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Falsche Götter (The Horus Heresy #2)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  4,445 ratings  ·  162 reviews
Horus, der bevorzugte Sohn des Imperators und neuer Kriegsmeister, muss sich gegen die Feindschaft seiner Brüder zur Wehr setzen und sich seinem inneren Dämon stellen. Kann er den Versuchungen des Chaos widerstehen – oder wird er die Menschheit in einen Bürgerkrieg stürzen?

Im zweiten Teil der spannenden „Warhammer-40.000“-Subserie hängt das Schicksal der Galaxis an der Ent
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Paperback, Warhammer 40.000, 444 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Heyne (first published 2006)
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Stu
"Science and religion collide - breaking friendships and brotherhoods alike"

This is a reread of the Horus Heresy series. I've been slowly buying the Premium edition hardback books. So given this, I wanted to mention how beautiful the embossed cover is under the dust jack. It portrays the image you can see on the cover picture. Rather neat. Black Library has also added four images per novel, that pertain to a particular scene in the novel. The thing is, there very cartoonish - I'm not a fan of
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Amanda
This is the second in the Horus Heresy series from Black Library. The blurb from the back is as follows: The Great Crusade that has taken humanity into the stars continues. The Emperor of Mankind has handed the reins of command to his favoured son, the Warmaster Horus. Yet all is not well in the armies of the Imperium. Horus is still battling against the jealousy and resentment of his brother primarchs and, when he is injured in combat on the planet Davin, he must also battle his inner daemons. ...more
Karl
I faltered a few times reading this book, due, not to the fault of the author, but rather to my own trepidation that the story unfolding ahead might fail to be convincing under the weight of import this stage in the series has for the whole WH40K universe.

My fears were not realised, however, as the subtle shifts unveiled in characters between book 1 (Horus Rising) and this book were well implemented (between two different authors, I might add), and helped spread the gravity of events more thinl
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Alexander Draganov
The Heresy takes roots indeed!
Impressive novel by Graham McNeil /Defenders of Ulthuan/ which really ignites the Horus Heresy saga. Masterful symbolism is fundamental for the sorcerous system of the setting, which is great, always nice to see that the author did his homework when creating magic. Plot is of a slow downfall - of a single man and of the whole Imperium - and reminds me of my favorite "Deathstalker Return" by Simon R. Green - although it is even darker and with smaller hope.
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Fabian Scherschel
This book starts pretty slow but gets better and better throughout, culminating in a somewhat gripping finale. All in all, it's no Dan Abnett but the storyline is well developed and definitely key as this is where we learn how exactly Horus got tainted by Chaos. I had wished to learn more about the war with the interex but the only thing we get is a one-line "they were beaten" explanation in the middle of the book. Seeing how Horus Rising ended with a desperate extraction of the warmaster from i ...more
Stephanie
The only WH40K books I have read have been by Dan Abnett and so after reading the first book in the Horus Heresy I put off continuing for a long time. I worried no one else would make me love this gritty, Gothic, military sci-fi world quite like Abnett does. I was so wrong to fear.

Graham McNeill does a fine job of all the action, pulp horror, brotherhood, duty, and the insidiousness of Choas that is Warhammer. And there were few inconsistencies between my favorite characters from the first book;
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Alain Dewitt
This is the second in the Horus Heresy series (a series numbering 12 or 15 volumes) in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. (Warhammer 40,000 is a popular tabletop miniature war game published by Gamers Workshop.)

The main selling point of these books are the military sci-fi setting. The writing chores are handled by different authors but in the prologue of 'Horus Rising' Dan Abnett wrote of how they worked as a team. This is necessary in a tale as sprawling as this one and it explains the consistency
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Steve
Second book in the Horus Heresy series of Warhammer 40K novels. This book details the events that led to Horus' turn from the Emperor, and his alliance with the dark forces of Chaos.

We witness the growing split between the brotherhood of warriors that we see in the WH novels set centuries in the future. Much of this we see through the eyes of Garviel Loken, an Astartes captain of the Lunar Wolves, also called the Sons of Horus. Loken finds himself questioning the actions of Horus and the motives
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Mr
As a fan of 40k fiction for close to twenty years now I never thought any author could really do justice to the huge scale and depth of history. How wrong I was. Book two of series, False Gods, carries on with the narrative of Horus' treachery, the conspiracies growing within the Imperium and builds the weight of expectancy for what we know will become of it. Expertly done and with a vision of the Heresy that exceeds that of my own imagination and expectation. I look forward to the first page of ...more
dee
Well, it's two for two in the Horus Heresy with False Gods being another thrilling and intriguing read. All the characters from Horus Rising return along with a new remembrancer and her mute bodyguard. This novel almost plays out like the original Godfather movie, but you'll have decide for yourself, but there is betrayal followed by a high body count by the end of the novel.

The battle/action scenes are again top notch with the battle on the moon of Davin being my personal favorite across the fi
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Lawrence Wu
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Donovan
Awesome!!! That's pretty much all I can say. Having been a fan of the Warhammer 40K Universe since playing Space Hulk in the 1980's and still owning the original "rogue trader' rulebook, I have always been intrigued by the Horus Heresy. This novel has answered my number one question regarding the Heresy...how did it start? What was the pivot for this mighty warrior called Horus?
And this novel answered in spectacularly. It is very well written and well paced so you are not left wanting. The emoti
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Nick
Book 2 of the trilogy that opens the Horus Heresy series. I'm convinced Graham McNeill is the only author who knows how to use the Remembrancer charecters; Here, as in "A Thousand Sons", you actually don't dread their appearance, as they actually move the story along and give a non-Space Marine viewpoint that is sometimes sorely needed. This is all the more impressive considering he's using the same characters from the first book who got on my nerves so much. One caveat: I'd get Horus Rising, th ...more
Cliff Riseborough
This is the book where the worm turns, and Horus basically declares war on the Imperium of man.

Also quite notable for the fact that you realize Magnus and the Thousand Sons were pretty much screwed over.
Arne
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Alex
I found this book spectacular!

Frankly I am a casual fan of the War Hammer 40K series and really draws me to these books is the rich lore and back story it gives to the Universe. This book takes the story forward with the events of the first book setting into motion the further fall of Horus and his legion into the darkness of Chaos.

The writing is spot on, the vivid imagery, the slow turning of Horus and the Mournival are all really well executed. The portion that describes the attack on the moon
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Robert McCarroll
Feb 17, 2015 Robert McCarroll rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robert by: Dan Abnett
Part of my "Give Heresey a Chance" set after a request to that effect by Dan Abnett, "False Gods" was distinctly unmemorable. Of the events of the book, I only associate three with the title. The rest just sort of blur into the book before and after in an indistinct mash of events. The high point of the work was the bettle on Davin's Moon, which takes place rather early in the overall course of events, as it's a catalyst in the main plot. High marks on description and the action for that sequenc ...more
Marko
‘I saw it, Warmaster, the galaxy as a wasteland, the Emperor dead and mankind in bondage to a nightmarish hell of bureaucracy and superstition. All is grim darkness and all is war. Only you have the power to stop this future.'

The memo-quill scratched at the data-slate and she wept as she read the words there. "I was there the day that Horus fell."

‘Create our own gods?’ said Karkasy, pulling away from her. ‘No, my dear, ignorance and fear create the gods, enthusiasm and deceit adorn them, and hum
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Robert
Graham McNeill, The Black Library's 2nd favourite son tackles the second book in the Horus Heresy. True to form McNeill writes about war, war and then a bit more war with a touch of war thrown in for good measure. Along the way we meet other Primarchs such as the pompous Fulgrim and batshit-insane Angron. In fact, a criticism that could be levelled at this, and almost every other Heresy novel is that there simply is never enough Angron.
Similar to the first book, there is something irrevocably l
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Paul
The second book in the Horus Heresy, and the second book in what I call the "Horus Trilogy", False Gods takes off from and builds on the setting, characters, and developments that we first read about in Horus Rising.

Overall, False Gods works well. It continues to build upon and develop the characters and relationships that we saw in Horus Rising, while introducing a few new characters (Titus Cassar, Petronella Vivar, Maggard) into the mix as well.

More importantly, though, is that this is the b
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Ru
Very well written, and well crafted, as an age-old tale is told in the precursor to the Warhammer 40,000 universe. This is the second book of the "Horus Heresy" series, & the pace & plot pick up quite a bit from the first book. Essentially, Horus ascends to power, and almost loses it; it is while he is in a weakened state, does he potentially fall prey to nefarious forces who fill him with doubt & deception.

I was particularly impressed at how well Graham McNeill carried on this story
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Elsi
I liked that one even better than the first.
The pace was brilliant, keeping one hooked to find out what shall happen next.
I thought the characters were playing there role convincingly and you could see even more than in the first book the path they would go along.
Again, sometimes it seems the characters are in a way very naive or detached from the world, but in this book I could feel it was because of the very special way they led their life, so that they just couldn't understand some things tha
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David Conner
So this one started out a little slower and ended a little lamer than Horus Rising, but the middle bit was quite a bit better, I think.

Loken, and slowly Torgaddon, struggle with the changing humors of their Legion. In the end, the find themselves slowly getting cut out in response to their loyalty and purity. Eventually, even they are no longer pure as they butcher and massacre as opposed to waging war.

A fine distinction to be sure. However, even though this is not some great philosophical work,
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Isaac
A fun and fast paced dick-lit Military SF read on par with Horus Rising. 4 Stars!

This one had a kind of Star Wars Episode 3 feel. The book was better than Rising in some ways (the plot moves forward! great pacing! brutal!) but some parts may be hit or miss with reader(an acid trip? zombies...?)- more so than the last one.

The book opens with the introduction of two new characters who have had no mention in Horus Rising and this was a little confusing. However, this book proves to be a clear seque
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Emil Söderman
So, second Horus Heresy book. This one forms a loose trilogy with Horus Rising and Galaxy in Flames in that it contains largely the same characters and they follow more or less sequentially. This one feels like a typical "middle-book" lots of transport, and the payoffs don't really come until the next book, it features the corruption of Horus, the Warmaster and most favoured son of the Emperor (which would be a spoiler if y'know... It wasn't in the title of the series) by the forces of Chaos. (i ...more
Idigina
The reason many of us were excited by the idea of the Star Wars prequels was the opportunity to see Darth Vader's fall from grace story. Unfortunately, Anakin Skywalker did not start from a position of grace, and his fall was more of a deliberate jump. The first three books of the Horus Heresy, however, give us the perfect example of a fall from grace story executed wonderfully.

Through the main character, Garviel Loken, we come to know Horus as both a warrior and a man with all the flaws that go
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Paul
False Gods could really be called Horus Deceived. The action takes a back seat in this book. Horus leads his forces against the chaos forces of the moon Davin. There is a Night of the living dead feel as the space marines fight against plague infested zombies, meanwhile Horus faces off one on one with a bloated disease-ridden corpse with a foul blade that was able to wound Horus in battle. After the battle Horus falls, and this panics the space marines as a Primarch has never been hurt enough to ...more
James
Jul 29, 2012 James rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: See review
So, book two in the Horus Heresy, False Gods by Graham McNeill. I was quite taken with Dan Abnett's Horus Rising, though I think this was mainly down to Abnett's style.

False Gods is different, the tone, style and pacing are all McNeill and it shows. The characters stand out but at the same time it is possibly easier to spot when McNeill wants to reveal/disguise something, and while the last third of the book reads well there are a couple of phases towards the very end where I felt I was reading
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Dylan Murphy
False Gods by Graham McNeill was a fantastic follow up to Dan Abnett's "Horus Rsisng". It takes the tale of introduction Horus and his legion(and some of their brothers), and making him fall.

The book begins with the (newly re-named)Sons of Horus leaving the Interex, and making for Davin at the behest of the Word Bearers Legion. Davin, a world brought into compliance some 6 decades ago, seems to have revolted against the Imperium, and Erebus makes sure to make things nice and personal so Horus le
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Milo (Bane of Kings)
Full Review: http://thefoundingfields.com/2013/03/... (Dual Review with fellow Founding Fields member, Lord of the Night)

“A weak second installment in the Horus Heresy series by Graham McNeill and not his finest moment, but is essential reading if you want to learn why Horus fell.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

The Great Crusade that has taken humanity into the stars continues. The Emperor of mankind has handed the reins of command to his favoured son, the Warmaster Horus. Yet all is not
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Hailing from Scotland, Graham McNeill narrowly escaped a career in surveying to work for Games Workshop as a games designer. He has a strong following with his novels Nightbringer, Warriors of Ultramar, Dead Sky, Black Sun and Storm of Iron.
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