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Book review: The Unremembered Empire (Horus Heresy XXVII)

The Ruinstorm has been activated by the events of Betrayer, and interstellar travel has become all but impossible for loyalist forces.

Roboute Gulliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines, is intent on rebuilding his empire, and establishing some remnant presence of the Imperium that was. With contacts as well as travel cut off, he fears the worst. That earth has already fallen and Horus has won.

His first task is to try and establish travel within his own empire, and there he relies on the alien technology of the Pharos. This lighthouse is able to light up the capital of Ultramar, guiding ships through the storm. Gulliman waits to see who will turn up.

He does not have to wait long.

Astartes of many chapters arrive; Iron Hands, Salamanders, White Scars, Space Wolves, Imperial Fists. Then, many thousands of Dark Angels arrive under the command of their Primarch, fresh from his victory over the Night Lords.

Other players are drawn here too. The Primarch Vulkan teleports in, while John Grammaticus and a Word Bearer sniper from Vulkan Lives arrive by varied means too.

With many of these players following their own, conflicting agendas, trust is in short supply. John’s mission concerns Vulkan, while Lion El’Johnson has come to see whether Gulliman intends to save the Imperium, or bury it. He is also transporting the captured Primarch of the Night Lords, but Konrad Curze soon escapes and wreaks havoc on Macragge.

The Heresy has moved beyond its opening moves, and now those who remain seek to direct its course or stop it.

The ending of this book sees the arrival of the Blood Angels chapter and their Primarch. A huge loyalist force has gathered, but it remains trapped by the Ruinstorm. The Primarchs establish a new power base to determine their next moves.

rating: 3.5 golden thrones

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This entry was posted on October 6, 2022 by in Books, horus heresy, Review and tagged , , .
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