Angels of Darkness

Angels of Darkness is a Horus Heresy related book from Black Library written by Gav Thorpe and originally published in 2003.  I say Heresy related because the main story of the book takes place in the 41st millennium and not in the time of Horus.  This book tells two stories in parallel much like the other two Warhammer 40,000 books I have recently reviewed.  The story follows Boreas, an Interrogator-Chaplain within the inner circle of the Dark Angles Space Marines.  Being an Interrogator-Chaplain means that Boreas has a secret duty to the Dark Angels to which all but the other members of the inner circle are ignorant: to hunt down and capture the Fallen.  The Fallen are former members of the Dark Angels who sided with Luther against Lion El’Jonson 10,000 years ago.

We follow Boreas first in the past as he interviews a former Chapter Commander, now a captured Fallen, in an attempt to make him repent so that he can be given a quick and painless death.  The story then jumps forward to the present where Boreas is posted on Piscina IV where he soon finds that a group of Fallen are behind all of the trouble in the area.  The story continues to transition between these two story lines as the mystery on Piscina IV unfolds and Boreas gains more information from his captive in the past.

Gav Thorpe does a good job making the Space Marines, obviously far beyond normal humans in so many ways, seem very human and at times almost vulnerable (blasphemy for a Space Marine I know) although these moments normally quickly pass and are followed by blowing things up and killing enemies in profusion.

I enjoyed this book and would like to read others by Mr. Thorpe in the future, the next of which will probably be Deliverance Lost when I get to that point in the Horus Heresy series.  I highly recommend this book to any fan of the Dark Angels and the Warhammer 40,000 setting.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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