This is definitely one of C Z Dunn's Dark Angels stories. You can imagine who or what it involves, and how Azrael protects his secrets.
The action its...moreThis is definitely one of C Z Dunn's Dark Angels stories. You can imagine who or what it involves, and how Azrael protects his secrets.
The action itself is a bit tame, considering that a lot of traitor guardsmen die. You're not inside any character's head, and feel more like an observer, reading rough strokes of the final phase of the assault on the traitor governor's palace.
I felt a bit detached from the action, and would have prefered a different perspective on the events - one that would have lent itself very well to the scenario. I know that Christian would have written it well that way, considering some chapters of Pandorax worked in a similar fashion, and I enjoyed those point of view changes.
Regardless, I enjoyed the story, though I am a bit miffed about Azrael keeping his secrets from me once again. As such, you will not get any big revelations out of this story, but I hope that it will be expanded upon in due time. As it stands, the eShort showcases the cold effectiveness of the Chapter rather well, and shows their priorities in suitably grimdark fashion.
At the end of the day it is still a nice addition to all the Dark Angels fiction we've gotten from C Z Dunn over the past few years. Any Dark Angels fan will know roughly what to expect, while uninitiated readers may find an intriguing little story that may sway them towards further reading.(less)
This one was a solid introduction story to Kor'sarro Khan's character, I feel. However, it suffered from involving Dark Angels, Sammael no less.
While...moreThis one was a solid introduction story to Kor'sarro Khan's character, I feel. However, it suffered from involving Dark Angels, Sammael no less.
While I enjoyed the Khan's interaction with the Master of the Ravenwing, I felt like the scenario depicted made the White Scars lose out. In fact, Kor'sarro's squad is abandoned by his allies, as per the short description, and suffers greatly for it.
The Hunt does not succeed, which means that the Khan's role as "Huntmaster" is not actually satisfied here. The story does not show just how great a hunter he is, only states that he goes to great lengths to pursue his target even after a setback. His success may be featured in some other, future story, but certainly not here. Sammael and the Angels steal the show - quite literally.
However, the story does make it clear that, while both Ravenwing and White Scars are bike-based, their philosophies and priorities are vastly different. Kor'sarro even feels a bit of envy, seeing how Sammael uses his jetbike, Corvex. Sammael himself feels quite ambiguous, which I liked a lot. The Khan, meanwhile, was very clear-cut and tried to figure out what kind of person Sammael really is.
Even though the Scars did not stand out nearly as much as I would have liked, I hope to see more of Kor'sarro Khan soon. More White Scars are always welcome. Especially after Chris Wraight's Legion-defining Horus Heresy novel, Scars.(less)
I may not have finished the last two Ultramarines novels to date (Courage And Honour and Chapter's Due), so I have not seen the Bloodborn or M'Kar's a...moreI may not have finished the last two Ultramarines novels to date (Courage And Honour and Chapter's Due), so I have not seen the Bloodborn or M'Kar's assault on Macragge in detail, but I knew enough of it to know the context of the story.
This one plays after the Eye of Vengeance audio drama (and bloody hell, even with the Telion: prefix, they shouldn't have picked this title for the eShort as well), and Telion acts just like we've heard (or read) him in that story.
Now, I think the story was fine, but I felt like the twist was... too abrupt? Too convenient?
I know what McNeill tried to convey with this Telion-centered story, and how he picked up on post-Chapter's Due-Macragge, but I felt that the way Telion's instinct in the story worked was just... too much of raw instinct, with not enough words to describe what triggered it, or rather, the trigger described is quite... unimpressive. A significant lack of detail in the described situation brought the story down for me.
Considering that this story is the longest so far, at almost double what other shorts took up, I feel there was a big missed opportunity here. If you enjoyed Graham McNeill's Ultramarines up to this point, I'd recommend the read regardless, as I am sure it sets the stage for novels to come. However, I won't urge you to pick it up until then.(less)