Mortarion: The Pale King (Volume 15) (The Horus Heresy: Primarchs) [Hardcover] Annandale, David

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Mortarion: The Pale King (Volume 15) (The Horus Heresy: Primarchs) [Hardcover] Annandale, David

Mortarion: The Pale King (Volume 15) (The Horus Heresy: Primarchs) [Hardcover] Annandale, David

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At least the Night Lords, distasteful or not, are different in their approach and bring a perspective worth arguing about. I’ve been consistently let down by this series as the books seldom offer insights into the characters that I really enjoy or want to see. However, these things alone were not enough to completely make up for the incredibly edgy at times narrative that I find hard to believe anyone above the age of 15 would be able to take seriously. Meet Mortarion - the immortal demi-god with an intense hatred of brutal, oppressive regimes but who also really, really enjoys scything his was through enemies who are inevitably weaker than he is. Nothing is done to establish the size of these larger spaces, or what they were for prior to the arrival of the Death Guard.

Plenty of the Legion’s big hitters get cameos and there is plenty of interest in amongst the unrelenting gore. Billions of people toiled endlessly to enrich their masters, enduring short lives of poverty, squalor and fear. The only weak point here is the monotony of the movement through the hive, which feels like it needs more connection, as the rest of the book is very strong with deep, interesting, characters within and without the death guard. Meanwhile Mortarion meets these reinforcement head on in a brutal battle using rad weapons and phosphex, but they cant win against millions of tanks. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average.Fresh from blowing the character studies of Vulkan and Guilliman, Annandale takes the chance to reflect. An action packed romp into the early days of the great crusade, where Mortarion was juat trying to find his path and way.

By the end, Horus is also disappointed in Mortarion’s brutality, and they caution him to show more restraint. It is, quite like the death guard themselves, brutally to the point and embodying the "arriving precisely when it needs too when it comes to pace.I did enjoy this book quite a lot and particularly liked diving deeper into the personality of Mortarion. One of the things I’ve always enjoyed about Mortarion is that he shared Corax’s distaste for oppressors.

Mortarion is no exception to this rule, and while the novel which bears his name has little to do with his upbringing, it does have a lot to say about his views on the Imperium. To be fair, the morality discussion that played out between Mortarion, Sanguinius, and Horus was a very interesting read. Each of them seemed to have been dropped into a significantly awful world, and each of them has struggled greatly to achieve what little they may have in their life. One of Mortarion’s defining features is his dislike of his adopted father figure as well as his biological father, The Emperor.In fact, off the top of my head I think the Konrad Curze, Leman Russ, and Alpharius novels might be the only ones I’ve actually enjoyed. While I’ve read The Buried Dagger, I’ll be honest that I don’t love the “he had no choice” answer offered. Why does a primarch so vehemently opposed to oppressors side with a chaos god who is not only brutal in his efficiency (you might say he’s … contagious? The parallels he saw between Galaspar and Barbarus were compelling (although not entirely convincing at times) and reflected his character well. Given that I entered with a serious concern after the last death guard book I read, the buried dagger, which I really did not like, I am happy to say this is what warhammer is all about.

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