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Flight of the Eisenstein is the first book that reveals a trend that will stay with us throughout the series. Many books will continue the storyline, but themselves start before the events of the previous book. Until now, the series has been a trilogy, with each book carrying on from the previous.
The fourth book advances the story, but only towards the end. Four-fifths of this book cover events which have already happened by the end of Galaxy in Flames. This is fine for readers who want to immerse themselves in the Horus Heresy setting, as it allows authors to show us events that have brought other Primarchs and legions to Horus’ banner – or kept them away from it. For those whose preference is for each book to move the overall narrative forward it can be frustrating. Flight of the Eisenstein will let you now which type of reader you are.
Euphrati Keeler has survived the massacre of Remembrancers on board the Vengeful Spirit. Now she must survive in hostile space and warn the Emperor of Horus’ treachery. First though, we must learn the history of Nathaniel Garro, captain of the Death Guard legion. His story starts before events of the past two books. Like Garviel Loken of the Sons of Horus and Saul Tarvitz of the Emperor’s Children, Garro finds himself increasingly isolated within a legion that has turned in on itself.
As his legion corrupts itself around him, Garro blurs the line between loyalty and faith in a desperate attempt to flee the scene of Isstvan III and warn someone, anyone, of what has transpired. Treachery against the Imperium has been considered unthinkable, but the powers of the warp find men, Astartes, and Primarchs alike to be corruptible. His journey back to earth is not what he expects.
Rating: 3 golden thrones