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Prospero Burns (The Horus Heresy #15)

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The Emperor is enraged. Primarch Magnus the Red of the Thousand Sons Legion has made a terrible mistake that endangers the very safety of Terra. With no other choice, the Emperor charges Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves, with the apprehension of his brother from the Thousand Sons' home world of Prospero. This planet of sorcerers will not be easy to overcome, but Ru ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Black Library (first published December 1st 2010)
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Paul
Jan 11, 2011 Paul rated it it was amazing
Unlike any other Warhammer 40k novel I've read, I'd recommend this to those who aren't familiar with the series, on the solitary premise that it is just a damned good story, once you get past the (possibly unfamiliar) terms, characters, and setting.

I've read a lot of Abnett's stuff, as you might be able to see on my bookshelf. Every time something new of his comes out that isn't "Inquisitorial", I wonder if it is going to be good or overhyped. I tend to lean towards overhyped simply because I f
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Leland
Jul 27, 2012 Leland rated it it was amazing
Abnett just seems to be getting better and better with each Horus Heresy book he writes. I wish he wrote the whole series.
Keamy Loken
Jun 07, 2011 Keamy Loken rated it really liked it
I did not think this book would end up with 4 stars and probably more deserving of 3...the first 100 pages WHERE horribly boring. I have also come to the unthinkable I like the Russ's Wolves and Leman Russ.(but not as much as the Thousand Sons and Magnus of course.)Mostly because you see the Space Wolves as the group that does the dirty jobs the Emperor who is suposedly so great won't do himself!
I did not like that is was called "Propero Burns" and it was 30 pages on Propero very VERY annoying.(
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Emil Söderman
I must admit, I'd probably have liked Prospero Burns a whole lot more if I hadn't read A Thousand Sons.

You see, it basically follows the other side of the story, the faux-norse and all-wolf-all-the-time Space Wolves Legion, and how they come to wreck the Thousand Sons shit.

It's vaguely interesting, but on the other hand, not really, and a lot of that is due to personal reasons. For one thing, the Space Wolves come across as well, dickish. To everyone (and of course, we've already seen them as di
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Richard Stuart
Sep 02, 2012 Richard Stuart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 40k-horus-heresy
Abnett is a damn good author. This book transcends the limitations of its genre and leaves you feeling like you just read a great book. You feel that way, because you just did.

This is a novel of old lore, tenebrous foreboding and startling revelation. It sinks you deep into a culture mysteriously clad in hoarfrost and unfolds it charms and secrets through the repetitious prayers of whispered page turning.

Run with the wolves, hunt, stalk, and fight; bludgeon, bleed and freeze on the red snow of
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Jim
Mar 18, 2011 Jim rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Horus Heresy Series Fans
This is a good book that showcases Dan Abnett's skill as an auther within the SciFi/WH40 genre and Horus Heresy series. His writing style is makes you want to read on to the next page.

Why only three stars?
I was disappointed. We have seen the events leading up to the attack on Prospero from Magnus's point of view in A Thousand Sons. This was the best opportunity to see the same events from Leman Russ's point of view rather than the "obeying orders" type reason that was given. I was expecting more
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Graham Bailey
Jan 15, 2011 Graham Bailey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 40k, horus-heresy
This book is a masterclass on what constitutes a great Horus Heresy novel, with excellent characters, plot and pacing all the way through. When read in tandem with Thousand Sons it becomes one of the best written and most pivotal moments of the entire Heresy storyline, and when read as a Space Wolf story it cocks it's canine leg all over the previous (and still very enjoyable)Bill King series. The HH has been very hit & miss in places, with some truly execrable books making it past editing; ...more
Nick
Sep 27, 2014 Nick rated it it was ok
This book is titled "Prospero Burns" with the subtitle "The Wolves unleashed," but a more accurate title would be "A bunch of boring rememberancer crap" with the subtitle "ZZzzzzz".

Okay, maybe I'm being mean, but this book is frustrating. How do you take eight-foot tall genetically engineered space vikings and make them boring? The answer is making half the book a pointless slog of a flashback. Oh, how I wanted to start skipping pages as the flashbacks droned on and on, serving no purpose and b
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Larry
Sep 02, 2012 Larry rated it it was ok
Shelves: 40k
The history of the Space Wolves is uncovered in Prospero Burns ~ The Founding Fields

http://thefoundingfields.com/2011/12/...

A man terrorfied of wolves his entire life decides after a life of academia to travel to Feneris, a planet reportedly filled with them. Upon arriving Kasper Hawser is thought of as a bad star he was pursued by the indigenous people of the planet until one of the demon wolves of Feneris comes to his rescue. He awakens 19 great years later to find himself in the body of his 2
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Rebecca
Oct 25, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Overall I liked it very much. The beginning was quite boring for my short attention span, but when in the end you realize how the author most wonderfully built the foundations to that awesome, gut wrenching finale, it was ten times worth it. I was this close to never EVER forgiving the Vlka Fenryka for annihilating the Sons, but, for the most part, I sympathy and thus they have earned my not-so-noteworthy forgiveness. Their fluffy little "gruff sentimentality" makes me wanna just give 'em all a ...more
Jacob
Apr 24, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it
I didn't expect to enjoy this ok as much as I did with it being so close on the heels of A Thousand Sons and dealing with the same situation just from the opposite side. That said: I truly enjoyed this book. Dan Abnett is a masterful storyteller and demonstrates that clearly with this story.
I found the start a little confusing, but as the primary character was also confused this was understandable. I truly enjoyed being introduced to the SpaceWolves like I was in this story. Made me hate them a
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Michel
Aug 30, 2015 Michel rated it really liked it
Er zijn geen wolven op Fenris.

De reviews op Amazon zijn meer dan anders verdeeld: 33% vijf sterren, 24% vier, 12% drie, 14% twee, 16% één ster. Een goed teken, denk ik: door de band lijken de Warhammer-boeken voor tieners geschreven -- weinigdimensionale karakters (behalve als er een chaos-dimensie aan zit, ah hah hah); rechttoe-rechtaan-verhalen, min of meer hetzelfde stramien, fascisten tegen fascisten. Verdeelde reviews is verwarring, en dus goed, denk ik. En Abnett heeft nog geen faramineus
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Nihi
Aug 27, 2015 Nihi rated it liked it
This is an odd one. It's well-researched with regards to Vikings, lucid and exciting in describing violence. Apart from an opening segment the plot doesn't start up until about two thirds of the way through; until then the book is content to build up its world.

There's a fair amount negative to say about this book. The author seems bizarrely fond of the phrase 'wet leopard growl' and it appears enough times to eventually sound ridiculous. At some points the book comes across as a toy commercial,
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Matthew
May 15, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
This book was really, really good. A couple downsides; I don't think the staff writing the Heresy truly understand what 30,000 years does to a structure or a civilization (ex: a cult-infested Notre Dame Cathedral). Additionally, the events involving raiding the Quietude (a full third of the book) seemed rather unnecessary except for Longfang's entranced revelation to Hawser. I feel like some brevity could be maintained by a more natural shift from Hawser's time at the Fang to the Council of Nika ...more
Ogbaoghene Ozoro
Mar 16, 2014 Ogbaoghene Ozoro rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book immensely, think I'm going to go ahead and read it a third time. Would be nice to see Russ' reaction after he realizes that he and Magnus were set up and the warnings about Horus' treachery were true. Wonder if he would be remorseful, he claimed it broke his heart to go against his brothers - Magnus, Angron, and the unnamed Primarchs. Great read, loved the pace and the unique perspective Hawser's character brings.
Dahraan Toit
Oct 31, 2014 Dahraan Toit rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who want to start reading 40K literature or are looking for a good story
Prospero Burns was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The story dragged in the first half or so, with nothing much really happening and random flashbacks to Kasper's life before the Wolves that didn't really impact the plot. I skipped the later ones and felt that I didn't miss a thing.

But the end! Wow! Abnett delivers his A game with a superb twist and a spectacular close to the Wolves' story in this novel. Throughout the novel the Wolves have been set up to completely contradict the view A Thousand
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Biscuitz
Jan 04, 2014 Biscuitz rated it really liked it
I liked this book for several reasons:

1) I wanted to read a full description of what is a seminal moment in history of the Heresy that has been referred to repeatedly for the last two decades or more. I am therefore a little bias to say the least.

2) I really (5 stars) liked the previous book in this arc Thousand Sons

3) I really like the Space Wolves and was quite excited to see how they were portrayed in the 30K era compared to their relatively more civilised 40k incarnation. That they are the c
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Andy
Jul 10, 2014 Andy rated it liked it
A good book, but not at all what I expected. Need to work on tamping down what I think a book will be, but in this case this book was billed as "A Thousand Sons from the Space Wolves point of view", and I was very much looking forward to it. About a third of the way in I realized this was a very deep, very introspective book on the Sixth Legion and their motivations leading up to the last 40 pages or so where the battle of Prospero is finally revealed. Having to go back and study some of the dif ...more
Michael T Bradley
May 14, 2016 Michael T Bradley rated it it was ok
Shelves: w40k
Yikes. One of the few Dan Abnett books I've ever been really disappointed with. The book isn't TERRIBLE, but ... OK, a few basic facts.

Graham McNeill's A Thousand Sons told the tale of the titular Legion & ... not really about why they turned traitor (though that's mostly covered), but it's more about ... why Prospero was razed by the emperor. This is the flip side of the story, supposedly, the POV from the Space Wolves, who do the razing. Really, that part of it is covered in about two sent
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Dennis
Feb 07, 2016 Dennis rated it liked it
Prospero Burns, written by Daniel Abnett, is the fifteenth instalment in the Warhammer 40,000: Horus Heresy series. It is a tale of the tragic downfall of the 15th Imperial Legion, the Thousand Sons, through the perspective of their sanctioned executioners, the 6th Imperial Legion, The Space Wolves. These Viking-inspired, brutal warriors are portrayed through a rescued historian, Kasper Hawser, who becomes their skjald – a Scandinavian version of a bard - and accounts the siege of Prospero and t ...more
Raul Lopez
Jul 16, 2015 Raul Lopez rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
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Dylan Murphy
Mar 22, 2016 Dylan Murphy rated it really liked it
Oh man Prospero Burns.
It was a really interesting read, if nothing else. More of a lore novel, than a battle novel(which thankfully, I knew about). The Wolves. The Rout, the Vlyka Fenryka. Man how their image is different since William King's awesome novel series following Ragnar! Back then(a long time ago originally, but only a few years for me!) the Space Wolves, were just that. They were badass, hilarious vikings.... in SPACE! How that has changed! Though I will always love King's version, an
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Crispin
Mar 07, 2011 Crispin rated it liked it
Well... bare in mind im only one third of my way through this so far, and ive been ill whilst reading it.. but to be honest some of it has dragged (to be honest i was in a fever enduced state whilst reading the seciton where a character is in a fever enduced state.. so that might be why i didnt enjoy it to much lol)... Dan has tried really hard to do something fairly original (at least to me) in that he has used a totally different culture/language to heavily influence his writting style and lan ...more
Derek Weese
May 31, 2013 Derek Weese rated it it was amazing
It took me about a third of the novel to really enjoy 'A Thousand Sons', for whatever reason the 'Sorcerers' Legion didn't grow on me as rapidly as the Emperor's Children or the Word Bearer's did. The same, however, could not be said of Dan Abnett's take on the Wolves.

I'd call them 'Space Wolves', but they hate that name. And that is only one of many gems you'll find in this truly wonderful book. This is a story of a Legion, a misunderstood and, seemingly, mistrusted Legion. A Legion that seems,
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Sean McGovern
Jun 24, 2012 Sean McGovern rated it really liked it
I'm a fluff junkie when it comes to the Warhammer 40k Universe. I haven't kept up with game play, the rule books, etc., et al. I think this distance has allowed me to enjoy the books a bit more (or differently, at least) than those readers completely enveloped by the system. That being said, my only real complaint about this book is that it is mis-titled: the actual Battle of Prospero serves as the setting for the climax, and the agendas of all the major players lead to this point, but with the ...more
Ed
Oct 16, 2014 Ed rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I read this after enjoying the splendid Guardians of the Galaxy comics written by Dan Abnett, and basically wanting more. I understood he was pretty big in the Black Library circle, though i had no idea how big. They guy seems to have written about 35 books in the Warhammer and 40k universes! anyway, i did a bit of research and this seemed to be a sensible place to start.

As this was my first foray into the shared universe beyond playing the games decades ago I had done a little research to estab
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Andy Blake
Nov 08, 2014 Andy Blake rated it really liked it
Superb book, possibly Abnett's best of the Horus Heresy series. I came to the novel not being that great a fan of the Space Wolves, compared to other legions. I couldn't see how I would ever come to like them as I like the Dark Angels, or the Alpha Legion, but Dan works his usual magic. I was wrong to doubt this man's ability to write Astartes in such a totally unique way.

The Wolves are extremely interesting, they have different mindsets, different goals and philosophies of life, if we can call
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Harald
Mar 17, 2013 Harald rated it it was amazing
I consider most Warhammer fiction simple and straight forward. When you buy a Warhammer novel, you know, most of the time, what you'll get - violence, destruction, killing and explosions. One of the main reasons for why I read Warhammer literature, is not for the novels themselves, but because of the awesome universe they describe. Dark, gritty, unforgiving and usually quite horrible. I love it.

Prospero Burns was, to me, yet another novel set in the Warhammer universe. I had few expectations, ot
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Martin
Nov 02, 2012 Martin rated it it was amazing
"Prospero Burns is part of the story arc of Book 12, however it follows a different but related time line. The story begins more than a century before the Space Wolves-led mission to Prospero and the concurrent start of the Heresy. It is presented from the point of view of Kasper Hawser, formerly a noted Terran academic who becomes a Crusade Remembrancer, and then the Oral Historian or skjald of the 3rd Company of the Space Wolves Legion. On the surface it is his story; the important under-story ...more
Lee Herridge
Nov 15, 2015 Lee Herridge rated it really liked it
Dan Abnett does the Space Wolves great justice in Prospero Burns - they are at once both inscrutable barbarians but also the considered executors of the Emperor's justice. Abnett does a very great thing in his framing of the novel by adding an unreliable narrator, and the last part of the book is a refreshing take on a HH/40k novel by breaking completely from the normal pulp fiction narrative approach most of Black Library's novels take and having a first person recitation of events from the per ...more
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