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Saturday, 10 August 2013
The Sigillite (Audio Drama Review)
As with the last book review this is posted in full on
and this is simply a preview. If you want to see it in full then please follow the link through to there.
Between this and the first two episodes of
, Chris Wraight seems to be approaching the Horus Heresy with the intention into expanding into yet unseen areas. While this is obviously true for many authors involved, they are usually trying to show the varying ideologies or corruption of the legiones astartes or their primarchs. Only a few books have expanded beyond this such as
, but Wraight seems heavily focused upon everything but showing what’s expected of the era.
is the foremost example of this, focusing upon the role of Malcador and giving further information upon the Emperor’s mysterious adviser. Called before him in order to answer for the failure in his duties, Imperial officer Hasani Sabbyat begins to understand the Sigillite has a very different role within the Imperium than anyone first suspected.
Set primarily within the Imperial Palace, the meat of the audiobook emphasises upon the exchanges between Sabbyat and Malcador as it gradually builds upon their characters. The introduction starts by emphasising upon what is expected of such figures of authority, then subverting some of what is expected. Sabbyat himself is initially introduced and described as if he were a front line commander leading armies, only to be revealed to serve the Imperium in a very different role. Between their shared commentary upon the continuing fortification of Terra to the reveal of just why Sabbyat failed in his mission, there’s a clear progression in peeling back one deception or falsehood about them at a time.
Despite the blurb emphasising upon revelations behind Malcador’s loyalties and personality, it’s ultimately Sabbyat who we learn more of. Exploring his background through flashbacks of his failed mission and viewing events from his perspective, it becomes clear that Sabbyat is the focus character because the audiobook is exploring something beyond any individual. While what we do learn of Malcador does enhance his character, especially his views upon the Emperor and his loyalty to humanity’s future, Sabbyat’s path resonates far more clearly with the themes present within the story.
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