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Horus Rising (The Horus Heresy) Mass Market Paperback – August 26, 2014
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About the Author
Dan Abnett is a multiple New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning comic book writer. He has written almost fifty novels, including the acclaimed Gaunt’s Ghosts series, and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies. His Horus Heresy novel Prospero Burns topped the SF charts in the UK and the US and he has recently scripted Macragge's Honour, the first Horus Heresy graphic novel. In addition to writing for Black Library, Dan scripts audio dramas, movies, games, comics and bestselling novels for major publishers in Britain and America. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent.
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This is my first Warhammer 40K series book and must say Abnett's story telling is superb. The book is fast paced, but between times you gather bits and pieces of the Imperium of Man and the long distant past of humanity. The action is soaring, the gorge ravaging, and the gothic-like descriptions melding scifi and fantasy are literally out of this world. I will not, however, proceed with the suggested order of the novels by The Blacklibrary, as the following books are not written by Abnett. The Warhammer 40K universe is so vast I'm actually skipping to the Eisenhorn series by, nonetheless, Abnett. A must read Space Opera.
Sadly there's no Kindle version. And the iBooks version is $15, which I find ludicrous.
Online play led me to meet others, who indirectly piqued my interest in the Warhammer 40K universe, prompting the purchase of this book, "Horus Rising", as well as "Brothers of the Snake" and "Eisenhorn" Omnibus.
Having read "Horus Rising" & "Brothers of the Snake" this Memorial Day weekend I must say again, "WOW!"
Riveting, visual, primal and exhilarating all seem understatements. I have long been a a fan of Robert E. Howard, Barry Sadler and military historical fiction, especially of Rome and ancient cultures, and numerous others throughout history. These novels by Dan Abnett dug deep and kept me on a near adrenalin high for 3 days.
The only problem is they left me thirsting for more...
At first this was disappointing, but I think they're leaving themselves some wiggle room to tell another precursor series of books down the road. There are quite a few mentions of the times before the Crusade started and events that took place between then and Horus' promotion. Seems like Black Liberty will have material for a good long time to come.
There are just too many great parts of this book to list them all. From the first battle where Horus kills the "Emperor" (not a spoiler, it's literally the 2nd sentence of the book!) to the battle vs the giant spider aliens on Murder everything is nicely polished. Even the slower parts in between battles are still compelling. and actually found the story of the mortal rememberers to be interesting. I did think there was just a little too much heavy handed foreshadowing being thrust upon the reader at times, but generally it was handled very subtly which I appreciate.
After all the bad things written about Horus, it was pretty interesting to see a time when he was the favored son. You'll find yourself thinking him very reasonable and likable. You can also see both why he was the perfect one to take over for the Emperor, both in battle prowess and in political savvy, but at the same time by giving someone so good at the job that level of power you can see how he was able to move so many against the Emperor. I've already purchased the other two books in the initial Horus trilogy and a couple later on in the series. I just hope the others are half as much fun as this one was.