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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

Imperial forces in the Horus Heresy

Warhammer Community has announced the next army book for the Horus Heresy game will cover the forces of the Imperium. This is a wide reach, from the lowly guardsman to … Continue reading

September 12, 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

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

Book review: The First Heretic (Horus Heresy XIV)

This book starts years before the Heresy, but don’t worry about that as the story takes us up to date and provides another perspective on the Isstvan drop site massacre. … Continue reading

August 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Book review: Nemesis (Horus Heresy XIII)

A sextet of imperial assassins embarks on a mission to kill Horus. In the hands of another author this could have been a waste of time, a dead-end tale of … Continue reading

August 18, 2022 · 4 Comments

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 … Continue reading

August 14, 2022 · 3 Comments

Book review: Fallen Angels (Horus Heresy XI)

This book is the second in the series to focus on the Dark Angels chapter. This book picks up roughly 50 years after the end of Descent of Angels, which … Continue reading

August 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Book review: Tales of Heresy (Horus Heresy X)

This first book of short stories is not the last we’ll see in this series. In defiance of its name, this collection offers mostly stories which take place before the … Continue reading

August 7, 2022 · 6 Comments

Book review: Mechanicum (Horus Heresy IX)

After a few books that moved us away from the action with little connection to the overarching story, Mechanicum is like a fresh drink of Heresy-Cola. The Mechanicum, based on … Continue reading

August 4, 2022 · 2 Comments