Monday, June 13, 2011

40k Book Review - Horus Heresy

In an effort to inspire my kids to read more, I spent considerable time over the last few weeks trying to catch up on the ridiculously tall stack of books that I have accumulated over the last year. I recently finished two of the Horus Heresy books: Legion by Dan Abnett and The Battle For The Abyss by Ben Counter. I was a bit disappointed in both stories, to be honest. I struggled to maintain my interest in Legion, finding the book to be somewhat dull and not nearly enough action. The story focuses on the Night Legion, one of the Traitor Legions. I was hoping for some epic battles, but it was more (to me, at least) of an uninteresting political novel.

Battle For The Abyss was a tad better, with a little more combat than the previous book, but I had some difficulty keeping some of the characters straight. I also expected to see a bit more of the Ultramarines featured in this book, but again, I was disappointed.

This series started off well, but it seems to have wavered somewhat. I will continue to read the series and finish it, because I don't like leaving books unfinished (weird, I know), but I've just picked up the new Space Marine Battles Novel, Battle of the Fang by Chris Wraight. I hear this one's pretty awesome.


  1. I had the same feeling with both books. I heard quite a bit of hype concerning Legion, but I just didn't get into the characters. Even now, I can't remember much from the novel that really stands out.

    In terms of BftA, I thought that the Space wolf characters were one dimensional, and don't line up with the other more recent depictions (ie Prospero Burns). I did like the other characters though.

  2. ahh theres your problem :

    legion is a alpha LEGION book :P so less action more subterfuge!

    it is a great place for cabal/ AL info though!