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Cthonia’s Reckoning


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Up for pre-order next week: to quote WarCom it’s available as “Special edition/Hardback/eBook/MP3”.

 

Their blurb “This anthology contains seven all-new short stories from some of the stalwarts of Black Library – Sons of Cthonia by John French, To the Last by Michael F Haspil, The Gangs Beneath by Gary Kloster, The Flesh Harvest by Nicholas Wolf, Traitor’s Faith by Noah Van Nguyen, For Hate’s Sake by Gav Thorpe, and Postulant by Chris Forrester. It’s the perfect complement to the game, going deeper into some of the setting’s key players and factions, and it’ll be available in four formats – hardback novel, eBook, MP3, and a luxury collector’s edition with a leather-effect cover.”

 

Personally, I’m well excited for this- some really promising writers and Heresy-as-setting is what I’ve been waiting for. Really intrigued as to what the Special Edition entails; presumably not signed but no mention of numbering or additional content might be enough for me to finally end my HH fancy edition collection.

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Looking forward to this too. I can’t see too much bolted porn in it. We haven’t seen much of that recently. I do think everything that will be released will be a nightmare to get. Next Saturday the internet will burn at 10am
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Cthonia's Reckoning - Various (Audiobook)

I was already sort of excited for this just for the novelty of it. Not only are we getting some Sons of Horus focus the whole series has been largely deprived of, it's also covering a full engagement just through shorts. And by golly, I think it really paid off here.

By being a series of shorts, the book dodges the issue of "how do we capture the scope of an engagement without writing either a battle report or a very confused narrative?" The answer is you write a series of tiny narratives which drip-feed you information about the various aspects of the war, apparently. We get marines on the ground, we get void warfare, we get how the war is affecting the civilians, and we get the attention of an additional faction right at the end. Better yet, each short is able to be character motivation-focused while still tackling its effect on the wider war. I love the focus on the 16th's feelings of loyalty to their brothers, and the weird contrast of Cthonian Fists vs Sons of Horus recruited from distant worlds.

Not every story here is a winner, but I think it's greater than the sum of its parts and successful proof of concept for this format. It can happily bounce from topic to topic without being messy and still has plenty of room for interesting premises.

Now BL please get on Isstvan 3's Reckoning, Isstvan 5's Reckoning, and Beta-Garmon's Reckoning so I can get some more comprehensive accounts of those wars.

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I found Cthonia's Reckoning really underwhelming. The short tales do not give Cthonia more worldbuilding or information about its culture. There's no proper narrative about the siege or its resolution beyond the initial space battle. The praetors in the cover do not appear at all (!), and the Son of Horus are barely in it, appearing only as enemies for the Fists (!), who are most of the protagonists. Almost all tales take place in endless non-descript tunnels, with shallow characters and shallow firefights with little or no consequences.

Another missing opportunity for fleshing out the SoH and making them the protagonists of the war named after their primarch. It's baffling that they're the least developed legion in the fluff compared to the others.

As a tie-in book for new miniature releases this is not good. The short stories about the Calth praetors from the BaC box set, the Cassius Kill Team members, or the books about the Space Marine Heroes series 1 & 2 were much better.

 

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Surprisingly good anthology. Some of them could even be expanded upon further with novelas. Especially the ship captain.

37 minutes ago, Roomsky said:

 

Now BL please get on Isstvan 3's Reckoning, Isstvan 5's Reckoning, and Beta-Garmon's Reckoning so I can get some more comprehensive accounts of those wars.

Add Tallarn to that list too. Hell why not Prospero too. I really hope they expand on this format.

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Loved this, it’s exactly what I want from the Heresy going forward. I’d have preferred more from the Sons’ perspective, but loved the fact that it *wasn’t* detailing the contents of the box set.

Noah Van Nguyen’s story is the stand-out to me, instantly one of my favourite ever Heresy shorts, but the quality is great throughout- French and Wolf are excellent too.

 

Somewhat surprised that the fancy version is *still* available, but I’m still staying strong and resisting it.

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