Thursday, 8 March 2012

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Horus Heresy 19: Know No Fear - Dan Abnett

Release Date: 05/03/12


Unaware of the wider Heresy and following the Warmaster’s increasingly cryptic orders, Roboute Guilliman returns to Ultramar to muster his Legion for war against the orks massing in the Veridian system. Without warning, their supposed allies in the Word Bearers Legion launch a devastating invasion of Calth, scattering the Ultramarines fleet and slaughtering all who stand in their way. This confirms the worst scenario Guilliman can imagine – Lorgar means to settle their bitter rivalry once and for all. As the traitors summon foul daemonic hosts and all the forces of Chaos, the Ultramarines are drawn into a grim and deadly struggle in which neither side can prevail.


If there’s one author that is a constant as well as a trend setter then its Dan Abnett, his imagination is rich, the worlds within vying for attention and I suspect that the devils on his shoulder must be fighting it out in strategic battles just to get their chance to whisper in his ear. (Although I suspect that he probably has a set of Heavily Armoured Angels with bolters dug in there. LOL)

This, the 19th book in the Heresy series is one that delivers what fans want, heavy combat, intrigue and of course blends it all together with blood, heroism and strategy. It’s hard hitting, the combat bloody and when all hope seems lost a pyrrhic victory is won. It gets the heart beating and of course I suspect that a certain author is perhaps responsible for quite a few Aquila tattoos. Great fun all in and one of my favourite heresy titles to date.

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