Warhammer 40K: The Primarchs: The Horus Heresy. Book review

THE PRIMARCHS: The Horus Heresy, Edited by Christian Dunn, The Black Library, PB, £7.99

Reviewed By Steve Dean

‘The Primarchs’ contains 4 novella-length stories, featuring four of these genetically created super humans.

‘The Reflection Crack’d’ by Graham McNeill features Fulgrim, leader of the Emperor’s Children space marines. Those around Fulgrim start to notice changes in him, and suspect he might have been taken over by a demon. They are forced to take action against their leader, not an easy task when a primarch is involved. The writing is good enough on this one, but it will depend on your interest in primarchs and space marines whether you enjoy it or not

‘Feat of Iron’ by Nick Kyme tells the story of Ferrus Manus, and his Iron Hands (of course) legion. The Iron Hands and other legions are trying to destroy some Eldar nodes, hidden in a vast desert and protected by alien technology. During the battle, Ferrus wanders off into another reality created by Eldar seers, who are trying to control his fate. Again, the writing is ok, but the story isn’t very engaging and probably only of interest to those who have to read everything about primarchs.

‘The Lion’ by Gav Thorpe has Lionel Jonson, sorry, Lion El’Jonson, primarch of the Dark Angels, travelling through the warp and being attacked by Chaos assassins. This one is dull and mostly pointless, instantly forgettable and seems to fizzle out at the end.

‘The Serpent Beneath’ by Rob Sanders has not one, but two primarchs for your money. Alpharius and Omegon (they aren’t subtle with the names are they?) are twins, joint primarchs of the Alpha legion. This is a wandering tale of betrayal, alien technology and murder, and ultimately about not much at all.

Overall then, a bland and rather pointless book that could have been so much more. These are the super humans who decide the fate of our entire galaxy. These stories reveal very little new information, show us nothing about the origins or inner thoughts of these men, and are a disappointment to anyone who was expecting more.