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3.0 out of 5 starsDecent writing, but short for the price
Reviewed in the United States on April 4, 2019
The writing isn't brilliant, but it was a decently fun read. My biggest complaint is the pricing of the book compared to the content. Much like their short stories, Black Library makes it look like it's a bigger book than it is with the price, and hides the actual page count in the details.
This book made me like the Thousand Sons more and feel sorry for Magnus and like his character pre 30K. It's a good back ground of how Magnus was before he turned to Chaos and a good display of his powers. Perturbo has a good amount in it as well, but it shows how the Thousand Sons differ from other Space Marines. So far it's the better of the Primarch books and has made me read more into Magnus the Red.
This is a rather original title for it presents Magnus the Red, Primarch of the Thousand Sons before the Horus Heresy and portrays him as a powerful, compassionate, self-confident and even arrogant idealist during the Great Crusade, as he tries to save the population of Morningstar, a planet that largely escaped the horrors brought by “Old Night”.
A second original feature is to present his brother and friend Perturabo, the Primarch of the Iron Warriors and master of sieges, fortresses, buildings and logistics. The latter’s talents are very much on display as the two Primarchs and their legions strive to evacuate the population of a formally compliant planet that is about to be destroyed.
A related feature is the friendship that develops between Ahriman – before he becomes the most powerful and the most dangerous sorcerer of the Thousand Sons bar Magnus himself – and Forrix of the Iron Warriors.
The characterisation of all of these and of a few others (such as Atharva) is rather good and so are the action scenes, with some rather spectacular terror attacks on the remnants of the planet’s population as it desperately tries to escape its doom. The book had an interesting story to tell, one of belayed vengeance. There is, unfortunately, a bit of glitch because the second half of the book increasingly concentrates on apocalyptic descriptions and destructions to the extent that it affects the plot. Four stars as a result.
I found this book quite enjoyable. The parallel stories of Magnus and Perturabo mirrored by that of Ahriman and Forrix was a nice touch and lets readers get a look into both Primarch's and First Captains in the earliest years of their time in the Great Crusade.
Fans of the Iron Warriors and Perturabo are well served by this book as well and it makes Perturabo's fall all the more tragic to see him here in his early days compared to the bitter monster he becomes. Magnus truly gets to show off his psychic might in this book in some very fan-pleasing scenes, but it's his friendship with Perturabo that really lets him shine.
All in all, one of the better books in this series as it managed to not only show us Magnus at his peak, but also a younger, more hopeful Perturabo and a fresher, less experienced Ahriman and Forrix.
Personally I really enjoyed this book but was also disappointed. It was a good insight into The Thousand Sons and Magnus himself. The downfall of it, is the length and lack of depth. It would have been great if it had more content and substance, building more on what was already there. It felt very fast-paced. However, it was still an enjoyable read.
A surprising look at the early relationship between Magnus and Perturabo. Bittersweet and saddening knowing how far they will fall from their ideals; at how much they will eventually be corrupted by Chaos.
An excellent read that lends great depth to their characters.
Excellent story about Magnus the Red’s past also encompassing his relationship with Perturabo. The story is short less than 200 pages as there are blank pages between chapters but a lot is packed into the book.
The book started off a bit slowly, but I really enjoyed the look at two legions before they turned traitor. The story itself had some nice twists and tantalising glimpses of what could have been. Nice addition to the Primarch series
It was a nice read but would of been better to have more of a background and how Magnus grew up more. It was good to see how much he and the legion relighs heavy on warp powers, which then relates back to events in the Horus heresy and there eventual outcome.
Magnus really wants to poke things first and wonder about consequences second, Perty has to stop him Ahriman and Forrix find common ground and respect for the other Atharva (that guy from the crusader host) goes full indiana jones and a planet explodes
all this and more in this novel, pretty good if only to see Perturabo not being a jerk