The Talon of Horus
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...more
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 ...more
This is the best thing put out by BL to date and the most beautiful, wonderful and utterly singular novel by Aaron Dembski-Bowden.
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 ...more
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 ...more
Small spoiler annex "oh-my-god now I really want to read this"-statement: (view spoiler)[This story is how ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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. ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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.
Also, this sheds much needed light on Abaddon's rise to power.
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.