Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Book: Warhammer 40k - The Horus Heresy Series Part 4

Another 2 book from Horus Heresy Series. Yeah, I'm gonna write about 2 books at a time. You know, just kill time and improve my literature, grammar or something.

Descent of Angels is the sixth book in the Horus Heresy Series. At first, I thought the book cover the stories of the Blood Angels Legion. You know, because their primarch, Sanguinus, is also called 'the Angel' But, it appear that is not the case. This book covers the story of the Dark Angels Legion. I must say that this book provides the most in-depth story regarding on the Space Marine Legion origin. But, restricted on the Dark Angels Legion part only, of course.. It started, from the point where the Dark Angels's primarch was first found on a planet called Caliban.

This story is from the point of view of another character belong to the native of planet Caliban who later become member of the Dark Angels Legion. His name is Zahariel, and he was among the first who fought side by side with Lion El'Jonson, primarch of the Dark Angels Legion. Before the Imperium come in contact with Caliban, Lion initiates what was called the Great Hunt, to cleanse the planet Caliban from the infesting Great Beast that terrorize the planet. He creates a conclave called simple the Order and gather every knightly order on the planet under his banner. Zahariel was among them. 

Lion El'Jonson, or simply called the Lion, was heavily characterize as quiet man with a terrifying intelligence. He was also a man with a high martial prowess as he once slain a Great Beast with his bare hand.. where other knights would have to do it in groups armed with pistols, swords and armored suits. He however is not alone, as the man who founded Lion, named Luther, raise him when he was first founded.

Nathaniel, being an aspirant and later elevated into full-fledged knight, continue to witness as the gap between the Lion and Luther becomes wider. Apparently, Lion doesn't like secrets, an irony where he himself is a secretive person. Lion holds the ideals of his father, the Emperor, where he though that some knowledge are not for lesser minds to know. Something that other people cannot appreciate.

And thats it. Whatt..?? What about the end? I dunno, I don't wanna spoil the story, although I think I just did a bit. Haha

Next one, Legion. This is the seventh book in the Horus Heresy Series. There is not much to tell about this book apart from the story is revolve around the youngest Legion of the Space Marines, the Alpha Legion. The Primarch is called Alpharius Omegon also known as the Last Primarch or the Last.

The book covers about the Alpha Legion and the time setting is about 2 years before the Horus Heresy. Yeah, this time the storis are going backwards. Differently from the Descent of Angels book, there are not much told about the early life of Alpharius. What the stories did tell, is the workings of the Alpha Legion. Because Alpha Legion was somehow newly created, their numbers are not as large as the other Legions. Thus they rely heavily on subterfuge and covert operation. Alpha Legion also use extensively non-Astarte personnel such as spies and human psykers.

Another event in the stories is Alpharius's encounter with a xenos conclave known as the Cabal. They tried to warn Alpharius about Horus about-to-be betrayal, and choices that Alpharius must made. But that is not important as the revealing of Alpha Legion inner structure. It seems that Alpharius Omegon was indeed a 2 person. One is Alpharius and the other is called Omegon. Alpharius was far more secretive than Lion El'jonson. In his Legion, every one is made to look alike as much as possible. Every captain and commander can simply assume the identity of Alpharius, and Alpharius can be anywhere inside the Legion.

Of course not everyone can imitate the Primarchs for they are much larger than normal Astarte. Omegon was the only person that stands almost the same as Alpharius, some even thought that they actually twins. Alpha Legion have extensive covert operations and intelligence network as being portrayed so in the book. Their secretiveness however, are not very much appreciated by Imperial commanders.. 

And, that it. 2 books from the Horus Heresy Series. I don't want to spoil too much on the book's content, but to anyone who enjoy the Warhammer 40k series, these books is a good read. I can vouch for that. Haha 


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