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Alpharius: Head of the Hydra (The Horus Heresy: Primarchs) [Hardcover] Brooks, Mike

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Wouldnt say it's a must and critical read but certainly one to read and explore for those interested in life before and during the early crusade. Over the next hour or so, we’ll be joined by the leading lights of Black Library to offer a peek at some of 2021’s hottest books – including long-awaited sequels to some beloved series. I also love how the author integrated the all rumours about Alpharius’ origins from the Horus Heresy rulebooks. Black Library novels can be a bit of a mixed bag, some are excellent, many are a bit duff if I’m honest – Space Marine fan-fiction with dubious plot lines and turgid battles of blazing bolters. The author presents a far more diverse universe than is typical in 40k novels, but these elements don’t ever feel forced or added as an afterthought.

Book Review: Alpharius: Head of the Hydra, by Mike Brooks

No end of interesting lore, and an excellent insight into some of the more mysterious Warhammer characters.Their tactics, operations, ethics, mindset and methods feel as an extension of modern contemporary warfare rather then bizarre "just roll with it" warfare most other legions have. The miniature depicts Ventris in all his Primaris glory, clad in Mark X armour and bearing all the accoutrements of his office, including the white rose of Pavonis that he earned all the way back in Nightbringer . It is full of twists and turns typical of an Alpha Legion story but these surprises truly blew my mind. Obviously, that’s not possible this year – so we’re bringing the fun to you with some reveals on our Twitch channel and right here on Warhammer Community. Even when there are small hints that something isn’t right there’s little to no build to these events, and no chance to see the wheels in mot

The Horus Heresy: Primarchs Series by David Annandale - Goodreads

How could anyone but Alpharius tell his story when he takes such pains to keep everyone around him guessing and ensure that no-one ever knows the full truth?The scope of the book is more ambitious than others in the series- we get rich snapshots of several parts of the nascent Imperium, and the methods of the Alpha Legion are showcased in suitable fashion. If you prefer to keep your secrets locked up, as befitting the most enigmatic of the Legions, the magnetic black slipcase bearing the Alpha Legion’s icon has you covered. In the end, this book made me appreciate Alpharius as a character a lot more, Mike Brooks made him truly his own man in his oeuvre. For more from Janus Draik, check out Blackstone Fortress and Blackstone Fortress: Ascension , as well as the audio drama The Beast Inside , all written by Darius.

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