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The Talon of Horus

(Black Legion #1)

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When Horus fell, his Sons fell with him. A broken Legion, beset by rivalries and hunted by their erstwhile allies, the former Luna Wolves have scattered across the tortured realm of the Eye of Terror. And of Abaddon, greatest of the Warmaster's followers, nothing has been heard for many years. But when Horus's body is taken from its resting place, a confederation of

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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published by Black Library (first published April 22nd 2014)
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Sud666
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Talon of Horus was an interesting read. It was my very first book told from the viewpoint of the Traitor Legions. Iskandar Khayon is a Chaos Marine and a sorcerer. Embroiled in the conflict between the various Traitor Marines, also known as the Nine Legions, Khayon and a mixture other Astartes from various Traitor Legions decide to try to change things.

I will not spoil the rest of the story, but this is basically the story of how the Black Legion arose out of the Nine Legions (the Nine
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Gareth Bradshaw
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An utterly sublime novel. A brilliant start to a new long running series and a fantastic insight into the workings of the Warp, Chaos and Daemons.
This is the best thing put out by BL to date and the most beautiful, wonderful and utterly singular novel by Aaron Dembski-Bowden.
Simon
Sep 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The prose was excellent, it was very well written. My biggest problem is that just... not much happens.

The first 50 odd pages is... a conversation. Then they find the magical macguffin. Then there's a short fight at the end. And that's... about it.

And it's very Basil Exposition-ey at times.

However, we learn some interesting things about the way the warp is. The WH40k universe is redefined to be even more grim and bleak than it already is. (Honestly though, it is getting a ~little~ nihilistic. Is
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Darrel Vater von Katzen
The Talon of Horus is an amazing book! I really didn't know what to expect when I started reading this, but I have been amazed with where this story went.

This story fleshes out an area of the 30-40k lore that has been neglected so far. What happened to the traitor legions between the end of the Horus Heresy and the start of the Black Crusades? How did the Black Legion form and so on. I don't want to give anything away, but this is definitely a must read book of any fan of Horus Heresy or anyone
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Tim
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The Talon of Horus tells a story from a very interesting timeframe in the Warhammer40K universe: between the Horus Heresy and the Black Crusades there lie millenia in which the Imperium of Man was relatively at peace, insofar even that "The Nine Legions" where stuff of legend, believed to be lost in the Eye of Chaos and succumbed there to the Warp's fickle winds... and in essence, they were.

Small spoiler annex "oh-my-god now I really want to read this"-statement: (view spoiler)
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John Rhodes
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great novel by Mr. ADB himself.

Told from the perspective of a Thousand Son legionary, he recants his time as one of Abaddons lieutenants. First giving us a little insight into what happened after the "Traitor" legions were defeated on Terra and what happens when they were banished into the Eye. It wasn't just a quick turn around of revenge that made the Sons of Horus turn into the Black Legion, but a slow crawl. He tells us of what life is like within the Eye. Something that we don't
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Stefan Popovici
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: black-library, sf
Do you love everything Warhammer? Do you devour any bits of lore available? Do you care about the world and its characters? If not, then you won't like this. This book is for people who eat and breathe Warhammer 40k.

The book tells the origin story of the Black Legion and of how Abaddon became Warmaster of Chaos. The main character is one Iskandar Khayon, sorcerer of the Thousand Sons legion. He gathers a ragtag group of allies and spends most of the book trying to find the legendary Vengeful
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Tarl
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40k
I am a fan of Dembski-Bowden's work. They have a way of capturing certain elements in the 40k universe that very few of the Black Library's stable of writers can.

That said, The Talon of Horus left me with mixed feelings.

On one hand, this is a wonderful novel. At first, I was thrown by the choice to use a Thousand Son character to tell the tale of the Black Legion. But, as the novel progressed, it made complete sense. Not only did it allow for a few really interesting side characters, but it also
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Bergard
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone :D
Shelves: wh40k
Again, A.D.Bowden takes us on a journey through the twisted paths of Chaos. Starts slowly by calling you: "come here...come and see" and then takes you by the collar and throws you into another intricately woven story. So immersive and with interesting characters that you just wanna know more about. And to be able to do that with dark and twisted characters is even greater accomplishment. In my humble opinion it's not easy to create great dark characters without them just becoming butchers and ...more
Andrew Ziegler
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely one of the BEST Warhammer 40K universe based novels I have ever read. ADB brings all of his ability illuminating and making sympathetic and compelling villains once again. I hated Dan Abnett because he would make characters in this gaming universe that I cared about and missed when he killed them off, but ADB has this amazing skill of taking figures you should absolutely hate and only want to see fail and turning them into interesting, deep, and compelling figures in an every growing ...more
Ahzek Ahriman
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GREAT!!!GREAT!!!. It was THE best 40k book i have read to date...bowden is brilliant. The Story is great. the characters are really good...they live...the atmosphere is soooo good. i cant find words for this booko. if you just like 40k a Little bit...yoou will love it ...as a fanboy it is just perfection...i would give 6 out of 5 points
Stojan Ezhov
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Without a doubt, the best piece in the entire Warhammer 40.000 franchise.
Matthew Gilliland
Do you want to start a Chaos Army?

If not, don't buy this book because you will.

ADB is the best and he does such a good job of making Chaos Fun and Believable.
Lee Rawnsley
May 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book , some great characters and it leaves you wanting more
Luke Courtney
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chaos Space Marines have always been favourites of mine and given the talent of Aaron Dembski-Bowden, not only for writing them but bringing them to life and fleshing them out, I was most eager to read this. The details of what happened in the 10,000 years between the end of the Horus Heresy and the present timeline of the Warhammer 40,000 universe and the activities of the Traitor Legions in that time has always intrigued me, and it's a subject that's quite murky in terms of lore, so this book ...more
Mads Johansen
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in the Black Legion series following the founding of the Black Legion and the rise of Ezekyle Abaddon as the Warmaster of Chaos, Chosen of the Gods.

Taking place some indeterminate time after the Horus Heresy and the Scouring, we follow Iskandar Khayon, formerly of the Thousands Sons as he searches for some meaning in the chaotic existence that the Traitor Legions now endure within the Eye of Terror. Haunted by ghosts of his past and the destruction of his homeworld, Prospero,
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Heinz Reinhardt
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this was a reread, I won't say too much, especially as this is one of the most heavily reviewed BL novels ever published. My voice will be lost in the chorus.
Aaron is a brilliant writer, he may even be a brilliant man, but he is not so detached with his genuine intellect to divorce himself from his emotional center. I think this is why so many adore his writing: he refuses to talk down to anyone, and though he is clearly smarter than the average, he is also willing to lay open his heart.
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Brett Bricker
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once and a while a book comes your way that is truly remarkable. A book where you drop everything and totally engross yourself within its words. The Talons of Horus by Aaron Dembski-Bowden is a masterpiece of science fiction and the best book I have read regarding the Warhammer 30k-40k universe. Sorry Dan Abnett, you might have been eclipsed.

The Talon of Horus is a fascinating journey through a part of the Warhammer Universe that has always been a bit of mystery to me: the Warp and Chaos.
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Leland
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far one of the best Warhammer 40k novels out there. Aaron Dembski-Bowden has convinced me that he is at least the equal of Dan Abnett in the pantheon of 40k writers, and I didn't think I'd ever say that about any other 40k writer. Dembski-Bowden brought life to the rise of Chaos earlier in The First Heretic, part of the Horus Heresy series. No wonder Black Library chose him to write the Black Legion series. In this series (two books so far) he turns his pen to the beginnings of the Black ...more
Sean Twist
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhams
This was as 40K as all heck. As all get out. Man, you want some 40K delivered like a Tony Iommi riff to your midsection that sets your hair on fire and makes your eyes glow with warpfire, then this is the novel for you. You'd better strap yourself to a good chair before you open this book. Heck, you better make sure that chair is bolted to the floor. You can probably get a good deal on an industrial bolt thing at Home Depot if you tell them you're going to read THE TALON OF HORUS by Aaron ...more
John Vance
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bowden’s Night Lords trilogy is by far, my favorite anything from Black Library. I won’t go into detail because if you’re reading The Talon of Horus, then you’ve read that. Repeatedly probably.

I really wanted to be bored with this book. It’s been done a few too many times recently. A first book in a planned trilogy about bad guys in the 40k universe. The first book builds the world we’ll be inhabiting for the duration of the series. It makes total sense to do this, but now, I just see the
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Tomas
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honestly this is one of ADB's best works and possibly one of the Black Library's best entries ever. The characters are deliciously evil (in a fun way, you enjoy watching them be bad), the journey they go on is compelling, and when you meet Abaddon finally, it's a great payoff to see how he can be a leader of men worthy of respecting, even if his aims are set absolutely against the Imperium's. The narrator in particular was well done and I always felt like he was holding my attention in the way ...more
Paul McClenaghan
I've always loved the lore behind the traitor legions.
Talon of Horus walks us up to and through, the genesis of the black legion. An amazingly descriptive take on the point of view held by those who rallied to the banner of Horus and ultimately fell with him.

Iskandar is our eyes and portal into the genesis of the rag tag band that becomes the black legion.
I have the audio book and the hard copy.

A must read for those who prefer the true side to the Horus uprising.
Ramanan Sivaranjan
I enjoyed this book. A look at the weird world of the warp in Warhammer 40,000. It’s a look at how the Chaos Space Marines regroup under the leadership of Abaddon. The ending felt a bit rushed, but that might be my only complaint with the novel. As genre fiction goes it is excellent. Like Helsreach, I thought it was well written. I will need to find more books by the author.
Eric Smith
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40k
So damn good! The tone, the story, the implications and the characters are fantastic. I throughly enjoy the way it’s written as a reminiscence of events the main character has experienced and his asides and comments and musings on various subjects as he tells the story is wonderful. Starting the next one ASAP.
nooker
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an odd meandering story that didn't even really mention the Black Legion until the last quarter. I'm not real sure what the first 3 quarters of the book were really for other than to just lay out background for the main character who was a Thousand Sons sorcerer. Still the stories were fun and the final act really paid off.
Ηλίας Τσιάρας
A thoroughly enjoyable read. I don't play any Warhammer tabletops (too pricey for me) but I love the lore behind it. This book lets the reader see through the Traitor Marines eyes, their twisted (but not so) perspective. I really loved the main character Iskandar to a point that if I ever start playing 40k, I will definitely be a Black Legionnaire!
Alasdair
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man. If this series can keep up this quality then this could be up there with the best of Warhammer fiction. An excellent history and telling with actually interesting characters. The smartest thing that ADB does is to humanize inhuman characters.
Miles Drake
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent introspective piece on the nature of being a renegade and a heretic. Khayon's narrative is a very intriguing approach to the typically more single sided approach of being corrupted by chaos.

Also, this sheds much needed light on Abaddon's rise to power.

4.5/5
David
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never thought that a book could be written that made me root for Chaos...but he did.

Honestly, this book is joining the ranks of the Eisenhorn series - this is one I’ll come back to as a great read all on its own.

Intriguing novel - really looking forward to more in this series.
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