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The Beheading

(The Beast Arises #12)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  22 reviews
The war is over and mankind is saved. But when war ends, politics takes over, and one man realises that the High Lords who nearly doomed the entire Imperium must be culled. It is time for the Beheading to begin…

Across the length and breadth of the galaxy, humankind celebrates its salvation, and relishes the prospect of a return to peace. But the war against the orks has ri
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 19th 2016 by Games Workshop
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All things must come to an end, and as far as endings to novel series go, The Beheading is a great, if flawed one. The big issue I take with it doesn't even have anything to do with what it says, but with what it doesn't say. Beyond that, everything that's in here felt exceptionally satisfying to me. Haley most certainly was the right person for the job of seeing this series to a close.

With the ork threat of the Beast done and dealt with in Shadow of Ullanor , this f
Anthony Giordano
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
"And so, here we are. A year and a half after the series started, and about two months after I finished reading this installment, we arrive at the last book in The Beast Arises series. I’ve been trying to formulate how to approach this last review for a while; I had hoped to do an entire new entry just on observations about this series. In the end, I can’t be bothered. Those who have been following my reviews on this series will know that pretty much each entry has been awarded a fairly high mar ...more
David Guymer
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are still two months and two more entrants into the Beast Arises series to go, so there's not a lot I can write about this that won't contain spoilers.

Let's just say that your reward for sticking with the series all year awaits!
Dylan Murphy
Review in progress! I'm getting behind on these -_-
Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 40k
What a magnificent ending to series, that manages to tie up all the various plot threads from throughout whilst at the same time deliciously teasing future possibilities of the universe.
Andrey Nalyotov
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Faber est suae quisque fortunae - Appius Claudius Caecus
"Every man is the artisan of his own fortune."

And thus the 2016 running to its end. With it we said goodbye to a lovely TBA (The Beast Arises) series. Several authors spent months creating that narrative web – story to rival epic and grim dark of W40K. But today I wonna say thank you for one author in particular – Guy Haley. He has created an ending – which is truly consistent and at the same time truly amazing and sad. All things must c
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
I always try to keep my reviews very simple and without spoilers but some may slip through here. First I will review the book then do the series as a whole. The beheading starts out amazingly. So much of this series has been hit or miss and despite the big baddie dying in the last novel this one stakes it's claim to the story early and really gets you invested fast. Then.... something happens. Reading one or two other reviews I wasn't the only one to notice it either. Vangorich as a character is ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
On Ullanor, the Emperor triumphed over the greenskins totally, a victory so incredible that He felt He could leave the remainder of the Great Crusade in Horus' ample hands. On Ullanor, The Beast arose to threaten all. There is something about the planet, something sacred to the existence of all greenskins. For the safety of the Imperium of Man, Maximus Thane, Chapter Master of the Imperial Fists, decrees that the entire planet of Ullanor must be destroyed... but Kubik, Fabricator-General of Mars ...more
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is more about the series than this individual book.

I enjoyed The Beast very much. It casts lights on many aspects of Imperial life that otherwise remain oblique. Since the setting is the rather early post-Heresy Imperium, many developments leading to the grim dark galaxy of M40 are explained. (Not that M32 wasn't grim. Just, not that grim.) It features everything a good W40k series/book has to deliver on: epic, bone shattering battle, pathos, intrigue, glory.

If there is one thing to
Kevin Collett
Finally finished The Beast Arises series. It's been a bit of a slog and the ending was suitably grim as you would expect for 40K.

I'm not sure I'd read a similar series again as it's seemed more of a task than a fun thing to do.
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
You can read the full review over at my blog:

The final stretch of The Beast Arises has been less than satisfactory. The crowning achievement that was meant to be Rob Sanders’ Shadows of Ullanor unfortunately left me rather disillusioned and wary of where the story might go next. I had been expecting some truly huge moments in the novel, but at best we got a regurgitation of the previous two novels, with little to recommend in-between. However, with the nex
Patrick Rauland
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer
I liked the ending of the book. It was a little unusual because there were no orks. It was more of a wrap-up of the council of Terra and the effects after the Beast.

Unusual ending but good.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, warhammer-40k
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent story, a few wonky bits at end but not overwhelmingly so.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The whole series was great, guess it gets a 5 for ending well, so much in each of these books- could re read again and againn!
Michael Botterill
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it, but the time jump was kinda jarring
Justin Woody
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Overall a solid series though it wandered a bit in the last book
Michael Dodd
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the final book in the series, so beware – if you haven’t read all of the other eleven books, there may be spoilers ahead…

Black Library’s The Beast Arises series comes to an end with book twelve, Guy Haley’s The Beheading. After the heroics of Shadow of Ullanor the Imperium is still reeling and in need of leadership, but the High Lords of Terra have proved themselves unequal to the task. Elsewhere First Captain Zerberyn and Warsmith Kalkator are still battling against the orks, while back
Chris Dennison
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty good for the most part as this final instalment focuses primarily on what is happening on Terra and with the High 12 at the end of the Beast war. My only issue is with the penultimate chapter. It felt very rushed and staged. After 12 books it just felt like the ending was shoehorned in to fit the page count. Still very good overall, but not my favourite.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: black-library
Whilst this is a very well written book, I get the feeling the story really ended in the previous one, and this was an afterthought about what they could write. A great HH reveal though, and always interesting to see how the Eldar will always watch what happens.
Neil Saunders
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cannot recommend this enough... but read the others first.
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Guy Haley is the author of Crash, Champion of Mars, the Richards and Klein series, The Dreaming Cities and others. He is a prolific contributor to Games Workshop's Black Library imprint having written books including the bestselling Dark Imperium, Dante, Pharos and The Devastation of Baal.

Other books in the series

The Beast Arises (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • I Am Slaughter (The Beast Arises #1)
  • Predator, Prey (The Beast Arises #2)
  • The Emperor Expects (The Beast Arises #3)
  • The Last Wall (The Beast Arises #4)
  • Throneworld (The Beast Arises #5)
  • Echoes of the Long War (The Beast Arises, #6)
  • The Hunt for Vulkan (The Beast Arises #7)
  • The Beast Must Die (The Beast Arises #8)
  • Watchers in Death (The Beast Arises #9)
  • The Last Son of Dorn (The Beast Arises, #10)