Siege of Terra Book 8, Part 1
The arch-traitor Horus Lupercal's forces have bombarded Terra and the Imperial Palace lies in ruins. With the Emperor's dream in tatters, he seeks only to rob Chaos of its ultimate victory...
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It's the beginning of the ultimate conclusion to the Horus Heresy, and hope still remains for the Loyalists! The Emperor plans a gambit that could snatch victory from the jaws of defeat – but at what cost?
There is no way out.
The walls have fallen, the gates are breached, and the defenders are slain. It is the end and the death. After seven brutal years of civil war, the Warmaster stands on the verge of victory. Horus Lupercal, once beloved son, has come to murder his father. The Emperor, a shining beacon of hope to many, an unscrupulous tyrant to others, must die. The lives of uncountable numbers have been extinguished and even primarchs, once thought immortal, have been laid low. The Emperor's dream lies in tatters, but there remains a sliver of hope.
Now, at the final hour of the final day, the Emperor rises. With him come his Angel, his Praetorian, and his Captain, all determined to enact terrible vengeance. Yet the hope is slim, for the Warmaster sees all and knows all, and the ultimate victory of Chaos is at hand.
There is no way out.
Written by Dan Abnett
The best sci-fi book I’ve ever read.
Could’ve been a lot better
Abnett’s usually compelling writing style is almost completely absent here.
Fans of his previous works such as Horus Rising and Prospero Burns will be disappointed to find his unique character and world building very thinly applied to what should be a thrilling climax. Instead, Abnett focuses on fragmentary stories from various agents he has referenced from previous works in the series. Unfortunately, none of these really hit the mark and the book suffers from an apparent lack of editing, endless descriptive passages and a story that neither delights nor engages the reader.
Rather, It is a frustrating, disjointed and overwrought affair which makes it clear that Abnett doesn’t shine when given such a narrow framework with which to work.
Here’s hoping part 2 will be better and not just an excuse to split the climax into two parts so that, we the fans, can be charged twice for reading a disappointing ending to what has been a superb series of books.
All curtain opener, no climax
Lots of interesting threads, but nothing is resolved here, which robs the book or a climax. Worse, most surprises are already well known to any who know the Horus Heresy story. There is something going on behind the scenes here, but we clearly won’t find out until book 2. aExperiments in 2nd person narration are all well and good, but the normally reliable Abnett came up dry here. My guess is this was rushed. Skip this and read volume 2. The biggest mistake here was dividing itself in twain as it does not deserve two books. This first doest not climax - it just ends. The Siege of Terra series continues to flag well behind the Horus Heresy series, but damn them for making me buy everything they print… I live in hope. Perhaps the Scouring will deliver?