Nobody Else gFull Review published here because character limits won t let me post it in full Corax is an anthology of three novellas and three short stories With the exception of Weregeld the exclusive final part to the Raven Guard story arc I have read them all before with somewhat lukewarm feelings on most Re reading them all so soon after re reading Deliverance Lost all in conjunction and without months if not years of wait between the installments made me appreciate the whole thing a lot than I did piecemeal Every bit adds another piece to Corax as a character and the Raven Guard s struggles after the Dropsite Massacre While not a sweeping continuous narrative the somewhat episodic nature of the novellas and shorts allowed Gav Thorpe to explore various defining elements of the Legion and their Primarch and keep piling up drama before making it crash down on Corax in the finaleI was contemplating just how to approach this review With it being an anthology reviewing the individual parts might be appropriate but then I also think that a kind of strict separation would do the book a disservice While yes all pieces have been released individually over the years they still form a compelling hole and carry character arcs throughout and the satisfaction Iot from it was in large parts down to seeing things flow from one to the next whereas individually I wasn t sure about the novellas So I am What She Really Wants for Christmas (Harlequin Blaze going to be all over the place with this write up trying to do bothThe book opens up with a prelude cut out of Weregeld the new novella It takes the reader right into the action of the finale showing us aravely wounded Leman Russ his Wolves and the Raven Guard surrounded by Alpha Legion World Eaters and Thousand Sons Now you may ask how that comes to be and so does Corax at the end of this prelude the Thousand Sons haven t officially joined Horus yet after all and Russ has barely left Terra at the end of The Path of Heaven The answer is simple Weregeld is placed later in the timeline than anything else before it with Horus about to take the key system to attack the Sol System in force What exactly Russ was up to isn t elaborated on but various hints were and are Protecting Holly given which make me look forward to whatever Chris Wraight may be up to with him since it is a safe bet he ll be in charge of the next and potentially final piece of the Wolves plotline before the Siegeiven his track record After this damn exciting prelude the book Unexpected Bride (The Wedding Party, goes back to the start Corax Soulforge here without the prefix It is set maybe a year after the conclusion of Deliverance Lost and Corax and his Legion are still raiding supply lines ships and freeing planets that had fallen to the traitors One such boarding actionets Corax Branne and Agapito onto a Word Bearers ship and shows the mad hunger for vengeance Agapito has been harboring since Isstvan V Due to his actions the whole thing almost Introducing Archaeology, Second Edition goes bust and he becomes a central figure to the plot afterwards His need for vengeance is a focal point in Soulforge and stands in for the Raven Guard s collective need toet back at the Traitor Legions While this Agapito character arc was fairly predictable in its outcome him The Best Man (Alpha Men, getting over it andetting his priorities straight again it was nice to see the collective trauma of the Legion being addressed in a personal manner It also reinforced the whole attack retreat attack again mantra of the Raven Guard Agapito was all too willing to commit to a fight unto death rather than using the uerrilla tactics the ravens and liberators of Lycaeus have been known forThe novella itself leads Corax and Agapito to a Mechanicum world A delegation of Word Bearers has seemingly come to turn the highest ranking Mechanicum adept and instigated a row of despicable experiments attempting to merge daemon and machine Yep this is where we see the first Defilers making their way into the universe I liked that it wasn t just the recent Chaos machine breeds but the iconic spider legged monstrosities They have been relatively overlooked in recent years whereas they ve always been something monstrous and cool in my eyes and set the Chaos Space Marines of 40k apart from the loyalist Chapters tanksEither way Corax is hell bent on stopping the Word Bearers and Archmagos Delvere and allies with the loyalundecided adepts to achieve victory First contact is made through Corax running in on a secret discussion between the adepts trying to figure
a course of action their barge city and whether or not to recognize Delvere S Leadership And The Dark Mechanicum s leadership and the Dark Mechanicum a whole Corax joins in and convinces them that they can take back the planet and subseuently assumes command of the barge city of AtlasThis part of the book mostly shows off just how much of a tactical enius Corax is commanding disparate forces from multiple sources and maximizing the effect every piece in the ame has on the outcome He stokes a civilian uprising distracts the opposing forces with his own legionaries under Agapito and then swoops into the action himself for the deciding decapitation While I can see complaints of Corax not being shown as kick ass like other Primarchs who engage in open combat I felt that the rebel leader role of Corvus and his Legion s uerrilla spirit are well presented here Corax despite his close combat The Quest of the Holy Grail gear is interesting to me as a tactician overseeing thereater whole of a war rather than stumbling into the thick of itWhen he finally makes his move it is to Dead Taboo great effect even though he doeset a bit of a beating before the end On top of that he Mischief 24/7 (Sunshine Girls, gets confronted with the nature of the Warp once and sees its corrupting influence first hand and at a larger scale than before This causes new doubts and fears in the Primarch returning the plot back to the mutated Raptors and his experiments in Deliverance Lost While the Raptors themselves only featured in the first chapters of the novella their increasing degredation is undeniable and Corax draws obvious parallels with the Word Bearers since IsstvanAfter this novella follows the short story The Shadowmasters featuring and in fact introducing the Mor Deythan an elite part of the Raven Guard based on legionaries that seemingly inherited Corax s ability to make themselves near undetectable It is an infiltration type story that supports Soulforge from the shadows It isn t necessary to the overall plot but still a nice bit that connects the additions from ForgeWorld s Horus Heresy line to the ongoing Raven Guard plot Originally this story was part of the Limited Edition of Soulforge so I mlad to see it in print for everyone nowNext up is Ravenlord which always bugged me for not having the Corax prefix of its predecessor the second novella Where Soulforge tackled the vengeance topic and the abhorrent experiments of the Dark Mechanicum and Word Bearers this one deals with the Legion
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s paranoia post deliverance lost and has corax paranoia post Deliverance Lost and has Corax a call to arms to re unite the scattered loyalist forces under his banner It also makes dealing with the Raptor problem unavoidable for Corax as it throws the experiments Fabius has been working on in the meantime right in his faceIt also shows the measures of psychic screening that the Raven Guard adapted after Deliverance with Balsar Kuthuri who featured before taking on the task of mind reading. The Lord of Ravens Master of Deliverance Primarch Corus Corvax of the Raven Guard takes centre stage in a collection of works by Gav Thorpe that explore his campaign of vengeance against Horus' allies and his desperate attempts to hold his Legion togetherAfter Isstvan after Deliverance the Raven Guard still endure Their primarch Corvus Corax has rallied countless warriors to his banner striking back at. .
Gav Thorpe â 7 summaryAlculated decisions It s bizarre and unheard of between Legion and Primarch The Raven Guard here seem to say one thing and act another which may be intentional on Thorpe s part but I think it was so due to poor writing Perhaps the author wanted to spark up petty drama and intensity Anyhow this novel is a lovely read and is FAR from the worst 40000 content I recommend this novel but at the same time it s not a must read I d The Subtle Beauty give it a 375 CoraxCorax Soulforge Shadowmasters Value of Fear finally sorry it took so long to sit down and review life has been fairly busy Anyways we come to a rather dramatic end for both Corax and his Raven Guard in the Horus Heresy No doubt we will be seeing of the before or during the siege but it was nice to have that bit collectively finished in a way that suited the remnents of the Legion and the Ravenlord The story was full of action and intrigue and I thought Gav did a fantastic job of it I think I would have liked a little of page time on the war on the world the Space Wolves were holding but since this piece was so focusing on Corax and him battling his inner daemons it wasn t a huge deal I definitely like how this connected all the previous works and really polished it off nicely with a huge bang of an ending Can t wait to see where the Heresyoes from here One thing is for certain though and that is that book 41 will definitely be a huge deal45 Well here we Having Tanner Bravos Baby (Bravo Family, go with Horus Heresy book no 40 They just won t uit coming and to be honest I m enjoying them all What you have here is a collection of the Corax novellas and a couple new stories that kind of connect all the novellas Corax Primarch of the Raven Guard is a mysterious figure and not much about him has been covered throughout the books His legion is diminished after the Dropsite Massacre on Isstvan 4 He went above and beyond acceleratingene seed harvest and When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, growth and his legion has flawed Marines in it He embraces them all no matter that some are sorossly mutated they can t even wear Space Marine armor any but they still fight and they know what they are there to do The mutants are referred to as roughs where the pure The Billionaires Runaway Bride gene Marines are known as smooths Corax is a flawed Primarch and in many ways the author made me feel sorry for him because he is plagued by his own doubt and mistakes made in the past Being a prisoner on his homeworld and freeing himself and those who became his legion hasiven Corax a uniue view of the universe and his place in it In a couple places in the book Corax proclaims and thinks to himself that he is better off alone and doesn t want to lead a legion of Fifty Ways To Be Your Lover genetically enhanced warriors He doesn t want the laurels of power and his close legionaries are aware of this Many times his sons who are the closest uestion and doubt his decisions which you don t really see in the interactions with other Primarchs and their sons Corax also has a uniue relationship with his father the Emperor It is hard to put into words but it feels as though the Emperor is the only one whoets Corax and he has a deep understanding for how his father s mind works There are uite a few veiled reflections that are written here in Corax thoughts and wordsI really enjoyed this one and I am even a stronger fan of the Raven Guard For all their flaws and strange lifepath they have trod I can t help but love an underdog This book was well written and I was happy to read and review it On to book 41 HuzzahDanny This collection of novellas and short stories which wraps up the story of the Raven Guard during the Heresy was a solid read especially the final novella Weregeld The dichotomy of Corvus Corax a Primarch who views liberty freedom and justice as enuine absolutes yet has a
of oing a overboard in his dispensing of said justice from time to time verging on the level of madness when he does so makes him an intriguing character The Raven Guard the most devastated Legion following the Istvaan V fiasco is left a shell of its former self and must wage a Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, guerrilla war behind the lines to attempt to weaken the Traitor speartip from within This nature of being all but destroyed leaves the Raven Guard a force of bitter doomed men who fight for vengeance than the principles of their Primarch The added wrinkle of a prior Alpha Legion plot which infused Raven Guardeneseed with deamonic elements leading to the Raptors was nicely wrapped up throughout these stories Some may skip this one because it is an anthology but I would warn them not to Weregeld alone is worth the cost of admission Very well done very enjoyable This is a highly enjoyable anthology of three novellas and a couple of short stories featuring the eponymous Corax and the survivors of XIX Legion The Raven Guard as the wars of the Horus Heresy progress towards their blood soaked conclusionThese stories were originally produced as stand alones and each can easily be read as such but they are all interlinked and there is an extra satisfaction as you see the various ties coming together Gav Thorpe has a ood feel for the Raven Guard and he writes them well The action scenes are well handled though if I was to be hyper critical there are moments where it does feel as if the enemy is replacable depending on which traitor legion he has them attacking at the moment There is little to distinguish their enemies by legion trait they are just there to die in bolter and blade porn Action Scenes And Some Scene Jumps Are scenes and some scene jumps are bit jarring but not enough to put me off the book So far so Black Library then but what really distinguishes this series in my mind is not merely the ties between stories written months if not years apart but the sense of the legion in eneral and the Primarch in particular Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place going through an existential crisis These heroes may dress in black and act like super Special Forces troops but it has all taken a dreadful toll From the commander whose reaction to the loss of most of his Legion at Istvaan is to slaughter any and every traitor he comes across regardless of tactical orders in an attempt to deal with his PTSD Then you have the officer who has survivor suilt from not being there with his brothers The pathos of the Raptors an ill considered effort to rebuild numbers that was catastrophically sabotaged these deformed beings are an oddly emothional heart to the story and play a vital role in how it all ends Finally dwarfing them all is the Primarch himself determined to avenge his losses put right his failures and do whatever it takes to win He is a dark and flawed Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss genius all too aware of the fact that he and his brothers are the cause of thealactic catastrophe unfolding around him and struggling to find a proper solution to saving his father his Imperium and his legion Balancing the wish to do the Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, greatestood with the operational necessities of a shattered legionThis is one of the better anthologies in the lengthy Horus Heresy series And so another mighty HH tome has arrived for readers enjoyment Corax from a talented author Gav Thorpe is a next numbered installment "In HH 40th Book "HH 40th book another milestone in a series This time it s an anthology of previously released stuff plus a new never before seen novella Weregeld This anthology contains all of Gav Thorpe s tales of the Raven Guard in the Horus Heresy the novellas. He Raven Guard in the Horus Heresy – the novellas Soulforge and Ravenlord and short stories ‘ The Shadowmasters ’ ‘ The Value of Fear ’ and ‘ Raptor ’ Also included is the brand new novella Weregeld taking Corax’s legend to its Always You grim conclusionThe book includes a full art hardcover alossy dustjacket in the Horus Heresy series style internal illustrations and an exclusive author afterwor. And surprisingly encountering barriers around secrets in a Raven Guard force that seemingly managed to escape Isstvan V long after the Primarch Ravenlord kept me Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, guessing Like Deliverance Lost it threw the possibility of a traitor among the ranks into the air and tried to mislead the reader It works to reflect the Primarch s own paranoia and distrust even when reunited with one of his closest sons Secrets and shame arrogance and betrayal all factor in here Corax with his I don t need a bodyguard bravado from Raven s Flight is walking on a knife s edge here and even when support arrives his paranoia starts to make him run in circles seconduessing the intentions of his lieutenants In many ways this novella threw me back to the pre Imperium time of Lycaeus with Corax reminiscing about it and reconsidering his actions decisions and the way he Lucy Carmichael granted some of his early supporters absolution for unworthy deeds in recognition of their services to him and the rebellion To me that just showed that Corax is willing to compromise justice and integrity in a bid for areater Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti good and that this may lead to further troubles down the road Where Soulforge had Corax firmly on the path of vengeance Ravenlord sees his doubt about everything he has done every fibre of his naturerow and almost consume him He is haunted by his past both of his life on Lycaeus and the Raptors experiment Some people claim that Corax is just emo but I think differently If Fulgrim Ferrus Angron and even Horus have their vices doubts and One-Click Buy grudges then Corax is inood company with his own struggles He is as broken as all the rest yet still Redeeming Claire getting back up for areater Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles goodThe vile experiments of Fabius and the Sons of Horus were nicely done here and exemplified just how much of a risk this line of research poses to the Imperium The New Men or Astartes Superior are brutal and brutally efficient and catch Corax offuard His own experiments might have led him to similar results had he chosen to continue them To the reader it also makes clear just how much of a cost the Primarch s arrogance had without him losing the Fractured Memory gene tech to the Alpha Legion these things would have never succeeded in the first place While he himself is seemingly unaware of his own role in the matter it shows him how close he came to his own corruption and loss of integrityOn the flipside the Raptors under Branne are confronted with the failed experiments in a veryrim and regretful way making them doubt their own origins and use to the Legion as well While at the start of Soulforge Navar Hef was doing relatively fine his condition has worsened s This anthology was ok but Corax hasn t been a very compelling character in the entirety of the series None of the stories are integral to the series but as an overall anthology they do add Case for Seduction (The Hamiltons: Laws of Love glimpses into a series fo events that lead us towards an eventuality The book is meh the character is meh and unless you want the experience of reading every single book in the HH series I would probably skip this one This book was yet another excellent set of Horus Heresy era stories this time focusing on Corax and his Raven Guard The book is broken into multiple short novellas and each of them individually is worth a read Together as a coherent narrative they really manage to shineI will neveret enough of these Horus Heresy books they re all so reat I wish this was a solid novel Weregeld the final novella in this anthology was absolutely amazing Earlier ones were less exciting to me I understand that some short stories are supposed to work as an addition to a larger one but I think that they need to also be complete on their own I wrote my opinions on each story after finishing them one by one so this review is even less of a smooth read than the anthology itself Still freakin loved Weregeld Corax Soulforge I don t know I had the same experience with Deliverance Lost for some reason I just can t connect with Corax stories There "WERE SOME NICE PARTS IN THIS "some nice parts in this but overall it s just lacking something and I m not entirely sure what it isThe Shadowmasters A nice little limpse at the Mor Deythan no Major Attraction (Harlequin Blaze groundbreaking revelations Could ve been a little longer and deeperRavenlord I enjoyed this than Soulforge Those Raven boys they have many differences upbringing involvement on Isstvan minor and major changes they face as one of the Shattered Legions and I really am curious to observe and learn everything about it The psychology behind it is what s really interesting I finally enjoyed Corax because he suddenly became less flat than he seemed before Primarch s newfound paranoiaives him character Now some may blame him for the things he s done and kinda sorta have a point is this our boy Corvus etting all multidimensional Oh sweet Go onThe Value of Fear Not the first time I read this one it still like the first time I read this one it still looks little loyal boy fan service piece It s written well and there s a point behind it my problem is this point exactly Interestingly enough there are Night Lords who escaped to join Raven Guard forces and stayed loyal to the Emperor at least one of them But a Night Lord even a loyal one calling anything that came from the RG or Corax truly terrifying is simply ridiculous to me Raptor Nope Did not like this What are the chances of a coincidental meeting between the Raptors and the Weregeld both being rare members of their legions who dealt with mutation A little farfetched Did not appreciate the reasoning behind Raptors final actions I hope that it will make sense and conseuences in the next short Let us see Weregeld And finally this one I liked a lot The Raptors arch turned out wonderfully tragic made me feel things Gav did a reat job portraying fear and self loathing loyalty and false judgement Must admit any battle scenes here were nothing but a background this is how captivating the story itself has finally become Corax Never is a culmination of many Raven Guard novels and I must say it s a solid read I m sure most fans of this Chapter will be satisfied with what Gav Thorpe has delivered It s flawed but there are some ualities and stories that may make it worth the read To begin on the pro s there are some truly fantastic stories throughout this novel Alas I can t name specifics as it has been months since my last read through but I do recall the latter half having the More to Love gems Thorpe unlike many others also showcases rich battle seuences that one can actually follow and imagine They re not merely poorly written clashes of blood andore Rest assured the Ravenlord Corax himself is developed fairly well and does possess substance as a character Many Astartes of his Legion the Raven Guard are also developed well here and have their moments in the sun Now con s To be upfront this is an inconsistent read Some stories are exciting while others are dreadfully bland and uninspiring While entertaining characters throughout this novel aren t the reatest examples of characters with depth but there are far worse out there Lastly it bothers me how little reverence was shown to Corax by his Legion They proclaim their love for Corax to the heavens yet time and time again certain Astartes of the Chapter openly disrespect their Primarch Disrespect in the form in openly doubting disagreeing or even objecting with the Ravenlord s The forces of the Warmaster on every front – from the degenerate hereteks of the Mechanicum to the cruel legionaries of the Sons of Horus none shall escape his wrath But although Corax has managed to stall the physical corruption of his own Space Marines what of their spirit And what sinister end must await those who dwell forever in the darknessThis anthology contains all of Gav Thorpe’s tales ofHabit Of Going A