Angels of Caliban

Angels of Caliban With the Dark Angels spread across a hundred systems primarch Lion El Jonson stands as Lord Protector of Ultramar though his true motives are known to few indeed and old rivalries on the home world

  • Title: Angels of Caliban
  • Author: Gav Thorpe
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With the Dark Angels spread across a hundred systems, primarch Lion El Jonson stands as Lord Protector of Ultramar though his true motives are known to few indeed, and old rivalries on the home world threaten to tear the Legion in half But when word comes of the Night Lords attack on Sotha, the Lion s brutal actions bring Imperium Secundus once again to the brink of ciWith the Dark Angels spread across a hundred systems, primarch Lion El Jonson stands as Lord Protector of Ultramar though his true motives are known to few indeed, and old rivalries on the home world threaten to tear the Legion in half But when word comes of the Night Lords attack on Sotha, the Lion s brutal actions bring Imperium Secundus once again to the brink of civil war Not even the most fearsome warriors of the Dreadwing, nor any arcane secret of the Order, can guarantee victory if he sets himself against his loyal brothers Read it because There was no way Imperium Secundus was going to last or we d know about it in the 41st millennium, wouldn t we and this is the beginning of the end The eBook edition includes integrated illustrations of characters and events from the story, and an afterword that places the story in context within the series.The eBook edition includes integrated illustrations of characters and events from the story, and an afterword that places the story in context within the series.

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    1. Well this was just a blast of a read, like reading "Horus Heresy saga meets A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones": the banquet in Aldurukh echoes the "Red Wedding" one so much that I could hear playing "Rains of Castamere" song in my mind while reading itAn awesome origin story of the "Fallen", and Zahariel's role in it was a real shock for me, but also the best novel about the Imperium Secundus storyline.Gav Thorpe made an excellent job here with four Primarchs, the Macragge Triumvirate and t [...]

    2. Oh the Angels of Caliban. Normally, I’m quite disinterested in the Dark Angels. They’ve been a more bland/annoying Legion in the Horus Heresy thus far, with a few exceptions of course, but I think it is more that even in their own dedicated novels thus far it has been more focused on the events rather than fleshing out the Legion. The Descent of Angels was a fun read in that we got to see Caliban pre-Imperium, the growth of The Order, and the coming of the Emperor. I can barely even remember [...]

    3. Angels of Caliban feels like the latest in a string of unsatisfying side dishes while awaiting a main course that never arrives.A wonderful WH40 fluff piece with lots of Dark Angel tit bits—at least the Dark Angels according to Gav Thorpe. But IMHO it's not a great addition to the Horus Heresy series. Especially coming after Chris Wraight's The Path of Heaven.It seems like Angels of Caliban is meant to conclude the Imperium Secundus arc. Sadly, it doesn't feel that way. Vulkan Lives, The Unrem [...]

    4. Review also published hereAngels of Caliban continues the trend of reinvigorating the Horus Heresy by wrapping up story arcs and progressing characters and Legions in a satisfying way. It juggles two quite different plotlines, Imperium Secundus and the growing revolt on Caliban, and does so well.I've always defended Descent of Angels. A lot of people online seem to dislike it, with the biggest complaints being that it doesn't have much to do with the Heresy itself, and instead plays out more lik [...]

    5. This HH novel made Guilliman seem like a sniveling, petty, bureaucrat. It made The Lion look like an incompetent hunter and sloppy bodyguard. And, somehow, it made Sanguinius seem inconsequential and impotent. Only Konrad Curze, The Night Haunter remained true to his nature, wreaking havoc with the Imperium Secundus until it was eclipsed by fear, folly, and shame. WTH?

    6. A long, long time ago in a galaxy…here…I read ANGELS OF DARKNESS by Gav Thorpe. I’d been reading Warhammer 40,000 tie-in fiction for a short while but this was my first exposure to the Dark Angels. It was more thoughtful and considerate than I was accustomed to for a 40k novel. Don’t get me wrong, ANGELS OF DARKNESS stills packs the heavy hitting action the war-game is known for, but it also delves deeply into the history of one of 40k’s most mysterious factions. It’s been a long tim [...]

    7. It's a difficult thing to predict when a nightmare tale will truly end. At every twist and turn, every new flip of a coin, the narrative might take pause to put a far darker spin upon things, or unveil some new horror no one could have predicted. That said, of late there has been an apparent push to start edging towards the Horus Heresy's end and the climactic Siege of Terra. After the White Scars finally returned to humanity's cradle and so many short stories were collected into single volumes, [...]

    8. You can read the full review over at my blog:shadowhawksshade.wordpressSome fifteen years ago (five days to the fifteen-year anniversary as of the writing of this review!), Gav Thorpe and Black Library gave to us an innocuous novel called Angels of Darkness which featured a long-interrogation by an Interrogator-Chaplain of the Dark Angels of a traitor Space Marine called Merir Astelan. That novel, in a hundred little ways, was a serious game-changer as the years unfolded, not only because of the [...]

    9. Well here we, 38 books into the Horus Heresy and still we are moving right along with a strong wind at our backs and the flames of the Ruinous Powers lapping at our heels. So this book covers the effort the Imperial Triumvirate of Imperium Secundus to find their hidden and dangerous brother, Curze, the Night Haunter, Primarch of the Night Lords. He is hidden somewhere in the 500 Worlds of Guilliman's empire and is being a little pain in the arse to find. As Lord Protector, The Lion who is Primar [...]

    10. There will be no new emperor. Or is it still time to save my home? with this prophetic words 'Angels of Caliban' took the stage.Oh boy, what a huge (literally - 600 pages) read that was. Gav Thorpe returns to Heresy with aplomb and a strange level of emptiness before the abyss.I finished that book almost a week ago, but never had a time to write a proper review. But today's EU referendum results - give me a perfect opportunity to post a review. Because exactly like the results of polls, this con [...]

    11. I love the dark angels, I really enjoyed the other books about them, maybe not so much after they came to Ultramar. This book makes the lion look like an idiot and spineless. It also makes his two brothers look pretty stupid, not to mention the whole following fate thing goes completely against two of their personalities at least. I have read everything on Zahareil and the amount of things that contradict each other has just become painful. In earlier books he has known that what he now calls th [...]

    12. I am starting to feel the meandering tale of the First Legion is wearing on me. Descent was interesting but did not fit in the charging rush that was the intro to the HH. Fallen Angels was much better and rightly picked up from Descent, giving it a home in the series. AoC though is back to meandering and wandering. Maybe it is because it reads like a collection of 3 novellas edited together into one story. Or maybe it is because at 40 books the HH feels like it is just wandering all over the pla [...]

    13. Solid read, with interesting interactions between four Primarchs but somehow lacking the sensation that they are transhuman demigods - their sometimes very petty quibbling can put one in mind of the Greek Gods (particularly as depicted in 1960s films!) but without the ever-present sensation the after effects of their most minor actions can dictate the destinies of millions; which is an odd gap in a book that takes place mainly in the Primarch-led Imperium Secundus. The Night Lord's Primarch make [...]

    14. Book 38 of the Horus Heresy series, Gav Thorpe’s Angels of Caliban continues the Dark Angels’ involvement in the series and caps off the ongoing Imperium Secundus arc. Lion El’Jonson focuses his attention on what he considers the gravest threat – the continued survival of his wayward brother, Konrad Kurze. Meanwhile back on Caliban, the Dark Angels tasked with garrisoning the homeworld, led by Luther, Astelan and Zahariel, are a mess of conflicting loyalties, ambitions and mysteries. The [...]

    15. A decent enough entry in to the Horus Heresy series. Gav Thorpe has improved immensely as a writer in recent years, but the book is let down as it tries to do too much. Multiple plot-lines focusing on Caliban, the nature of Imperium Secondus, conflicts between the Primarchs, and the hunt for the Night Haunter all compete with space, making it hard to keep track of all the characters involved. There are still some excellent moments though, and the final 100 pages had me gripped. The socio-politic [...]

    16. There was surprisingly less violence in this and more intrigue than most of the series. Not a bad book, but I think by this point we should be beyond seeing who is a traitor and who remains loyal. The key to understanding this book is knowing that no matter how well thought out plans are, live intervenes, as does our individual petty natures. The Horus Heresy isn't a thought provoking series or built on great intellect, but they are fun to read and romping good time as Space Marines clash across [...]

    17. You don't see a lot of HH books where there are heavy dialogues amongst FOUR different primraches. Sanguinius is still my favorite primarch, even though he doesn't talk much in this one still I like it.

    18. An intriguing book of the Dark Angels mystery. Leads much to susceptibility of who a certain character in current 40k culture could be

    19. My review to Gav on facebook : Finished angels of caliban some time ago but still didn't give my thoughts on it (shame on me). For me the most anticipated book of the year. So expectations were high. Well, here they are. Just some thoughts collected. Possibly spoilers for the ones one haven't read it. - Zaramund chapter. Great chapter. Such a feel good climate, with an imperial victory and Luther in good spirits, only for the Lion to ruin it. When he entered, well, that was some tension. Even Ho [...]

    20. Gav Thorpe returns to full length Heresy Dark Angels with aplomb; as comfortable in the heart of Imperium Secundus as he is on the dark soil of Caliban. He crafts a story that is at once a war story, a revenge tale, a stirring drive towards independence, a political potboiler and a 31st millennium Game of Thrones, at times.The myriad plots spun around Caliban and by its favoured sons spill out into the Heresy; introducing the paranoia of the Lion and the ambitions of Luther to yet wider audience [...]

    21. I would have rated this a 4/5 but it took until about the 40% mark for the story to get moving. In a 300ish page book there just isnt room for that kind of time wasting/senseless bolter-porn.Found myself skim reading the early action sequences because they were just a waste of time in terms of advancing the story or character arcs.Once the story got moving there was a good sense of consequence to all of the character decisions and had a pretty satisfying end.Common issues with other HH novels. E [...]

    22. Descent of Angels was awesome. The Fallen Angels went a bit timid And again, The Caliban Trilogy were awesome.This book doesn't follow the pattern, since it's awesome, though first half feels like a no-good shortstory. We finally got ourselves a book that tells the parts in Caliban civil war, that actually begin to matter.As a fan, don't miss this! As a new-comer, you should begin with the books mentioned first in this review.

    23. This was a surprisingly good read from an author I don't typically fawn over about a Space Marine chapter that I am ambivalent about. Thorpe does an excellent job of managing the action on Caliban and in Ultramar. The characters, especially, the Lion felt real and relatable to and I could even understand, even if I did not agree with, the Caliban separatist movement as led by Luthor.

    24. Another excellent contribution to the Horus Heresy series by Gav Thorpe. In this book we finally get a decent answer as to why some of the Dark Angels turned against the Lion, something that's been bothering me for years. Well written, the story on both sides of the ruin storm is told well and the author delivers a satisfying read. Thoroughly reccomended.

    25. Overall I liked the novel however there were several slow points, and two dimensional characters sprinkled throughout, including how Sanguinius was represented. I would recommend this novel to any fan of the Dark Angels and their Primarch as it is filler for the time period where Fallen Angels left off and when the Lion returns to Caliban. It also shows how Imperium Secondus ends.

    26. I really do not like Lion El'Jonson. Really, really I do not and this book didn't change that. But I did enjoy how Gav Thorpe showed the Macraggian politics, and he is yet another one who wins at portraying Konrad Curze. And yes, the plotline is definitely moving towards its heartbreaking end.

    27. LOL, what a tease. It's almost as if every book threatens to at least bring Luthor and the Lion to a confrontation but then stops and waits. Still, it's a far more interesting storyline than anything involving an Ultramarine!

    28. As with all dark angels - it's just a magnet of secrets and revealed secrets with even more secrets being put on !!

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