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Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy)

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That headline rating does actually mask a little nuance because a bit like False Gods (which I also gave five stars) this was slow to get going, the effort of catching up to where we left proceedings at Isstvan III while we examined the buildup to the betrayal from the perspective of the Death Guard a little hard going at points. I really enjoy the 40K Universe but this book felt this book was a bit like movies that are forced to have heaps of introductory elements by their producers.

After spending three books with Loken, I wasn’t sure if I would be happy with just jumping into a new character. For newcomers to the 40k universe, the Heresy novels are set - much like the Clone Wars - in the build-up to the most pivotal moment of the saga.One man clinging to honor where none is to be found and staying true to himself and his brothers while oaths and allegiances around him are disintegrating. Can Garro and his men survive the depredations of Chaos and get his warning to the Emperor before Horus’s plans reach fruition?

Having witnessed the terrible massacre of Imperial forces on Isstvan III, Death Guard Captain Garro seizes a ship and sets a course for Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus's treachery. This is something that can be safely done with a few, very distinctive characters, but Space Marines are a rather uniform lot, and I found it hard to follow. However, Swallow pulls off some strong characters including Garro, managing to deliver some memorable scenes such as Mortarion signing Garro’s death warrant, helping to prevent the book from becoming your typical Bolter-Porn book. Wir erleben der Tragödie Verlauf aus der Sicht Garros und werden Zeuge seines inneren Kampfes und seiner schwerwiegenden Entscheidung zwischen seiner Treue zu seinem Primearch bzw.Solid read in "The Horus Heresy", although almost half of the book retells the story of the superior "Galaxy of Flames". For Warhammer 40,000, he is best known for his four Blood Angels novels, the audio drama Heart of Rage, and his two Sisters of Battle novels. Garro and his crew fight back and are horrified when they realize that their enemies are none other than Grulgor and his men, reincarnated by the plague-god Nurgle. What a series, what an amazing bunch of authors, and what an overall story this is turning out to be.

The middle is most statisfying especialy if you have read the previous books because now the storryline from Galaxy in Flames carries on. This book is bloody brilliant and seriously one of Swallows crowning achievements of his great, if vacillating in quality, work with Black Library. Euphrati Keeler has the rest of her sharp edges shaved off so she can be a vehicle for a wider religious movement but I think it's fine, and it provides a link to Garro’s motivations and decision-marking.A bit of a slower pace with this one as we get to see events from the previous book from a different perspective. The narrator goes pretty much overboard with the acting; half the Death Guard (even in their uncorrupted state) sound like zombie orcs, there are some that speak like Gollum (Kaleb, most notably), and some are so posh (Voyen maybe), that such an acting could only fit an arrogant playboy like Fulgrim. I had planned to go back and give False Gods, Galaxy in Flames, and this a more in depth look as I did with Horus Rising, as well as taking a break to catch up on some other reading, but I am absolutely on the grips of the worst pain, fatigue, and conversion symptoms flare up I've had in years, so I can barely think or move a lot of the time. The Heresy series is not easy to get into without a little understanding of background of the 40K universe but as with False Gods (Book 2) this is a fine place to start.

in something of a pretty pickle and it was a gripping experience as a reader to have absolutely no idea whatsoever how they were going to get out of it. Brought before Malcador the Sigillite Garro, Iacton Qruze and a Sister of Silence commander are given a speech implying that they become the first of the Inquisition. The best 40k book I've read yet, this one has it all: spaceship battles, creepy mechanized aliens, creepy chaos space creatures, moral dilemmas, politics, great characters and shows important events in a new light. But when the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged by enemy fire, it becomes stranded in the warp - the realm of the Dark Powers.In the Warp the ship's Geller engines fail, allowing a horde of undead rotting Plague Marines aboard. An interesting feature that I picked up in this book, or at least took note of for the first time, was that corpses reanimated by the Warp apparently can maintain their memories. It's an interesting exercise in comparisons really, watching the way in which the two characters are similar and yet also different in their outlooks.

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