From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.
This first book of short stories is not the last we’ll see in this series. In defiance of its name, this collection offers mostly stories which take place before the Heresy. None of the stories offer any insight into why certain legions stayed loyal and others turned traitor.
In Blood Games, a member of the Custodes returns from an infiltration mission to discover that Astartes legions have turned traitor and the time for ‘games’ is over. On a later mission the Custodes learn they need to cooperate with Dorn and his Imperial Fists in the defence of Earth.
Wolf at the Door sees a group of Space Wolves delay their trip to Prospero to save a newly discovered human world from the Dark Eldar. When the saved people reject the Imperium, the Space Wolves attach them too.
Scions of the Storm is a look at the already turned Word Bearers as one of their captains is brought up to speed with the legion changing the object of its worship from the Emperor to more worthy entities.
The Voice continues the story of a Silent Sister we last met in Flight of the Eisenstein, with plenty of twists and turns.
Call of the Lion offers a better glimpse into the Dark Angels legion than Descent of Angels ever did.
In The Last Church, the Emperor talks with the keeper of the last place of worship on Earth before its destruction.
After Desh’ea is set in pre-Heresy times and provides insights into the Warhounds legion after they discover their Primarch. After seeing their fellow Iron Warriors be transformed by the discovery of Pertuarbo, they are unsure how to approach their own broken, weeping Primarch.
Some good stories here but overall a disappointing collection that barely meshes with the rest of the series.
Rating: 2 golden thrones