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Horus Rising (The Horus Heresy #1)

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Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor the Imperium of Man has stretched out across the galaxy. On the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favorite son, Horus.  Promoted to Warmaster, the idealistic Horus tries to carry out the Emperor'sgrand design, all the while the seeds of heresy and rebellion have be ...more
Paperback, 5th Anniversary Edition, 416 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Games Workshop (first published April 25th 2006)
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Andrew I've never played the board-top game either but I seriously love these books and I don't think any special knowledge of the world is necessary to get…moreI've never played the board-top game either but I seriously love these books and I don't think any special knowledge of the world is necessary to get lost in it. The only daunting thing about the Horus Heresy books and the Warhammer Universe in general is the vast number of books the Black Library has produced- there's 29 books already in the Horus series set about 30,000 years in the future and maybe a hundred or so set 10,000 years later than that, with more being written all the time. Don't expect Hugo Award winning literature but if you like military fiction set in space it's loads of fun. (less)
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Stephen
So on the one hand (i.e., the overly hairy, knuckle-dragging one), this is Manwich-sized chunk of meaty, SF gun-porn dripping with sweat and oozing locker-room musk. HOWEVER, on the other manicured, latte- holding hand, this is a quality, well written tale with surprising character depth and a layered plot with real complexity and an unusual amount of nuance for a popcorn page-turner.

At the risk of a DUH moment, let me point out that this is Warhammer 40000 tie in. I knew nothing about the Warh
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Ivan
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining read.

First of all if you are unfamiliar with Warhammer 40k it's set in distant future and it's combination of dystopian military sci-fi, Tolkein and H.P. Lovecraft .Next to fanatical humanity there are classical fantasy races like Orcs, Elfs (Eldar), Undead, Lovecraftian horrors like demons and malicious otherworldy gods and diverse menagerie of different sci-fi inspired races.

Prior to this book my knowladge of Warhamer 40k was limited. I mostly know about this setting from com
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Jason Wardell
Mar 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the 40k fluff who don't take their book list seriously
Shelves: shame
I feel remarkably dirty giving a book about the Horus Heresy 4 stars. Some other things I've given 4 stars include: On The Road, Paradise Lost, The Great Gatsby, and other classics spanning centuries of upper-middle and high literature--if there is such a thing, at least. So when I give this book, which is unabashedly pulp and a step away from fanfiction, 4 stars, I need to disclaim a good many things. You're not going to find layers of complexity here. The book sets out to do one thing and one ...more
Stuart
"When xenos threaten the existence of humanity - who you gonna call?"

Mangasm in print right here!!

What a opening "Horus Rising" has. I recall reading it for the first time many years ago and thinking "surly the end can't be the beginning of the novel." I was so confused. How wrong I was, we're now thirty novels into the series, with no sign of it ending.

Dan Abnett introduces us to the Luna Wolves, Space Marines from the planet Cathonia. You could argue that "Horus Rising" becomes overawed by a
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Jane Jago
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this is a franchise novel you don't need to understand the context to enjoy it.
Gianfranco Mancini


“I was there the day Horus slew the Emperor.”

Ten years ago amazing cover artist Neil Roberts, Dan Abnett and an host of other great authors started something epic.
The Horus Heresy is just the best sci-fi military saga ever, with good touches of fantasy and horror (orcs and elves are alien races here and there are demons and lovecraftian horrors too).
In ten years I've read this novel 3 times: first one when it was released, second one when it was translated in Italian (sadly the only one, but tra
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Nate
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This was my first exposure to anything Warhammer 40,000. When I was a kid I would often see the starter sets at the hobby/gaming shops I'd go to with my dad, but I never really had much interest for a few reasons...mostly that Warhammer tabletop stuff is expensive as fuck and the universe has always seemed kind of impenetrable, due to the fact that the history/setting seemed to be originally explained only in the manuals/codexes associated with the game. Thankfully someone had the great idea to ...more
Kingley
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horus, the newly appointed Warmaster and commander-in-chief of the crusade. He becomes the emperors proxy to the war effort and the crusade to bring all planets under one rule, The Imperium of Man. This book you will follow Horus and his unofficial war cabinet called the Mournivals and a few fellow Primarchs, loyal only to the Emperor himself. They embark on the crusade to crush an uprising in one world and without mercy, conquering another. This is solid military SF. This book touches upon topi ...more
Emily (BellaGrace)
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I am really enjoying the Warhammer 40k books. I never played any of the games, so I feel like there's backstory that I'm missing. Who is the emperor? Where did his power come from? Why does everyone follow him? His goal was to rid the universe of religion and superstition (which sounds good to me), but then he makes himself a god and creates the Primarchs who are demi-gods and proceeds to wage war on any world or people that don't fall in line with his ideology.

I know the ultimate outcome of wh
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Ken
Jan 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore warhammer 40k fans
I know the target audience for this book are fans of the Warhammer 40k universe but I wish that being the first book of the series, the author would have taken more time to explain the different terminologies in the book. Abnett actually took more care detailing how the poet's notebook is made than most of the mythos that appears in the book.

The first quarter of the book is extremely confusing as there are just too many characters making a brief appearance and that sometimes they are referred to
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Dimitrios
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci Fi fans, Warhammer fans
Recommended to Dimitrios by: The person who sold it to me
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A few words about the book
This a Warhammer 40K novel following the exploits of the Warmaster Horus, first among the Emperor's Primarchs, as well as detailing the lives and adventures of all the characters whose destiny is affected by the Warmaster. This 1st novel, gives us insight on the godlike Horus, the Mournival (a 4 Space Marine body w
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Athena Shardbearer
'But what of faith? Faith has a quality, even when religion has gone. We still need to believe in something, don't we? Here it is. The true purpose of mankind is to bear the torch of truth aloft and shine it, even into the darkest places. To share our forensic, unforgiving, liberating understanding with the dimmest reaches of the cosmos. To emancipate those shackled by ignorance. To free ourselves and others from false gods, to take our place at the apex of sentient life. That...that is what we ...more
Neil
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
as a kid I grew up with games workshop the black library and white dwarf magazine. I loved it. but I never read any full length novel until this one. it was very very good why did I wait so long.
Donovan
Mar 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, thriller
What a great read. Having been involved with Warhammer 40K for over 20 years, I have always wondered about the finer details of the Horus Heresy. And I must say...Dan Abnett has done a fantastic effort with the introduction to the series. I was caught off guard at first and then the names set in. I expect for someone who is new to the Warhammer universe will find it as much (If not more) of a fantastic journey - That is assuming they find the saying "I have seen the future and the future is war" ...more
Amanda
This is a novel issued by Black Library, the first in a series chronicling the Horus Heresy. The blurb from the back states: "It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor the Imperium of Man has stretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest.

But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the E
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Sud666
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
Horus. The Warmaster. First among equals amid the Primarchs, the superhuman lords of the Adeptus Astartes (Space Marines) Legions. Most beloved of the Emperor's children.

The tales of Horus are legendary. Yet, in the "current" timeline of the Warhammer 40K lore he is reviled as Horus the Arch-Betrayer. The Corrupted One. Spiritual founder of the Chaos Marines. How this tragedy happens is detailed in this wonderful series.

The Emperor has manged to unify the human worlds and have recreated the Impe
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Kdawg91
Aug 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first real exposure to the WH40k universe, and why did I jump off here you ask? Well, I'll tell you, not only am I easily swayed, but I picked up a WH40k game and realized I never read any, so why not?

I enjoyed it, even though it's dark and all uber gun happy. There is a good story in here, although I probably shouldn't have jumped into some of the background stuff (that's a habit of mine, I love when a world has tons of history), I knew what was going to happen.


It's fun, if you have
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David Guymer
May 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Memorable characters, page-turning action, and a brilliant introduction to the 31st Millennium - everything you'd expect from a Dan Abnett novel. A few niggles aside (the portrayal of Dorn, for instance, felt just a little off) I can't give this any less than five glowy stars
Karen ⊰✿
My husband wanted me to read this as he is a 40k person and he thought that I may enjoy the storyline behind it all. And it was interesting although I think there was some assumed knowledge going into the book, so it may be best read by those who are true fans.
I can see this is but a tiny dot in the series, so I guess this is really just setting up a small part of the storyline. There are loads and loads of battles and they outweigh any of the character or world building (which is actually what
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Michael Brookes
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used to be very into my Warhammer 40K with my Space Marine army, and back then the Horus Heresy was a footnote in history. I've always been a fan of the setting, and while I don't play the games anymore, I do still enjoy reading stories. This is the first book in the long running 'Horus Heresy' series, and details the events of 10,000 years before the game.

While the book is set far in history from the games' point of view, as these are the precursors to the famous space marines it didn't take
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Milo (BOK)
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any Military Sci-Fi/Warhammer 40k fans
It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man has stretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor’s grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers? Horus Rising is the first chapter ...more
Ebster Davis
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This genre of books can be pretty intimidating. There have been times where I've picked up “one of those, books” and attempted to read a few pages:

“It was a long time in the future....

And so-in-so with a name that I can't even pronounce started chopping of the heads of his adversaries with some weird made-up weapon in an extremely violent manner. And it made him very happy.”


(^^^^^^This: elongated into, like, three or four pages!)

It's pretty intense, but this book sets up the series pretty well a
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Tin Wee
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the Warhammer 40K universe, this book essentially sets the stage for what would lead to the greatest civil war in the imperium of man. As expected, the book has several nice action sequences considering this is based off a wargame system, but what was really surprising was the level of background and depth of character development that went into this, especially of the Primarchs, and the protagonist Garviel - while essentially space warriors, they are depicted as sensitive human beings tr ...more
তানজীম Rahman)
A pretty good book-but it felt more like a series of short stories than a complete novel.
I'll be honest, I had no idea that a licensed book could reach these levels of quality. Abnett has a deft hand when it comes to writing characters, and he makes them interesting with just a few sentences or background details. I especially liked Torgaddon, Tarvitz and Lucius.
There's surprisingly little action, considering this is a Warhammer book. But I don't count that as a negative. The unfolding events a
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M Hamed
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, space-opera
you know what i don't like . misunderstandings
you know what i hate . a 170 book series starting with a misunderstanding
take the Yuuzhan Vong as an example ,now that was a 19 book series which was 18 more books than what was needed
look how it started .a straight planed invasion not with a melodramatic misfuckingunderstanding
now if you can look past the last 4% of the book that were intended for money related reasons
this is a beautiful piece of space opera

PS:i need a Warhammer guy
Matthew
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As good as I remember. A great start to what is one of the most epic arcs of storytelling in speculative fiction.

4 out of 5 stars.
Vladimir Vázquez
“Yo estaba allí el día que Horus mató al Emperador”

Así comienza “Horus Rising”, la novela que da comienzo a la saga “Horus Heresy”, que nos narra uno de los acontecimientos mas importantes del universo WarHammer 40000.

Podría decirse que esta novela está ambientada en “WarHammer 30000” diez mil años antes de la historia que leemos normalmente en los libros de WH 40K, El Emperador acaba de retirarse de la Gran Cruzada y nombra a su hijo favorito Horus como “WarMaster”, la humanidad se encuentra en
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Flyss Williams
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I normally stay away from tie-ins so I was very conflicted in what rating to give this but in the end I have to rate it in respect of how much I enjoyed it, and I have to say it was very entertaining. A right rollicking fighty, space opera. Loved all the history and honour stuff, I'll definitely be reading more in this series.
Jim McGowan
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd never read a 40k book before. I haven't played the game since I was a school boy 20 years ago. Apart from trying a couple of the computer games in the last few years, I've really had nothing to do with the 40k franchise at all. The reason I picked up this book was that with the new Space Marine computer game coming out, there was talk of it on the gaming podcast Giant Bombcast. They mentioned this series, and I remembered a short story I read in White Dwarf magazine when I was a kid about th ...more
Alexander Draganov
Solid beginning to the Horus Heresy series. Good portrayal of the different characters, who participate in this large scale space opera, plot set-up is mixed with fast paced action and as a result the book is never boring. It is of comparable quality with "Deathstalker" of Simon R. Green.
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