Well I've just finished this on Audiobook.
Arrrggghhh, once again I felt like driving in to on coming traffic after listening to McNeills god awful descriptive drivel. Nonsense made up words and random metaphors that no one can relate to. Dude, understand what a metaphor is before I take out a contract hit on you.
Nor do I wish to hear the life story of a character you've just introduced and are just about to kill. They're cannon fodder, not filler content.
I swear, you don't need gamma radiation to get all green and angry, just read a McNeill book and you'll be hulk smashing the night away.
Right, rant about the words worst descriptive writing (after gav thorpe) aside.
The story wasn't good.
The main plot was ok. Horus wants to find out what daddy has been hiding. Ok, that could actually become an important part of the heresy storyline.
The main subplot was very weak.
What annoyed me about the story though were the changes from what has previously been written.
Previously on the Horus Heresy.
Everyone agrees that the Emperor is not a God. In fact, if I recall, one of the factors used to turn Horus was the idea that the Emperor wanted to style himself a God and Horus was adamant he was not a God.
No one knew about chaos, and when demons etc started to appear they didn't know what they were. The imperium (excluding the perpetuals of course) didn't know about the primordial annihilator.
Lunar Wolves/Sons of Horus, particularly the likes of Abaddon etc, were hard, tough, no nonsense warriors.
Mortarion was Mr Anti Magic.
In McNiells Episode:
Horus believes the Emperor is a God. As it seems does everyone else.
Everyone seems to fully understand chaos top to bottom and have done for a very long time.
The Sons of Horus are the biggest whiny pussies in the Galaxy. The vengeful spirit should be called the waaaambulance. Oh No Horus, don't go in there you might get hurt, let us go.
Mortarion - yeah this has been covered hasn't it.
There is very little redeeming about this book. In fact, it was so full of drivel, I can't even remember what happened in the end. The moment McNeills goes off on his made up terminologies and unnecessary descriptive drivel my brain shuts down so big chunks of the story are just lost to me.
I liked the action. McNeill is good at action. He's normally ok at bringing characters to life through dialogue as well but not this time. I couldn't keep track of who was who because they were so dull and uninteresting and needless and wow my brain just shut off again.
I'm tempted to listen again and maybe i'll pick up on bits that I've missed, but not for the moment. Next up is either Promethean Sun or Aurelian.