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Horus Rising (Warhammer 40,000 Novels: Horus Heresy) Mass Market Paperback – April 25, 2006
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M. Abnett was the ideal author for the beginning of this project. He excels in atmospherics, moral quandary, foreshadowing, and parallels. The book opens with an ominous parallel of how we know the series must end (I assume that most readers will have some familiarity with the history and background of 40K, though it is by no means necessary), and throughout are questions of morality and responsibility that foreshadow future events. Likewise, the growth of the main character, Lorken, is mirrored by the development of those around him.
The Black Library is lucky to have a writer of M. Abnett's talents, and I can only hope that latter writers will be able to live up to his high standards. His characters spring off the page, with good depth, realistic motivations, strengths, and weaknesses. He has a true talent for bringing the gothic feel of the 40K universe to the reader. Both action scenes and more subtle elements of plot development are handled adeptly, including villains every bit as complex and clever as the protagonists. In addition to excellent characters, there's plenty of tech and military hardware for lovers of fluff.
Writing a good climactic ending, one of his few weaknesses, is minimized here, as the entire novel is clearly a preface for the rest of the tale.Read more ›
In background stories throughout the history of Games Workshop's 40K universe, Horus has been described in brief detail as being favored by the Emperor above all the other Primarchs. But other than that Horus has been seen and read by all as a twisted, megalomaniacal despot out to overthrow the Emperor once Chaos has gotten hold of him. In Horus Rising, Dan Abnett paints a portrait of Horus and his Luna Wolves Legion as sympathetic characters who are loyal to the tenets of the Emperor's Great Crusade to a fault. Horus is given personality to make him noble and great in the eyes of not just the men he leads but those of others led by his brother Primarchs. He is akin to Lucifer just before the Fall and throughout the novel, Abnett slips in small seeds of doubts and flaws that will surely lead to his predestined role as the Fallen Angel who will raze and burn the galaxy of Mankind before all is well and done.
Abnett's skill at writing battle scenes, especially up-close combat with Horus and his marines against all comers, shows just why his previous Games Workshop novels have been favorites of fans. Abnett also introduces such characters as Abaddon, Torgaddon and Loken.Read more ›
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ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING READ.
This is my first Warhammer 40K series book and must say Abnett's story telling is superb. Read more
My son wanted the book and it wasn't available here in the USA. Thank you so much!Published 8 days ago by Cindy J. Skelton
Great book is you love science fiction or the Warhammer universe.Published 1 month ago by Captain Walrus
Although the story is full of surprises, I think it was too slow, and not enough battle scenes.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Hahaha!!! Perfect introduction to the Horus Heresy. Warning, if you read you're delving into a rabbit hole of blood, guts and betrayal that you may never come back from. Enjoy!Published 2 months ago by Sean Hewko
Awesome introductory novel into the universe. Thoroughly enjoyed. Will be reading the others.Published 3 months ago by Corey williams