The Solar War
The Siege of Terra Book 1
After years of devastating war, Horus and his forces have arrived at Terra. But before they can set foot on the Throneworld, they must first break the defences of the Sol System. Powerful fleets and cunning defences bar their path – but can anything hope to halt the advance of the Traitor armada?
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The final act of the long-running, bestselling seriearmada?
Horus has turned, the Loyalists have paid a bitter price on Istvaan and now the Traitors are moving towards Terra. A battle fought not only in reality but also in the Emperyean, this is the penultimate struggle for Terra. Chaos backed Horus and his corrupt Legions and Guard units are coming. Rogal Dorn, the Praetorian of Terra, is busy making sure the Imperial ...more
More appropriate questions are more likely along the lines of how this series will be treated. Will it be a simple continuation of the Horus Heresy? What will be changed in the build-up to the siege i ...more
It is the first book in the final act of the Horus Heresy Saga, so it has to really set the scene. It is also the beginning of the largest battle of the entire Horus Heresy, so it had to be big on so many levels and I could easily have imagined a story about something so vast easily getting confusing and becoming unfocussed especially with so man ...more
This book is fast paced, entertaining and engaging.
I appreciated how the writer developed the plots, being able to manage the complexity without any plot hole, the well developed characters and the world building.
It's the first book I read by this author and won't be the last.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
I never really have been a fan of the Imperial Fists, but they are truly the Praetorians of the Imperium. Sigismund is an absolute Beast. Unfortunately I am sad at the White Scars in this, specifically, Jubal... aside from that I loved it. Loken is the man.
The battle for the solar system is quite epic, the strategies in both sides are thrilling, and as the battle unfolds i coudnt keep myself from reading more and more. The Imperial Fists particularly are, on the loyalist side, the main protagonists, and they do ...more
The Solar War breaks the mold and raises the bar considerably. It is the first book that reads like a decent military SF novel and has solid tempo throughout, with several surpises and reversals.
Highly recommended, even if you have skipped the majority of the prev ...more
John French is a master at describing conflict in the warhammer universe. The book picked up quickly and held my interest throughout. His scenes with the emperor were particularly fascinating. I also want to give him a ton of credit for being one of the few authors that successfully captures the massive scale of the warhammer universe. This was a great sendoff for John French and all the great work he's done in the Horus Heresy.
There are some great charecter momments and some of the charecter building such as Ahriman and Abbadon are a hightlight of the book. In fact, I would say that one of the few places this novel truly sucseeds is the little momments. Conversation between The Emperor and Malcador, Abbadon's back story, Ahrimans doubts and repulsion toward the Word Bears, Jaghatai Khan and the White Scars charecters, all great! Additionally the naval warfare aspects - while ...more
At the start of this book I felt it wasn't possible. There are just too many characters, too many plots entwining: I thought these final novels could never feel like coherent individual stories. By the middle of it I was sold. Manages to handle a huge cast of characters, 4 separate w ...more
The book returns to some of the characters from the start of the series - Mersadie & Logan - and is was fun to read their story of the start of the invasion.
The book includes mass space battles, many (many) deaths as the loyalists attempt to slow down Horus' treachery. The pace f ...more
Honestly, I'm far to immature to not enjoy Primarchs talking about Uranus, let alone an entire book with that planet as the naval perimeter of action.
It's a good book though, much more driven than the meandering end of the Horus Heresy novels. Hopefully the rest of the series follows this book's pace.
On the other hand, bolter porn is pretty boring. I don't know if any of it matters besides trying to carve some scenes for Sigismund. Boring acti ...more
I really appreciate the copy for review!!