Reviewed by Steve Dean
The Raven Guard space marine chapter was given a good kicking by Horus and his pals at Isstvan V, leaving their numbers low. Their primarch, (that’s their leader, not a low-price clothes shop) Corax, runs home to daddy, who happens to be the Emperor of all mankind. The Emperor, who is a tad busy running the galaxy, gives him the location of some secret files and stuff that will allow Corax to clone some more space marines to re-fill his ranks.
Unfortunately for all concerned, the Chaos marines of the Alpha Legion have infiltrated the Raven Guard by having their faces transplanted.
Overall, this is not a bad book, there’s too much padding in places, too much talk and not enough action. It does start to come together at the end, with some good set pieces and decent combat. Unfortunately, this last minute spurt is ruined, firstly by the title, a spoil alert if ever there was one, and secondly because this is another of those damned Horus Heresy titles, and we pretty much know how that ends. If you’re collecting the set, go for it, otherwise don’t bother.