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Eisenhorn (Warhammer 40,000)

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  4,637 Ratings  ·  233 Reviews
Inquisitor Eisenhorn is one on the most senior members of the Imperial Inquisition. With his warband he scourges the galaxy in order to root out heresy. When that heresy is found to infiltrate the hierarchy of the Imperium and the Inquisition itself, he must rely on himself alone to deal with it - even if it means making deals with the enemy. All three books of the Eisenho ...more
Paperback, 768 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Games Workshop (first published December 16th 2004)
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Michael I began reading this book at least once per year back in 2007 and still do. Going to read it again this Christmas and begin it soon. When I first read…moreI began reading this book at least once per year back in 2007 and still do. Going to read it again this Christmas and begin it soon. When I first read it in '07 it was the first time I had heard about Warmhammer, at all, and I was able to follow the story well because Dan described the events very well. Well, this is how I reacted to it. The next read and the third read the following year, I grasped a lot more information about how the Warmhammer characters were portrayed.

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Feb 04, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it
Fantasy Review Barn.

This is my first run of the Warhammer Universe, something I didn't think I was interested in. But Abnett was fairly consistently named as a good writer of fun sci-fi, so I gave this a go. I am happy I did.

Luckily you need no knowledge of the WH4K world to start, what little background that is needed is dropped in ways that didn't piss me off. All three books contained(and the two short stories) were a first person narrative of Eisenhorn, a inquisitor who searchers for influe
Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai)
May 31, 2016 Scott (GrilledCheeseSamurai) rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 40k
Well...that was fun.

It was actually better than I thought. I had never read a Warhammer book before, let alone played any of the games. This was kind of an experiment.

I'll tell ya, had 12 year old me read this book he woulda lost his shit! Like...mind blown level of awesomeness.

But, instead, 40 year old me read this book, and while still entertained, my mind wasn't blown.

That said - this book was good enough that, down the road, I won't be so hesitant to pick up a Warhammer novel. Not every stor
Jan 21, 2014 Stuart rated it really liked it
Let's be honest, worshipping a dead idol is holding back the Imperium

Eisenhorn, Warhammer 40,000s answer to Sherlock Holmes and Judge Dredd rolled into one. In this omnibus edition we're presented with three full length novels, those being; Xenos, Malleus and Hereticus. Ironically the name of the various Ordos (or Orders) within the Inquisition. There are also two very short stories, which sort of link in with the main storyline, somewhere. What can you expect? Plenty of problem solving and a pl
Feb 03, 2009 Dan rated it it was amazing
I love the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It's dark, it's grim, it's brutal, and there are space marines tearing aliens to pieces with their bare hands. The Eisenhorn trilogy by Dan Abnett shows a more intellectual side of this futuristic Dark Age, where man has forgotten more about technology than he will ever learn again.

The trilogy tracks the established career of Gregor Eisenhorn, Inquisitor to the Imperium of Mankind. The story starts by portraying Eisenhorn as something of a progressive Inqui
Traci Lee
Jan 29, 2014 Traci Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: warhammer-read
This is the first book published by Black Library that I ever read. I knew almost nothing about the Warhammer 40k world, so there was a large learning curve. But this book hooked me on the 40k books. I have gone back and read several times and am preparing to do it again, before I read Pariah by Dan Abnett.

Abnett is an amazing writer. Even without knowing anything about the 40k universe (based on humanity in the 41,000st century), I couldn't put this book down. The characters are so real, even t
Andrew Ziegler
Jan 11, 2013 Andrew Ziegler rated it it was amazing
I saved my review of Eisenhorn for after I completed Ravenor, since, before reading Ravenor I kind of figured they were all part of the same story. Now that I am done with it all I can really say is, "I kind of hate Dan Abnett." Dude wrecks my life. Wrecks it. The Gaunt's series is amazing, if you have read those and not been pissed off every time DA kills off a character you are not reading it right. The Inquisitor series is pretty much the same thing, only there are a lot fewer
Aug 19, 2014 Mark rated it liked it
As a wargamer I have read the fluff in the army codexes and enjoyed it and used it in games.

but this book is one of the few novels in either 40k or warhammer fantasy I have read.

I did enjoy it as it came highly recommended from my wargame club members.

Dec 24, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing
Shelves: utterly-fluffy
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Feb 02, 2012 Ben rated it liked it
I hated giving this three stars, but I felt that I had to. Here's why:

I've always been fascinated by Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 as games, and especially as settings. Part of what I really enjoy is the way in which it was founded as a grim satire of the utopian sci-fi of the early-mid 1980s. Nowadays, it seems to me that many players don't realize how much of the hyperbole which is typically employed by Games Workshop's writers is (or was, at any rate) a joke. Many players who are now introdu
Aug 27, 2010 Nicholas rated it liked it
Eisenhorn is a great pulp sci-fi novel (really a collection of three books, squeezed into one series, with two short stories between the three sections that make it up) and well worth the read, which will be quick and engrossing if you are into two things: thrillers and science fiction. I generally do not like thrillers, but still found myself soaking up the story of Inquisitor Eisenhorn's adventures through the universe of Warhammer 40k's more civilized (well, for Warhammer) locales as he battl ...more
Nov 06, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I'm full of so many conflicted emotions at this moment, and in many ways, that's the mark of a great work of fiction. I've been a fan of Dan Abnett's comic book work for years now, and had heard many grand things about Eisenhorn, the book many consider his crowning achievement, before having myself the opportunity to read it. Often times in situations such as this, a book's impact is lessened by having such lofty expectations placed upon it. Not so, in this case.

While I'm not privy yet to any of
May 17, 2012 Vincent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
There are many good books in the world of science fiction. Some will open new worlds, characters or themes. If you get the chance to read Eisenhorn it will do all three. Based in the worlds of Warhammer 40,000, Eisenhorn centers around the Imperial Inquisitor, Gregor Eisenhorn. Inquisitors are part Soviet Commissars, part church sanctioned detectives who root out heresy, daemons and treachery across the universe. More than just a space adventure, it is similar to "the name of the Rose", but in s ...more
Mar 05, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it
For those who don't know already, the Eisenhorn Omnibus is about the exploits of Gregor Eisenhorn, Imperial Inquisitor of the Ordo Xenos. Eisenhorn was originally just a character in Games Workshop's Inquisitor game but Dan Abnett found the concept artworks and liked them so much that he decided he must write the backstories for the character.

The omnibus consists of three books and two short stories. The books are all named after the three major orders of the Inquisition, Ordo Xenos; Ordo Malleu
Anthony Defranco
Mar 01, 2013 Anthony Defranco rated it it was amazing
This book was sweet. I have always been a fan of Warhammer 40K. Books, figurines, videos games, anything, I love them all. This book however really stands out on its own. I've read the Horus Hersey and don't get me wrong, I loved it. Good versus evil, Space Marine versus Chaos Space Marine. But this book takes first prize. The main character is, you guessed it, Eisenhorn. He is a Inquisitor that is more or less a puritan at his own discipline. No using chaos powers to hunt chaos. Simple enough, ...more
Ryan Lynd
Nov 21, 2013 Ryan Lynd rated it it was amazing
First of all, forget that this is a "Warhammer 40k" novel. I will go as far as saying that this is the best sci-fi book I have read to date. This is man fuel. A superior authored tale of the 41st millenium. The one page introduction of the universe at the beginning of the book will suffice as all the knowledge you need to tear into this one. Consider this quote from the intro:

"To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruellest and most bloody regime im
Nov 18, 2012 Dave rated it it was amazing
I have a vague memory of hanging out with some friends in elementary school as they rolled some dice and moved around some painted science fiction themed miniatures on a pool table. Watching them was interesting, but not super exciting. So that memory made me sort of set aside the concepts of Games Workshop’s “Warhammer 40,000” as not really my thing. Recently though I took another look at the concept and was blown away. Here was a world that mixed Lovecraftian horror, with fantasy, and the sci- ...more
Jan 07, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
Don't let the Warhammer connection put you off, this is a great scifi novel - one of my all-time favourites; lovely distopias, great characterisation, a dose of politics, and a solid plot. The poignancy of the story arc in the final chapters is beautiful. No prior knowledge required. Okay, so the writing can be ever so slightly ropey in places, but it's more than made up for as the vocabulary and intelligence of the book shines through.
For 40k fans, what a treat! Live through the politics of the
Apr 04, 2012 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
Swooped through the last third of the book in one evening, unable to put it aside until it is done. I can say that even if you are not a fan of Warhammer universe, the book is an outstanding example of science fiction and a well-structured, rounded plot. The author provides astonishing level of background detail into the workings of Imperium of Manking of the 41 millennium. In the grim future of mankind there is only war and I've enjoyed it immensely.
Jun 19, 2008 Brian rated it it was amazing
This was actually my first WH40k novel to ever read, and I went into it expecting very little. So you can imagine how surprised I was to be confronted with the quality of this work. Some may have some gripes about it, like the flat female characters, the slow spots that are encountered, but all-in-all this is a hugely entertaining read. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys sci-fi in general. A great read!
Jan 20, 2016 Dušan rated it it was amazing
I confess. Although I am a Warhammer 40k fan, I do not deem most of the novels concerning this lore to be literatural masterpieces. Most of them are average at best, if so. But this book... oh, for the love of the God-Emperor, this book is amazing.

Dan Abnett has unfanthomably vast vocabulary and the way he composes the sentences just made my spine tingle with joy.

I confess. I've read the book in the deep voice that in my mind belongs to Eisenhorn. I wondered about the uniqueness of his so well t
Artūrs Lūsis
Oct 29, 2015 Artūrs Lūsis rated it really liked it
my Everest of 2015, finally finished. I'm going to cheat just ever so little bit, by saying - it's actually three books I've read with this one, and of course all worth the while. an amazing treat and a tour de force both in fantasy and science fictions (gothic steampunk fantasy?), taking in count that the science fiction part mostly is so far-fetched, it becomes purely imaginative and fantasy diven. also, I'll admit, a surprisingly tough feat in psychology I didn't expect, knowing how the prota ...more
Zai Bálint
Sep 16, 2015 Zai Bálint rated it liked it
first foray into the Warhammer 40k (book) universe for me.
the first book (Xenos) was a fast paced story, with enough travel to not get stuck in one place, but not so much, that the reader gets lost in the humongous world of the 40th millennium.

the second one (Malleus) felt slower and less interesting overall. still I tore through it in one sitting. the universe is still mesmerising, the story engaging, the pacing is the only thing, that felt slower.

then there is the third one (Hereticus). I felt
Gianfranco Mancini
Mistery, azione, thriller, fantasy ed horror in un oscuro futuro distopico da incubo. Basato sull'ambientazione di un famoso gioco di miniature, non é necessaria alcuna conoscenza del suddetto per apprezzarlo. Letto per la seconda volta dopo qualche anno e tanta voglia di rileggerlo ancora. Da evitare la vecchia edizione della Hobby & work tradotta con i piedi.. molto meglio l'omnibus in inglese contenente 2 racconti brevi oltre alla trilogia originale. Personaggi molto ben strutturati, ognu ...more
Darrel Altmann
Mar 24, 2013 Darrel Altmann rated it it was amazing
I wish I found this series earlier!
It is one of my favorites to date and I loved being drawn into the dirty underbelly of the Imperium. This isn't a series if you want your 'bolter porn' as there is very little space marine action but don't let that take anything away as the story is awesome and it is great seeing the 'shades of grey' development over time with the main himself, Eisenhorn.
Stephen Tamatoa
Jun 07, 2015 Stephen Tamatoa rated it really liked it
The book fluctuated for me. Initially a little dry i think that Eisenhorn came into his own as he aged. The story reads like the diary of a clinical and emotionally bland mind, but the events are fantastic and I came to have huge regard for Eisenhorn. As he grew older he seemed to gain personality somewhat.
Two gripes. One; he allowed his staff, in particular two women, to endanger his own life and his mission, potentially endangering billions of people, without more than a you shouldn't have don
Mar 27, 2016 Andrew rated it liked it
A great 40K read from the perspective of an inquisitor. The inquisitors spend there time hunting down demons and their cults, they operate above the law and go on many a soul destroying adventures. Most inquisitors are eventually corrupted by the very thing they fight and that kinda of theme for this series. The people, places, and things are all very cool but I have a few complaints. First, characters are introduced quickly and more often than not dead by the end of the chapter. This makes it h ...more
Jul 26, 2016 Adam rated it it was amazing
The Warhammer 40K universe has one of the deepest and largest lore and backstories. Books, video games and movies have been written, with many concerning just one of the factions of the many races. Not only is their such depth to the universe, but it is of a quality that rivals some of the greatest science fiction franchises, an incredible feat for a universe spawned from table top miniatures.

Eisenhorn is an incredible adventure revolving around the eponymous protagonist and his crew hunting do
Ned Leffingwell
Nov 24, 2014 Ned Leffingwell rated it really liked it
This is a series of three novels and a few short stories that take place in Games Workshop's Warhammer 40k gaming universe. This book gives a glimpse of what happens in the parts of the universe where Space Marines and orks are not constantly battling each other. It follows an Imperial Inquisitor, whose job is to root out heresy and blow up daemons. The writing is full of action. The exploration of alien and chaos powers was the strength of the stories. I would recommend this to anyone who wants ...more
Dino Calandra
Feb 19, 2016 Dino Calandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Out of the entire collection of novels within the Black Library, never have I read a 40k book with such emotion. This book is by far one of Abnett's best, right next to Gaunt's Ghosts and the Ravenor trilogy. Eisenhorn, unlike so many others in this dark millennium, actually has a sense of morality and understanding with the people around him. The final book of Hereticus had put me at a loss for words and made me look back from the very beginning with the hunt for Ecyclone back on Hubris. It fel ...more
Mar 29, 2015 Aaron rated it liked it
I finished the first book in this three-book omnibus. It's a gothic, space opera fantasy with intricate yet effective descriptions and compelling prose. Abnet is definitely good at putting words down on paper. The story rocks along from one intense action scene to the next, each occurring in an imaginative, well-described setting. But the book has no theme or message to speak of. It's simply a well written, entertaining story (although it is rather dark--lots of gore and violence and evil). And ...more
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