Legacies Of Betrayal
Horus Heresy hors d’oeuvres
Release Date: 13 December
416 pages | Hardback/ ebook Authors: Various Publisher: The Black Library
Warhammer stories are
not known for their brevity: the Horus Heresy series, of which Legacies Of Betrayal is volume 31, is now roughly 3.2 million words long. So this anthology of nineteen shorter tales from the 40th millennium gives some of the franchise’s finest writers a chance to show off their mad skillz. And they do not disappoint.
Fan favourite Gav Thorpe provides three stories, including “The Divine Word”, a spectacular widescreen battle sequence that reaches from command ships in space to the gritty frontline of the fight. “Butcher’s Nails” is a remarkably brutal tale of psychosurgery by Aaron Dembski- Bowden, and another notch on the kill list of this talented young writer. Chris Wraight’s novella “Brotherhood Of The Storm” will please many fans, who always enjoy a look at lesser- known Warhammer armies like the White Scars legion. But the best of the bunch is “Warmaster” by John French, which as the title suggests takes readers deep into the mind and motivations of Warmaster Horus before his fall.
With other quality stories from Guy Haley and David Annandale, it’s hard to fault Legacies Of Betrayal’s scope. And as a taste of the many facets of the 40k universe, it’s an anthology ideal for new readers who want to try the Warhammer experience. Damien Walter The anthology’s roster of writers also includes Nick Kyme, Graham McNeill, Anthony Reynolds and Chris Wraight.