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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Building upon what we were offered ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"Black Legion" resumes soon after "The Talon of Horus", allowing that "soon" means something very different for ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
While this instalment perhaps doesnt quite capture the magic of the first book, its clear that the series is developing into a slow-burning, ...more
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.
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 ...more
Still, the payoff is there with Sigismund. Dembski-Bowden seems to have a knack for really exposing the loyalist Astartes as twits.
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.
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! ...more
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