Sunday, 6 November 2011

SCIENCE FICTON REVIEW: Warhammer 40K: Horus Heresy 17: The Outcast Dead - Graham McNeill

Release Date: 10/11/11


The galaxy is burning. The Emperor’s loyal primarchs prepare to do battle with Warmaster Horus and his turncoat Legions on the black sand of Isstvan. Such dark times herald new and yet more terrible things still to come, and when Astropath Kai Zulane unwittingly learns a secret that threatens to tip the balance of the war, he is forced to flee for his life. Alongside a mysterious band of renegades, he plunges into the deadly underworld of Terra itself, hunted like a criminal by those he once trusted. In the face of betrayal, Kai must decide where his own loyalties lie and whether some truths should be buried forever.


I’m a fan of Graham’s writing, I like the dark gritty style of hard combat, mental conundrums for the lead characters and the struggle of never knowing which way to turn, which is even harder during the time of the Horus Heresy where brother fights brother and the outcome could go either way.

As usual with Graham, its cleverly plotted, the characters have doubts and of course each choice could mean the difference between salvation and a descent into madness. Add to this, great prose, characters that you want to be around and of course cracking pace which leaves you tired yet satisfied.

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