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Horus Heresy: Legion Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2008
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I say this because Dan Abnett is simply the best author Games Workshop has available and the moment that he figures out he can earn more cash not leashed to Games Workshop's setting, the Black Library will burn to the ground.
Witness 'Legion', the latest in the Horus Heresy series. Deftly written, this is a story about intrigue and deception, not about dudes shooting other dudes. It builds on one of the least developed Space Marine chapters, the Alpha Legion, and gives them a place in the setting. It also develops the history of the setting even more through details of the Geno, a human army, and the memories of Grammaticus, one of the story's principal characters.
The story is a mind-twist and rightly does not feature a lot of Space Marines. Why should it? Most of the mysteries of the Alpha Legion could be answered in two pages at the start of the book, which wouldn't leave much of a story. Instead, the reader gets to follow a handful of characters (one of the hallmarks of Abnett's style is the use of a cast of POV characters) as they get enveloped deeper and deeper within the Legion's coils. The revelations at the end of the book are both shocking and satisfying and Abnett knows his craft well enough to end the story there.
So if you enjoy the setting of the Warhammer 40k universe, pick this book up. Read it for the characterization and plot and don't fret that you don't see too many world-spanning, gut-eviscerating chaotic action scenes. Because Abnett's 'Legion' is akin to the Alpha Legion itself - cunning, deliberate, and always worth getting to the bottom of.
Unlike most of the other Horus Heresy Novels, this one does not use the Marines as the primary point of view. Instead we see the tale through the eyes of members of the Imperial Army, primarily members of Geno Five-Two Chiliad, genetically engineered warriors left over from the Emperor's unification of Earth, essentially primitive prototypes for the mighty Space Marines. Peto Soneka, a "het" (translation: Captain) for one of their units is the most compelling character, but he's joined by a host of others that have equally believable abilities and motivations. Writing interesting characters has always been one of Abnett's strong points.
The beginning, usually one of Abnett's strongest points, stumbles in this novel due to an excess of odd terms that aren't easily defined by context. Where he usually weaves a compelling and immersive setting early on, it's difficult to maintain suspension of disbelief when you're wracking your brain in an attempt to figure out what some obtuse term actually means.
Fortunately he settles down into his typical excellent pacing after the first two or three chapters, and his action writing is as strong as ever.Read more ›
As a 40K book, though, the entire book is a, as the title of this review says, deus ex machina. A group of aliens, never seen before or since, comes out of the woodwork to get the Alpha Legion to turn traitor. So much more could have been done. We could see the Alpha Legion at work. How they go about their jobs. Instead, most of the book is about the IG, with Alpha Legion thrown in. (Note: There is nothing wrong with a book about the IG. Just saying that this book is more about the IG, even though it is supposedly about AL.) I feel like Abnett took the easy way to writing this book - creating the Cabal out of whole cloth - rather than tying the fall of the Alpha Legion to previously-existing canon.
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One of the best of all heresy series books, I've read them all. This could be used as a benchmark by which all other books in the series are judgedPublished 13 months ago by Andrew Gurule
Dan Abnett has done it again. Legion is the seventh book of the Horus Heresy series, and introduces the reader to Alpha Legion, as well as the primarch Alpharius. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joel E. Vannatta
Love this book, love this series! Dan Abnett is, by far, my favorite author/ contributor of the Horus Heresy series.Published on July 9, 2014 by FourBasePair
The book was very entertaining and a worthy next installment in the series. The cover and pages were perfectly intact, as if new-bought from the book store!Published on April 6, 2014 by Shaun Goold
I'm normally not a fan of the books that are all battle, nor am I a conspiracy/thriller enthusiast, but this novel by Dan Abnett really seemed to work for the Alpha Legion's... Read morePublished on January 2, 2014 by A. C. Parrish
Abnett's weakest effort and it happens during the Horus Heresy novels, who'd a thought? I am not going to quibble about how good of a writer Abnett is or even if his prose in this... Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by Craig Clark