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The Talon of Horus (1) (The Black Legion) Hardcover – November 4, 2014
When Horus fell, his Sons fell with him. A broken Legion, beset by rivalries and hunted by their erstwhile allies, the former Luna Wolves have scattered across the tortured realm of the Eye of Terror. And of Abaddon, greatest of the Warmaster’s followers, nothing has been heard for many years. But when Horus’s body is taken from its resting place, a confederation of legionaries seek out the former First Captain, to convince him to embrace his destiny and continue what Horus began.
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- Publisher : Games Workshop; 1st edition (November 4, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1849705895
- ISBN-13 : 978-1849705899
- Item Weight : 1.28 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,003,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is great though it has seemed to ruin reading for sleep for me. Also be advised, there is going to be a 3rd book "soon". So if you don't like waiting for a next book in the series, just give it a minute. I however like my kids seeing me get more excited for a new book instead of a new video game.
Fabius biles serious
Night lords omnibus
Black legion trilogy (3rd coming soon)
A few others..
This is a must read.
Or really anything by guy Hale.
If you enjoy stories full of colorful antiheroes and good action, you'll probably love Talon of Horus.
Why four stars instead of five? Enjoyed the characters and history, but feel the actual story could have been told in a novella sized form, everything went from point A to B to C pretty quickly, has a cliff hangar, unanswered question that you probably won't get the answer to anytime soon, a lot of teasing of what may be to come and exaggeration at points does go a bit too far.
Why begin the first 2 paragraphs with a question and not the 3rd? Ha, just did. Although I love the title and artist (big fan), I have to say in classic Black Library style, they don't, do not match the contents of the book. I would have loved the main character with his assortment of colleagues on the front instead of Abaddon.
Written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Five stars for this review
First I will start out by saying I thought this book was going to be about Abbadon and filled with his insights as too how he is thinking, why he is making the decisions leading up to creating the Black Legion and how he enacts his rule.
Instead I was really surprised at how this story unfolded. First this story began from the perspective of a Thousand Son Legionary and not a Luna Wolf. The legionary gathers fellow Astarte’s to a cause that embodies a sense of purpose. Talon of Horus as most of us know is a special power claw of five blades one for each finger with a storm bolter mounted on the top… or another description for how I perceived this book is each blade can represent a heretic legion that is now fractured after the death of Horus. This Talon or similar to a fist being a fist is weak while missing a finger or a broken one but when the hand is whole then the first is strong. These Heretic spacemarines needed a reason or a common goal, possibly a proof of existence too not just fight but fight as a legion comprised of fractured and leaderless soldiers but as a Legion. Through the help of this Thousand Son, a few World Eaters and some other Astarte’s. So together they went to find Abbadon who possibly was on the Vessel Vengeful Spirit in seclusion. The Idea of the main character and his brothers is too find Abbadon who would take all the war bands and leaderless Astarte’s who fought for Horus and Install Abbadon as Warmaster and give direction and instill a sense of purpose into the thousands of gene enhanced soldiers of war who have no sense of purpose or beliefs besides killing for the sake of killing.
ABD the author stayed on point with a focused storyline about brotherhood, sense of purpose and portraying the leaderless multiple legion spacemarines as not just being mindless, heretical, blood lust killing machines but a large group of soldiers who were human enough too be more then they felt after the fall of the warmaster Horus at the Battle for Terra. This is a story about the scrap of humanity each Genetically altered spacemarine has and his sense of brotherhood. Honor, duty and self-worth I felt were the focus in this story and the author too me portrayed that well. The story flowed very well and each chapter when finished was cohesive naturally with each following chapter. This story had a strong human element portrayed by the characters and especially Abaddon. The story was so much more then Abbadon and every aspect of the story was very clear. The proper editing was evident with each chapter.
This reader wants more about Abbadon and his insights, how he thinks, the character that he is. I know Abbadon as the Warmaster of The Black Legion and not much more then what most mainstream 40K fan knows about him. Abbadon is the leader of the greatest fighting force in the universe and he is hardly covered by Games workshop. So book two in the series better have more about Abbadon and I look forward to reading the next addition to the collection.
It did seem a bit condensed to me, though I am one to read 500+ page books on a regular basis. I can't really fault it for its page count, but I was hoping the story would last longer.
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With the bits in between being very short and often missing entirely.
For example the Book leaps between events 1000s of years apart simply by starting a new paragraph with little or no warning that we are not even in the same era anymore.
Which is very confusing.
I spent the first few chapters trying to guess where the guy was because the author decided that bit of knowledge was something worth letting us wait for.
The Story is interesting simply because of the details it includes, and the way it remembers things like the Mechanicum was Pre Heresy where as the Mechanicus is post heresy but this kind of detail felt more like name dropping to me, things that really didnt need to be in this book.
It sets up the Black Legion story and mind set well enough and made it clear that Heretic Astartes loved to gossip more than anything. Not sure that was intentional but that was the take away message i got from the book.
I was not left feeling this was a Chaos Space Marine story, everybody was far too nice about everything and the characters never really developed beyond a basic believable level.
I am hoping Book 2 will be better.
Being aware of Abaddon from the lore, I was expecting a book about The Black Legion rather that it's genesis. But actually once I got myself upto speed this book was a superb read.
Now one criticism I have of the GW/BL books is the lack of a timeline or dates for the stories. With the exception of the Eisenhorn stories. All others I have to refer to Fandom sites to get upto speed on the timeline. A nice little date at the start of a novel would make it much easier to get my head around which period of the 10,000 or so years we are talking about. So unless you are Mr or Mrs Superfan you can be left scratching your head as to when the book is set, other than in the future!!
Otherwise a great book looking forward to the sequel and left me wanting to find out more about the Thousand Sons, Prospero and Ahriman.
This book details the beginnings of Abaddon's rise to power as told by one of his Lieutenants.
Well written and a great read that doesn't necessarily require a deep understanding of the in universe lore to be enjoyed.