The Lion: Son Of The Forest (Warhammer 40,000)
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So with that said, the prospect of being the one to write the first novel about another Primarch’s return was an incredible opportunity. Of course, with great opportunity comes great responsibility – or something like that. Older and Wiser: The Lion, when last seen in Horus Heresy books, was prideful, cold and uncompromising. The state of the galaxy in the forty-second millennium makes him acutely aware of his own failings, and he works to be more understanding and forgiving. Feeling Their Age: The Lion notices after fighting that he's slower than he remembers and interrogates a surviving enemy about what curse they put on him. The bemused Chaos Marine, who just saw Lion kill a squad of Chaos Terminators in thirty seconds, tells him bluntly that there's no curse, he's just old. This is evidently relative as he still moves faster than Chaos Space Marines can even react. It also becomes apparent that this is more about the Lion shaking off his long slumber and getting used to fighting in realspace again. At the end of the book, he beheads Baelor to spare him a long, painful death from of Seraphax's poison. Lohoc's insistence on never showing his face is called out as strange multiple times, but the book ultimately ends without explaining it.
Only Sane Man: Of the Thousand Eyes warband, Baelor is the only one who has not given himself over to Chaos powers; in fact, Seraphax values him in the capacity as the one sane man who can keep Seraphax from spiralling too badly. Human Resources: The Thousand Eyes have butchered the entire population of Sable and turned their bones and blood into devices for Seraphax's ritual. I'd prefer a plausible scenario with an intelligent Primarch, who sadly miscalculates or goes down a dark path for compelling reasons. I did enjoy the characters, and the Lion’s internal struggle to accept his own failings combined with an outward pragmatism that felt like genuine and sincere character development.Loyalty is its own reward' is an enormously sinister line when we understand it to mean 'I will continue to kill in the Emperor's name, regardless of whether that is of any benefit to anybody'. Loyalty for the sake of loyalty rather than reason is why people got their heads punched off. To be fair the lion went from the Siege to sleep in a very short time 1-2 years, other then the Heresy all he knows is GC era Imperium and Emperor. Guiliman FOUNDED the modern imperium, ok he did not see the rise of the church, but chapters, the goverment the main PILLARS of imperial power and life were laid down by him. He never thought they would get so rusty but he knows what they are.
Let's use this one to talk about our expectations and fears about the upcoming and certainly highly expected novel! Current is a difficult term to pin down. My understanding of the timeline is that Godblight ends 12 years post-Rift with Guilliman preparing to cross the Rift into Imperium Nihilus. A great reintroduction to the Lion El' Jonson. The author does a respectful job of honouring the previous iterations done by other great authors whilst also bringing a more matured and level headed Primarch.This is easily a must read for Unforgiven stans. I'd also strongly recommend The Lion for any 40k fan that craves actual forward momentum in the lore. I normally preface any review of IP-based genre fiction with some too cool for school stuff about them being a guilty pleasure, a palate cleanser, basically rubbish but occassionally fun.