Book Review 125 // Angels of Darkness by Gav Thorpe


Continuing on from The Purging of Kadillus, comes Angels of Darkness, by Gav Thorpe. We are reintroduced to Interrogator-Chaplain Boreas once more and delve into the Dark Angels' murky past.

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The Angels of Darkness, the God-Emperor's most dedicated servants, harbour a dark secret that stretches back to the great Horus Heresy, a time when humanity was torn apart by intergalactic civil war Now the horrific events from this era threaten to be unleashed as Interrogator-Chaplain Boreas gets caught up in the murderous plots of an enemy from the Chapter's shadowy past...

Author: Gav Thorpe

Page Count: 256

Review

As with most Black Library stories it helps to know a little Warhammer 40k lore. It's not needed knowledge but is definitely helpful. The story follows two characters and jumps back and forth between the two. The first is Interrogator-Chaplain Boreas, a Space Marine of the Dark Angels Chapter. Whilst the second character is Merir Astelan aka one of the Fallen, aka a member of the Dark Angel Legion, circa Horus Heresy era. This group of Fallen is a renegade group of Dark Angels who turned on their Primarch during the Horus Heresy which happened 10,000 years prior.

The chapters jump back and forth between these two, but it is Boreas's piece that you need to pay attention to, set in the current-ish timeline. In this arc, a small garrison lead by Boreas discovers a plot by the Fallen and must decide what action to take. Do they chase their traitorous past or defend the world on which they garrison? While this story is happening, the Astelan chapters help to explain the decision-making that is taking place in the Boreas arc. As the story progresses you are left wondering who is right and who is wrong, do both marines have a valid viewpoint? This story really helps build up the grey areas of right and wrong and we are left wondering how far from the original path has the Imperium fallen. This seems to be the focus of the story, who is truly following their duty, who is lost to lore and stories and is Astelan actually a sane voice in a galaxy gone mad? As Boreas's tale nears completion he seems to start seeing the error in his Judgement and is left wondering who's goals is was actually following and was it for the good of the Imperium?

Overall an enjoyable read and it created a ton of questions for me to think over which is great. It has also sparked interest in the Dark Angels once more, though I feel like I want to collect a more standard Chapter rather than that of the Dark Angels.

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