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Scribe of Khorne
21-01-2013, 03:49
As per the title, looking to do some reading on these guys. Heresy or not, if its good (ADB/French/Wraight/Sanders type stuff) all the better!

shadowhawk2008
21-01-2013, 04:43
Angels of Darkness by Gav Thorpe. His SMB novel Purging of Kadillus is a prequel to it, but was published several years after. I would suggest reading in the publication order. There's a new novel out, Ravenwing and that's part of a sequel trilogy, Legacy of Caliban, to Angels of Darkness. Haven't read it yet. Angels of Darkness however is excellent and I consider it a must-read. Purging of Kadillus is very iffy in places but a decent novel nonetheless.

Malediction by Christian Dunn. Stand-alone audio drama. Can be iffy in few places, but I found the story to be excellent. It's not a typical Dark Angels story either, which works in its favour. Easy Prey is a 1000-word short which I liked. It's sort of a western story in terms of setting. Good enough. Dark Vengeance is Christian's novella. Loved it, it's told from the perspective of several different characters and the narrative point of views and tense change a lot so it can be disorienting somewhat in the beginning but works out really well in the end. Ascension of Balthasar is a prequel to the novella, and I mostly liked it.

There's Reparation, a short story by Andy Smillie, but I haven't read it.

The Tales From the Dark Millennium anthology has a few Dark Angels centric short stories. They run the gamut from being really good to really terrible. The first one in it is definitely the better one.

Gav wrote a short story for the HH, Call of the Lion, which is in the Tales of Heresy anthology. It explains some of the things from Angels of Darkness and I found it to be mostly well-done. The opening scenes are some of the best. He also did the novella The Lion for The Primarchs. I found that to be very good as well, taking it as a stand-alone.

There are the two HH novels by Mitchell Scanlon and Mike Lee respectively, Descent of Angels and Fallen Angels. The first one is a very odd novel for several reasons (it's a pre-legion story for the most part with a mary sue main character and some really idiotic scenes). Wouldn't recommend it unless you want to read the entire Dark Angels HH arc. Haven't read Fallen Angels, but I find Mike Lee's stuff to be a passable at best generally.

There's the HH short story Savage Weapons by ADB, which is excellent. The Lion against the Night Haunter. The Prince of Crows novella is a sequel to this and is also quite good but has a few flaws.

Problem with the HH Dark Angels stuff: too many authors in the mix, so there's little consistency to characters, especially the Lion.

There's probably some more stuff, but I can't recall it at the moment.

Scribe of Khorne
21-01-2013, 06:35
Thanks Shadowhawk, I'll give Angels of Darkness a go. I've read the HH shorts, but not the older couple of full length.

shadowhawk2008
21-01-2013, 06:52
Thanks Shadowhawk, I'll give Angels of Darkness a go. I've read the HH shorts, but not the older couple of full length.

Angels of Darkness is a novel that can really divide opinions on the Lion's motivations for everything he did in the Heresy, and why the legion civil war on Caliban happened. I would say that it is a very definitely novel as far as the Dark Angels are concerned, which is why I would say it is a must-read. An important cornerstone of Dark Angels fiction, even if you don't like it.

Off-handedly, I recall that there are a couple Dark Angels shorts in some of the older anthologies. There's also the Deathwing anthology, and I remember that this one was a decent read as well. The titular short story, IIRC, propagated the whole Native American cultural outlook for the chapter.

One of the Badab Imperial Armour books also has a big section on one of the Dark Angels successor chapters.

reds8n
21-01-2013, 08:20
http://www.blacklibrary.com/warhammer-40000/dark-angels

Note the newly available..

http://www.blacklibrary.com/warhammer-40000/battle-brothers-ebook.html

Love Mr. Thorpe's DA stuff, Ravenwing was immensely enjoyable.

shadowhawk2008
21-01-2013, 10:08
http://www.blacklibrary.com/warhammer-40000/dark-angels

Note the newly available..

http://www.blacklibrary.com/warhammer-40000/battle-brothers-ebook.html

Love Mr. Thorpe's DA stuff, Ravenwing was immensely enjoyable.

Yeah, just saw Battle Brothers on their FB page. Might have to get that....

shadowhawk2008
21-01-2013, 11:17
This also got released today:

http://www.blacklibrary.com/exclusive-products/book-of-the-lion.html

The Book of the Lion. A new anthology with several reprints.

Angels of Darkness has also been reprinted.

DarkWarrior1981
22-01-2013, 13:07
The Book of the Lion offer is quite okay for a collector, you have several long out of print comics and stories. Sadly, the main part of the book (i.e. Eye of Terror) is not really good. Furthermore, apart from the (prose, I guess) version of Malediction nothing is new, all content was published previously.

Wyrmwood
23-01-2013, 21:51
The Black Pearl (Graham McNeil) - This was one of the first stories involving Dark Angels that I read; it was (re)printed in Let the Galaxy Burn. Quite entertaining, though it's very structured; fairly much bolter porn but with a nice enough little twist at the end.

Unforgiven - I have read this; it's also in Let the Galaxy Burn, but I have no memory of its content.

Angels of Darkness (Gav Thorpe) - The big one; an exploration into the character of the Dark Angels, both ancient and modern. It's very interesting and, due to the Horus Heresy series, is still relevant albeit in a different context now. The Tale of Astelan is the true highlight of the book, though Boreas' character arc is very satisfying. Excellent.

Call of the Lion (Gav Thorpe) - Very unnecessary, in my opinion. Though, I suppose, it does lend credence to Astelan's questionable views in Angels of Darkness. It's entertaining enough, but I don't think that it needs to exist.

Savage Weapons (Aaron Dembski-Bowden) - I like this one; I like it a lot. It fairly bleeds character and, in my opinion, supports Astelan's musings in Angels of Darkness to a certain extent, certain parallels are voiced between two Primarchs.

The Lion (Gav Thorpe) - A sequel of sorts to Savage Weapons. It's a mixed bag, though somewhat stylistically consistent with the previous short story. It was interesting to see how measured and also how wrathful the Lion can be.

The Purging of Kadillus (Gav Thorpe) - There is not much to indicate that this is, in fact, a novel primarily about the Dark Angels and the way in which they defend Piscina IV. In some respects, that's refreshing; in others, it's a little off-putting. If you go into it seeing it purely as an exercise in "bolter porn", then you might enjoy it. Also of note is that it features a cameo or two from Angels of Darkness.

Scribe of Khorne
23-01-2013, 23:27
Agree with Wyrmwood so far. I am enjoying the book but so far find the Astelan portions the most interesting.

Fen
24-01-2013, 16:33
Unforgiven - I have read this; it's also in Let the Galaxy Burn, but I have no memory of its content.
Unforgiven is a nice one,i place it up there with Deathwing

It's the one about the tactical squad doing a Thunderhawk drop on the hq of a planetary rebellion togheter with an interrogator-chaplain (being a DA story you can guess the real story behind it from this alone :D )

Scribe of Khorne
24-01-2013, 17:19
This was the most enjoyable piece by Gav I have read. His style really fit the strained relationships of the DA squad for the first half, and the large debate sections, or internal parts without direct back and forth where really good.

Really liked it.

Wyrmwood
25-01-2013, 00:29
Unforgiven is a nice one,i place it up there with Deathwing

It's the one about the tactical squad doing a Thunderhawk drop on the hq of a planetary rebellion togheter with an interrogator-chaplain (being a DA story you can guess the real story behind it from this alone :D )
Ah yes, I recall it all now. Thank you, Fen.

m1acca1551
31-01-2013, 07:13
The first 2 HH DA books really... damaged the DA brand for me, they came across as everyone had a split personality and well the plot kinda lost the plot big time, read for some early DA stuff but please do take as cannon or to heart!