Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Book Review: Angels of Darkness
All I can say is Wow! I want to pick up my paint brush and get my Dark Angels going again! For a book by Gav Thorpe it isn't half bad. The story tells itself from two tales, one of Interrogator Chaplain Bores and the story of Astelan. The book alternates between the past where Bores interrogates and attempts to redeem Astelan of his past sins and learns some dark secrets of the Dark Angels unknown to him and lost to history. The second half is that past episode haunting him and the effects it has on him as he comes to understand the truths about the Dark Angels.
This was a great book that now posts another deadly bit to the Horus Heresy events about the Lion. Who really was the enemy at Caliban? Why did the Dark Angels, one of the best legions of the Emperor tarry to make it to defend their father? Perhaps the Lion was waiting to see who was the winner and declare his allegiance? The book offers some interesting views into the Dark Angel history and about the Lion, things you would not read in the other books about their psychology as this dips into the dirty secrets of the chapter.
I guess this is why I have always in some way respected the Dark Angels as they are not the "goody goody" Marines like the Ultramarines or some of the other chapters, there is that stain and shadow that follows them forever. Even so, what happens when they find all the Fallen? What then?