Tuesday, 27 November 2012

SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Horus Heresy 1-3: Horus Rising, False Gods, Galaxy in Flames - Dan Abnett, Graham McNeil, Ben Counter

Release Date: 25/10/12

SYNOPSIS:

It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man has stretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor’s grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers? Horus Rising is the first chapter in the epic tale of the Horus Heresy, a galactic civil war that threatened to bring about the extinction of humanity.


REVIEW:

The first book of the Horus Heresy rereleased as a Hardback in time and whilst the cynical out there may think that its just an excuse to cash in I’d have to disagree. Firstly you have the hugely talented Dan Abnett writing it and secondly because, if like me you like to reread books prior to starting the next in the series, your original copy might be looking a little bit worse for wear by now.

All in the writing is crisp, the story wonderfully told and if you have to start on something this epic, you need perhaps your top man up there to help direct the readers into the struggle of an immensely complex and game changing war in mankind’s fate. Back that up with some wonderful phrases, cracking combat alongside a wonderfully imagined story and all in you’re in for a treat. Great stuff.



Release Date: 25/10/12

SYNOPSIS:

The Great Crusade that has taken humanity into the stars continues. The Emperor of mankind has handed the reins of command to his favoured son, the Warmaster Horus. Yet all is not well in the armies of the Imperium. Horus is still battling against the jealousy and resentment of his brother primarchs and, when he is injured in combat on the planet Davin, he must also battle his inner daemons. With all the temptations that Chaos has to offer, can the weakened Horus resist?


REVIEW:

The Second Horus Heresy novel and whilst I truly loved the first, it was this that really announced the explosion onto the scene of a series that will be a firm fan favourite for a number of years. As with the Horus Rising reprint, this too is another hard back and all in really gives the reader the full meat and bones of the events that led to the split of mankind’s legions. It’s dark, it has some cracking twists and when added to the authors writing style that not only keeps you glued but finds way to make the changes understandable, it’s quite easy to see what a slippery slope good intentions can be. All in a cracking title and one that I loved rereading.



Release Date: 25/10/12

SYNOPSIS:

Having recovered from his grievous injuries, Warmaster Horus leads the triumphant Imperial forces against the rebel world of Isstvan III. Though the rebels are swiftly crushed, Horus's treachery is finally revealed when the planet is razed by virus bombs and Space Marines turn on their battle-brothers in the most bitter struggle imaginable.


REVIEW:

As with the other two rereleases this is the third (and for the moment) last book to be reprinted as a Hard Backed copy. It’s a fitting place to leave the series and when added to the readers will to return to the beginnings of the struggle, its definitely a book that will see a lot of hand time as you eek over every choice made alongside the authors lavishly created tale of the struggle.

As with the others the pace is quickening, the action is hard and fast which when added to the authors own unique voice really allows the reader to get to the heart of the story. Back that up with some great visual viscera and all round the reader is in for something spectacular.




1 comment:

Bob Milne said...

I've been meaning to get into this series for ages now. Maybe this release will be the prompt I need.