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Book review: Shadows of Treachery (Horus Heresy XXII)

Another book of short stories, this one delivers us seven tales set at different points in the heresy.

The Crimson Fist by John French details the attempts by Dorn to call back the third of his legion which had been dispatched to Isstvan once the fuller extent of the Heresy becomes known. The fleet itself has been ravaged by warp storm and remains in trap set for them by the Iron Warriors legion.

The Dark King by Graham McNeill takes us back to the pre-Heresy days as the Night Lords Primarch clashes with Dorn and Fulgrim before returning to his home world to pass judgement on all that live there.

The Lightning Tower by Dan Abnett, Primarch Rogal Dorn turns the Imperial Palace from a place of artistic wonder into a stark fortress, as he must.

The Kaban Project by Graham McNeill gives us a prequel to one of the antagonists of the earlier novel Mechanicum.

Raven’s Flight by Gav Thorpe gives us a further look at the Raven Guard, both on Isstvan and the circumstances that led to their unlikely rescue at the start of Deliverance Lost. This story overlaps with that novel.

Death of a Silversmith by Graham McNeill is another of those stories set before the Heresy that doesn’t add to the narrative.

Prince of Crows by Aaron Dembski-Bowden takes up the story of the Thramas Crusade from the perspective of the Night Lords. The eighth legion is reeling from the resurgent Dark Angels, who are now on the offensive and have struck a major blow against them.  With their Primarch injured, their first captain has a plan to make the war more chaotic still.

Overall this collection is a fair addition to the series, with several stories that take existing threads and spin them further out.

rating: 3 golden thrones

2 comments on “Book review: Shadows of Treachery (Horus Heresy XXII)

  1. templeofthutmos
    September 18, 2022

    Another mixed bag of an anthology for me. I thought The Crimson Fist and Price of Crows were great, but most of the others really didn’t stick with me until I was reminded by your writeup.

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    • davekay
      September 19, 2022

      I enjoyed Prince of Crows more than I was expecting for sure. My memory is that later anthologies have stories I enjoyed more, but I’ll see if I remember correctly when I get to them.

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