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Dark Imperium

(Dark Imperium #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,016 ratings  ·  84 reviews
The galaxy has changed. Darkness spreads, warp storms split reality and Chaos is everywhere – even Ultramar. As Roboute Guilliman's Indomitus Crusade draws to a close, he must brave the perils of the warp to reach his home and save it from the depredations of the Plague God.

It's a new beginning for the Warhammer 40,000 universe! Guy Haley crafts a tale
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Published 2017 by Black Library
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cristi_red Hey Michael,

This is the first book in a standalone series as far as I know, but the story about how it came to be that Guilliman is alive and leading…more
Hey Michael,

This is the first book in a standalone series as far as I know, but the story about how it came to be that Guilliman is alive and leading the Imperium can be read in the Gathering Storm series (Fall of Cadia, Fracture of Biel-Tan, Rise of the Primarch).

All three novels in the Gathering storm series are pretty short (<150pg), and were campaign supplements for the tabletop i think.

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Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Dark Imperium was truly excellent. Set in the "current" Warhammer 40K universe it tells the story of the Primarch Roboute Guilliman of the Ultramarines.

In the wake of the events of Abbadon's 13th Crusade, a Primarch has risen to defend the Imperium. This is the story of how he went about reorganizing the Imperium and the Ultramarine star system of Ultramar. This book went a long ways towards explaining the hows, why and whats of the events during the Dark Imperium. The Indomitus Crusade is over
Marc Collins
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A solid new entry into the 40k pantheon. Dark Imperium has some decent action sequences, and the fluff is built upon nicely by Haley. The stuff regarding the Primaris marines needed further development, and I was disappointed not to read more about Mortarion in this entry. A lot to look forward to in the future.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well here we are, the beginning of the next chapter in 40k history; the return of the Avenging Son. Roboute Guilliman has been on death's door for thousands of years, struck down after the Horus Heresy and nearly slain. This book details events that have spurred the new lore in the 8th edition of the Warhammer 4ok tactical wargame. As always, the game writes the lore, and it has for many decades now.
Guilliman was revived by the master of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the rogue genius Belisarius Cawl.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gathering Storm brought us the biggest thing that happen in current 40k story.

A return of a Primarch


The primarch is a big deal for the warhammer series but also in the franchise in general. For long as I could remember the story of the series was never progress until they introduce the Gathering Storm. Now GW cocktease engine heat up for the next chapter.

Dark Imperium stick close core to the main series and focuses upon Roboute Guilliman sometimes refereed as “Avenging Son”, “The Master of
Vincent Knotley
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An exceptional first step into the future of Games Workshop's far flung and grim future. Though it could be argued that the end comes a little quicker than one might desire, this fact serves to reinforce the bedrock of a quite excellent tale.

There's a miss or two here and there, as with all books. Certain characters yearn for just one more interaction as all who foster our intrigue might.

What Dark Imperium does is fling open the doors to a future of the IP which I for one cannot wait to see
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I'm starting to suspect Guy Haley doesn't know how to write endings.
It just ends. Like, there is some resolution, but you don't get the vibe of an ending nor climax from it.
It's rather "this seems a good point to end this session" than an actual ending.
Dunno how are his sequels. Hope they are better.

I mostly agree more with the flaws other reviews had already pointed out, but I think that John Banks isn't the narrator for me.

I don't know, he is not a bad narrator and sometimes he is very
Alexander Draganov
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very generous to give four stars to this, but that's what a fanboy would do.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a great book and read and I commend GW on taking a brave step forward. However I think it needed more Guilliman. He is so superbly written in this, it's just a shame he only appears in about 6 chapters.
Linton Newton
While there are some amazing parts of this novel, it is unfortunate that there are also a large amount of lacking elements. The exposition is tedious, there is a lack of plotlines or overall story in this novel and many scenes are just boring.
Keamy Loken
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved it, great story, good pacing everything I hoped for and more.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read especially for a new comer

I to the book was well around a great read d especially for someone like me who is new to the Warhammer word. Have me a new respect for Robute Gulliman that I did have before.
Chaz Sexington
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Dark Imperium is a forgettable, but not awful, novel that is only noteworthy for being the first novel to field the Primaris Space Marines. While there's plenty of promise for intrigues and excitement regarding how the Space Marine Chapters will accept their new brothers and Guilliman clashing with the Ecclesiarchy, it just doesn't quite get there. It lacks direction, with no real plot to speak of, and the chapters feel extremely disjointed. With a bit of solid editing and rework, this could've ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. Guy Haley is set a monumental and arguablytask- to set the background for a whole new generation of Warhammer 40,000 fluff. One has to say that it is a task that would challenge any author, even some of the Black Library's bigger hitters like Abnett and Dembski-Bowden but he carries it off well.

He is presented with a very different Imperium, facing a radically exacerbated threat from the forces of Chaos and the need to use all the rebranded names for stuff. Here we
Michael Dodd
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Opening with Guilliman and Fulgrim’s fateful duel 10,000 years in the past, this focuses thereafter on the conclusion of Roboute Guilliman’s Indomitus Crusade, a little over 100 years after the events of the Gathering Storm.

This is a novel with multiple aims, but what it doesn’t do is try to answer every question about what’s changed in 40k. It doesn’t detail the immediate aftermath of Guilliman’s rebirth or explain what Cawl was doing all along…instead it offers occasional hints to a lot of
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new age beckons for the Imperium! This is where it all starts! Read it! It has very good dialogue!

I had many presumptions for this one. All in all, I thought this’d be another story packed with bolter p*rn. This was before reading Dante, and The Devastation of Baal very soon after. Guy Haley has very fast become one of my favourite 40K writers!

So again, read this piece of 40k literature! I'm off to Dark Imperium: Plague War !
Matthew Hipsher
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was written to coincide with the release of the board game box set by the same name, and is bound by the same narrative found in the game, Ultramarines vs Death Guard. The plot is meh, as the universe of the 40K game is vast and this book has such a narrow scope, but Roboute Guilliman does have a great character arc, and reveals some major insight into the Emperor of Man. On the flip side, the characters of the Death Guard are your run of the mill "bad guys" and don't have the same ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This one really surprised me with the quality and the actual story progress. Bobby G's existential dread was a nice added bonus.
Lemuel CyroN Salubo
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The next progression of the story of Warhammer 40k is well told by Guy Haley in this book. I always wondered whether there would be named Primaris marines and they are pretty much brought to the front by Guilliman himself. Interesting to see where the conflict between them and the Death Guard would go to. Nice start for 8th edition lore!
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had its moments - Haley really captures the bigness of everything in the 40K universe.

Unfortunately, the book's critical flaw - one I find in many novice authors, is that it feels more like a number of short stories strung together.

All in all, a fun read at its best when dealing with the primarch's reaction to how times have changed millenia after his near-death, but it doesn't quite rise to the heights of Eisenhorn either.
Kevin Stillman
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it

The good: The book serves to "conclude" the story of the Heresy-era Ultramarines and to further the story of the 41st/42nd Millennium Ultramarines! And it does so by bringing the most Ultra of the Heresy Era Ultramarines, Roboute Guilliman, into the 42nd Millennium! He gets to meet Black Library's primary Ultramarine protagonist, which sent me into spasms of fanboy glee.

The characterization of both Guilliman and Marneus Calgar were the narrative highlights of the book. The Rise of the Primarch
O.k., finished at last. What started with an impressing story to read devolved into typical Warhammer bolter-and-sword-porn, so I take one point off from my first impression.

The story starts with Lord Guilliman in internal conflict between the WH30K era "Imperial Truth", mixed with WH40K era description of everyone wanting to believe in his divinity (and, of course, that of big E). Reading of a planetary assault that had nearly Heinleinesque "hard scifi" descriptions of the new Primus armour and
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wh40k
Well written book with an interesting story (of how Bobby reacts to the zealous Imperium), though as it is supposed to be a trilogy, nothing actually gets resolved in this book.

However, as this is tied to release of the Primaris Space Marines in the tabletop game, all of the action is focused on them. These parts, though only about 4-5 of them thorough the book, are written like a shameless advertisement. After reading how efficient and so much better they are for the upteenth time (not to
John McDonnell
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
An adequate read. Dissappointed that while the book told about the story of Guilliman's wounding, and placing in stasis, the story then jumps 100 years on and briefly covers the awakening period of his life. I was of the understanding that this period was to have be explained (rather than buy an $80 book to read the fluff). All up a typical Black Library novel, nothing exceptional, a fireside filler.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
Primari$ $pace Marine$

The sad part is that there are interesting nuggets--imperial creed, Calgar's demotion, Cawl's trustworthiness--but the product placement is so over the top that it trumps the narrative.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: black-library
This book just left me wanting more from it. Nothing really happened, and apart from Guilliman, no characters really stood out. Nice cameos from some of the older Ultramarines, but the story felt more like a scene setting than an epic tale. Wanted more from this.
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first learned of Roboute Gulliman, the Primarch of the Ultramarines Legion of Space Marines, I couldn't help, but make comparisons between him and my favorite comic book character, Steve Rogers AKA Captain America. Both Gulliman and Cap are blond haired, tactical geniuses, who favor the color blue, and are exemplars of the ideals they fight for. And when Games Workshop brought Gulliman back in 2017 he and Steve Rogers came to share another trait; Both are men out of time. It's a quality ...more
Simeon Velchevski
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent "modern" era 40k book, with well crafted glimpses into the mind of Roboute Guilliman - the Ultramarines primarch, and Regent of Terra. The pacing was almost perfect, though I found some of the jumps between character POVs jarring and unnecessary, especially the ones about Mortarion and the Chaos side (more on that a bit later). Where the book stands out is the portrayal of life and war under the rule of a primarch who knows what they're doing.

SPOILERS below, tread carefully:

Swords & Spectres
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dark Imperium, for me, is an absolutely fantastic book for those who are looking at getting back into the Black Library books but don’t want to be massively confused. It gives you scenes from the Horus Heresy as a sort of prologue and then brings you into the present day Imperium for the rest of the book.

The underlying plot is Roboute Guilliman trying to take the Imperium by the scruff of the neck and turn it into a body that the Emperor, himself and his fallen brothers would have recognised and
Travis Stunt
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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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.

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