Audio Review 107 // The Purge by Anthony Reynolds

Join me as I continue my crusade through the short listens of the Horus Heresy. This week sees us in the realm of the Word Bearers. This title is from the Silent War anthology and is written by the talented Anthony Reynolds.

Title: The Purge
Author: Anthony Reynolds
The Shadow Crusade spreads across Ultramar, with the Word Bearers 34th Company falling upon the isolated world of Percepton Primus. As the fighting draws out into a programme of extermination, embittered commander Sor Talgron begins to question his part in Lorgar’s grander scheme – for one who stood beside primarchs and high lords in the grand halls of the Imperial Palace, what glory can there now be in punishing Guilliman’s upstart sons? But the price of doubt is known all too well, and if the Word Bearers are ever to return to Terra in triumph then they must purge the last remnants of such unbelief from the face of the galaxy...


I do enjoy an author that treats the Word Bearers with some respect! I am pretty tidied of the Moustache twirling villains of fanatical religion, who die in droves. But luckily for me, Reynolds manages to keep them strong, important and of a rank deserving in 30k lore.

Reynolds did a great job of making a lineup of likeable characters in such a short space as well as making the main character Sor Talgron a true highlight of the piece. Sor Talgron actually ties into some 40k lore as the Warmonger, which is a name I recognize from some other 40k novels I hope to reread soon. But during this era he is a rare Word Bearer, he is full of honour, and not as zealous to the new religion as we have seen others. And his story is an enjoyable read.

Ultimately another great read from Anthony Reynolds. I'm ready for his next book.

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