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

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

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

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Mortarion and the Death Guard do not take kindly to Galaspar’s nonsense, and they reap the scythe across the planet in a brutal, horrendous manner. He has a deep desire to use his station as the commander of an army to liberate, which is rare in the world of Warhammer. The way this story was told was great and the clashing views on how to deal with those inhumane tyrannical regimes the Imperium ran across was amazing!

At least the Night Lords, distasteful or not, are different in their approach and bring a perspective worth arguing about.Mortarion makes his debut in the fifteenth Primarchs novel, and wastes no time in bringing his own brand of grim justice to the galaxy.

Each of them seemed to have been dropped into a significantly awful world, and each of them has struggled greatly to achieve what little they may have in their life.

I felt he did an excellent job on writing the Death Guard, Mortarion and especially the antagonists. The book is very well written and fun, it was cool seeing Typhon and Garro when they were just legionnaries, and we get brief glimpses of their personalities, but in the end, it is not part of the core of novels of 40K that are fundamental for your understanding of the story or characters. High levels of radiation, everything is poisoned, blown up and there are literally hills of bodies next to the spires on the planet with people crawling over them. It is interesting while they are both disgusted Horus seems to sincerely care about why Mortarion did it and wants to hear his side and believes maybe The Emperor wants them to learn something too and not just judge Mortarion. The fifteenth instalment in The Horus Heresy Primarchs series, The Pale King tells of the atrocities committed by the Reaper in the name of justice – and the consequences of challenging his methods.

This book really seemed to be leaning away from his strengths as an author and more towards what I perceived as his weaknesses. In fact, off the top of my head I think the Konrad Curze, Leman Russ, and Alpharius novels might be the only ones I’ve actually enjoyed.

One of Mortarion’s defining features is his dislike of his adopted father figure as well as his biological father, The Emperor. Nothing is done to establish the size of these larger spaces, or what they were for prior to the arrival of the Death Guard. Overall not a bad effort, but with too many fairly drab action scenes this one is probably only of real interest to Death Guard mega-fans. This novel provides a nice little insight into the Pale King and adds some depth the the Horus Heresy.

It does not wallow in endless repetitions of combat yet nor does it strand in long high minded dialogues. Though for his primarch book, I was hoping to learn more about his experience on barbarus or when the emperor first discovered him. If an article link referred you here, you might want to go back and fix it to point directly to the intended page.

Either that or make the narrative follow one squad so that the character-focused prose could keep the reader tied into the story. The addition of a newly ascended legionary like Vorx or Caipha Morarg would have rounded it out a bit more smoothly.



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