Audio Review 103 // Lost Sons by James Swallow


It took a while for the Blood Angels to show up in the Horus Heresy, but it now seems the Angels are making moves and starting to get some truly great stories.

Title: Lost Sons
Author: James Swallow
Blurb: The Blood Angels were lured into a trap at Signus Prime by the most vile treachery imaginable, but not all of them went with Sanguinius on that fateful journey. Keeping the home fires burning on Baal, the remaining honour guard are brought news of their primarch’s death and must decide upon the final course for their Legion themselves.

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I say it almost every time these shorts deserve more page space! Lost Sons by James Swallow is no exception to this. Set on Baal, thirty Blood Angels are left to stand guard as the rest of the Legion march to the Signus Cluster.

As the Horus Heresy breaks across the galaxy, the garrison is left orderless as communication with the legion is lost. Lines are drawn as the thirty decide what they should ultimately do. Some wish to follow orders and stay at Baal, others wish to seek out their legion and discover what has happened, and others still want to seek out Horus and enact revenge.

Within this maelstrom of confusion, a Sigilite Knight from Malcador makes landfall. His goal is to relocate all the equipment and gene seed of the Blood Angels to Terra to secure the material as far away from the enemy as possible. With this new focal point, the Blood Angels unite and stand defiant against Malcador's wishes and in honour of their believed lost brothers, they paint their black and cross out their symbols!

Such a brief story, but damn, was it packed full of lore and goodies. Is this the first glimpse of a Death Company? Are they now technically traitors for refusing the Sigilite? Could you give me some answers? Will I ever get them?

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