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Deliverance Lost (The Horus Heresy #18)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,355 ratings  ·  62 reviews
The Raven Guard try to regroup from Isstvan in the latest Horus Heresy novel by best selling author Gav Thorpe

After his legion is decimated during the Istvaan landing and the initial battles of the Heresy Corax, Primarch of the Raven Guard, returns to Terra. Here he attempts to find a way to restore his legion.
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Paperback, 480 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Games Workshop (first published December 1st 2011)
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Richard Stuart
Sometimes the only thing that sets these books apart is the level of descriptive talent that evokes the mood and brings the horror to an eye-peeling visceral level. When that ability is absent, the Horus Heresy series can seem dry and sterile.

That is what happened, for me, in Gav Thorpe's Deliverance Lost. The story was fine but it lacked an emotional depth that would have otherwise kept me more engaged with the characters. The book's matter of fact descriptions lacked any zest and failed to de
The Raven Legion was one of the three legions that were in the Isstvan Dropsite Massacre during the Horus Heresy... and afterwards not much has told about them. This book tells why exactly.

In the Horus Heresy series there was first an audio drama about how the remainder of the legion was saved from Isstvan V, and later a short story about an invisible enemy hand behind that rescue, the Alpha Legion. This set the tone for what had to be a very interesting full novel in the famous Horus Heresy.

Deliverance Lost is the story of what happened to the Raven Guard and their Primarch Corax after the massacre at Isstvan V, written by one of Black Library's B-team cadre of writers: Gav Thorpe (with the A-team being comprised of Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Graham McNeill and of course Dan Abnett). It's a solid and worthy effort but in my opinion suffers badly from two major flaws.

Firstly as a neccessary sequel to a massive world shattering event like The Dropsite Massacre there is a dearth of action
I actually liked this book better than I thought I would. I'm not a huge fan of Gav Thorpe's work, having been a bit underwhelmed by some of his writing, but this was solid. (I was also underwhelmed by both of the Dark Angels books in the Heresy series, and for some reason I was expecting this to be very similar, although I'm not sure why.) The characters were well laid out, the plot proceeded very well, and I thought that everything was explained well and wrapped up nicely. Only one thing reall ...more
I had high hopes for this book. It's about the Raven Guard, a long-neglected space marine chapter, finally getting a turn in the spotlight as they try to rebuild after Isstvan V. It's all right, but the book has a major problem - it never seems to get out of second gear. The issue, I think, is that Corax, the head of the Raven Guard, goes back to Earth to get some forbidden technology that will let him rebuild the legion, which drives the narrative, except that we already know his plan isn't goi ...more
One of the worthless addition to Horus Heresy chronicles. The story looks infantile compare to art pieces written by Abnett or McNeill which have lifted Warhammer books to a level of great modern literature underlying problems of religion, brotherhood and destiny. Nykona Sharrowkyn from Angel Exterminatus have incorporated most indigenous characteristics of Raven Guard such as secrecy,distrust, cunning fight style. If World Bearers are butchers , Raven guard are stealth warriors of shadows. On t ...more
Good book that gives a small window into the world of the Raven Guard. I don't know why Thorpe gets so slagged on amazon but this work is certainly more passable than Mike Lee or the bad Ben Counter. The intrigue part is pretty good and actually this is as much an Alpha Legion book as it is a Raven Guard book. After having finished this book, I really feel bad for the Raven Guard, they get so screwed by the Alpha Legion. It's a decent but very unremarkable book to kill commute time with.
Robert McCarroll
If this book consisted of nothing more than the epilogue scene where Omegon ejected the Cabal out the airlock, I would still be favorably inclined towards it. This almost makes up for an earlier incident where Omegon uses the Alpha Legion's Magical Espionage Powers to teleport a plot coupon to the other side of a security cordon in the span of a scene transition. I mean it, in one scene, Omegon is holding the device, in the next, the agent is retrieving it from under his bunk inside the cordon. ...more
This entry into the Horus Heresy series focuses on primarch Corax and the Raven Guard and how they barely escaped from the Isstvan massacre with less than 5% of their original numbers. I was grateful that the Heresy authors finally produced a novel that really focused on the core issues of Horus betraying the Emperor and how other primarchs (Corax in this case) reacted immediately after. Especially riveting is Corax's direct interaction with the Emperor himself, and how the Emperor plants the se ...more
More depressing material from the Horus Heresy series. This one picks up from a story in the collection 'Shadows of Treachery', telling what happens with the Raven Guard Legion after the Drop Site Massacre at Istvaan V. Corax leads the remnants of his Legion to Earth, hoping the Emperor will grant him some boon to help bring his men back to strength. The Emperor accedes to his demand and "gifts" him with material from the genetic project that created the Primarchs.

Alas, it isn't that simple. Mem
Before reading this novel I would highly recommend readers to listen to Raven's Flight audio drama and read the short story The Face of Treachery, both of these tales are very important to the first few chapters of Deliverance Lost.

Gav Thorpe expertly depicts the fraught escape of the survivors of the XIX Legion; Raven Guard from the Isstvan system. Corax is determined to rebuild his shattered legion and take the fight to the traitors in the belief that attack is the best form of defence. Unknow
Marc Jones
Im taking a guess that the only reason this book exists is that someone at black library woke up and thought "whats the worse Gav Thorpe can do the best selling horus heresy and does it matter since folks will buy it regardless of quality".
Well folks this is the result.
To sum the book up Corax and his legion escape the Isstvan dropsite massacre with massive losses. We really only spend a chapter on this mainly because Gav cant write massive battles and hes already covered it in a series of terri
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Probably about 3.5 stars. I liked this one, but it wasn't *that* good, etc. compared to some other installments.

This book was definitely well written for what it is, and it kept me engaged and reading continuously, but it didn't seem to really go anywhere in terms of my satisfaction with the author chose to do with it. There was a lot of interesting material presented here, but again, it didn't seem to do as much as it could have. Though throughout the entire novel there are characters sneaking
Overall not a bad book. Much like many of the other books within the Horus Heresy, this book concentrates on the Raven Guard and the events dealing with them after Isstavan V. Yes, anyone who is heavy into 40k fluff has a good idea of what happens, but in the end, this tells HOW and WHY it happens.

And that's one of the nice things with the books that concentrate on the Legions themselves at certain points within the Horus Heresy. They show us what happened within the legion at that time, why ce
Colin Eastaugh
Deliverance Lost suffers from some of the same flaws as many of the other books in the Horus Heresy series.

It is not a book that moves the overall story of the heresy along, focusing rather on the activities of a single legion, in this case the Raven Guard. For a book set during a time of war it is very light on action, detailing instead the efforts of the Raven Guard to rebuild their forces following the betrayal at Istavan. It also, at this point, appears to have very little impact on the ser
Milo (Bane of Kings)
Like Graham McNeill, Gav Thorpe is an author who I am rather, on the fence about. Sure, he’s had fantastic books like Path of the Warrior and Path of the Seer, but has also had not very good books like Purging of Kadillus, which was one of the poorer additions to the Space Marine Battles series, and I was wondering if Deliverance Lost would be a complete screw-up, or something that truly deserved its place in the Horus Heresy Series.

Four Hundred and Sixteen Pages later and I can say that Deliv
"Deliverance Lost is mainly concerned with the actions of Primarch Corvus Corax and his Space Marine Command, the 19th Legion (also known as the Raven Guard), during the year following the Dropsite Massacre (Book 5). However, operatives and the Primarch of the Alpha Legion play a prominent role. The story starts about 3 months after the Dropsite Massacre, with the unexpected rescue of Corax and the remnants of his Legion (at less than 5% strength, due to casualties in that battle). Arriving at T ...more
Joe Moley
Enjoyed this one a lot. However, just like in "Know no Fear" I found the Primarchs to be a bit underwhelming. To me, the Primarchs have always been built up as demi-gods. Almost unbeatable. However, in Know no Fear Roboute was nearly laid low by a Word Bearer captain in single combat and in this one, Corvis spent most of the book feeling sorry for himself after sort of "fleeing" from the Night Haunter at Istvan.

Love seeing more of the Alpha Legion in action though. Would not want them as an ene
Alex Kennard
Deliverance Lost had so much promise. The two legions involved, the Raven Guard and the Alpha Legion, are fascinating and colourful, but are entirely under-written by author Gav Thorpe. The plot is interesting but bogged down by too many unnecessary scenes. The plot also suffers from its mechanics being blatantly on show for all to see.

Overall, Deliverance Lost is fine. It's not one of the Horus Heresy stinkers, but it certainly isn't one of the series more impressive entries either.
Michael Alexander Henke
Another great entry in the Horus Heresy series. I quite enjoyed this one, because I knew the basic history of Corax and the Raven Guard, but had never really read the specifics. That is one of the problems, although it doesn't take away from the enjoyment of the book. I basically knew what was coming and kept hoping for a different outcome, even though I knew the conclusion was inevitable. This book also stars the Alpha Legion, which gave me some mixed feelings. I kind of like the Alpha Legion, ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Tom rated it 3 of 5 stars
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In its favor this book has a solid story, makes a good job of characterising the Raven Guard and doesn't spend too much time retreading the events of the Istvaan system. The one point where it really falls down is how it handles the Alpha Legion. Legion by Dan Abnett is, in my opinion, the best book of the series and his depiction of the Alpha Legion and their choice to turn against the Imperium to save the Galaxy was absolutely brilliant. Here all that good work is undone; the Alpha Legion are ...more
Adrian Ayala
An okay read that satisfied my curiosity for the Raven Guard Legion. As usual with the loyalists stories I feel no sympathy about their story or an urge to read about them.
It was Alpharius-Omegon and their/his Alpha legions heavy involvement that kept me intrigued.
Pretty solid book. I liked the insights into the alpha legion along with discussing the raven guards darker history. Not so much a bad trait but I just felt like there was more the alpha legion could've revealed. Almost like there was an untold story that could have elevated it just that bit more. Towards the end some of the dialogue just felt like it justified more fleshing out on the enemy side. It just felt too simple and rushed.
Sean Wallace
I love every plot involving the Alpha Legion from this series, as they're so interesting in the way they work. They also have one of the most tragic back-stories, and this book helps to reveal it further.

The Raven Guard have never been an interesting Chapter for me, and they aren't particularly in this book. I found Corax a little dull, as did I hate his leaps back to his past. The intrigue and the suspicions were the best part of the book, and they should have been played up a lot more.
Picked up the intensity towards the end. A lot more insight into the Raven Guard and Alpha Legion. I can't complain, Gav Thorpe is a solid writer to me and I've yet to be disappointed.
David Reynolds
Corvus is, without a doubt, the nicest Primarch that ever lived. It's the humility more than anything. This comes across in two main ways in the book. First he thanks both his Astartes and his human serfs. He runs an all volunteer military force and treats it as such. Acknowledging the value of mortals is something even the Ultramarines rarely do. Secondly, he has a realistic view of his own abilities. He knows he could kill Lorgar in a fight but he doubts his ability to slay Angron and he obvio ...more
It was okay. The Raven Guard including Corax were not portrayed as overly bright, which seems a bit odd considering the mental capacities of a primarch. The whole infiltration and sabotage seemed to work quite (too!)smoothly for high security. Also if you grew up on a prison moon there were bound to have been plenty of snitches, not too mention that fighting Aliens and other factions during the Great Crusade should prepare you for subterfuge and similar strategies. Also Horus' way of acting was ...more
Keamy Loken
Amazing. Only word to describe this book.

This story introduced a legion(Raven Guard)/primarch(Corax) that I knew almost nothing about and made me fall completely in love with them. (As I am sure you are all really surprised... seeing as there is only one primarch I don't like.)

Gav Thorpe's writing I would place along side that of Dan Abnett and Graham McNeil...truly epic.
I was apprehensive with Alpha Legion infiltration, but it was potrayed very well and left me with a slight knot in the stomac
Nicholas Hand
Great twisting plot of one of the greatest science fiction tales of all time.
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Gav spent 14 years as a developer for Games Workshop, and started writing novels and short stories in the worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 when the Black Library imprint was launched in 1997.

He continues to write for Black Library, and his first 'homegrown' novel series The Crown of the Blood has been released via Angry Robot.

Currently living in Nottingham, Gav shares his home with his lo
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