The Lost King

QUICK REVIEW: The Lost King – Robbie MacNiven

Part one of another serialised Space Wolf novel, this time from Robbie MacNiven, The Lost King picks up the story where David Annandale left off in Curse of the Wulfen. While the immediate threat has been defeated, the embattled Wolves are still fighting on against the forces of Chaos across the entire Fenris system. With rumours circulating that Logan Grimnar has fallen, and an Imperial fleet led by the Dark Angels approaching in search of answers, the remaining Space Wolves are not out of danger. Something sinister is pulling strings from the shadows, but the players are not all out in the open yet.

Cycling through various viewpoints, ranging from several Wolf Lords to Supreme Grand Master Azrael of the Dark Angels, this first instalment works hard to set the scene for what’s to come. There’s a lot of ground to cover so it inevitably feels a little light in places, but it does a good job of recapping the story so far and reminding the reader who the key players are in the story and where they are. The key theme here is uncertainty – the fog of war affects the combatants, while the reader is left with questions still to be answered. A solid start, but there’s a lot still to be determined.

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