Book Review 168 // The lost king by Robbie MacNiven

Hitting up some short stories from the worlds of Warhammer 40,000. It is easy to see what the account will be about; Space Wolves! Let us dive into the details.

Title: The Lost King (Legacy of Russ #1)
Author: Robbie MacNiven
Part 1 of the War Zone Fenris Quick Reads series

The Fenris system, home of the savage and feral Space Wolves Chapter, is overrun by the forces of Chaos. On planets and moons, armies of daemons manifest to enact a campaign of slaughter, and the Wolves are forced to defend themselves on all fronts. As the fighting escalates, all contact with Logan Grimnar is lost. Can the Space Wolves find their missing Chapter Master, or is he dead, as the daemons claim?

Fenris is besieged, and the Space Wolves – with some unlikely allies – battle daemonic invaders across the system. When contact with the Chapter Master is lost, are the Space Wolves doomed to destruction?


We have part one of a new series here. Didn't realize this as I started it. Now, I will have to hunt out the other 7 stories (damn it). Then to add to the reading list, I discovered after reading this story that it follows on from Curse of the Wulfen by David Annandale. So it seems we need a space wolf session soon.

Now back to the story. This tale is set during the Fenris war, the embattled Wolves have faced off against the Thousand Sons and Magnus. But at the start of this tale, it feels like the main threat has been blunted. Now battles are waging over the system as the Wolves attempt to reclaim territory from the Chaos forces. In this time of confusion, rumours are running wild; some warn that Logar Grimnar has been killed, while others warn that the approaching Dark Angel fleet comes to boosettle scores with the Wolves rather than aid them.

As this is happening, you can't shake the feeling that something more dangerous is plotting away and setting up the board in a game no one realizes they are playing. We get to experience multiple viewpoints in a short page count, which is confusing as we jump from Wolf Lords to Dark Angels and then back again. MacNiven is attempting to set up a story that deserves more time. It does help create confusion and a fog of war across the sector; as a stand-alone tale, I am not sure it works but once read with the other installments, I am sure it will make sense. I will leave off a final judgement until I read them.

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