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Legion (The Horus Heresy #7)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  4,272 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
A Great War is coming, and it will engulf the Imperium of Man. The Space Marines of the Alpha Legion, the last and most secretive of all the Astartes brotherhoods, arrive on a heathen world to support the Imperial Army in a pacification campaign against strange and uncanny forces. But what drives the Alpha Legion? Can they be trusted, and what side will they choose when th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Games Workshop (first published March 2008)
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Jun 22, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing
Just when it seemed as if the Horus Heresy series was about to go off the rails, Dan Abnett produces not only the best Heresy novel to date but possibly the best Black Library book, period.
For Abnett fans there are a few of his conventions present and correct: Action seen through the eyes of (relatively) ordinary humans, a focus on character at the expense of action and the odd jaw-dropping twist here and there. Abnett has clearly been wanting to write a James Bond-ish character into Warhammer 4
Apr 18, 2011 Teo rated it really liked it
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This Warhammer 40K novel, the seventh installment of the Horus Heresy series, deals with the Alpha Legion. It was penned by Black Library's best-selling author and arguably the most talented (I say 'arguably' because there are other amazing authors in the BL ranks who are overlooked). Whatever the case, I expected from "Legion" to be nothing short of amazing.

A 'compliance' undertaking ('compliance' being an euphemism for 'invasion') by the 670th Imperial Expedition on a backwater planet called N
Jan 06, 2010 Brian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, warhammer-40k
Fast-paced, full of intrigue and a great cast of characters. Abnett does an amazing job in this novel with all aspects. The Nurthene were a great enemy and the mysterious Cabal an interesting addition to the 40K mythology. Great book can't wait for the events of the Heresy to come to its epic climax. Terra beware.
Aug 25, 2013 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good although its more imperial army than alpha legion.
Lord Nouda
Legion is without a doubt, the best book in the Warhammer 40k universe. The story is told from the viewpoints of mere mortals; primarily that of the genetically modified soldiers of the Geno Five-Two Chiliad, who are deep in the middle of a war with the human Nurthene. Little do they know that their struggles are being subtly manipulated by shadowy forces waging a proxy war involving powers beyond their knowledge and comprehension.

Most of the story details the struggle of the Cabal, a conglomera
Chidi Okonkwo
In my opinion, this dynamic book is more like a sci fi thriller than anything else. It delivers on all fronts, and the veteran storyteller does not disappoint. With vivid detailed scenery and intense battle descriptions, loads of intrigue, explosive action scenes and a truly unpredictable plot, Dan Abnett really sets the stage for the entire epic Horus series, giving the readers a glimpse of things to come!

While focusing on the Astartes of the Alpha Legion, The mystery of the genetically enhance
Richard Stuart
Aug 12, 2012 Richard Stuart rated it really liked it
Shelves: 40k-horus-heresy
I like Alpha Legion because they do things differently... it is what I enjoy so much from the Series in general: its diversity. All the legions with there own lore and ways of doing things, some getting along famously and others infamously; all the while the Emperor holding it all together.
I understand the decision was a devastating one to make and really, no one should ever have to choose something like that, but I'm not sure I would have made the same choice. Fate is made up of trillions upon
Adrian Ayala
Sep 13, 2012 Adrian Ayala rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warhammer-40k
WOOOOOW! Dan Abnett did it again. What an amazing read that will cast questions regarding what had occurred throughout the Heresy and what continues on in the 40K millenium. Alpharius Omegon and the Alpha Legion are probably my most favorite of the Primarchs and Legions.

If you're in such of a weekend read and you don't mind jumping into a universe that you have no idea about, BUT you just want to read then I would highly recommend this to you.

With that said, I will not be continuing on with the
Jan 22, 2013 Matias rated it it was amazing
In the story, mainly you'll be following humans, which is exactly the perspective Alpha Legion story should be told: "through an outsiders eyes".

Alpha Legion has many layers of secrecy inside its plans and everything one might think to know of them is only something they want that someone to know. You are in the position who is fooled and have to find your way towards the truth. It is not hard because the story tells parts of the "truth" from time to time and the conclusion at the end is somethi
Vince Tirri
Apr 10, 2013 Vince Tirri rated it it was amazing
This may be my new favorite Horus Heresy book. Dan Abnett does a great job writing a sci-fi/mystery hybrid installment in this series. Having not known much of the pre-existing fluff about the Alpha Legion, this book was great for background, and the payoff is a total game changer. Additionally, kudos to Dan for actually writing humans that you don't want to straight up murder. This may be the first novel in this series where I wasn't hoping every human would be killed off. The human side of the ...more
Sep 27, 2014 Nick rated it it was ok
This is a very frustrating book. The Alpha Legion, who the book is about, tend to lurk in the shadows and only appear for extended periods as the book goes on. The problem with this is that the author focuses his attention on something called the "Geno Five-Two Chiliad", which has a trillion new, confusing words, names, and concepts. I knew just flipping through the Dramatis Personae section at the front of the book this was going to be trouble. What do you do with names like:

Sri Vedt - Uxor Pri
Robert McCarroll
Having finished Legion, I realized I could have left most of my original remarks without losing accuracy. The book itself has a structural problem, it feels like two books grafted together. As if the substantially weaker sequel was appended to the end of the first book. The high point of Legion was the end of Part 1, and even then the climactic elements were removed. Part 2 had more Alpha legion, but was of substantially lower quality.

It may seem like I'm picking on Dan Abnett in these Horus Her
Steve Lucido
Sep 17, 2015 Steve Lucido rated it really liked it
This book stands out among the ongoing series of books detailing the events of the Horus Heresy in the rich Warhammer 40,000 universe.

I grew up with the miniature game WH40K and so I had the pleasure to watch the fictional setting grow with the game's evolution and remember fondly the introduction of the Horus Heresy as the historical backdrop of the universes current situation. With the introduction of this series, decades after the games initial release, there would finally be a detailed acco
Daniel Stewart
Aug 15, 2013 Daniel Stewart rated it it was ok
Let me honest here: I'm a fan of Dan Abnett, though I haven't read his work in order. Perhaps he was still finding his feet when he wrote this, because it feels like an entirely different author. An author who doesn't know what he's doing. Let's keep this short:


1. The Alpha Legion is an automatic plus, being one of the most enigmatic legions in 40k lore. The general helpless feel of the book does well to try to convince us of the reason the Alpha Legion changes allegiances, though fa
Profundus Librum
Sep 24, 2016 Profundus Librum rated it really liked it
Abnettnek volt egy remek ötlete – vagy a Games Workshopnél valakinek, akinek a 40.000-es univerzum szereplőinek háttértörténelmét kellett kidolgoznia még valamikor régen. Volt egy fix pontja, ahová el kellett érnie a történettel, egy áll-leejtős csattanó, és annak az érdekében, hogy az az egy jelentős drámai momentum a legnagyobbat szólja, mindent bevetett. A nurthének káoszfertőzöttsége az egyetlen pont, ami nagyjából az egész könyvben rögtön tudható, ám a Birodalmi Flotta néhány tagjáról, de f ...more
Fabian Scherschel
Jun 12, 2012 Fabian Scherschel rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, warhammer40k
I really liked this one. Great Warhammer 40K book. Not so much of a Space Marine novel, though. It's more of an Imperial Army (ie. Imperial Guard) story. While the book is nominally about the Alpha Legion, they feature more on the sidelines and the whole book is told from the viewpoint of Army personnel. I enjoyed the John Grammaticus character a lot. I hope we get to see him again...

The plot is pretty cool as well. One think I didn't like was two places where it seems like there is part of the
Emil Söderman
Unlike the other novels in the Heresy, that feature Space Marines as protagonists, Legion largely focuses on "ordinary" humans: Various imperial army personnel caught in a backwater war on a backwater planet, as well as an agent of a secretive alien organization known as the Cabal, and their interactions with the Alpha Legion.

The result is... mixed. There are some genuinely good fight sequences, and John Grammaticus the Cabal agent is suitably interesting, but the manuevering and positioning fee
Steve Chaput
Sep 14, 2010 Steve Chaput rated it really liked it
Good addition to the Horus Heresy series by Dan Abnett. We are introduced to the Alpha Legion, the last legion and primach created by the Emperor through his genetic program. The book also brings the xenoform/alien group The Cabal into the series as a possible allie to those fighting Chaos.

As usual Abnett brings in new characters and gives them such depth that even after a few pages you feel compassion or dislike for them. Sometimes you find your opinions of the character changing as Abnett reve
Dec 30, 2014 Shane rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. So far the Horus Heresy series has been about war, and politcking and lore, lore, lore. This one goes off in a different direction, and focuses on the Alpha Legion, the XX Legion of the Imperium of Man.

This book, as does the Legion, focuses a lot on espionage, infiltration, and spying. Halfway throguh the book, I had no idea who's side anyone was actually on, and it was amazing! Well written, amazingly plotted, and all around a good read. I really enjoyed the characters
Alexander Draganov
Feb 22, 2015 Alexander Draganov rated it it was ok
Very disappointed, especially after the rave reviews. The book is slow moving, with too many characters, most of which are dreadfully uninteresting and uninspiring ordinary soldiers - not what I expect from Warhammer, which I read for the larger than life superheroes. The plot about the Cabal and their spy was relatively interesting and the ending was very good, but I know that I would have never reached it if this wasn't a HH novel. Hopefully the next one, which is about Ultramarines, will be m ...more
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In the war torn future, it’s enjoyable to partake in the game of espionage from time to time. Spies and deceit, winning through wits over brawn or firepower. Fine spy literature can be difficult to forget, although some of the tropes set by 007 are almost always guaranteed.

In Legion, the Imperium is expanding, led by the superhuman “Primarchs” and their Space Marine armies. Yet as they conquer world after w
Jan 17, 2017 Daleios rated it it was amazing
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Dec 05, 2016 Luis rated it really liked it
Dan Abnett es a mi parecer el mejor escritor de la saga, siempre logra darle ese tono de complejidad a las historias que ningún otro ha logrado (refiriéndome a la herejía claro está). Representar a la legión alpha desde el punto de vista de una fuerza expedicionaria sin astartes (la chiliada) es de lo mejor, el no saber prácticamente nada de la legión y esperar a ver que hacen, el misterio, el simple hecho de no saber quién coño es alpharius los hace para mí de las más interesantes sin tanto de ...more
Dec 17, 2016 Christoph rated it really liked it
Intrigue, mistrust and espionage are the central themes in this iteration of the Horus Heresy epic. Dan takes us on a fast paced trip through the intriguing lore of the secretive 20th legion. As one of the best authors the black library has to offer, he delivers his characteristic style that fits this legion especially well. I would have liked to gain more insight, maybe a point of view from the alpha legion. But sadly this would have probably broken their mysterious character. All in all one of ...more
Aleksejs Miščuks
Jan 26, 2017 Aleksejs Miščuks rated it it was amazing
Wow!Just wow!Dan Abnett yet again proves to be one of the best writers for the WH40k!This is by far the best HH book i've read. Especially after the so so Descent of Angels. It's packed with action, intrigue, various layers of mystery and deceit, it fleshes out it's characters and makes you care for them. It's beautiful language and attention to small details is absolutely astonishing. And i won't even delve into the incredible plot twist at the end - left me with a dropped jaw. A musthave for a ...more
Michael Bradbury
Jan 14, 2017 Michael Bradbury rated it really liked it
Fantastic espionage thriller from the perpetually (heh) good Dan Abbott. Only spoiled by a daft and nonsensical ending/revelation.
Johnathan VanMeter
Nov 13, 2016 Johnathan VanMeter rated it it was amazing
Alpha Legion conspiracy
Jan 06, 2017 George rated it liked it
Enjoyable! There isn't much room in a 30 year old story to add new interest but Abnett found it.
Jan 01, 2016 Dave rated it it was amazing

One of the reasons why I love the Warhammer 40,000 universe that Games Workshop and the authors of their fiction imprint, the Black Library, have cooked up is it's jam packed with fun and fascinating characters and concepts. In the Horus Heresy series, which chronicles the titular galactic civil war that sets up the status quo of the 40K universe, we get to meet many legendary figures and military units and watch them make them make monumental choices that echo throughout history. So far almost
Lewis Spears
Jan 03, 2017 Lewis Spears rated it it was amazing
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“That's all you get," said Alpharius, and split him in half.
Alpharius sheathed his gladius, and dragged the sabre out of his torso. He tossed it away, and walked through the liter of bodies to where Namatjira was kneeling on the deck.
"Please! My lord primarch! Please, I beg you!" Namtjira pleaded, his hands making a desperate namaste.
Alpharius drew his boltgun.
"Why?" shrieked Namatjira. "Why are you doing this?
"For the Emperor," said Alpharius, and pulled the trigger.”
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