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Book Review – Belisarius Cawl – The Great Work

By Guy Hayley

For those who remember the classic boxset – RTB01 – they will know that scale creep for the 25mm to 28mm to 28mm heroic Warhammer 40k left Space Marines looking a little too small… so what to do with all these kits?

RTB01 – My first space marines and the reason for my love of Beakies!

Step forward Belisarius Cawl, and the Primaris Space Marines… this is his story!

Cawl’s had a huge impact on Warhammer 40k … and model design!

Belisarius Cawl has created the Primaris Astartes (Space Marines) in order to combat the threats to the Imperium of Man. This book gives background for Cawl from the time of the Heresy to the present day (41st Millenium), and his relationships with his followers and Primarch Roboute Guilliman.

A good, fast paced story set in two monumental times in the Warhammer universe. It is interesting to see the growth of the Cawl character – with his single-mindedness – and the group he has created and brought around him. Off-set against this is the story of his first realisation that the Imperium needs more assistance, and that he is the one to provide that assistance – by improving on the Emperor’s work.

It is good fun to occasionally read stories about the characters behind the epoch changing / making moments in the 41st Millenium and Haley brings the character to life, as well as giving some threat in the back story, and running both stories at the same time.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

— Declan

Book Review – The Lost and the Damned

Book 2 The Siege of Terra by Guy Hayley

Guy Hayley returns to the Horus Heresy in the second book from the Siege of Terra. This is the follow on series from Black Library and was made as a great ‘drop in’ point for those who lost track of the Horus Heresy series. I previously reviewed book 1, which can be found here.

From the book:

With the solar defences overcome through the devastating strength of the Traitor armada and the power of the warp, Horus launches his assault on the Throneworld in earnest. After withstanding a ferocious barrage of ordnance, an immense ground war commences outside the Palace with every inch gained paid for in the lives of billions.

On the thirteenth day of Secundus, the bombardment of Terra began… With the solar defences overcome through the devastating strength of the Traitor armada and the power of the warp, Horus launches his assault on the Throneworld in earnest. After withstanding a ferocious barrage of ordnance, an immense ground war commences outside the Palace with every inch gained paid for in the lives of billions. The front lines are beyond horrific and the very air is reduced to poison and blood. Bodies are thrown into the meatgrinder but the outer redoubts cannot possibly hold for long, even with the loyal primarchs to reinforce them. For Horus has his own generals to call upon… Between the plague weapons of Mortarion and the fury of Angron, the defenders face a losing battle. 

The Lost and the Damned includes the three Primarchs defending Terra from Horus and the attacks from Mortarion and Angron. Guy Hayley continues to tie together the threads of the battle, and as this book is based on Terra it is much easier to follow than Book 1 (which concentrated on the battle for the Sol system).

Sanguinius also makes his first appearance at the Siege, ignoring his brother Dorn’s instructions to stay behind the Wall, and going out to take the fight to the Heretics. His presence rallies the defenders and brings them hope that victory may be achieved… his appearance is great from a personal point of view, as I collect Blood Angels!

And similarly to much of the Horus Heresy series there are stories of ordinary defenders either from Astra Militarum regiments or from local PDFs.

A really good second book in the series – and definitely leaving me wanting to read the rest!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

— Declan