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The Solar War

(The Siege of Terra #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  340 ratings  ·  39 reviews

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?

The final act of the long-running, bestselling seriearmada?


Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 18th 2019 by Black Library (first published March 16th 2019)
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Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The Solar War was superb. John French does a great job with describing the start of the infamous Solar campaign of the Heresy.

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
Michael Dodd
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Siege of Terra – the final chapter of the Horus Heresy – begins with John French’s The Solar War, which tells the story of the colossal void war that forms the opening stage of the Siege. To the backdrop of the largest void battles imaginable it weaves together a compelling, character-led tale of duty, honour, determination and even hope. While Mersadie Oliton desperately searches for a way back to Terra and Sigismund seeks out atonement in battle, Abaddon cleaves to the path laid out for hi ...more
Callum Shephard
So, the Horus Heresy has ended, and a few of you are likely asking questions. To get the big one out of the way first: Yes, the previous novels will get a look. I just need to get them out of storage or for life to sit down, shut up and start behaving for once in its miserable existence.

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
Daniel Harris
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Solar War was always going to be a difficult story to execute well. There is so much anticipation and so many technical challenges with this story.

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
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40k
And they're off and running! John French is an amazing writer, and his prose, particularly when he is writing scenes with the Emperor, are evocative and lyrical. He has a firm grasp of the mythological roots of the Horus Heresy story. Since this is his last contribution to the Heresy, he concludes with a very personal afterword in which he describes how and why he wrote it the way he did. This has reminded me I need to finish his Ahriman novels.
Ben Stimpson
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home
Slight slow start and once it got going it was great , I still think Preatorian of Dorn was better but a solid start to the new mini series and some touching moments when we revisit characters we haven't seen for a while
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good start for a new series.
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.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At stages I just wanted this to end or get to the point, but this is an important new chapter for 40K so it needed to be what it is. Lots and lots of things to proccess in here...
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredible... I honestly cannot contain the joy i had reading.

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.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horus-heresy
A grand start to the Siege of Terra. In this book you return to follow some household characters in the Horus Heresy, such as Sigismund, Abaddon, Loken, and Mersadie Olton, the remembrancer from the first books of the HH series.

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
Great start for the final battle.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to think that the HH Black Library books could only reach a certain low standard and simply provide some decent entertainment reading about favorite characters from the rich fluff that surrounds Warhammer.

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
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant start to the new series, huge in scope without losing its intimate character moments, French has set the bar VERY high for the next book.
Luke Jensen
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great start to the siege of terra series!

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.

Hawke Embers
Good to a point but ultimatly flawed.
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
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The final moments to this epic saga take place in this novel. The scale is on a nearly unimaginable level. The action represents the greatest void battles in human history. Long standing characters meet heart wrenching deaths that pass like sparks from a fire which highlight their poignancy. Warmaster Horus brilliantly brings Chaos to Terra’s orbit. I greatly look forward to the next installment in the series.
Andrew Peel
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shows how to write 40k novels involving Chaos without going into lurid descriptions of guys etc unlike some other authors in the series. A great start to the Siege of Terra lets hope the others can keep up the standard.
Skywatcher Adept
"Solar War" is the first book where Abaddon behaves more intelligent than Loken.
汗屍 勞
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer
John French is no Dan Abnett or Chris Wright, and you can tell
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Vernon Burt
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got excited and read this one despite not having completed the 50(!)+ books that came before this one in the Horus heresy series. Sadly, I probably should have read more the Horus Heresy first since the book clearly expected me to have already done so. On the positive side, this book contains the best descriptions of space naval action I've ever read in a Black Library novel and those scenes make the entire book a must read. On the other hand, there's another of those remembrancer-daemon-saint ...more
James Fishwick
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer, sci-fi
The Horus Heresy series has been running for 13 years, 55 novels, a dozen or so limited novellas, and now they're trying to pull it together to a satisfying ending in just half a dozen novels... That's quite a task.

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
Declan Waters
The Solar War is the beginning of the end in the epic Horus Heresy series from Black Library. Horus' fleet has arrived at Sol and must get to the Emperor's palace on Terra - fortified by Dorn.

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
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Void habitats of Uranus..."

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
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic tale, a significant element of which depends on an understanding of significant storylines from across the length and breadth of the Horus Heresy series, but which is not crucial to the utterly vast scale of the action described therein. There have been few Warhammer 40,000 and Horus Heresy novels which have managed to truly convey the apocalyptic scale of things that often happen in this bombastic universe, but several points in this book successfully stopped me dead as the imagery ...more
J.G. Cully
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a resounding 'beginning of the end' for the Hours Heresy series. John French has managed to not only write a personal story, involving much loved characters, but also a system wide conflict involving dozens of fleet engagements and thousands of ships. The story is a grand epic, a worthy starting point for the Siege of Terra. A must read.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first French novel, and it is a good one. The author is very prolific and obviously very talented. There a lot of moving pieces, but he keeps it organized and interesting with plenty of action and crafted characters. I enjoyed the complexity and unpredictability of the plot. Recommended.

I really appreciate the copy for review!!
Michael Bradbury
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The epic Horus Heresy saga begins its finale with one of the best books in the series. French balances mighty space battles with great character moments. There’s also one hell of a plot twist that puts a fresh spin on previous books.
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John French is a writer and freelance game designer from Nottingham, England. His novels include the Ahriman series from Black Library, and The Lord of Nightmares trilogy for Fantasy Flight. The rest of his work can be seen scattered through a number of other books, including the New York Times bestselling anthology Age of Darkness. When he is not thinking of ways that dark and corrupting beings c ...more

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