Lega­cies Of Be­trayal

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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.

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