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

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Most of the book follows the Death Guard as they fight through the hallways and wider rooms of the arcology that contains the seat of power in the Galaspar system.

It’s a particularly bad lapse in the prose because what little descriptions we get describe the arcology as an incredibly tight space, which stands in direct contrast to the moments where Mortarion and the Death Guard fight against vehicles inside of the city. He brought the cast of characters to life as he always does and conveyed the barrage of emotions brought to bear in the finale perfectly. hopefully once the Primarch novels are done, we get more Great Crusade era tales like this one, because they add so much to the setting and it's main players. However, in the parts where the author is left to merely describe combat or simple dialogue, we see not only a lack of clear reportage but also a lack of quality in the prose overall. The development of this story felt visceral and intense, and the city itself being used as an antagonist was reminiscent of a TTRPG dungeon crawl.Though I don't think Morty's "voice" as written by Annandale quite matches the one I have in my own head. Overall, I felt this was simplistic and lacked the swagger and punch other titles being to the series.

A solid entry to the Primarchs series that definitely earns itself a place in the upper strata of the bunch. However a big part of the novel is action which I think might make some people enjoy it less and I think the fans of the Death Guard will enjoy it because it all pretty awesome.But the Pale King brooks no challenge to his methods, for when the scythe falls, it reaps a gruesome toll.

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