Last week Black Library released a Horus Heresy audio drama called Grey Angel. The blog post announcing it immediately piqued my interest, so I downloaded it for my trip home (but listened to it straight away instead).
It’s not a long audio drama at 35m 24s, but it’s as long as it needs to be. It’s also very hard to review without giving stuff away. So here’s a big Spoiler warning!
Warning, the rest of this review may give away information on previous Horus Heresy books and audio dramas!
Grey Angel is written by John French and is part of the Garro sub-series of audio dramas, although Garro himself doesn’t feature at all. If you haven’t listened to the first two Garro dramas already you should do so before listening to Grey Angel or you will be a) very confused and b) hearing an enormous spoiler, a really big, titan sized spoiler. To say much more gives away the plot.
Grey Angel is quite a condensed story, no longer than it needs to be and is a very compelling drama. The main characters should be familiar to anybody who has read most of the Horus Heresy books, and they are well written. The story is character led, which it is why it is impossible to say much without giving away spoilers, and the drama reveals new information, some of which can be inferred from 40K lore, but other parts are a complete surprise and one part opens up a whole new can of worms!
Black Library does good audio dramas and this is one of the best. My one quibble is with the sound balance at the beginning as much changing of volume is required between the introductory music and the start of the drama. I noticed this with Deathwolf too and it really is a pity as it mars an otherwise excellent production.
In conclusion Grey Angel is a well written drama and an interesting side note to the Horus Heresy and I really, really recommend it.