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False Gods (The Horus Heresy #2)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  5,558 Ratings  ·  208 Reviews
The human Imperium stands at its height of glory - thousands of worlds have been brought to heel by the conquering armies of mankind. At the peak of his powers, Warmaster Horus wields absolute control - but can even he resist the corrupting whispers of Chaos?
Paperback, 406 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Games Workshop(uk) (first published 2006)
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Nate
Mar 22, 2016 Nate rated it liked it
Lots of filler 'n shit in this one, but there was some fun action and it's hard to not have fun in a universe as motherfucking over the top as 40k's. More to come if and when I feel like writing about 40k stuff, which will probably be never because I already have an obscene backlog.
Stuart
Jun 12, 2014 Stuart rated it really liked it
"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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David Guymer
Jul 03, 2016 David Guymer rated it it was amazing
Two books into the Horus Heresy and two great stories down.

I actually found this one even better than Horus Rising (but there is no sixth star to give it) for the way the novel plays with the concept of truth. There are parts when I'm so twisted around by what the character's are seeing and doing that even I don't know who's good and who's evil, and given that I go into this thinking I know everything about this setting that's a pretty amazing thing. It was a little slower to get going than Horu
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Amanda
Jul 14, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
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
Gianfranco Mancini


I was there the day that Horus fell...

The opening trilogy of the Horus Heresy is still one of the best parts of the saga, and re-reading it after ten years is still a blast. My knowledge of Warhammer 40000 lore grown a lot in this time, and knowing now what is going to happen to characters in their future adds a lot of pleasure and entertainment to the reading.
Kharn, Magnus, Fabius, Angron, Lucius and so on. I'm so happy this is not just a list of names for me.
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Karl
Mar 04, 2012 Karl rated it it was amazing
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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Fabian Scherschel
Oct 12, 2011 Fabian Scherschel rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, warhammer40k
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
Alexander Draganov
Mar 29, 2015 Alexander Draganov rated it it was amazing
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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Stephanie
Jan 10, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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
May 09, 2012 Alain Dewitt rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
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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Stephen Tamatoa
Jun 10, 2015 Stephen Tamatoa rated it liked it
While this book sets the stage for the conflict around which the rest of the series revolves there was one thing which ruins it somewhat for me. The fallibility of the primarches. They are breed to be leaders and brilliant military minds, to have intellects of such stature as to mastermind imperial expansion on a galactic scale. They are even at least 200 years old. Yet they are petty and frequently let their tempers, their peevishness, and their general moodiness hamstring them. They make choic ...more
Steve Chaput
Jul 20, 2011 Steve Chaput rated it liked it
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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Felipe Guerrero
Sep 28, 2015 Felipe Guerrero rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un excelente libro de ciencia ficción bélica.

Las batallas son sangrientas y bastante épicas, al mismo tiempo que desarrolla una historia de intrigas escrita excelentemente bien. Me a gustado mucho y definitivamente seguiré leyendo estas novelas. Warhammer 40k es genial.
Mr
Mar 21, 2011 Mr rated it it was amazing
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
Miguel Dominguez
Aug 24, 2016 Miguel Dominguez rated it really liked it
I was thoroughly entertained by the first Horus Heresy book, but was a little worried about it being continued by Graham McNeill. I read his first Ultramarines trilogy and overall enjoyed it, but all the characters were forgettable and the most interesting parts were the action scenes unfortunately.

On the one hand, my fear was well placed. This book portrays the change in Horus, our tragic hero, from confident, strong, politically savvy Warmaster to craven traitor. Unfortunately this is done in
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Jean-Luc
Jan 10, 2016 Jean-Luc rated it it was amazing
The Interex, the human civilization encountered in the previous book were everything the Imperium claimed to be: a progressive, enlightened society working for the betterment of all mankind, and so the forces of Chaos deemed they must be crushed. This doesn't happen in this book. Instead, their doom is relegated to a single, casual mention. We never learn the true import of the warning they weren't allowed to give.

Horus, the brightest star, favorite of the Emperor and like a son unto Him, is mor
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Calyx
Jul 06, 2015 Calyx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Dan Abnett's Horus Rising, i was hyped for Horus Heresy, i love the characters, and unlike for Dan, I have never read Graham McNeill's works...So Horus Rising was great, where do you go from that? First after accepting that this is same plot line but in different hands, and boy did he deliver, he got me even more invested, i cared for every dialog, every scene, and even if veterans of WH40k know what "Failbaddon" is, here you care for every ounce of brotherhood tested, every inch of trust ...more
dee
Feb 03, 2014 dee rated it it was amazing
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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Daleios
Jun 02, 2016 Daleios rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physically-read
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Craig Little
Jun 07, 2016 Craig Little rated it liked it
Shelves: gaming-books
The usual caveat that this is rated as "gaming tie-in fiction" rather than truly on its own merit, as ever, applies.

This book is slightly weaker than its immediate predecessor in the Horus Heresy series.

Though it feels more action-packed, this novel has a curiously episodic quality to it, as if the individual parts were designed to be released serially. I don't think that was ever likely to be the case.

The depictions of battle are very strong, as that is clearly one of McNeill's strengths.

Th
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Lawrence Wu
Oct 28, 2014 Lawrence Wu rated it liked it
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Donovan
Jan 07, 2014 Donovan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy
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
Sep 27, 2014 Nick rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 12, 2012 Cliff Riseborough rated it it was amazing
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.
Edgar Pérez
Sep 06, 2015 Edgar Pérez rated it really liked it
Realmente me desgrada el personaje de Loken, realmente no es una persona que como tal y creo que por eso no es capaz de adaptarse rápidamente a los cambios. Es demasiado pasivo, rasgo creado genéticamente en el, pero aún así pienso que su negativa a no hacer algo es lo que crea problemas a futuro en esta historia. Típico héroe.

En esta historia vemos como la caída de Horus continua y el ascenso del Caos entre las filas del Imperio comienza a tomar forma para aparecer de forma sopresiva en el sigu
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Brian Wetherell
May 09, 2016 Brian Wetherell rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves military sci-fi, or exciting space combat
NOTE: Minor spoilers.

The continuation of "Horus Rising," this is a great introduction to the Warhammer 40k universe. This continues the story of Horus and The Sons of Horus, the space marines he commands. The action, as with most Warhammer40k novels, is heavy and brutal. The story itself is difficult to read, only because you are bearing witness to the fall of a Warmaster that, for all intents and purposes, deeply loved the Emperor as a son would his Father, but the reader can see the slow and a
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Arne
Sep 17, 2014 Arne rated it really liked it
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Ramón Nogueras Pérez
Es un libro ameno si ya eres aficionado al universo de Warhammer 40.000, aunque si no lo conoces probablemente no te dirá gran cosa. Presenta, como el anterior, una visión muy diferente del Imperio del Hombre, 10.000 años antes de la fecha habitual, cuando era una sociedad secular, y muchas cosas aún no existían.

Las historias de corrupción y caída son a menudo interesantes, y esta mantiene un ritmo ameno y ágil. La prosa no es nada del otro mundo, ni lo pretende, aunque como suele pasar con el g
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Rachyba8e
Aug 18, 2016 Rachyba8e rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-horus-heresy
I was there the day that Horus fell...

There is possibly one of the most enticing sentences ever!
At the moment am re-reading all of The Horus Heresy books, as I have too much spare time on my hands and the sun has been out so feels like a good excuse.

This book is action packed with a riveting story keeping the reader engaged with the characters, really portraying how they are feeling and acting. I feel so engaged with this book, that I feel I could describe to someone some of the chapters as i
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Alex
May 26, 2014 Alex rated it it was amazing
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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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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