Welcome to another review, this time its 'The Primarchs' the 20th Horus Heresy book brought to you by the peeps over at Black Library.
This book consists of 4 stories, each focusing on a different Primarch, namely Fulgrim, Ferrus Manus, Lion El'Jonson and Alpharious/Omegon.
I'll cut to the chase on this review, I didn't enjoy this book. None of the stories really did anything for me, I could have given up reading it half way through the final story with the Alpha Legion but persevered to the end to give it a chance.
*WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW*
Fulgrim's story 'The Reflection Crack'd' by Graham McNeil is just, well, really odd, and doesn't really go anywhere, and I'm sure the torturing with a bit of South Park inspired anal probing wont do anything for most...
Nick Kyme's 'Feat of Iron' is next, and well it wasn't going to take much to improve from the first story, but he makes a good effort to make it worse! The Eldar make an appearance in this one and they steal the show, Nick gives some great descriptions in the combats featuring Howling Banshees. Again, once this story ends you do wonder why you bothered, but it is quite interesting seeing how the Eldar are trying to influence the Horus Heresy.
Thirdly we have Gav Thorpe with the imaginatively titled 'The Lion', and you know it must have been a good book when you cant remember what happened...
Finally we have Rob Sander's 'The Serpent Beneath' This is the best of the four tales, and has a nice twist at the end. I think the previous three stories had drained me by this point, so it took me longer than it should to get through this one. If you're going to have a look at this collection then start with this one, if you don't like it, then don't read the rest.
So the scores on the board...I'll give this 5 Primarchs out of 18. I've loved most of the Horus Heresy books but this one by far was the worst, yes even worse than Descent of Angels.