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Plague War

(Dark Imperium #2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  452 ratings  ·  23 reviews

In the void and upon the worlds of Greater Ultramar, the battle for the Imperium continues. Intent on rebuilding his home realm and using it as base to reconstruct the ravaged stellar empire of mankind, the returned primarch Roboute Guilliman proceeds with his war to drive Mortarion and his Death Guard Traitor Legion from the domain of the Ultramarines. But when Guilliman

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Published October 13th 2018 by Black Library
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May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Plague War was excellent. Not only for the great action that occurs, but also for the deep insight into the Emperor's actions during the time of the Great Crusade.

Mortarion and the Death Guard have come to Parmenio. They are continuing the campaign against Gulliman and the Ultramarines. Meanwhile, there is a young girl displaying the powers of an Imperial Saint. That is always an interesting concept made more so by Guilliman's presence. His take on the divinity of the Emperor coupled with what
This might be a four to a five star read, I am just very confused with the order in which certain things happen. I am looking forward to reading what book 3 will reveal.
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The current Warhammer setting continues to be defined. It’s exciting to read about the Risen Primarch and the state of the galaxy. This book could easily be a trilogy in and of itself because the scale is tremendous. The action is passable but the choice of the POV characters, not including Guilliman, are a little head scratching. The villains seemed a tad cartoony and the space portion of the climactic battle is rushed. The question of the relationship between Guilliman and the Ministorum is ...more
Andrew Peel
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I would have given it 4 stars of it weren't for the over!y excessive descriptions relating to the P!argue God's work. We all get it they relate to decay, but 3 pages to describe a soldiers body being deformed while a demon comes out? I've had this problem with Hayley's Warhammer writing before, to the point where I skip while pages.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: games-workshop
Much like the first one, this was just boring more than bad.

There's no escalation, just a bunch of POVs until a fight happens - the fight being the crux of the book, I suppose, but since it's quite obvious who is and isn't going to die it's not that exciting. The constant jumping around interrupts the flow of things, and as a result it's hard to really get attached to any of the characters or care about what's happening in different places. It was easier to get into than the second one (mostly
Matthew Hipsher
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was awesome. You can tell when a book is planned to push a box set it's tied to in the model game, because every part of this story makes you want to learn more about the characters and to delve further in the 40K universe.

This story follows the 2 PRimarchs Roboute Guilliman and Mortarion as their armies prepare to battle. There is also a sub story of the "faith" portion of each army, he Death Guard being fully committed to Nurgle, vs the Imperium and their split faith on whether the
John Vance
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent continuation of this particular series. There are parts that drag but that seems like it should be that way. 40k is grimdark because of the horrors of the galaxy that want to destroy mankind, but also because mankind is made up of pure bureaucracy. Like the movie Brazil surrounded by murderous aliens. Life in the imperium is either a waste at a mind numbing repetitive job until you die or you’re a soldier and you die a scary and horrible death. That’s what this book is. Boring but ...more
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Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable book, albeit not as good as its predecessor. Plague War struggles under its own weight a bit. It attempts to tell three stories, separate but intertwined: Guilliman's wrestling with the Imperial Church, Primaris Marine Justinian attempting to assimilate into the Novamarines, and the Battle of Parmenio itself. In concept, this is a fine approach; in execution, it was a little sloppy.
Of the three, the story about Justinian was the most interesting and the best-written. Unfortunately,
Michael Dodd
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to 2017’s Dark Imperium and the second book in the trilogy, this continues the story of Guilliman’s ongoing battle against the forces of his brother Mortarion. With the Death Guard rampaging throughout Greater Ultramar, Guilliman makes for embattled Parmenio where he hopes to bring Mortarion to battle and kill his corrupted brother once and for all. Forces from both sides of the conflict are drawn to Parmenio, from Mortarion’s daemonic allies to the great space station Galatan, while ...more
I'm a little bit disappointed in this. Their not that much in this book especially the first half of it. Its basically a giant waiting game for the two of the primarch (Mortarion & Guilliman) to duke it out. But the last 3 chapter is worth the read. The point of view of the Astartes to the imperium cult and their interaction to the primaris is also interesting. As for the confrontation of Guilliman to his primarch brother fall a bit short if it comes to the actual fight but their ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the finest 40k Novel I have ever read. I applaud Guy Haley for blowing me away. This was a true Space Opera of unimaginable depth and gripping the inherent fabric of the human condition. From the onset of the Plague War the arch the Guilliman takes on is unbelievable. He transcends and the hidden layers of character development for future works are all but reminiscent of former foes from the Heresy long ago. The initial battle seems to be reminiscent of Osigliath from Return of the ...more
Jim Brannan
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it

An in depth look at an anti imperial campaign and at a primarch returned and all that means to him and those that surround him. I grew to like the detail of 40k warfare over the course of the book from both sides of the conflict.
Chad Morrison
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new Champion for the Ultramarines Guy Haley

Guy Haley does a great job of building on previous Ultramarine authors, bringing a new sound to their voices and breathing life into the Universe. Looking forward to the next book.
René Fenz
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better then the previous one
Markus Heinel
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book and the ending was perfect! Can't wait for the 3rd Book
Not a great follow up to Dark Imperium but not bad over all. Guiliman is still cool and torn and the Great Unclean ones are all interesting.
Roberto Golović
It was decent but felt like a filler without enough story being revealed.
David Allen
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastically well written, always a pleasure reading anything written by Guy. A must read for anyone trying to follow current events in 40k.
Yousif Hawaj
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great book!
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40-000
Great read, really interesting view into how the current setting is developing.
Cant wait for the next.
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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