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Black Legion

(Black Legion #2)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  653 ratings  ·  55 reviews

The Sons of Horus may be no more, but rising from their ashes come the Black Legion. Returning after his long self-imposed exile, Abaddon offers the disparate Chaos Space Marine warbands within the Eye of Terror a simple choice join him or die. As his newborn war host emerges from the Eye of Terror to ravage the galaxy, none can stand in Abaddons path, not even the Black

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published August 5th 2017 by Black Library
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is the follow up to "The Talon of Horus". The first book was good but nothing amazing. The sequel? Awesome!

This is the foundational story for the Black Legion and how they differ from the other Chaos Legions (the original 9 traitor legions). While each of those 9 Legions, in one form or another, worship an individual Dark Power the Black Legion will use the powers of Chaos but not trust the intentions of the Dark Powers. The reason is simple-while they (the Dark Gods) offer tremendous
Veronica Anrathi
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 40k
From shame and shadow recast, in black and gold reborn.
Black Legion was everything I expected and more. It's not easy to write a review, even a little one, when your emotions swing between absolute rapture and miserable weeping about the fact you just finished it and a lot of time will pass till you'll be able to read the next part. It was fantastic, a worthy sequel to the Talon of Horus, just as amusing and powerful. One of my favorite things about these books is the first person narrative, we
Luke Courtney
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read and enjoyed the previous installment of this series, I was most eager to get my hands on this book; the hints of what was to come left at the end of Talon of Horus were certainly designed to entice you with the prospect of great things to come, and in my opinion, that's exactly what this book delivered.

Continuing on from where Talon of Horus left off, Black Legion begins with the armies of Ezekyle Abaddon preparing to return to fight the only war that matters; the war with the
Marc Collins
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If there is one thing, one concept, one sentiment in the marrow of this novel, then it is that. Vindicta. Vengeance. Not casual revenge but the hate that burns inside every veteran of the Long War. While Talon of Horus took its time, caught in the weft and weave of its characters indecision and ennui, Black Legion burns with the desire to be free. The demand to be remembered.

Black Legion returns us to Khayon and his drawn out confession to the Inquisition; a format which continues to
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It didn't quite punch me as hard as the first one, but the series is, in my limited experience, shaping up to be one of the best Warhammer sagas.
If anything, I'm now a fervent fan of the forces of Chaos.
Ηλίας Τσιάρας
The only reason this book didn't get the fifth star is that the writer tends to repeat himself when he describes certain persons, especially warriors with Butcher's Nails and their facial spasms. Other than that, the action scenes are great, the same goes for the characterization of the main protagonists. Really looking forward for the next book in the series
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ADB strikes again with his marvelous, vivid depiction of the inhabitants of the warp following the scouring. Black Legion is lore-rich and effectively creates the internal stakes within the warp as paramount importance. This book is a must read for any 40k, Horus Heresy or Warhammer fan in general. It really answers the questions left after the traitors fled into the eye of terror, and the development of the newly formed factions. Although this is the 2nd book in this apparent trilogy planned. I ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another dark Warhammer story. Why do I enjoy these? Ha why do I agree to keep listening? Why have they become fantasy I like? So many questions. The world is just so elaborate and interesting. Definitely enjoyed it.
Callum Shephard
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do I really need to say anything? Really, just look at who is writing it. By this point, even on his worst day Aaron Dembski-Bowden is still offering B+ and A- level material to read. Even when you wholeheartedly disagree with his views of the setting or depiction of events, the character drama and execution of many key ideas makes it a stellar story. The Black Legion is no exception here and, honestly, it's another extremely strong outing from this author.

Building upon what we were offered
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
You can read teh full review over at my blog:

Aarons first Black Legion novel, The Talon of Horus was a rather sublime novel. It beat and challenged many of my expectations that I had going in, and proved to be one of the best Warhammer 40,000 books Ive read to date. Which is no small feat, truly. It explored the psyche of the Sons of Horus as they transform into the Black Legion, led by the returned Ezekyle Abaddon and a coalition of champions from other
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Master of Mankind" left a bad taste in my mouth, but I've never been able to leave well enough alone, so here I am again. "Black Legion" is a brisk weekend read, the second part in Aaron Dembski-Bowden's open-ended series.

Dembksi-Bowden's stock-in-trade is elevating "bolter porn" and shouty bald men with chainsaw swords into memorable encounters and endearing characters. That's why I hated "Master of Mankind" so much: it was a rare misstep, in which the author populated a story with a pack of
Andrew Ziegler
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Glorious. Like the Talon of Horus before it, this was a wonderful novel. I am starting to hate ADB like I hate Dan Abnett for making me care so damn much. ADB might be worse because like his brilliant Night Lords trilogy he is making me care about the BAD GUYS. I have been emersed in the 40k universe for 25 years, and as a Space Marine player, I have been much like an actual Space Marine psycho-indoctrinated to HATE HATE HATE the heretic. But frigging ADB is covering me with the filthy of chaos ...more
Bastiaan Vergoossen
'We are returned'. So they say, those blackest of legionairs. Luckily for us fans, the have returned indeed, in an all new novel. A few thoughts on this one, mild spoilers ahead. _ _ _ _ _

The first chapter, that assassination scene. Well, that was some extraordinairy stuff, some psykers methods not seen before in a 40k novel. New and enjoyable. The 'storytelling by Khayon' - writing style is very pleasing for a reader, nice way to delve into this history of the black legion. At moments, you are
Mike Allan
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ADB kicks so much ass it's unreal. A cavalcade of ass kicking. He has, in my opinion, dethroned Dan Abnett as the Black Library's best writer (heresy!). He matches Abnett's skill in plotting and crafting action scenes while bringing a voice that conveys the atmosphere of the grim darkness like no other. And nowhere is that voice stronger than when it takes the form of Iskandar Khayon.

"Black Legion" resumes soon after "The Talon of Horus", allowing that "soon" means something very different for
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40k
I have to say, out of all of Dembski-Bowden's book series, his Black Legion series has been some of his best writing to date.

There is a fair bit going on in this book, and it actually works fairly well as opposed to being overwhelming. There are a number of plot points that Aaron works out through this novel, and each leads to a nice finish while still setting up for the third book.

As I had mentioned in my review of the previous book, Aaron's love of putting super unique things into his books
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After a gap of several years, the Black Legion series kicks back into gear with the eponymous novel that picks up in the aftermath of the Talon of Horus with the new born Black Legion fighting to establish themselves as the preeminent power in the Great Eye.

Everything that is hinted at in ToH is visited in greater scope and with greater ambition - characters who were briefly mention in Khayon's narration previously are now fleshed out somewhat and others who were a focal point before are now
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adam Demski Bowden (not Guy Haley as Goodreads says for some reason) shouldn't be writing tie-in genre fiction for toy soldiers.

ADB should be writing sweeping science-fantasy epics. Because he's bloody good at this.

40K novels are my guilty pleasure and have been for 20 years. And they mainly follow a pattern. Paper-thin muscle men furiously fight each other because reasons, and the author explains in gross detail about what a hand grenade does to the human sternum. Great for a teenager. Hollow
Stefan Popovici
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to The Talon of Horus and second in the Black Legion series.

Following the events of the last book, the Black Legion has come out into the open and started to gather more and more forces around Abaddon. At the same time, another rival warlord rises under the blessings of the Chaos gods to challenge Ezekyle and his followers.

Meanwhile, Khayon struggles with the direction the Legion is moving in as well as his own role and purpose. This leads to an interesting and constantly changing
Michael Dodd
Oct 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again narrated by Iskandar Khayon, this picks up some time after The Talon of Horus and sees the burgeoning Black Legion asserting their strength within the Eye of Terror. While rival warlord Thagus Davarek opposes them at every step, despite Khayons assassination attempts, Abaddons gaze turns to a power that will set him on his fateful path.

While this instalment perhaps doesnt quite capture the magic of the first book, its clear that the series is developing into a slow-burning,
Heinz Reinhardt
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From Shame and Shadow Recast, in Black and Gold Reborn.

ADB's second outing in his Black Legion series is an excellent read, showcasing the motivations behind the various Black Crusades (what the Chaos Marines call The Long War), the fighting between the Nine Legions inside the Eye, and the struggles to bring their vengeance upon an Imperium that, almost entirely, assumes they no longer exist.
So much has already been said by others so I'll leave it at that. Great story, very highly recommended.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This 2nd book in ADB's Black Legion/Abbadon series was great! I think i enjoyed Talon of Horus (the first volume) just a bit more however.

I'm just a little surprised this book didn't feature more of the 1st actual Black Crusade, or Abbadon's search for Drach'nyan. Really expected that to be where this was going, and then the book ended rather suddenly from my perspective. It was a super fun read, but i'm already eagerly waiting for more.

ADB has rapidly become one of my favorite authors in
A good book. I feel it's weighed down a bit with having resolve a lot of connective tissue before getting on with the Black Legion proper. For example, the first four chapters might have been better as a short story, or maybe the entire series could have been a true anthology from more than just Khayon's perspective.

Still, the payoff is there with Sigismund. Dembski-Bowden seems to have a knack for really exposing the loyalist Astartes as twits.
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was a kind of melodramatic memoir as told from the viewpoint of a Black Legion warrior, formerly of the Thousand Sons, recalling the formation of Abaddon's Black Legion and the First Black Crusade. It is very introspective with bursts of action and the ending void battle is noteworthy. All in all, it is a slow burn of a read and in that way very fulfilling and substantive in a way that bolter porn is not.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Following up where the Talon of Horus left off, this story continues the perspective of Iskandar Khayon as he and the rest of the Black Legion begin the first Black Crusade. Highly recommended for fans of 40K lore, especially if you're looking for a perspective on the Chaos Marines that goes beyond MAIM! KILL! BURN!!!
Chris Dennison
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I can't help but feel this book is missing something. The Character of Abaddon has been rewritten from the big bad of the 40k universe to a respectful leader who inspires those around him and his continued retcon does not sit well with this long time gamer. The story is exceedingly well written and the author does give hints as to what is in store for Abaddon but it just doesn't feel right.
John Vance
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first book BUUUUT...The Night Lords trilogy being my favorite 40k by far I cant seem to give this a fair shake. This is a damn fine series and eagerly await the third book, but I cant seem to give it 5 stars. Just read this series, and if you havent read the Night Lords trilogy yet then what are you waiting for? ...more
Selim Tlili
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly gripping and engaging sequel to the talon of Horus.

I am a big fan of ADB and his writing style- he does a great job of finding the interesting details that make the bad guys have a streak of positive trappings. I love how he explores the realities of the life of vile space marauders.

Probably one of the best Warhammer series I have read. Cant wait to continue this series!
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I am bookclubbing this series with my son, and I am loving this series. Dembski-Bowden has created characters that I am interested in and want to find out what happens to them. The battle and fight scenes are deftly handled. We cannot wait for the next book in this series. The only draw back is that at times I felt we lost the connection to the other supporting characters.
Sam Breitenbauch
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good story. Great premise. Heartrending at times

While this wasn't what I expected. I found it more than satisfying. With ample room for a third book at least Iskandar Kyon is a new favorite of mine. Possible he is now my top chaos hero as well. And I'm a Death Guard player ha ha
Lee Frost
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ADB you truly are a master! Once again I'm left with a void knowing that I've finished a truly magnificent story and that its follow up has not even been started yet.
Aaron Dembski Bowden...please write faster!
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