preferably theirst and last part of the Aurelian limited edition novella The irst storynovella in The Primarchs the one about FulgrimThe things that happen to the
protagonists in the Emperors Children storyline are nothing less than breathtakingButin the Emperors Children storyline are nothing less than breathtakingBut s not even the real meat of the novelThe Big Story is the one about Perturabo and the Iron Warriors Consider this novel the official how the iron warriors ell On the Right Side of a Dream from grace and into the maw of Chaos story The character of Perturabo is beautifully rendered instead of the dark brooding silent murderer he was in theirst story of Shadows of Treachery which is by the way also a prereuisite or this novel We get to see the person behind the Evil Primarch and I must say I was shocked to learn how and why and what is behind him I m boiling over with pure sympathy or the man The Iron Warriors who by the time this novel plays out are still only traitors out of necessity come into contact with the Emperors Children that are by that time already depraved beyond recognition The uest is to go to one of the main Crone Worlds of the Eldar to gather an ancient and lost ultimate weapon Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II from legends A bit of background about Eldar Emperors Children and Fulgrim will give the WH40Kanatic enough hints as to what the real uest isA small negative point to the story is that I Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq found the part about the loyal Space Marines a bit too contrived I m imagining that the story could have done without themAlso as Graham McNeill is the author he succesfully and I ve been on somewhat of a Warhammer 40000 reading binge of late Or accurately a Warhammer 30000 reading binge as each of theive titles I ve devoured in the past month has been set in the Horus Heresy event series I m a Warhamm. Perturabo – master of siegecraft and executioner of Olympia Long has he lived in the shadow of his Michelin Green Guide Normandy favoured primarch brothersrustrated by the mundane and ignominious duties which regularly all to his Legion Wh. Wiped off the planet via orbital bombardment and the legion saved or less pointless endeavors if not or the petulent Perturabo wanting to get a scrap in with the Sons of Dorn All it does is urther validate the Emperor s decision to keep the Iron Warriors off it does is urther validate the Emperor s decision to keep the Iron Warriors off ront lines and doing menial work But you have to admire McNiell s brazenness at proving the Iron Warriors to be masters of seigecraft by showing that they are absolute crap at itThe problems and plot holes have only gotten bigger and blatant as the book wears on I buy Fulgrim treating with an Eldar What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World for the diversion of it but the entire issue of how the loyalists ended up with an Eldar guide is completely unaddressed It is as if he were hoping we wouldn t ask the uestion despite needing anything to distract the mindrom the dreadful prose The problems pile on when chronometers begin to misbehave while traversing the tendrils of realspace woven through the Eye of Terror These paths while also key plot points are a minefield of plotholes The book states outright that they didn t even need the Geller Field meaning that these paths must be realspace and not warpspace and that the vessels are not attempting to traverse them in the warp That leaves them running on their sublight drives The Eye of Terror encompasses a zone of space which contained dozens of Eldar worlds thus its exterior extent must be hundred of light years across Tendrils of realspace extending into this zone would still be governed by realspace rules which means it would be impossible to uickly traverse the paths above or below on sublight drives unless the destination world is kissing the edge of the eye This can t be the case because it is constantly described as being at the heart of #the storm We know they can t be using warp drives because the emperor s children # storm We know they can t be using warp drives because the emperor s children storm birds and boarding torpedoesAlso the ight with the Raven Guard and Lucius on the embarkation deck just seems to scream how unfit Astartes are The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War for combat Their actions scream that they re even rock stupid than Ogryns We have a character who is a known sniper in an elevated and undiscovered position who abandons his advantages to engage a swordsman with no ranged weapons in hand to hand combat Lucius is a joke with no helmet and no ranged weapons He should have been just a boom headshot and dead Instead the Raven Guard decides to abandon every advantage he has toight on terms avorable to Lucius Even a child knows that catering to an enemy s strengths is a stupid idea especially when you can easily strike their weaknessesAnd then there was the issue of inertia Everyone on board the Iron Hands ship should be red smears on the back wall after the acceleration they generated to kill the AndronicusWhen the third legion intruded onto the story about the Iron Warriors my snark had Perturabo ordering his warriors to gun down Fulgrim s degenerate carnivalia and saying On second thought that
s a silly place The book would have been orders of magnitude better if that had happeneda silly place The book would have been orders of magnitude better if that had happened the story ended there I have stopped giving Heresey a Chance and will be sending Dan Abnett a bill or the money I wasted on this tripeLast edit I m doneEvery time I dare to hope it might salavage some semblance of the plot the book instead jumps off into a tanget ull of pointless depravity I don t even mean some warped actions that have some plot relevence I mean utterly pointless No one would have noticed had the editors gone in and taken them out and they don t even make sense in context I think the author jas realized none of the editorial staff is going to do their job and is throwing this crap in to see what will end up in print The worst part of it all is that if it had simply been a story of Perurabo and the Iron Warriors in the war it could have been good The characters were there the character of the legion was there and the prose well the prose still stank but that just needs an editor to call him out on it This book comes to an abrupt and airly unsatisfying end with characters spiralling in directions not really hinted at and certain plot points left unresolved or meaninglessIt eels like the last three chapters were pushed out to meet a deadline While the irst two thirds of the book is an interesting exploration of the Legions during the heresy The endgame was not as well writtenNot McNeil s best An amazing look at the Babes in Toyland: The Making and Selling of a Rock and Roll Band friction and unpredictability inside the traitor legions specifically between the Primarchs Fulgrim and Perturabo This book moved aurious pace and as the Primarchs are completely unpredictable Absolute must read The Meaning of Star Trek forans of the series and the heretical Primarchs specifically. T known only as ‘the Eye’ Pursued by a ragged band of survivors rom Isstvan V and the revenants of a dead eldar world they must work uickly if they are to unleash the devastating power of the Angel Exterminatu.