Saturday, September 26, 2015

Review of The Unforgiven by Gav Thorpe

Author:  Gav Thorpe.
Title:  The Unforgiven:  Book Three in the Legacy of Caliban.
Publisher:  The Black Library.
Copyright:  2015.
Pages:  446.
Price:  $14.00 (US).

Overview and Impressions:
I'm disappointed in the ending of The Unforgiven by Gav Thorpe.  It's as if someone from GW's corporate office told Gav Thorpe to write the ending so as to keep the storyline of the WH40K universe intact.  I'd enjoyed reading this novel until the last twenty pages.  Then everything went to hell.  I feel like I've been cheated for all the time I put in reading Ravenwing and Master of Sanctity.

Getting to the plot, the Inner Circle of the Dark Angels deal with Cypher, who's come to supposedly save the chapter from a Nurgle led daemon plot sponsored by Typhus, leader of the Death Guard chaos marines.  There's double dealing, treachery, and a chaos daemon located in the Rock, the asteroid that serves as the Dark Angels' HQ.  It seem the daemon can reverse time and prevent Lion El Johnson from being killed.  Typhus wants the daemon for himself.

The daemon is one huge macguffin.  It opens up the warp from 10,000 years ago to the present 41st millenium.  Things go haywire from there.  Supreme Grand Master Azrael has the creature send everyone back their own time frames, including Typhus & his Nurgle plague Marines.  But the Dark Angels are responsible for the destruction of their homeworld.  It's the old time traveler argument of going back and becoming your own granddad.  Ugh.  I feel ripped off.

This will be my last WH40K battle-force space marine novel for sometime...

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