Audio Review 79 // Daemonology by Chris Wraight

Finally, some Deathguard action. Where have they been? I think I know more about the Alpha Legion than this Legion. Let's hope Chris Wraight does them justice.

Title: Daemonology (The Horus Heresy #Short Story)

Author: Chris Wraight


Chagrined by his defeat at the hands of Jaghatai Khan, Mortarion abandons the pursuit of the White Scars and instead leads the Death Guard in a spiteful, punitive rampage across the systems of the Prosperine empire. Finally, on Terathalion, the truth of Mortarion's sinister heritage will be exposed, and the future of the XIV Legion will be written...

The Death Guard have already embraced treachery, but this story follows their Primarch as he continues upon the road that will eventually doom his Legion to plague-wracked damnation.


Wow. That was short. A quick google reveals it to be a 15-page tale. As such, I will not be supplying a link to buy. Even at $5, it seems overpriced for such a short tale.

But saying that it is an enjoyable story, we finally get some info into the mysterious leader of the Death Guard. Mortarion is not a happy Primarch, having failed to beat the White Scars. So instead, Mortarion goes about destroying Magnus' old empire. We learn why Morty hates/fears the psyker and his reluctance to accept Daemons as allies (which is intriguing). Then way too quickly, we get into a conflict with a deamonhost who starts Morty's steps into true damnation and the use of what he despised.

Chris Wright has managed to turn Morty into a character! The only problem is I need more; what have the Death Guard been doing since Istavan? Will we learn in a later novel? This piece feels out of place in the series, like it has come too early?

What are your thoughts? Why has the series ignored one of the most extensive traitor legions so far?

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