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Book review: Deathfire (Horus Heresy XXXII)

This book picks up the story of the Salamanders and their Primarch, who is at once dead, dying, and alive. Struck down by an immortal weapon, Vulkan lies dead… or … Continue reading

February 5, 2023 · Leave a comment

Book review: Legacies of Betrayal (Horus Heresy XXXI)

Legacies of Betrayal contains a mammoth 19 short stories. Brotherhood of the Storm by Chris Wraight covers characters of the White Scars legion Serpent by John French is a short … Continue reading

February 2, 2023 · Leave a comment

Book review: Damnation of Pythos (Horus Heresy XXX)

This book has received plenty of criticism, some of it fair, some not so much. Is Damnation of Pythos a poorly-written book, or a dull story? Negative on both counts. … Continue reading

January 29, 2023 · Leave a comment

Book review: Vengeful Spirit (Horus Heresy XXIX)

If you have been reading the books in numbered order (not recommended) it has been a while since we checked in on Horus. Books since Galaxy in Flames have shown … Continue reading

January 22, 2023 · Leave a comment

Book review: Scars (Horus Heresy XVIII)

It’s book 28 of the series, and we have seen all 18 Space Marine legions… with one exception. That exception is the White Scars legion, and this book brings them … Continue reading

January 15, 2023 · Leave a comment

Horus Heresy: the end is nigh

The Black Library celebration preview article is available at Warhammer Community. There’s a number of new books and continuing series to come in 2023, but what interested me most is … Continue reading

December 10, 2022 · Leave a comment

Book review: The Unremembered Empire (Horus Heresy XXVII)

The Ruinstorm has been activated by the events of Betrayer, and interstellar travel has become all but impossible for loyalist forces. Roboute Gulliman, Primarch of the Ultramarines, is intent on … Continue reading

October 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Book review: Vulkan Lives (Horus Heresy XXVI)

This book is a mix of ‘current’ events – continuing on from the end of Fear to Tread – alongside action from just after Isstvan, and a series of pre-heresy … Continue reading

October 2, 2022 · 3 Comments

Book review: Mark of Calth (Horus Heresy XXV)

The battle at Calth marked the entry of the Ultramarines into he heresy, but it also marked the start of a bitter, drawn out war on the planet itself. Scarred … Continue reading

September 29, 2022 · 2 Comments

Book review: Betrayer (Horus Heresy XXIV)

Horus has not yet begun a concerted push towards earth, and the factions under his control have begun to splinter and seek their own path through this madness. The worlds … Continue reading

September 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

Book review: Angel Exterminatus (Horus Heresy XXIII)

This book moves us firmly into the mid-section of the overall saga. The initial moves have played out – the betrayals and Isstvan and Calth, and the loyalist forces are … Continue reading

September 22, 2022 · Leave a comment

Book review: Shadows of Treachery (Horus Heresy XXII)

Another book of short stories, this one delivers us seven tales set at different points in the heresy. The Crimson Fist by John French details the attempts by Dorn to … Continue reading

September 18, 2022 · 2 Comments

Book review: Fear to Tread (Horus Heresy XXI)

In the ‘modern day’ of Warhammer 40,000 the Blood Angels have a genetic flaw. This flaw send them into a ‘black rage’ from which death is the only outcome. This … Continue reading

September 15, 2022 · Leave a comment

Book review: The Primarchs (Horus Heresy XX)

This book has four short stories, and I prefer fewer, longer short stories, since I feel this gives authors a chance to develop characters and story arcs rather than just … Continue reading

September 11, 2022 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

September 8, 2022 · 3 Comments

Book review: Deliverance Lost (Horus Heresy XVIII)

This book starts back on Isstvan. Over a month since the massacre, the Raven Guard are shattered but not destroyed. Thanks to the timely arrival of a ship from their … Continue reading

September 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

The end is (nearly) here

After over 60 numbered books, the cover art of the final book in the Siege of Terra series (itself the conclusion to the Horus Heresy series) has been revealed: The … Continue reading

September 2, 2022 · 5 Comments

Book review: The Outcast Dead (Horus Heresy XVII)

“Sometimes the only victory possible is to keep your opponent from winning.” This is the story of The Outcast Dead. This story picks up the thread left by A Thousand … Continue reading

September 1, 2022 · 4 Comments

Book review: Age of Darkness (Horus Heresy XVI)

Another selection of short stories from a variety of authors. In Rules of Engagement, Ultramarines overcome a number of traitor force sin simulations, but fail when confronted by an enemy … Continue reading

August 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Book review: Prospero Burns (Horus Heresy XV)

This book starts with one massacre and ends with another. Bracketed between these two events is a fascinating look at one of the wilder Astartes chapter, the Space Wolves. Nobody … Continue reading

August 25, 2022 · 3 Comments