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Roboute Guilliman, the Battle King of Macragge, leads his Legion, the mighty Ultramarines, in conquest of the galaxy as part of his father's Great Crusade. Faced with an alien empire, all his dreams of a shining galaxy of peace threaten to fall into ruin...Long before the coming of the Imperium, the realm of Ultramar was ruled by Roboute Guilliman, the last Battle King ofRoboute Guilliman, the Battle King of Macragge, leads his Legion, the mighty Ultramarines, in conquest of the galaxy as part of his father's Great Crusade. Faced with an alien empire, all his dreams of a shining galaxy of peace threaten to fall into ruin...Long before the coming of the Imperium, the realm of Ultramar was ruled by Roboute Guilliman, the last Battle King of Macragge. Even after learning of his true heritage as a primarch son of the Emperor of Mankind, he strove to expand his domain as efficiently and benevolently as possible, with the XIII Legion Ultramarines as his alone to command. Now, facing a rival empire on the ork-held world of Thoas, Guilliman must choose his weapons carefully – otherwise his dream of a brighter future could be lost forever.It's the start of a brand new series of 18 books focusing on the greatest of heroes, the primarchs themselves. This volume kicks it all off with a tale of Roboute Guilliman at the height of his powers, leading his legion into battle at the apex of the Great Crusade....

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  • DarkChaplain
    2019-05-25 05:54

    Review also published hereRoboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar is pretty much what I expected and wanted out of the Primarchs series. It offers a closer look on Guilliman, pre-Heresy, giving him time with his Legion before the events of Calth and Imperium Secundus - something that was sorely lacking up to this point.First off, the book is structured in a very neat way. Each of the nine chapters is presented with an interlude, taken from Roboute Guilliman's treatises and reflections on war, cultural upheaval and morale. These interludes put an interesting spin on their chapters, as Annandale attempts to explore these disparate themes in the ongoing storyline. In my eyes, he succeeded in making the Primarch's actions consistent and sensible, and fully in line with his belief system.Obviously, Roboute Guilliman is the star here. Unlike his pencil-pusher presence in the Horus Heresy series, with few actual personal engagements to speak of, here he kicks serious ork backside. He is a god of war, shown the way you'd expect a Primarch to act, slaughtering xenos and being a symbol to his Legion. If you've been bored of bean-counter Guilliman during the Imperium Secundus arc, this is for you.This doesn't mean that the book isn't full of introspection on Roboute's end, however. He reflects on history-changing events such as the humbling of Lorgar and the Word Bearers at Monarchia, and the need to show his Legion that they are not just destroyers, but also creators during the Great Crusade. That is a theme that goes through the whole book, putting the Ultramarines in a tough spot. The plot comes down to a simple premise: The Ultramarines are busy eradicating an ork empire around Ultramar, and on the brink of utter victory they come across an infested world which shows signs of human civilization. While no humans are still alive, Guilliman wants to preserve the remaining architecture and raise the world up as an example of human indurance and reincorporate their findings into the Imperium and resettle the planet. This means that Guilliman compromises his Legion's heavy weapon usage and has no desire to utilize the Destroyer companies of the Legion, serving with the Nemesis Chapter. Unhappy with the divide between the heavily terran Destroyers and the rest of the Legion, and unsettled by the resentment they have for their idleness during the Great Crusade, the Primarch attempts to shake things up by appointing a captain from a different Chapter as their new Chapter Master, in spite of tradition and the Destroyers' prefered candidate.Loyalty is questioned and disobedience considered, throwing a wrench or two in the campaign, on top of the greenskins' dominance.The Destroyer forces within the Legion were relative latecomers to the Horus Heresy series; it is safe to say that ForgeWorld's work on the tabletop system were the driving force behind their inclusion. So to me, this novel did a good job rationalizing their relative absence from at least the Ultramarines and by extension other Legions, and shows very well just how contradictory the devastating tactics of the forces are when the Legions are supposed to bring worlds into compliance. It is difficult to bring worlds into compliance after you nuke them and poison the ecosystem for decades if not centuries to come. Guilliman's distaste is fully justified, and also echoes forward to Gav Thorpe's Angels of Caliban, where Lion El'Johnson lets his own Dreadwing loose on potential traitors and terrorists on Macragge.In my opinion, the biggest draw of the novel is Guilliman's characterization and his interactions with his Legion commanders. It is a great book to give you a feel of his style of leadership, and how his famed pragmatism is contrasted by his idealistic streak. He rationalizes various decisions throughout the campaign, despite some doubts remaining, and is willing to make concessions for idealistic goals. He is utterly competent, but not infallible.Additionally, he also reflects on a few of his brothers and their ideologies, especially Fulgrim's search for perfect warfare, or Angron's brutality. There are some good nuggets here that are as of yet untouched by the Heresy, and I appreciate them. It also shows his distaste of what the XIIIth Legion had to do on Monarchia, and the wounds that left for the Legion; we had plenty of examples of how it affected the Word Bearers, including Annandale's own The Unburdened, but the Ultramarines had little on that front, as the treachery of the sons of Lorgar almost immediately overshadowed it.Readers shouldn't go in expecting big revelations, however. The war itself isn't vital in itself, and the stakes seem relatively low early on; they do shoot up sky high about halfway through, however, resulting in some big, bombastic scenes and massive risks to the Ultramarines. But the real worth is in Annandale's characterizations of established and new characters alike, and showcasing the spirit of the Legion. It feels like an Ultramarines book at the core, with interesting implications and well-handled characters that iconify the Legion's philosophy and way of war. That is all I wanted, and I am happy that Roboute Guilliman delivered.

  • Dylan Murphy
    2019-05-21 07:49

    Ah the Primarchs! Such hugely iconic figures that the Heresy really brought to life for the first time, and now they have their own spin-off series, in which this is the first book.Now, initially, I thought it a bit of an odd choice, considering the overall "vanilla flavor" the Ultramarines have in general, but having finished it, I think it works out pretty Damn Well.Why not start with the poster boys of the 41st millennium? Here we get to see the Ultramarines really at their prime, conquering the galaxy and annihilating mankind's enemies as they were designed to.We really get to see the STC of Space Marines, as far as personality and methods of war go. And we get to see their Lord marching at the front of that idea.The story itself was great, if a little unimaginative. Orks control a once human world and the Ultramarines are there to take it back. We have a few storylines following a few different characters in the XIII Legion, from New Chapter Masters to the big man his-self, though we definitely spend most of our time with Roboute. I think the Destoryer's plotline really deserves a mention as being particularly fun. Of course any part of the overall story with Roboute was a blast, and getting to see inside his head during a hard fought war of the Great Crusade was probably my favourite thing about the novel. We didn't only see angry papa-smurf being betrayed or angry papa-smurf angry/worried about his second Imperium. The characters of the story were pretty awesome as well. Some fury I didn't expect from the Ultramarines, and a Roboute who was such a patronising ass I literally laughed, as well as seeing how the Ultramarines reacted to some unthinkable events. It was all pretty Damn good. He really did a phenomenal job with the Destroyer's characters as well, and I found myself honestly rooting for some or groaning at others!The action really shines as well, which is something I was midly worried about since I normally prefer Annandale's more "ideals/horror" focused stuff, but it really was a blast here. All in all, it was a very strong first entry for the series, and I can't wait to see where it goes!

  • Marc Collins
    2019-05-26 08:19

    When embarking on a new series, the first step is always the most difficult. Luckily David Annandale leaps to it with gusto. For an age, fans have clamoured for a Primarchs series; a concept which is laden with its own potential pitfalls. Would they be simple origin stories, when we've already touched on them so repeatedly in the main narrative? Would they be blown up versions of classic lore and errata? These issues are sidestepped with an opening that is both novel and traditional, acknowledging the past while hinting tantalisingly at the future.The short sharp sentences of Annandale propel us through a story that is equal parts action and meditation. Guilliman's insights pepper the novel and act as chapter breaks. The constant flick between practical and theoretical, the idea of what it means to be a superior culture fighting a superior form of warfare- and what comes after.Annandale adds to the humanity and depth granted to Guilliman by Know No Fear, portraying a man caught between past mistake and future concerns. The supporting cast of characters are reasonably well developed, giving the XIII Legion an increasingly organic feel and fit.All in all, this was an enjoyable and engaging story that showcases Annandale's fundamental understanding: that 30k/40k have always acted as mirrors to brutal past and impossible future.

  • Michel
    2019-05-18 08:10

    I was sooo excited about this book , I expected it to give more insight into the character of Roboute Guilliman of the Ultramarines. My expectations were not met, the book is mostly about the battles on Thoas and eradicating the green skins and that didn't add anything to my knowledge about the primarch and boy that was disappointing. I was hoping for more events from his previous life, his human father, maybe some interaction with the Emperor which is always welcome ( in my opinion ) Another thing is the repetitiveness of words. I noticed the author used the same words almost consecutively which I find weird.

  • Chris Dennison
    2019-05-23 05:58

    Pretty good! Not what I was expecting but enjoyable because of it. Any one interested in Ultramarines needs to read this.

  • Steve
    2019-06-09 10:13

    You likely already know if you'll enjoy this book before even reading my (or any) review.Not having read any Warhammer 40k fiction before, but knowing how ridiculous and over-the-top the universe is (in a fun way, usually) I was fully expecting this to be filled to the brim with testosterone-infused macho bullshit. I wasn't entirely wrong: "He sprayed a wide arc of the ground before the Proteus with the double-timed hammering of his shells. Mass-reactive warheads punched into the bodies of the greenskins and exploded. They vaporised blood. They turned bone into shrapnel. Fountains of ruptured flesh and xenos blood sprayed upwards on all sides of the Proteus. It rained down on Guilliman. His face was soaked with the death of the foe." - p 69Additionally, at novella length, the focus of this entry is narrow enough that I think only readers already familiar with (and fans of) Warhammer 40k will find much to latch onto here. That said, the dialogue (when they're not fighting) is surprisingly solid, and the story hints enough at interesting bits of lore elsewhere in the universe, that I didn't dislike my time spent reading. In fact, I had enough mindless fun here (while often rolling my eyes) that I'll likely pick up the more substantive (in page count, if nothing else) first book of the main Horus Heresy series to see how that is.God help me.

  • Andrew Ziegler
    2019-05-31 11:54

    Good. In fact, wonderful. I loved that clearly DA read other DA’s novel - Know No Fear, and modeled his Ultramarines after Abnett’s. I loved their Theoreticala and Practical speech patterns and thought process. Something I thought Abnett added to the sons of Ultramar that gave them a little more personality. This novel and hopefully this series proved to be a great side or companion piece to the HH series. I am excited about Russ. Recommend if you like the Horus Heresy, Ultramarines, bolter porn, and thoughtful irony.

  • PL
    2019-06-03 06:59

    Forgettable, formulaic, stereotype characters, forced drama, some genuine character development, shoe-horned product placements in the form of specific unit types.In short, if you want a good Annandale 30/40K story, look elsewhere. This is just a cash cow at this point. Hope he made good money filling a slot that BL had open. Any book about any primarch will sell to a now-captive audience.

  • Abhinav
    2019-05-20 08:50

    You can read the full review over at my blog: of the most fascinating appeals of the Horus Heresy series from Black Library is that we get to learn so much of the backstories of the various Primarchs who led the Space Marine Legions during the Great Crusade and the destructive civil war that followed. Horus, Corax, Guilliman, Angron, Lorgar and Sanguinius have had some of the most intriguing lore-reveals and now Black Library has taken all of that a step further with the Primarchs sub-series that focuses on some of the definitive moments in their lives during the Great Crusade.Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Macragge is a thought-provoking read that takes place after the Ultramarines humbled the Word Bearers on the world of Monarchia, an event we first saw in Aaron Dembski-Bowden's The First Heretic many years ago. The Primarch is leading a detachment of his Legion on a campaign against an Ork-held system and his ruminations during the campaign, as well as the personal stories of his officers, do much to add substantial character to an army once thought of as boring and uninteresting. While there's no compelling villain here, we do get a character study of the XIIIth Primarch and his officers, which I found to be superb.Roboute Guilliman isn't your typical Horus Heresy story. As I mentioned in my review of Gav Thorpe's Lorgar: Bearer of the Word, another Primarchs novel, these stories give us more than a tale of heroic actions against all odds as the Horus Heresy series has come to be defined. Sure, in this story David Annandale does detail a massive campaign by the Ultramarines Legion against an Ork Empire in the Thoas system, but at the same time, we get to learn so much about the Avenging Son himself. Up until this point, we have seen a lot of what makes him tick, but nothing entirely so personal where he is in a position of managing his sons directly and has to navigate their many attitudes and personalities.The conflict in the novel is on three separate fronts. We have the Ultramarines fighting against the Orks to liberate Thoas and restore humanity's primacy over the world. We have Guilliman's internal conflict which can make him one-track to the exclusion of all else. And then we have Guilliman's controversial decision to elevate a line-captain to the leadership of an entire Chapter that he has never been a part of. Suffice to say, this is a great mix of stories that create a larger tapestry of how the Ultramarines are beginning to adapt to differing circumstances after they humbled the Word Bearers on Monarchia. The galaxy is changing and those who won't be able to adapt will be laid low, as Legion learned to its cost at Calth.

  • Nick Ohrn
    2019-06-16 11:09

    I enjoyed this book immensely - the pacing was great, the characters were well thought out, and it fits well into the larger WH40K universe. The battle scenes were in line with my high expectations for a Space Marine focused novel / novella.The real star is obviously the titular character and I feel like the work takes his persona and runs with it. Having only been previously exposed to Guilliman in Know No Fear, I was excited to learn more about the character and I feel like the author did a great job carrying him forward. There's some very obvious foreshadowing to the Heresy but I think that is to be expected with these books.In short, I can't wait to get the next Primarchs book if it is anything like this one.

  • Veronica Anrathi
    2019-05-23 09:16

    This was okay. Good enough for a filler story you'd casually read in between the major ones. Not good enough for something titled with a Primarch's name. I believe these books should've let us look closer at each Primarch and show us exactly who they are, I don't think this one really does that. It was not bad though.

  • Christopher
    2019-06-10 06:07

    Finished the first novel in the newish Primarch series from Black Library, starting with one of my favourites: Roboute Guilliman - Lord of Ultramar. Set some time after the destruction of Monarchia, detailed in The First Heretic (from the Horus Heresy series), but also prior to the great civil war itself we find a Primarch who is at odds with himself. David Annandale showed a slightly different Guilliman, one who was haunted by his role as Lorgar's chastiser and wanted nothing more than to have Monarchia be the last thing his Legion would ever destroy. So I deeply enjoyed this new angle to a rather straight forward and direct person.Outside of that we also get a bit of a focus on the legionaries of the 22nd Chapter, who are currently being put into a experiment as Guilliman appoints an outsider as their new Chapter Master, which course ripples down the ranks, but the desire is to set the Chapter on a path that will immerse it completely within the Legion as a single entity. The ork-held world of Thoas is the perfect place to test this. In the end it works out, but their goal is tarnished by the terrible fate of the humans who once called Thoas home.

  • A Thowsand Werds
    2019-06-12 08:50

    Black Library begins a new, eighteen part series based on the fabled Space Marine Primarchs with Roboute Guilliman of the Ultramarines. Written by David Annandale, this novel is set years before the Horus Heresy, at the height of the Great Crusade.What has been long seen by fans as a vanilla, or even boring Space Marine faction was given new and rich character by Dan Abnett in the Horus Heresy novel Know No Fear. Here the doctrine of the analysis of theoreticals and practicals to deal with the innumerable challenges they face gave the Ultramarines their own, distinct flavour.Annandale does superlative work building on what Abnett has established, and he fully embraces and understands what has come before, all while giving greater insight into Guilliman’s character and his legion. The excerpts from Guilliman’s essays, journals and treatises that begin each chapter are outstanding, and demonstrate just how well Annandale gets into the head of his characters, even those with minds far beyond human comprehension.Read the rest of the review here.

  • Dennis
    2019-06-01 09:02

    This book has a tremendous writing style, only fitting for the epic scale of the planetary assault that takes place over the course of the novel. However, once on the surface, there is not much that happens to the Ultramarine battle-brothers. Or rather, nothing unexpected. Though the reader is entertained by nearly 200 pages of war and slaughter, there is not really much that keeps him thrilled and makes him want to read on, waiting for a big mystery to be solved or something like that. I still recommend that book, because I bought it knowing that I wouldnt't read another Horus Heresy or Space Marine Battles novel. Instead I was looking forward to a portrait of the Primarch of the Ultramarines, Roboute Guilliman. and on that, the book fully delivered. The reader does get a good glimpse of the thinking and behaviour of the primarch, and that, at least for me, was the main purpose of the book.

  • Matija Drmota
    2019-06-03 06:15

    As a book about a primarch I did wish for some more insight into Roboute's character. Although we do get some of it in this book I feel it could use some more. The battle between the Ultramarines and the orks takes place for a majority of the book, but it's just not nearly as interesting as Guilliman's dialogue and rumination, which I think should feature more in the book. The story also hints at a mystery in the middle of the book, which I feel could, and should, be explored more and expanded upon, which would make the book more interesting.As it is, the story focuses on the battle, which is not badly written (although I have read better), but don't we get enough of that in all the other 40k books?All in all, a bit of a mediocre book, especially considering its potential in really fleshing out Guilliman more.

  • Alexander Draganov
    2019-05-28 07:10

    Theoretical:This was a pretty formulaic Warhammer book, with a typical plot - Ultramarines vs Orks - with a hint of grimdark, which a trademark for the setting and some interesting insights about the legendary primarch Guilliman.Practical:It was tons of fun, with lots and lots of awesome action, short and sweet and I enjoyed it tremendously. Five stars.Review in Bulgarian here:

  • Brian
    2019-06-09 04:56

    I was expecting more. Plus I felt that some of it didn't really add up especially with how I understand the Ultramarines act and behave in concern toward order and most especially their primarch.

  • chris Hamilton
    2019-06-17 09:10

    Good read in 40k universe not as good as I wanted it to be

  • Belle
    2019-05-31 09:07

    Bolter porn... 😴I enjoy bolter porn as much as the next 40K junkie, but I'd expected something with a lot more substance for the first book in a series on the Primarchs' pre-heresy days.

  • Dave
    2019-06-12 10:56

    The “Warhammer 40,000” universe created by Games Workshop and it’s licensed fiction division Black Library is populated by many fascinating figures, but some of the most compelling are the 18 genetically engineered “sons” the God Emperor of Mankind built to lead his super soldier armies, the Adeptus Astartes AKA the Space Marines. In the current 41st Millenium timeline of 40K many of these demigod like Space Marine Primarchs are missing, dead, or have been transformed into demonic beings. So they’re more figures of legend than actual characters.The “Horus Heresy” line of prequel fiction that chronicles the intergalactic civil war that set the stage for the world of 40K has allowed us readers to spend some time with the Primarchs and given us some great glances into what make these characters tick. Black Library though recently kicked off another line of fiction that should give readers an even greater insight into the fathers of the Space Marine Legions. I’m happy to report that their “Horus Heresy Primarchs” line is off to a promising start with “Roboute Gulliman: Lord of Ultramar” by David Annandale, which focuses on the titular father of the Space Marine legion known as the Ultramarines.What makes “Lord of Ultramar” so much fun and so interesting is it’s essentially a character study of the titular character. Gulliman is a character of contrasts. He’s a warrior fighting for the day when humanity no longer needs to go to war. He’s a a person constantly trying to balance reason and action. The idea of endless, thoughtless war haunts and terrifies him and he seeks to inspire his sons to be something better.Annandale let’s us see Gulliman wrestle with these fears too. We get to go inside hisdavid_annandale head, hear his private talks and hopes with most trusted advisors, and we even get to see some of his writings on war. My favorite among these sequences involves a bit of Warhammer 40K lore that shows Gulliman tormented by some earlier dealings with the Legion of one of his brother Primarchs, Lorgar and his Word Bearers.So Annandale provides some great humanizing moments for Gulliman, but he also lets his protagonist be the demigod like bad-ass we know him to be. In the novel the Lord of Ultramar and his sons descend on an Ork infested world. So we get to see Gulliman lead the Ultramarines into battle and some of those scenes are so much fun and so METAL! One of the things I love about 40K is over the top action scenes and Annandale provides quite a few of those and they’re all immensely entertaining.Gulliman is such a great character that as a reader you want to spend almost all your time with him and he can’t help but eclipse some of the other characters in the book. Still there were quite a few supporting characters I found especially interesting like Gage, Gulliman’s second in command, and Hierax, a member of a special type of Space Marine unit that Gulliman is trying to reform called The Destroyers.We journey with these characters and their Primarch as they try to break the grip the Orks have on an ancient world once home to a human culture while trying to preserve the artifacts and heritage of the disappeared culture. It leads to some fun, large scale battles that take place on mountain sides and brutal underground fighting. The climax of the novel where Gulliman and the Ultramarines discover what really happened to the humans that called the planet home also made for a fun and chilling reveal.So with “Roboute Gulliman: Lord of Ultramar” David Annandale follows through on the promise of the “Primarchs” series and gets it off to a great start with a fun and fascinating look at the titular father of the Ultramarines. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and more of Annandale’s entries in the Ork invasion storyline “The Beast Arises,” which I have yet to complete.

  • Daniel
    2019-06-03 05:05

    This is a Horus Heresy novel, and is set before the events of the actual betrayal. I read this in one sitting because it is not a large book. The Ultramarines are my favorite Space Marine chapter and they are represented well in this book. This novel starts off with Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines leading his sons to the Ork held planet of Thoas, to destroy the greenskins. The full might of the legion is brought to bear here, with the exception of a single deployment chapter, called the Destroyers. Guilliman has a plan for Thoas that involves a full scale war, but yet structures have been discovered on the planet, therefore Guilliman wants to not destroy thoroughly, just remove the Orks. The war goes as Guilliman plans it and the forces of the Ultramarines enter the structures, finding them as vast pyramids that are built as parallel complexes, mountain-sized and connected. The Orks rally and start fighting back into the pyramids, now known as some form of military complex. In addition, there are vast amounts of Orks that come up from the depths of the structure to attack the legionnaires. What the reason for the Orks occupying the complex is, is unknown until the Chapter Master of the Destroyers, still undeployed in the battle barge above realizes there is a vast radiation siganture in the lower heart of the complex. Guilliman leads his sons to the crux of the Orks power and the battle that ensues there is legendary. After all is said and done, Guilliman realizes that the inhabitants of Thoas rad-bombed themselves to extinction. This is a cautionary tale for humanity according to Guilliman, and something he will refer to his father, The Emperor of Mankind.This was a great book and a really awesome read!Danny

  • Brian
    2019-06-02 04:06

    The entire novel clearly showed the essence of Roboute Guilliman. A Primarch who values wisdom gained from putting into practice one's ideals and theories. Thereafter, allowing said theory to be changed based on the outcome of one's practice. As such, he is truly a student of war. A perfect replica of Sun Tzu.Because of the above, I truly had fun reading the book. I also loved the way the author used the Orks as the anti-thesis of what the Ultramarines stood for especially in the theater of war which resulted in a very clear image of what a theater of war would look like if the Primarch of the Ultramarines is on it. The imagery is so precise and so vivid that it was like watching a film of non-stop action of brothers in arms wherein honor, courage and brotherhood are clearly practiced and shown. Hence, an exciting and totally immersive read from start to finish. Even with the above positive points, the book has its minor shortcoming (which I think is not really a shortcoming but a consequence of what it aimed to present to the readers) which is a very straight forward plot of non-stop action. Nothing more and nothing less.Due to such, a non-Warhammer 40K who is used to reading deep plots and immersive development of the various characters in the novel would simply put down the book and label it as "boring" or a book for action junkies (i.e. Rambo, Terminator and such like). But I don't blame them because this book was never meant for them. It was and will always be aimed for those who plays and loves Warhammer 40k or those who are interested in its fluff. Nevertheless, I will still recommend this book especially for those who are looking for a quick, action driven novel to read during the weekend.

  • Michael Dodd
    2019-06-05 09:58

    David Annandale’s Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar kicks The Horus Heresy – The Primarchs off with a look at the XIIIth Legion…the Ultramarines. Set during the Great Crusade this isn’t an origin story for Guilliman, instead it sees him leading his legion against the final remnants of an ork empire on the planet Thoas. Not everyone’s going to get on with this depiction of the legion, but there’s plenty to enjoy in the simple pleasures of a well constructed and written story.Read the rest of the review at

  • Liam Tondeur
    2019-06-01 07:49

    I continued to read this because there was an apparent mystery, hinted at one-third of the way through, which turned out to be not that big of a deal.This is one of Annandale's better stories but he repeats words too often very quickly. For example, "Concussion arrived. Guilliman arrived." Little things like that ruined the flow of the story for me as my mind focused on the repetition more than the actual content.

  • Steve
    2019-06-04 07:52

    Was expecting this to be more of an origins story. Rather, it focuses on a seemingly arbitrary pre-Heresy military engagement. The story does highlight the Legion's battle tactics, traditions, and mindset (e.g. theoretical/practical) which may well be the purpose of this new Series. That said, this was an enjoyable read and comes Recommended.PS - looking forward to reading the next series entries.

  • Michael
    2019-06-16 07:08

    I enjoyed this book, it was what I look for from the Primarchs series. To expand on the lore of the primarchs and their legions during the Horus Heresy. I felt the author did a solid job at elaborating upon Guilliman and his Ultramarines legion.

  • Augusto Tijerina
    2019-06-02 06:13

    Thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Tepintzin
    2019-05-23 12:07

    If this very average novella is indicative of what the Primarchs series of novels will be, they won't be worth the money or the hype.

  • Lee Rawnsley
    2019-05-28 08:53

    A nice solid book