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Book review: Know No Fear (Horus Heresy XIX)

The traitors have struck decisively at Isstvan, but their work has just started, it is not yet complete. The Ultramarines remain the largest legion and one capable of delaying or defeating the traitors. Cut off from news of Horus’ treachery, the Ultramarines assemble in their own system on Horus’ orders, the Ultramarines are unaware of the true reason for the arrival of the Word Bearers.

The Word Bearers have a special interest in destroying the Ultramarines, since the 13th legion were present during their humiliation at Monarchia (detailed in The First Heretic). They set to their task with gusto, taking the Ultramarines by surprise and destroying their legion, allies, ships and infrastructure.

But there is nothing more dangerous than a wounded Ultramarine.

The Word Bearers have reasons for this attack besides vengeance and removing a foe from Horus’ path. During the destruction of Calth they are able to conjure the Ruinstorm into existence, as series of warp storms that will make travel difficult for the loyalist forces, while clearing a path to earth for Horus and his allies.

Abnett once again demonstrates that he can go from the expansive, galaxy-wide scope of the conflict down to individual concerns as he takes us on this wild ride through a ruined world. We see the action mainly through the eyes of the Ultramarines and their immediate allies, but there are some glimpses into the Word Bearers themselves. Also the not-quite-human from Legion makes another appearance as he connects with another of his kind who has been living incognito on the peaceful worlds of Ultramar.

Know No Fear moves the Horus Heresy story forward from its beginning, and doesn’t just show us a single battle in the larger war, but starts to move the story forward, and introduce us to some new players.  

rating: 5 golden thrones


3 comments on “Book review: Know No Fear (Horus Heresy XIX)

  1. templeofthutmos
    September 12, 2022

    I owe this one a re-read.

    Liked by 1 person

    • davekay
      September 12, 2022

      I remembered enjoying it the first time round, but this time it struck me how great this book is.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. spalanz
    October 2, 2022

    This one has one of my all-time favourite scenes from the Heresy, when Guilliman is digesting a ton of battle reports and devising strategy on the fly like a consummate badass. Such a brilliant character that too often gets overlooked because he doesn’t throw himself into battle like a nut job, but has devised the winning strategy and has already begun to plan for regeneration of the battle site to bring peace for the next few generations 😃


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