Thursday, 7 April 2016
Yarrick: Pyres of Armageddon by David Annandale (Book Review)
With Black Library pumping out ever more series and short stories, it’s understandable that a few would go upraised. While the Garro saga has maintained hit after hit, few mention it when discussing the Horus Heresy as a whole, and Path of the Dark Eldar is criminally underrated as the best single xenos series written to date. Above all others, however, we have the Yarrick series, which charts the life and career of the famed Commissar and Hero of Armageddon. A difficult task to be sure given the man’s fame, nature and history, and even Aaron Dembski-Bowden apparently felt it best to limit him to a single scene of Helsreach. However, it was with this book that David Annandale really started to get his bearings on the franchise, and you honestly couldn’t ask for a better example of his works.
Set during the Ghazghkull Thraka’s first true foray against the Imperium of Man, the book follows Yarrick’s efforts to turn back the greenskin horde. Grossly outnumbering the defenders many times over and with defensive efforts stymied again and again by Armageddon’s corrupt governor, the Commissar is set to face hell itself. With a near impossible task before him, this war will shape Yarrick into a legend; but what kind of man will emerge on the other side of this war?