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The Angels of Darkness, the God-Emperor's most dedicated servants, harbor a dark secret that stretches back to the great Horus Heresy, a time when humanity was torn apart by intergalactic civil war Now the horrific events from this era threaten to be unleashed as Interrogator-Chaplain Boreas gets caught up in the murderous plots of an enemy from the Chapter's shadowy past.The Angels of Darkness, the God-Emperor's most dedicated servants, harbor a dark secret that stretches back to the great Horus Heresy, a time when humanity was torn apart by intergalactic civil war Now the horrific events from this era threaten to be unleashed as Interrogator-Chaplain Boreas gets caught up in the murderous plots of an enemy from the Chapter's shadowy past.......

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Angels of Darkness Reviews

  • Benjamin Handelman
    2019-05-23 02:10

    It may be crazy to say this about a tie-in novel, but this may be the best science fiction books I've read in the last year or two. The characters were well developed and explained, and the back story of the interrogation of a heretic was expertly woven into the plot. As the novel progresses in both areas, we see an interesting story of the main character develop, a chaplain who has began to question his faith after all these years. The more the story develops and the layers of secrecy are revealed, the more drawn in I became until I couldn't put the novel down. The final revelations in both the flashbacks and the main storyline were amazing, and this book definitely left me wanting more. It is so nice to see actual character development, interesting ideas, great action, and interesting story progression all blended together into a read that never got boring. If someone where to ask which Warhammer 40k novel they should read to get into the series, I would strongly recommend this book above others.

  • Erik
    2019-04-26 06:16

    This book surprised me. I really expected some vapid writing and poor characterization, but Gav Thorpe actually put some thought into this book. The book deals with the history of the Dark Angels and the Fallen from an unexpected, and fascinating angle. Instead of the Fallen being cookie-cutter mustache twirling villains, they actually have believable and intriguing motivations. I hope another book in this series in in the works, because it sets itself up nicely for a sequel. Recommended especially to Dark Angels players.

  • Matias
    2019-05-20 05:23

    To me, this is a powerful new nominee for "the Best Warhammer 40K novel Award". It might be because I've read Descent of Angels, Fallen Angels and Ravenwing - among almost 30 other 40k novels - before it, but still, this is definitely something else.To someone who loves secrecy, mystery, lies, n'stuff,.. this is the one for you to read (oh, and Legion of course, in that matter).The main character in other half of the book is someone who turns your knowledge of the Dark Angels and the Imperium to doubt.As for Gav Thorpe, this is the best book from him I've read, so far.The only minus points I'll give to this novel, are the ones that doesn't matter and just means this is quality stuff, is that it's short. Only ~240 pages or so. I want more, but hey, The Legacy of Caliban trilogy is just that.

  • Marc
    2019-05-11 23:04

    I was a bit disappointed given the hype. The story was choppy (bouncing back and forth did not enhance the enjoyment), and the "big revelations" were a) not the surprising, and b) not that big. We always knew they were all traitors. It was more like a "what if" than anything definitive.

  • Biscuitz
    2019-05-12 22:04

    A page turner for any 40k fan, its from the 40k era but in many ways is a prequel to the Heresy 30k era. If your reading the Heresy Series then you should read this.

  • Phil
    2019-05-03 06:04

    Should be a part of the flagship Hersey series. Makes descent of angels and fallen angels better books.

  • Fabián Vaca
    2019-05-02 02:10

    Muy bueno, me faltó algo al final, probablemente un capítulo más para responder algunas dudas planteadas durante el libro.

  • Thomas Mihalich
    2019-05-15 03:27

    This is a great Warhammer book. Keyword here being Warhammer book. You don't NEED to be a 40K fan to understand this book's plot but it certainly helps with a lot of the finer details the books assumes you to already be familiar with.The story takes place from the point of view of two characters moving back and forth between them. The first is Interrogator Chaplain Boreas, a space marine of the Dark Angels legion. The second is Merir Astelan, one of the first Dark Angels and a member of The Fallen, a faction of Dark Angels that turned on the legion Primarch during the Horus Heresy 10,000 years ago. The chapters alternate between the two but it's Boreas's chapters that hold the current story and take place during the present day. Astelan's chapters all take place before the events of Boreas's story in an interrogation room but a lot of what happens between Astelan and Boreas in these chapters provide heavy context into the factors behind Boreas's decision making.Part of why already knowing Warhammer lore helps with this book is that an understanding of what the Imperium of Man is in current timeline versus what it was during the Horus Heresy (and indeed details on the conflict itself) really help to solidify both how and why each of the two main characters feel the way they do as well as provide better background in regards to small details. This can also help curb expectation as far as the action scenes go. While it's no surprise to Warhammer fans, this may be somewhat jarring to those who aren't familiar with the status of the space marines that they are effectively invincible. Very few things provide even a remote danger to even a small handful of these elite soldiers. As a result, combat scenes don't carry any sort of real sense of stakes outside of what they can accomplish and when. It's not about if Boreas and his group will succeed, it's if they'll do it in time.Astelan's role in the book is difficult to pin down. He serves as both a deurtagonist and antagonist to Boreas as well as a primary foil in terms of outlook and world view. A major theme of the book is a focus on what it means to serve a cause and what constitutes duty. This serves as a major source of internal conflict for Boreas. This is what you should focus on when reading this book. It makes for an enjoyable time if you want an internal perspective on two very different times of the history of the Imperium but it helps if know the Imperium first.

  • Wayne
    2019-05-03 04:06

    This was an amazing story and sheds some light on the Fallen. The chapters alternate between two different timeframes, the past focusing on the interrogation of a Fallen Angel Astelan, and the present focusing on Boreas, an Interrogator Chaplain and his hunt for other Fallen in and around the Piscina system.The points of view expressed and the actions of both Astelan and Boreas will probably cause you to question the great lie of the Dark Angels and how they view the Fallen. I started to have my doubts and started to undertand and have sympathy for the Fallen...does this make me a heretic? ;-)Although this story takes place before Ravenwing, I would recommend, as does the author, reading it after Ravenwing. It's not an absolute must, but I feel it makes for a more enjoyable experience.

  • Michael Dodd
    2019-04-29 06:02

    The story of Interrogator Chaplain Boreas and Fallen Dark Angel Astelan, this cuts to the heart of this most secretive of chapters and shows how their ongoing hunt for the Fallen has come to consume them. Told across two strands, one sees Astelan captured and interrogated by Boreas in a clash of ironclad wills, while the other sees Boreas on the hunt for further Fallen in and around the Piscina system.It’s a really simple but beautifully clever idea, brilliantly executed and a mind-blowing look back at just how much Gav managed to fit in that’s still relevant today. Without a doubt this deserves the plaudits it regularly receives – it’s a must-read for 40k fans.Read the full review at

  • Peter
    2019-05-17 02:21

    Taken on the whole the two stories held my attention for different reasons, the interrogation more so than the other.It did however make my understanding of the First Chapters psyche my ch more clearer than before.

  • El-jorro
    2019-05-19 02:12

    Bookworm Speaks!Angels of DarknessA Warhammer 40,000 Novel by Gav ThorpeAcquired: Half-Price BooksSeries: The Dark AngelsPaperback: 288 pagesPublisher: Black LibraryLanguage: EnglishSubject: Fiction****WARNING!!! This Review may Contain Spoilers. The Story: When Dark Angels Chaplain Boreas captures and interrogates one of the Fallen, the past collides with the future with tragic consequences.The Dark Angels Space Marines are amongst the most devout of the God-Emperor's servants. Their loyalty is seemingly beyond question and their faith almost fanatical. Yet the Chapter harbours a dark and horrific secret that stretches back over ten thousand years to the time of the Horus Heresy. When Dark Angels Chaplain Boreas captures and interrogates one of the Fallen, the past collides with the future with tragic consequences.The Review: Warhammer 40K is a vast and diverse universe. That is what makes it so much fun. The obvious downside to this is that it can be really intimidating for a neophyte to join up and have any idea where to begin. For the Adeptus Astartes as well as the Dark Angels, this book is a good place to start. And what a journey it begins…The novel sets itself apart from other Warhammer 40k books in that a good portion of the text takes place over conversations. There are two main plots which both involve Dark Angels Interrogator-Chaplain Boreas. The first takes place in the past where Boreas is interrogating/torturing a Fallen named Astelan and is recounting his tale and Boreas is trying to make him repent. The Fallen are group of corrupted Dark Angels that fell to Chaos after the Horus Heresy and were scattered through time and space by the Chaos Gods after their homeworld was destroyed by the loyalist Dark Angels. They in turn have dedicated themselves to hunting them down, all the while hiding their shame from the wider Imperium.The second story takes place years later and Chaplian Boreas and his companions are a small squad manning a Dark Angels outpost in the Piscina system, which serves as both a recruitment ground and industrial base. Here the book shines in how we get to see a band of Space Marines being themselves and not warriors. The banter between all of them feels very authentic. Like they are truly brothers instead of fellow soldiers. Also, Chaplain Boreas must interact with normal human beings on a fairly regular basis. Those scenarios are always a favorite and again pushes the humanity of Adeptus Astartes. So much of Space Marine fiction takes place over the course of battles that is a refreshing change to see the Astartes not shooting something and killing it for the majority of the book. Like a lot of arch-fiends, Chaos Space Marines are oftentimes oversimplified. They are just a dragon for the main character/knight to slay. But the best villains are those who are the heroes of their own stories. Astelan is one of those characters. Its never even made clear wether Astelan is even truly corrupted, at least in the traditional Warhammer manner. He dosen’t have spines or extra mouths erupting from his flesh. He is not spewing infected pus from his mouth and he is not chanting words that make Boreas’ ears hurt. He seems pretty, darn sane. He may simply be someone with a different point of view, something that is not tolerated in the Imperium. Both characters make valid points. A classic no-win scenario and it is crafted well. Astelan also provides a perspective not often seen: a reaction to the power of the Space Marines. The Dark Angels and any other chapter may be justified in their battling ways but they do leave a lot of pain and suffering in their wake. It is surprising that is not brought up more often. This book is not without its flaws, though, and they are the main reason this book did not receive a full five. Ironically, what is wrong with this book is what most people love about Warhammer 40k.Bookworm clearly remembers the first half of the book but then it gets fuzzy around the second half when the fighting starts. It is not poorly written or boring by any stretch but it ironically gets dull when it gets back to standard Warhammer 40k fair. The first half was good in that it was different from most tale of the Space Marines. It was actually pretty thoughtful. Then we get right back to the fast paced action sequences so beloved by the Black Library. They aren’t bad but they aren’t anything new. This is not helped by the way the whole deal basically goes in a circle. It has the reader asking ‘what was the point of all that?’ There is a twist at the end and ending itself is rather uplifting (As uplifting as grim darkness of the far future can be) if bittersweet, which makes it all worth it in the end but this was the main reason this book got a four instead of five. Final Verdict: Angels of Darkness is a perfect place to start for fans of the Dark Angels or anyone interested in Warhammer 40k. Morally gray characters collide and test themselves in ways that neither imagine and loyalties are put to the test. If it was possible, Bookworm would have given this book 4.5 stars but alas he cannot. Four Dark Angels Badges out of

  • Eliot
    2019-05-24 03:25

    okay book, nice comment on The Lion, not super engaging, uses lots of clichés

  • Joanne
    2019-05-11 23:29

    I love the WarHammer 40K books, this wasnt' the typical battle one, but very interesting and well written and got me back into the universe, now I have to read more -

  • Isaac
    2019-04-27 23:04

    A really great plot. This one really gets to the heart of what War40k is all about. The theme of this book is lies. Lies with good intentions. Lies that unintentionally damn all of humanity to an endless nightmare of repeated mistakes on a galactic scale.The ending is so grimdark that it reminded me of the ending of Joe Abercrombie's First Law trilogy. In fact, Abercrombie comes off as a slightly lesser writer in my eyes now that I realise he's really been riding the Warhammer train all along.This book is heavily steeped in Warhammer lore and makes lots of references to the Horus Heresy. The Heresy didn't have any novels of it's own way back in 2003 so that might explain this novel's cult appeal. Consequently though, it probably has most appeal to those at least familiar with Warhammer 40k's backstory and the Horus Heresy novels - or those that play the Dark Angels on the tabletop.Why then only 3 stars?Unfortunately, Gav Thorpe commits the cardinal sin of writing.He tells more than he shows.About 55% of the book consists of dialogue between characters as they describe past events to each other. This makes for tedious reading as the reader feels distanced from the events. The characters drone on and on describing in impossible detail with seemingly photographic memories. I realize, since the theme of the book is "lies", Thorpe probably wanted to have these dialogue heavy scenes become the vehicle for alternate perspectives of events. But there are better ways to integrate unreliable narrators into a story - first person perspective for one. The prose isn't particularly lively either.Other readers seem less critical of this, so perhaps most readers won't suffer in the same way that I did.All in all, a flawed cult classic of Warhammer literature that spins a riveting plot around the 40k universe and really communicates how twisted the Space Marines (or at least the Dark Angels chapter) have become. I felt like there really were no "good guys" in the story, and that makes it all the more tragic - you can't get more Warhammer 40k than that!

  • Kris43
    2019-05-05 02:13

    To those who are new to Warhammer 40k, let me try to sum-up my first impressions on what it's like. I didn't really know what to expect from it, but i certainly didn't expect it to be like THIS!!!Like what exactly??-Take a bit from Templar, who are like guardians of humanity and defenders of fate,-take a bit from Spanish inquisition who are dedicated to purging the heretics, -take a bit from SUPER human, genetically modified and enhanced mega soldier...Mix it all together and you get a Space marine:)They are way stronger then normal people and have almost super powers.And the world is a strange mix between Gothic and the Cyber. So you have swords, but also bolt guns....and lasers, and cannons and Gods know what else:) Its a very grim world, constantly at war. Humanity lives in a gigantic Imperium whose main goal is to conquer and exterminate alien races. And heretics:) And there are a lot of heretics, they are hiding everywhere and plotting away. Angels of Darkness know their heretics, better than anybody else, they are dedicated to fighting them. Read and you'll find out why.This book is a good start to get you into Warhammer 40k because it spans back to Horus Heresis and explains a lot about the Imperium and how it started with the Emperor and the Primarchs and all that. This world is a interesting combination of contradictory extremes. Its one of those things you'll either hate or love with a fiery passion.

  • Andy Blake
    2019-05-23 02:28

    Although far from a masterpiece, Angels of Darkness gets a good review for its interesting dual-story format and its thought-provoking look at the Fallen of the Dark Angels. The story alternates between two different timeframes, one detailing an interrogation and the other presenting a hunt for the Fallen. These two halves complement each other very well as the book progresses.The story feels dark and coldly logical, everything punctuated by the dour, monastic character of the Dark Angels, whom are depicted near-perfectly to what we should expect of Space Marines in the 41st millennium. The Chaplain's hunt for the Fallen is strangely compelling... There's magic in this book, vivid but distant somehow as it slides to its conclusion, it is hard to describe.While the plot and characters were dry at times (in the 'hunt' half of the story at least, the interrogation half didn't suffer from this) there were sufficient glimpses of character beneath the surface for a sense of mystery to be maintained. It is this implicit nature that, for me, made Angels of Darkness such a compelling read.

  • Michael T Bradley
    2019-05-22 22:17

    I find it so strange how the same man who wrote this book, just nail-bitingly intense and somewhat written as a stage play (the central, and most interesting, portions of the book consisting of two men arguing over interpretations of events), is the same man who, years later, wrote "The Purging of Kallidus," which occurs in the middle of this story. "Purging" was overall dull and plodding, with only a few bits standing out. These are, mostly, the same damn characters, yet for whatever reason, this non-story works so much better.I don't like the Dark Angels. They just seem dull as hell to me. But this story, 50% Boreas' first interrogation (of Astelan, a ... kindasorta Chaos Space Marine who also happens to be a Dark Angel), is just damn good. It shows that you can do a 40K novel that's not just fight-fight-fight. Not that I mind well-written bolter porn, but still, a refreshing change of pace here. I'd read this before years ago, but couldn't remember what the "secret" of the chapter was, so I decided I'd try and reread. If I disliked the book, I'd grab a Wiki article. If I enjoyed it, I'd be rereading a story I liked. Thankfully it was the latter.

  • Dungeon Masters
    2019-05-16 06:26

    This is a great sci-fi novel set in the Warhammer 40k universe. The author does a great job of weaving between the Tale of Astelan the Fallen and Boreas the Chaplain. The Tales of Astelan is set in the past and shows the character dealing with immense torture to repent his ways and admit heresy while being interrogated by Boreas who is then shown in other chapters of the book dealing with what he learned during that interrogation and how it affects his command of his small marine chapter. As you follow along you begin to see the points that both of this men have and the horrid truths they have to live with. The book just does a great job of showing how hiding knowledge from others you trust can turn around to bite you and how it changes who you are. If you are interested in Warhammer novels and not given this one a spin i highly recommend it. Even if you are not use to the fictional universe it is set in you will still find it easy to understand what these Space Marines are and how grim their universe is.

  • Meitnerio
    2019-05-09 05:07

    Estamos ante uno de los mejores libros de la franquicia, francamente polémico -dentro de la imaginería- y a buen seguro va escocer e indignar a muchos admiradores de los Ángeles Oscuros, desvelando levemente los misterios de su pasado y colocándolos en un papel mucho más gris y dudoso del que tradicionalmente se había atribuido. Adicionalmente, el estar escrito por el jefe de la imaginería -y por tanto, el creador de la historia oficial- le añade un punto de importancia, al encargarse “personalmente” de aclarar uno de los puntos más deliberadamente ocultos de la historia del Universo de WH40k.El resto de la crítica aquí ;)

  • Jim
    2019-05-06 04:02

    Dealing with the history of the Dark Angels and their ten-millenia-long intense and secretive mission to cover up long-forgotten treachery, Angels of Darkness focusses not on the standard Warhammer 40,000 battles but on the internal machinations of a single chapter. The points of view expressed by, and reactions of, both the Fallen Angel and the Interrogator Chaplain should allow you to question the way the Dark Angels present themselves to the rest of the Imperium.It should be read in conjunction, if possible, with Descent of Angels and Fallen Angels from the Horus Heresy series. I wonder which side you'll be routing for by the end.

  • Chris
    2019-04-24 05:18

    Certainly a must-read for any serious fan/player of the "Dark Angels" Space Marine chapter, and even worth a read for other fans of Marines and the Heresy era. Thorpe manages to bypass the easy temptation to waste pages on gory combat and dives into the real philosophical meat of the setting - who are the real villains, the Emperor or the Heretics? (Or, as it is here, the Dark Angels or the Fallen?) If this novel didn't rely on long, protracted, and unnatural conversations in an interrogation chamber, and if the ending wasn't such a cop-out, it would have maybe scored 5 stars. Nonetheless, I recommend it to any fan of the setting (if you can find a copy!).

  • Rooney
    2019-05-12 00:25

    I enjoyed this one. Didn't realise it followed on from Catechism of Hate (Black Library, may be a good idea to mention that somewhere on the cover notes. Or at least release them as part of the same series...), and despite how inherently unlikeable Interrogator-Chaplian Boreas is, I did warm to him by the end. And the section with Astelan talking about the Heresy were really good, especilly after reading the Horus Heresy series. Great to see the spin and variations on the same tales when told by different authors, and different characters in universe.

  • Adrian Gabura
    2019-05-05 03:31

    Choppy, bouncing back and forth, uninspired, wanders away from the "lore", these are but a few of the remarks I read on forums and not only there. I can assure you though, potential reader, these are but insidious heresies perpetrated by ignorant people. It's a remarkably fresh novel, which lets you glimpse a thoughtful and talented writer. Wanders away from the lore, ha! What a lie. The book has a bit too much of a high profile to have escaped the unwavering gaze of the Black Library Lords. It's a book that casts everything into doubt, for things are not as clear-cut as they seem.

  • Andrew Skywark
    2019-05-02 06:08

    This is exactly what I like to see in a 40K book. The author understands how to write a great plot, and he didn't pad it out to 400 pages.The truth is slowly torn from a disgraced marine, and it's great to see the progression of his excuses. At the beginning, a modern reader can empathize with his thought process. By the end, we see that this is just another show of horrors typical of the grim future.

  • Alexander Draganov
    2019-05-16 02:05

    Another five star read from my favorite author Gav Thorpe. It is about the notorius Space Marines from Warhammer 40,000, but if you expect a simple action story, run away fast. This book is about the uncertainty of faith, about what makes a heresy and the shades of twilight between light and dark, which we all are.In short, it is brilliant ;)

  • Rego Hemia
    2019-05-02 06:27

    A great demonstration of the forces of Chaos at work: subversion, corruption, and insurgency in a hive, the ultimate guerrilla warfare tactics of a stranded Chaos Space Marine. Very cool stuff. And as always with WH40K, the baroque style to everything makes it possible, and sometimes preferable, to reach the book in rich, bite sized pieces.

  • Justin
    2019-05-22 04:31

    From what I've seen, this book is fairly reviled amongst the warhammer scene because it strays from established cannon. I think it's brilliant because the anger and denial the fans expressed is exactly what a Dark Angel expresses when he learns the (other) secrets of his chapter.

  • Jason
    2019-05-23 23:12

    I'm not a huge Warhammer fan but recently I have been giving it a go. I liked the book enough to continue to read more. There is a good mix of action and political intrigue within the hierarchy of this chapter of space marines.

  • Michael O'Leary
    2019-05-18 00:29

    An ending I did not expect, and a story I thoroughly enjoyed. The switch between the two narratives really gives you insight into the DAs and their flaws. Well written and enjoyable. Now for Ravenwing!