Amidst the galaxy-wide war of the Great Crusade, the Emperor castigates the Word Bearers for their worship. Distraught at this judgement, Lorgar and his Legion seek another path while devastating world after world, venting their fury and fervour on the battlefield. Their search for a new purpose leads them to the edge of the material universe, where they meet ancient forces far more powerful than they could have imagined. Having set out to illuminate the Imperium, the corruption of Chaos takes hold and their path to damnation begins. Unbeknownst to the Word Bearers, their quest for truth contains the very roots of heresy…
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The best in the series so far
Easily the best written of the Heresy series so far - it's probably a bit humbling for some of the long time writers to have seen this one by a first timer - if it didn't have to fit into the series so neatly you could actually recommend this one as a piece of literature. Considering it has a host of long philosophical conversations and thoughts on religion and the nature of betrayal - it never drags. I love the WH40K universe but I've no interest in table top gaming - some of the writers sound like they're reporting on games - with this guy ran here, then this new gun blew this other guy up - etc - whereas in this one even the battles feel like something mythic and ancient which is perfect. Also the most interesting fall of a Primarch so far - even evokes genuine pity for what you assume is an ultimate evil.
A book that delves deep into the psychology of betrayal. The betrayal of a cause, a father, a legion. No Horus heresy book thus far has truly explained the motivation behind the betrayal in such a nuanced and intimate manner, exploring the failures of the Emperor and the idealism of his son Lorgar and his quest to find meaning in a galaxy where there is only war.
A brilliant book and one of the best in the series. Oh for these to be made into movies with the same love and care given to The Lord of the rings. We live in hope!