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Legion by Dan Abnett
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Jul 24, 2011

it was amazing
I own a copy

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 40K ever since his Eisenhorn novels, but here he pulls out all the stops with John Grammaticus, a somewhat reluctant spymaster. In actuality, this - practically alone in the Gothic Sci-Fi genre - is a book mostly about espionage. Abnett takes the mysterious Alpha Legion and makes them more mysterious still; the Imperium's last words in duplicity and deception.
If this wasn't enough (and it surely is), the background of war against a primitive but indomitable foe is fascinating to stand on its own two feet. The fact that Abnett makes every strand of the story as interesting as every other is a testament to his skill as a writer.
Ultimately of course this is a story about how and why the Alpha Legion turned traitor but even that isn't as black-and-white as it sounds.
As a standalone book, this is one of the best sci-fi stories ever written and as part of the Horus Heresy series, it sadly leaves many other attempts in the shade.
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Nghiem I wholeheartedly agree that this its probably the best Warhammer 40k book ever. Abnett is at the top of his game. great review.

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