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Mark of Calth (The Horus Heresy Book 25) Kindle Edition
The Heresy came to Calth without warning. In just a few hours of betrayal and bloodshed, the proud warriors of the XIIIth Legion – Guilliman’s own Ultramarines – were laid low by the treachery of their erstwhile brothers of the XVIIth. Now, as the planet is scoured by solar flares from the wounded Veridian star, the survivors must take the fight to the remaining Word Bearers and their foul allies, or face damnation in the gloomy arcology shelters beneath the planet’s surface. In this all-new collection of stories by authors including Dan Abnett, Aaron Demsbki-Bowden and Rob Sanders, witness the untold tales of the Underworld War. In the novella-length ‘Calth That Was’, Graham McNeill highlights the fateful encounter that will alter the destiny of Captain Ventanus and shape the face of the Ultramarines Chapter for ten thousand years to come. The battle for Calth is far from over.
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Some of Black Library's best loved authors tell dark and twisted tales from the battles in the caverns beneath Calth and continue plot threads from Know No Fear. David Annandale summons daemons, Rob Sanders gets into the heart of the darkness and Graham McNeill continues the story of Remus Ventanus, the Saviour of Calth.
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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- ASIN : B01N94GKSU
- Publisher : Black Library (Nov. 15 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1125 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Word Wise : Enabled
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- Print length : 416 pages
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However, you MUST have read "Know No Fear" by Dan Abnett (and possibly "The First Heretic" by AD-B) for this book to make any sense. There are several Ultramarine and Word Bearer characters throughout that appear previously, or events are referenced that you'll want to be familiar with. I waited nearly 2 years between reading KNF and this, and some parts went over my head. It *might* be better to read this first before reading "Betrayer".
As a collection, some pieces are better than others, but overall the additional info from various perspectives that this book provides to that battle is great.
The first book, "Shards of Erebus", explains how certain knives are first forged, and these provide almost a running theme through several of the other books here.
The second, "Calth that Was" is novella-length, and is written from the perspective of Remus Ventanus and Maloq Kartho, generally explaining the context of the Underworld War.
"Dark Heart" was next, following a young Word Bearers acolyte named Marduk, and whilst good, probably meant more for people who have read the Word Bearers series by Anthony Reynolds.
"The Traveller" was probably the worst for me - I wasn't really that interested with the plot, and the "twist" at the end (if you can call it that?) left me thinking "So what?".
"A Deeper Darkness" was next. I enjoyed this one, but it was a bit slow to start with, and it didn't really add much to the overall Calth or HH plot.
AD-B's "The Underworld War" is set deep into this stage of the Calth conflict, and follows a member of the Gal Vorbak, and explains how he first came to be possessed. It also features my favourite heretic, Argel Tal, reveals more about why certain Word Bearers were chosen for Calth, and impacts on the events in "Betrayer".
"Athame" was next and was ok I guess, tracing the titular weapon from its discovery through various owners. I didn't get the 8th section though - who was it talking about?
Finally, "Unmarked" was one of the stronger works for me. It follows Oll Persson's group after he cuts a hole into the warp, and their journey onwards. Particularly interesting is his conversation with fellow Perpetual John Grammaticus, and the hints dropped in this one that are followed up in "The Unremembered Empire". Also, heavy hints dropped that Oll knew the Emperor at the dawn of civilization, but decided he didn't want any part of the Emperor's schemes and was therefore not a part of his inner circle.
A good collection, buy it if you're a HH enthusiast, but make sure you've read KNF first (and preferably fairly recently!)
The short story collections just lack the depth, narrative and character exploration found in the full books, for example in Betrayer, and are a read once and shelve book - there's no point going back to re-read, unlike with the first 5 books in the series.
I enjoyed the short stories for the most part so am happy to give this book 4 stars.