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Legacies of Betrayal (The Horus Heresy Book 31) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01MYN80OQ
- Publisher : Black Library (November 15, 2016)
- Publication date : November 15, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 5239 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 416 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #338,256 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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To a large extent, I share this annoyance, especially since this is the fourth such collection of short stories since book 10 of the HH series (aptly, if unoriginally, titled “Tales of Heresy”). For anyone who has read some or all of the previous thirty titles in this collection (and/or the “audio dramas”), one cannot help the feeling that the authors could have been a bit more imaginative.
For instance, in “Honour to the Dead”, you get yet another battle scene between loyalist and rogue Titan Legions, something “déjà vu” in both Dan Abnett’s “Titanicus” and Graham Mc Neill’s Mechanicum some years ago. In another story, you also get more about the fighting on – or rather under – Calth between Ultramarines and Word Bearers stranded on the dying planet. In a third, “Butcher’s Nails” (from Aaron Demski-Bowden, with the title being the same as an audio drama from the same author), you get more about Angron and his Word Eaters and Aurelian and his World Eaters, again, just after Calth, and in the same vein as “Betrayer” (yet another title in the Horus Heresy by the same author).
You get something similar for the White Scars in “Brotherhood of the Storm” (Chris Wraight), which, in addition to being one of the longer stories, was also one of the ones I preferred, probably because there are not many books featuring the Scars and their Primarch up to now, apart from the recent “Scars”, by the same author. Another one of the better stories, or, perhaps more accurately, of the ones that I preferred, was “Veritas Ferrum” featuring a desperate bunch of Iron Hands who are survivors of – guess what? – Isstvan V, of course! Here again, we have just seen something similar in a recent Space Matines "Battle Series" title. Despite this, "Veritas Ferrum" was a good and an exciting story, even if it settings (the aftermath of Isstvan V, again!) were desperately unoriginal. By the way, the short “Strike and Fade” is also about the aftermath of Isstvan V but, this time, it features a few of Vulkan’s Salamanders stranded on the planet.
Contrary to the other reviewer, I did not feel “short-changed”, to the extent that the stories were mostly good and exciting. I admit to reading this book from cover to cover non-stop within a single day during which I did little else. However, I certainly share the impression that the authors have been somewhat lazy and totally unoriginal. For instance, I would have appreciated a story or two on the Blood Angels or the Emperor's Fists. Most of all, however, I wanted to read one or several stories about different and new events and which clearly showed that the Horus Heresy was moving on. This is what was missing from this volume and I was therefore – and yet again – a bit disappointed. Three stars.