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Eisenhorn (A Warhammer 40,000 Omnibus) Paperback – January 1, 2005
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Covering a period of nearly three hundred years, Eisenhorn is an epic tale of the far distant future of humanity. The galaxy has been colonized by mankind and is united together in one glorious and dark Imperium that spans nearly forty-percent of the galaxy, untold trillions of human beings spread across thousands and thousands of worlds struggle for survival as the Imperium's tenuous hold on its territory and its way of life is threatened from without and within by forces both malevolent and ancient. Principle among these foes are the insidious taint of warp-spawned daemons and their corrosive chaos that corrupts the very soul of and body humanity, aliens who range from disdainfully arrogant to primordially evil, and the threat of insurrection from within the ranks of humanity itself.
Set in the Helican Sub-sector, Scarus Sector, Segmentum Obscurus, but a small part of the massive Imperium, Eisenhorn will sweep you away across a region of the galaxy which spans nearly two dozen worlds. Named for the central protagonist of the novels, Gregor Eisenhorn, this tale follows his life of as Imperial Inquisitor, a man who has the power to devastate worlds and commandeer virtually any of the forces of humanity in his pursuit of the purification of the human race and the eradication of the mutant, the alien and the heretic.Read more ›
done it for a terrific price, as well.
Dan Abnett is almost universally lauded as the best of GW's stable of writers exploring the grim, dark future of its Warhammer 40,000 universe. While his 'Gaunt's Ghosts' series is probably his most popular, and its gritty,
in-the-trenches, on-the-front-lines view of the 40Kverse appeals to readers of both SF and military fiction, his three volume series about Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn and the goings-on within the vast Imperium of Man behind those front lines is arguably his best...so much so that the three paperbacks which made up the series--'Xenos,' 'Malleus' and 'Hereticus' (named for three major branches, or
Ordos, of the investigatorial Imperial Inquisition which Eisenhorn serves)--quickly sold out and became secondary market collectibles.
Readers have clamoured for an omnibus edition of the three under one cover--and the Black Library has now delivered that, with 'Eisenhorn.' They've added to the collection, however, by including an introduction from Abnett outlining the origins of the project, as well as two interstitial short stories otherwise available only in old issues of the much-missed GW fiction magazine 'Inferno!' They've topped it with a terrific cover painting of Eisenhorn by Clint
Langley (after Adrian Smith's original); and then they've priced the whole package for little more than a third of what the original novels alone cost, new.Read more ›
The characters are well developed and engrossing, the "sets" immersive to the reader, and the plot keeps you turning the pages (and wishing for more). Abnett brings out the best in the Warhammer 40K canonical background, capturing the dark essence of the Inquisition in this case, as he similarly captured the core of the Imperial Guard in the Gaunt's Ghosts series.
In short, this is one of the "essential library" for any 40K fan, and makes for a good read even if you don't fit into that category.
It's this sort of descriptive opulence that makes the Eisenhorn novels worth the read. In contrast to his Gaunt's Ghosts series, which can qualify at a pinch as military fiction, Abnett's trilogy of the plucky Inquisitor can't aspire to the detective genre. He gives us a sequence of events rather than well-defined plot lines leading to a resolution, admittedly a criticism that could be applied to many Sherlock Holmes stories. The trick is that the reader doesn't notice because he (more occasionally, she) is absorbed with the events themselves and the backdrop against which they take place. As Abnett acknowledges in the preface to the one volume edition, the idea was to give readers an insight into the texture of the 40K universe, so often sublimated into the pervasive violence associated with Games Workshop. The `storyline' is Eisenhorn's self-narrated personal journey, which is used to showcase the 40K universe and serve as a metaphor for its moral paradoxes, with liberal doses of bloodshed, psychokinesis and daemonancy thrown in along the way.Read more ›
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I balked when I saw a Warhammer 40,000 novel on a list of best science fiction novels, but this book is excellent, I'm glad I bought it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Howard Nenno
I started this one after I 've read Ciapha's, Maccariu's and Ultramarine's series, so you may rightly say I 'm hooked to the Warhammer 40k universe. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pen Ten
BEST Sci-Fi Action, mistery and horror combined in one book. Totally recomended. :-)Published 8 months ago by Dr. Genjuro
I found this book to be completely worth the money. It was full of twists and turns, overall a gripping book well worth the price.Published 8 months ago by Charles Gutzmer
If you are into the Warhammer 40,000 universe (they are one of those industrial publishers that have an entire section to themselves in physical bookstores) then this is a... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Herman Blivet
i don't know anything about the warhammer universe, but i saw this in a used book store and it looked pretty cool. Read morePublished 18 months ago by leachim