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(Eisenhorn #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,296 ratings  ·  203 reviews
The Inquisition moves amongst mankind like an avenging shadow, striking down the enemies of humanity with complete ruthlessness. Inquisitor Eisenhorn faces a vast interstellar cabal and the dark power of daemons, all racing to recover an arcane text of supreme and abominable power - an ancient tome known as the Necroteuch. Book I in the Eisenhorn trilogy sets a new ...more
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Published March 1st 2004 by Games Workshop(uk) (first published May 2001)
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Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
“What the hell are you doing, trooper?” he managed to bark, his pronounced Adam's apple bobbing furiously.
“Performing the ministry of the sacred Inquisition,” I told him, and shot him through the head.

There comes a time every now and then when quite mindless action and the utter glorification of violence are exactly what you need to enjoy a story. Then along comes moments like this, when you can't help but cheer out loud.

Gregor Eisenhorn is an Inquisitor; an agent of the God-Emperor seeking to
David Sven
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the 41st Millenium, The God Emperor of Mankind rules from Terra, charging his Inquisitors with hunting down the Alien, the Daemon and the Heretic wherever they threaten Human Kind across the universe. From the series that coined the term "grim dark" comes a tale that spans multiple planets and will take us across the void and through the immaterium to battle the restless forces of evil in its various defined by the God Emperor of course...and subject to the specific interpretation ...more
Sep 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm bummed I wrote the 40k books off as licensed garbage for so many years...but I mean, who would really blame me? They look fucking horrible! Look at the cover to this book. Despite my prejudices, Abnett is a genuinely good writer of action-heavy science fiction, with arguably a good dose of horror as well. This particular series is a bit of a change from the usual focus on military action, though. Its main character is Gregor Eisenhorn, an Inquisitor in the Ordo Xenos (aliens) branch of the ...more
Myke Cole
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of Warhammer 40,000 can get quickly sick of the "THERE IS ONLY WAR" mantra that exposes us relentlessly to serried ranks of Space Marines, never getting at the world they're so hellbent on destroying while they claim to protect it.

And that's boring, honestly. War is contextual, and in order for fighting to be interesting, you have to know what people are fighting FOR.

Xenos is the first book in the long litany of Black Library books I've read that actually makes an effort to address this,
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-own-it, sci-fi
My first Warmhammer 40k book - I knew nothing about the game or the universe, but I didn't really feel lost starting here. I did look a few things up on the WH40k Wikki page, but the book manages to explain things pretty well. This was a fun action packed book. I liked Eisenhorn and his crew and will finish the series.
Adam O'Grady
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Having read interpretations of the Warhammer 40K Inquisition from a few different authors, I found this book quite flat and uninteresting. The writing and dialogue is solid enough and the set pieces are what you'd come to expect from the Warhammer 40k universe but the drab main character is about as exciting as paint drying.

In short, the entire book surrounds a stiff, unsmiling guy with no apparent vices or emotional range who is a hardline conservative within his organisation but not
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
English (but not so good) / Italiano
The inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn is really badass (he executed a Chaos SM!), like the members of his squad, each with his peculiar ability. The book may be lacking in the too summary physical description of the characters and in the long sequences of archaic terms during unclear ‘naval battles’, but for the rest... An exceptional launch starts from a setting that immediately succeeds in catapulting us into the incredible atmosphere of wh40k universe. You
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
As with Horus rising these arent bad books at all. I just felt I was lost with all the different factions. This I felt was better than the horus story. It had a detective feel to it.
Cheryl Matthynssens
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A friend of mine practically nagged me into reading this book due to interest in the table top game of 40k, my own writing, and roleplaying style. I put it off for some time as I do not personally like books written in first person. But, I did not want to let my friend down, I finally persevered and as I got into the novel I found myself not so thwarted by the point of view.

Dan Abnett has mastered painting a scene with words. I could clearly visualize every step of the book. My friend was right,
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short take:

Now this is space opera! The WH40K setting provides an intriguing backdrop, while Abnett exercises what must be an impressive sense of imagination to go nuts in this sandbox. I had a lot of fun reading this book and experienced a fair amount of "woah" moments. Frakking fantastic!

More thoughts:

Once in awhile I'm down for some wicked space adventure; who knew that a WH40K title could provide that fix and leave new cravings in its wake? Abnett gets galaxy-spanning props for the awesome
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn is a total badass!

This is my first book in the Warhammer Universe, many people have told it works as the perfect introduction to the universe and I agree. There are many details about things I don't know about but they never get in the way of the story.

Action packed, kinda funny and fast paced. Dan Abnett writing is very detailed but at no point was like "OMG! just get into the action."

100% recommended if you like action packed stories and sci-fi/fantasy.

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war. Oh boy. See, the thing is, I don't actually actively hate the Warhammer universe. One of my good reddit friends ran a tabletop RPG campaign set in the universe and I got to fulfill my fantasy of playing as a giant half woman/half cyborg techpriest with a massive gun (seriously, if this isn't in line with your science fantasy don't @ me thanks). I had a lot of fun and once you ignored the Super Serious attitude of some of the material ...more
Jeff Lanter
It is no secret that I've been reading about Warhammer lately to help inspire me to paint miniatures and I finally decided to try reading some of the fiction that Games Workshop puts out. Dan Abnett is a well-respected author both in Warhammer and in sci-fi so reading about Inquisitor Eisenhorn seemed like an ideal place to start. I know a fair amount about Warhammer but am woefully out of date since I stopped painting and playing around 2004. Fortunately, this book is easy to read and ...more
Nils Krebber
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice delve into the world of 40k Inquisitors. It does suffer a bit in that Abnett obviously had the Task to bring every single element of the ill fated Inquisitor Game (remember the 54 mm Miniatures) into the first book. Therefore you have not only the different inqusitorial factions, but also all archetypes (archoflagellants, Scum, Death Cultists, etc.) on top of Xenos AND Chaos.
It all gets a bit muddy, but overall it is a grat romp across several worlds and some really messed up Xenos
Ross Coulbeck
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really should have read this ages ago. So many people told me that these books were good, but 40k novels can be really hit and miss, and Inquisitors are generally giant douchebags.

But not Eisenhorn.

Eisenhorn, while being mostly a puritan of the holy imperial inquisition, still works within the general rules of society. He doesn't have to, Inquisitors can do whatever they like, but the fact he does makes him infinitely more likeable.

I've read murder mysteries set in the 40k universe before,
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I have a soft spot for the Warhammer 40K universe, I've read quite a few books from the Black Library before, and for the most part they've been enjoyable military sci-fi set in a grim and dark universe where war is eternal and humanity faces a desperate fight for survival against unforgiving aliens and the mind warping demons of chaos.

Xenos is slightly different to the previous Black Library books I've read, it follows an Inquisitor named Gregor Eisenhorn who is charged with hunting heretics,
Alex Murphy
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the second Warhammer 40k book I’ve read, and this one was structured differently and was on a whole different part of that universe. The world of Warhammer 40k is large enough for a ton of separate stories on a load of different characters, events and locations.

Here, in this book, we follow Eisenhorn, an Inquisitor. An agent who searches and hunts down ‘heretics’; those who work with alien races and are corrupted by ‘Chaos’ (for non-Warhammer geeks it’s like demon possession/corruption
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read and first person perspective of an Inquisitor in the Warhammer 40k universe. The story takes them across many different and odd worlds and by the end is a real page turner.
Pablo Padilla
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: space-opera
One of my favorite War Hammer books. Excellent story. The characters are well developed. Nothing like good old Gregor Eisenhorn!!
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Expected way less from it. Warhammer 40K looks like a fantastic settings. It suffers from a structure of a game-made-movie thing, but it is a real great ride. Can't wait to start the other ones.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars and a haiku review

Kill shit, loot shit.
Lovecraft might enjoy the back third
of Abnett’s dark yarn
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars, But I was quite ill and irratated with a pinched nerve/rotater cuff injuries and It was hard to get into. It might be a solid 3 if not for all the distraction. I possibly might give the 2nd book in the trilogy a go sometime in the future. So yeah a half ass plug(whaaa)
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly entertainig adventure that doesn't aim to reshape the greater Warhammer landscape.
Edoardo Albert
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are so many wonderful books out there, I seldom go back and reread a book I've read before. Why bother, when new worlds and new ideas are waiting to be explored? But, with Xenos, I've done just that: gone back and reread a book I first read six or seven years ago.

And it was great.

Xenos was the very first novel I read set in the Warhammer 40k universe. If you don't know it, it's a universe set up explicitly so that wargamers moving little plastic figures, often exquisitely painted, can play
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book did make me laugh a little as in the begining the author said how excited he was to write for the Inquisition series as it'd be a chance to delve into the culture and worlds of 40k and see what life was like on all the different planets and not just focus on the battles of the space marines. The book was nearly all battles and adventures with one chase leading into another and another conflict. There was very little time for characterisation or world building, which is a shame as I do ...more
Michael Dodd
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Widely held as a Black Library classic, Dan Abnett’s Xenos is the first installment in his Eisenhorn trilogy and the first novel to take a close look at the workings of the Inquisition. First published in 2001 following the release of the Inquisitor game by Games Workshop (in which the character of Eisenhorn was briefly introduced), it sees the young Gregor Eisenhorn closing in on a target only to realise he’s just beginning to scratch the surface of a much, much wider conspiracy involving the ...more
Gregor Eisenhorn is an Inquisitor in the grim future of the 41 millennium. Tasked with the fight against The Heretic, The Demon and The Xenos races, he and his retinue purge evil and corruption wherever they find it. Set in the violent 40K universe this is one of the best novels of its kind. Abnett writes a compelling tale with cool characters, plenty of action and a side of the imperium not often seen.

A novel I can recommend to any 40K fans who like to read something other than the usual Space
Feb 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
The best book series set in the 40K universe, and one of the few which stand alone as a real quality read even for people who know nothing about 40K. Eisenhorn is an intriguing hero, and his change from upright enforcer of the strict code of the law, to be being hardly different in his methods than those he chases and punishes is intriguing.
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Dan Abnett is a god... 'nuff said

But that aside, this is actually the first WH40K book I encountered that I would (and that I am) recommend to my non-warhammer-savvy friends.

So, if you like science fiction, and didn't delve into the universe just yet... then this is an excellent start.
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly good book. Interesting characters, plot and lots of good 40K style action.

I particularly like that it was in 1st person. Very unusual for a SciFi book. Moving on to the next two books.
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