Audio Review 94 // Eye of Terra: Aurelian (Novella) by Aaron Dembski-Bowden


This Novella, when it was first released, was one I wanted. But sadly, due to time/pay cheques, it came and went. I am super excited to listen to it via Audible and hopefully get some closer to the tale I had missed out on.

Title: Aurelian

Author: Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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Blurb: After the destruction of Monarchia and the Emperor's reprimanding of the Word Bearers Legion, the primarch Lorgar spent many long years searching the stars for the universal truths of the cosmos – when he finally came to gaze deep into the Eye of Terror, with grim inevitability he found that the Eye stared back. Now, guided by the daemon Ingethel, he undertakes a spiritual journey into the heart of Chaos itself and sees that the entire destiny of mankind and the Imperium could rest upon just a few nexus events. As the Great Crusade burns itself out in treachery and deceit, Lorgar weighs the cost of his ambitions and sets his course for eternal damnation.

Review

The story of Lorgar Aurelian is a long overdue read. I am slightly kicking myself for not reading it sooner. If you haven't been keeping up, Lorgar is the Primarch of the Word Bearers Space Marine Legion. The original legion to allow themselves to be corrupted by the ruinous powers.

This book is a spiritual awakening for Lorgar, as he experiences the powers and influence he now believes to have power over and how he plans to wield them against Horus and the other Primarchs.

As always, Lorgar comes across as an intriguing character, as at no point does he seem corruptible. Instead, he wants to worship the Chaos Gods and receive the boons but not be corrupted and possessed by them like his brothers. I would even go as far as to say he is immune or at least resistant to them. His tale is sad as he feels portrayed by his father, and through this anger, he turns his back and creates a civil war that will destroy everyone. And as this happens, he honestly believes it to be his chosen path. 

It's great to see him go from one of the weaker Primarchs into one of the stronger ones. Though he always seems to play second to others. It was overall a fantastic coming-of-age tale for Lorgar, and I will finish with this thought:

Gods love a fool, and Lorgar is maybe the most dangerous fool out there. He can only be described as the puppet master of the Heresy, but unfortunately for him, he loses control of Horus, and his plans will ultimately fail. With this in mind, I can't help but think he is the opposite of Malcador, but I'm not sure if that is a great or fair comparison.

What do you think? Let me know.


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