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Book review: Thousand Sons (Horus Heresy XII)

The Horus Heresy is a galaxy-spanning tale and contains a lot of concurrent action. The Space Wolves’ attack on the home world of the Thousand Sons has been alluded to in previous books, but here we see it close up. The climax of this book occurs at roughly the same time as the drop site massacre at Isstvan, seen at the end of Fulgrim (Book V).

I mention this because it’s unavoidably part of a series with multiple battlegrounds and events across the galaxy. Not every book will advance the timeline, The challenge for authors is to keep their part of the tale interesting, and here Graham McNeill succeeds handily.

The eponymous legion have a chequered history. Blighted by unstable genetics, the warriors of the Thousand Sons were subject to the ‘flesh-change’ a sudden, violent dispersal of their form, always fatal. Combined with their predilection for psychic powers, this left the legion mistrusted by many.

Once reunited with their Primarch, the Thousand Sons were saved. Magnus the Red turned his vast intellect to solving the problem of the flesh-change, and he succeeded. No one questioned how.

Questions should have been asked.

Magnus the Red solved nothing. Instead he brokered a deal with powerful warp entities which held the flesh-change at bay. The Thousand Sons were protected by the power of chaos, and that protection could be removed at any time.

While wanting to remain loyal to the Imperium, Magnus and his Thousand Sons find themselves trapped and backed into a corner by a combination of chaos machinations, their own hubris, and the suspicions that still linger over this legion of ‘witches’.

This comes to a tragic head as the Thousand Sons pay the price for Magnus’ foolish destruction of the one thing that could have kept humanity safe from chaos.

rating: 4 golden thrones

3 comments on “Book review: Thousand Sons (Horus Heresy XII)

  1. backtothehammer
    August 15, 2022

    I also really enjoyed this book and it galvanised me to continue reading the series again.

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    • davekay
      August 15, 2022

      I have similar memories, I felt the series hit a dull patch after Fulgrim, with books coming out at a slow pace, and several of them being not worth the time it took to read.

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