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Age of Darkness

(The Horus Heresy #16)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,012 ratings  ·  70 reviews
After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one – seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the da ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by Black Library (first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Some bad, others excellent. Worth it for the Iron Hands short story alone.
-Escenas de relleno.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. El libro La era de la oscuridad (publicación original: Age of Darkness, 2011) es una antología de relatos de ciencia ficción, con Christian Dunn como responsable de la edición, que tratan distintos escenarios y momentos del inicio de las hostilidades de Horus contra el imperio en el universo del juego Warhammer 40.000. Decimosexto libro de la línea narrativa La herejía de Horus.

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Jun 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
A decent collection of short stories in the Warhammer 30k universe. Rather disjointed.
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k, sci-fi
Probably a 4.5 as a whole
Rules of Engagement **** Interesting to see how the Great Work of Guilliman came about. Plus Remus is in it.

Liar's Due ***** Not your knock down drag out Space Marine battle story. It showcases the subtle war of the Alpha Legion and the relationship of fathers to their sons and vice versa. Really enjoyed it.

Forgotten Sons*** Not my favorite. Good idea, interesting storytelling.

The Last Rememberancer **** Good to see some old characters show up again.

Rebirth***** Thousa
Matthew Hipsher
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another well placed collection of short stories to remind the reader that there is a much bigger universe going by as you read each new book in the series. These short stories are full of minute details that will play much larger roles later and we even get several instance of Primarch interactions along the way. Some of the stories are less meaningful than others, but all in all, the stories are very good.
May 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A bundle of short stories to fill in the blanks on what happened in the decades between the Istvaan V dropship massacre, and the conquest of Terra:

- Rules of Engagement -- Graham McNeill: I'm not a fan of Ultramarines, and the story didn't bring anything new
- Liar's Due -- James Swallow: very nice story on how small 'executions' can lead to a truly Galactic Conquest
- Forgotten Sons -- Nick Kyme: also very nice, albeit not really contributing to the big story
- The Last Remembrancer -- John French
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer
This anthology doesn't push the overall plot forward; rather it is a series of vignettes set in the period between the drop site massacre and the invasion of Terra - or as it calls itself "the age of darkness".

1) Rules of Engagement (McNeill) gives further insight into the Ultramarines and makes a good points about doctrine and the role of the Primarchs. Nothing special but well written 3/5

2) Liar's Due (Swallow) is one of the most inventive and best written 40k short stories I've read. Swallow
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Some very quality short stories that bring back characters and storylines that have been missed. Truly enjoyed this one!
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Horus' treachery is finally revealed, and The Emperor's glorious plans lie in ruins. The Age of Enlightenment is over, and the Age of Darkness has begun. These stories follow His legions as they take a shellacking across the galaxy.

Rules of Engagement by Graham McNeill - Following the betrayal @ Calth, Guilliman slaves away on the Codex Astartes, and his Ultramarines struggle to incorporate it. Read this after Know No Fear.

Liar's Due by James Swallow - Fear will keep the local systems in line. R
Jonathan Strugnell
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Overall i enjoyed Age of Darkness, I quite like the short story anthologies within the Heresy as the authors can explore tighter narratives which they have certainty taken advantage of here. Here is my breakdown:

Rules of Engagement - One of the weaker stories. Ultramarines doing marine battles. Good but nothing special.
Liar's Due - I really like this story, completed different, not a space marine in sight. A story of a planet falling into battle due to the acts on a single agent. Great change o
Short story anthologies are always a little difficult to review, as quality is usually a little uneven, so I'll rate each story individually. Even so, there was a lot to like here. The foreword and afterword's frame this as a collection of stories that are set during awkward middle point in the Heresy - this is the seven years where the bulk of the fighting occurs, sandwiched between Istvaan and the Siege of Terra. It's nice to finally be moving on from stories that deal with the beginning of th ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque no todos tengan el mismo nivel, en conjunto consiguen mostrarte el objetivo de dar luz a un puñado de historias menores, dando nuevos detalles sobre la precaria lealtad de unos y otros, y la resignación de la llegada de una guerra civil que casi nadie quiere, por culpa del orgullo inmenso de los primarcas, seres casi divinos que tienen en sus manos el destino de la galaxia. Me agrada mucho comprobar como los grises aparecen y las intenciones de unos y otros no son tan limpias como parecen ...more
Angerico Cariño
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
This book could've just passed as yet another collection of short stories that act as filler to the overarching Horus storyline. It could've flown under my radar had I not been stubborn enough to always read everything about the Heresy. And I would've given it a 3-star. But The Iron Within was a gem that pulled all the other stories' weight. It's the story of Dantioch, an almost-retired Iron Warrior still loyal to The Emperor, and how he performed an inspiring last stand against his traitor brot ...more
Robert McCarroll
Being an anthology, I can speak on each of the constituent tales as I finish them. I will try not to let a lack of quality in one yarn sour me to the others.

That first sour point is the opening story. "Rules of Engagement" where the Ultramarines go through training exercises to test out the strategms in the still in-progress Codex Astartes. They come off as extra-smurfy and unsympathetic in this story. By the end, I wanted to have the Captain of the 4th flogged for being a whiny emo fool.

Brendan Davis
Normally I'm fond of short story collections for licensed fiction. Most of them are the quality you'd expect, but there's usually a handful of stories that stand above the rest by dint of being in interesting corners of the universe that wouldn't be able to sustain an entire novel. But this one was dogshit. It even had stories by some of the better Black Library authors (Abnett, McNeill, ADB) that were completely forgettable. The only story I'll remember in a week is Liar's Due by James Swallow, ...more
F.D Helwintr
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Varios relatos que narran diferentes sucesos después de saberse de la traición de Lupercal. Hay alguns relatos muy buenos y otros que no tienen ningún sentido. Me ha gustado mucho el del encuentro con el salamandra y el ultramarine. Además del último de todos. El encuentro del León con Curze. Un relato breve pero que introduce a estos primarcas que apenas conocíamos.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
As one might suspect, this is a bunch of filler and not very good at that.
The surprise of the bunch was the short story 'The Iron Within' by Rob Sanders which was easily the best of the bunch. In fact, I'll be keeping an eye-out for anything novel-length by him.
Amanda ☕
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Rules of Engagement by Graham McNeill - 1/5
Liar's Due by James Swallow - 1/5
Forgotten Sons by Nick Kyme - 3/5
The Last Remembrancer by John French - 2/5
Rebirth by Chris Wraight - 3/5
The Face of Treachery by Gav Thorpe - 4/5
Little Horus by Dan Abnett - 4/5
The Iron Within by Rob Sanders - 5/5
Savage Weapons by Aaron Dembski-Bowden - 3/5
Jan 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Man, this was rough until the last couple of stories swung for the fences and pulled it back into being ok.
Branislav Makan
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horus-heresy
Really liked it. Shows fragments of what's going on with some legions that haven't been mentioned for a while or at all.
Richard Stuart
Some decent stories in this collection. My stand outs were Liar's Due and The Iron Within.
Mr. Yuk
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in the Horus Heresy series. Collection of short stories.

Favorite of the bunch - The Iron Within
May 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, warhammer
Age of Darkness is the second collection of short stories in Black Library's Horus Heresy series of novels. There are 9 stories in the collection by the various luminaries of BL and as usual with this kind of book there are highs and relative lows;

Rules of Engagement by Graham McNeil
Roboute Guilliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines Legion perfects his treatise on military strategy and organisation and Remus Ventanus, an astartes of the 4th company, implements it's teachings in a myriad of escaltin
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Age of Darkness, edited by Christian Dunn, is the sixteenth instalment in the Warhammer 40,000: Horus Heresy series. It is a short story anthology focusing on the more obscure, lesser known skirmishes and campaigns after Horus' betrayal at Isstvan V, written by authors such as Daniel Abnett, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Graham McNeil, James Swallow, Rob Sanders, Nick Kyme, John French, Gave Thorpe and Chris Wraight. This group of writers tell tales of the espionage campaigns of the Alpha Legion, th ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Aunque algunas historias son mejores que otras en general entretiene bastante
Stephen Cumiskey
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
The Horus Heresy series started out as a master class in how to do a prequel, showing established characters from the history of the Warhammer 40,000 universe in an unexpected light, showing the Imperium itself as more enlightened and portraying previously cartoonish villains with subtly and depth.

The subsequent instalments haven’t always managed to maintain that standard, with some lurching back to cod-fantasy dialogue and posturing villains (Battle for the Abyss being the series low watermark)
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
As an average: a lot more cooler short stories than was in Tales of Heresy; which also has lots of cool stuff.

Rules of Engagement: Happens after the events of some other Horus Heresy books you might've read. Not so exciting in itself, but points out some cool stuff at the end.

Liar's Due: A different way to conquer a planet/system/.. Cool story, especially if you're interested in one particular force that fights "differently" than others.

The Last Remembrancer: Very cool story and shows familiar f
Aug 16, 2016 added it
Het is al geleden van 15 april 2013 dat ik nog een Horus Heresy-boek gelezen had. Dat is veel meer dan twee jaar geleden, en ik kan dat eigenlijk niet goed geloven, dat de tijd zo rap voorbijvliegt.

Boek zestien ondertussen, en het is een verhalenbundel. Met negen verhalen, door Usual Suspects Graham McNeill, James Swallow, Dan Abnett en een resem andere.

Niets dat het grotere verhaal echt doet vooruit gaan, wel wat vignetten die gaatjes opvullen: wat gebeurt er met gewone mensen ('the smallfolk',
Lee Herridge
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really really enjoyed Age of Darkness. The first Horus Heresy short story collection, Tales of Heresy, had a few dud stories amongst the gold but I found Age of Darkness to be pretty evenly interesting, with a couple of outstanding stories. The highlights for me were Liar's Due, The Face of Treachery and The Last Remembrancer.

Liar's Due manages to give insight into how the plebs of the 30k universe experience life in the face of the uncertainty of civil war, which is a perspective almost unhea
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Age of Darkness? Well, this is a 40k novel, so while you're reading it it's more like an Age of Dorkness, am I right??

*ahem* Normally I'm not one for short story collections, but when all the short stories are pretty good even I don't have anything to complain about. In fact, my only issue is with the first short story, which is by the usually dependable Graham McNeill, ends with a horrible, cliched, excusable ending where - uh, big spoilers -

IT'S ALL A DREAM. Well, a simulation, but still, a m
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