Hey everyone, Tyler M. here with a review of Graham McNeill's latest Horus Heresy novel Angel Exterminatus.
Graham McNeill is very hit or miss for me. He has his great novels like Fulgrim, Thousand Sons, Storm of Iron and Nightbringer, and he has his not so great. This, happily falls into the former. When Fulgrim first came out I was blown away and didn't know how he could top it, then came A Thousand Sons and again I thought the same thing. Well folks, hes done it again. Angel Exterminatus blew me out of the water. The thing that amazed me the most is how well he has fleshed out the character of Perturabo, a Primarch that until this point had very little back story.
The plot of the novel revolves around Fulgrim enlisting his brother's help in tracking down a mysterious super weapon of the Eldar called the Angel Exterminatus. The catch is that its located in the very center of the Eye of Terror. Luckily Fulgrim has enlisted the help of a mysterious stranger who claims to be able to safely guide them through the mother of all warp storms. The journey is not easy though as they are hounded by a small group of survivors from Isstvan V who are determined to stop the traitors and take revenge on the death of Ferrus Manus.
Like I said at the beginning the most impressive part of the novel is how well fleshed out Perturabo is as a believable character. McNeill gives him a real sense of being the under appreciated Primarch that he has always been described as. The brilliance that lays underneath his blunt and brutal exterior really makes you feel for him and all of his talent that was never utilized. Even though he is one of the traitor Primarchs he really is the good guy of the story. His reason for betraying the Imperium stems from guilt and honor and, at this point in the heresy anyway, he is no different from one of the loyalist Primarchs besides where his loyalties lie. Fulgrim at this point is well on his way to the full Slaanesh worshiping psycho of the 41st millennium.
This is also my first trade paperback version of the Heresy books so I figured I would give a quick review on the format. The large size makes it feel more hefty and the cover features french folds with the cover art reprinted on the inside in full color. If you like collecting the books I would recommend it. The cover art is also a huge improvement over where it was when the series started out and has been gradually improving with each entry.
I highly recommend this book: 5/5
~ Have you read Angel Exterminatus? What did you think of this first look into the IV legion during the heresy?