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(The Siege of Terra #5)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Book 5 of the Siege of Terra

After a series of victories, the Imperial forces are on the back foot once more. The power of Chaos is rising, the Traitors gain ground, and all hope seems lost. Can Terra endure?

Delve back into the biggest war in Imperial history, which is getting even bigger as Traitor Titans land and the influence of the warp grows, plaguing th
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published April 24th 2021 by Black Library (first published January 16th 2021)
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Gianfranco Mancini
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Apr 19, 2021 rated it it was ok
Overall thus far the Siege of Terra has been disappointing and Mortis is another entry that doesn't lift the overall quality.

Needless plots that add little to the overall story, new characters with uninteresting interpersonal conflicts that seem like they're only there to tick the boxes of having interpersonal conflicts.

Yet another book that inflicts the "perpetuals" story line on the reader which is becoming more tedious as time goes both in concept (if there is one) and the actual writing, di
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
By this point in the series, the Horus Heresy is propelled by it’s own momentum. We know where the overall arc is heading, and every page published inches us closer to that final confrontation. What is left for the individual books to do is hit the beats we as readers expect and throw in some unexpected but retrospectively obvious flourishes, and Mortis does this mighty well.

This is probably the book in the series with the sparsest population of Astartes, both as characters with speaking roles a
Gian Franco
Apr 22, 2021 rated it did not like it
Mortis introduces many new uninteresting characters that we don’t care about, which is baffling considering most people come here to read about the characters we grew to admire throughout the Horus Heresy series.
Where is Loken where is Ahriman where is Garro where is Sigismund where is Kharn ? (the list goes on). Most of the new characters are female and are childishly depicted as angels of battle who have no flaws. Almost every act of cowardice or cruelty are perpetrated by their male counterp
May 18, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is sometimes a pain to read. Overly bombastic and flowery language abounds, to the point where it’s just kind of cringe worthy. The author continually tries and fails to evoke some sort of supernatural imagery and extreme hyperbole by wrenching his word choice into the realm of “WTF is this overwrought self important crap.”

Here’s to hoping this series is over soon, I’m kind of committed now, I just don’t want to read more bombastic pompous unnatural descriptions.

This book is only for t
汗屍 勞
May 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
I remember criticising another of French’s book “the crimson fist” for having weird logic, this book circumvents the problem by having no logic at all, or at least not showing it. This is the main problem of this book for me, nothing is explained here, most conversations are short and ended with innuendo. And even when the action actually takes place later, you can’t help but wonder what is happening here or why are we here, and the author was supposed to explain all that! And I suspect even the ...more
burak yüksel
Meh at best.

I loved John French's Solar War in Siege series. I tell you this so you know i'm not biased against him.

I waited for this book a long time after Saturnine (which was disapoinment again) and this was a huge let down.

I forced myself again and again to finish the book. Nothing ever happens in the story. We get some teases that something might happen and then return to endless touchy feely chapters about nameless mortals. It is like watching a four hour long European European art movie.
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When I saw the title Mortis, Mechanicum came into my mind and I was so eager to read it... Titans, finally, but as soon as I started to read, the "oh yeah" became a huge "WTF".
I´m still trying to force myself to read the rest 2/3, which has nothing to do with Mortis or Ignatum, but my will is fading, day by day less interest.
For cogs sake! What was the goal here? Why Mortis, if they get the role of a simple wrecking ball? Not a glimpse into the Chaos tainted cockpits of their once-mighty war m
Brendan Davis
If this book was 200 pages shorter it would be a great addition to the series. As it is boring storylines, tedious action scenes, and a meandering dullness make a lackluster middle point for the Siege of Terra. Ironically Legio Mortis barely feature in the novel. The Titan storylines, already lacking interesting characters or any sort of hook, only use Mortis as stock Titan antagonists. We don't see anything from Mortis' perspective, or understand what their legion has gone through. They show up ...more
Tim Van Lipzig
May 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
mors (genitive mortis) (fem.) [Latin]: 1. corpse 2. death 3. annihilation

John French returns to the Siege with Mortis, the fifth installment in the eight-part-series that caps off the Horus Heresy. That gives French the distinction of 1. being the first author to write two Siege novels and 2. being the author to kick off both the first and last half of the series. Mortis functions therfore somewhat as the Midpoint of the overarching story.

Going into a new Siege novel, I'm always interested to
Russell Tassicker
Jun 11, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoy John's writing, even if there are a few too many things smelling of burnt sugar and superweapons described by their ability to kill entire armies/cities/civilizations. Unfortunately this book felt fairly superfluous in the story of the Siege. The main storyline, inasmuch as there is one, is of a battle between loyal and traitor titan legions, though the objectives of the aggressors are obscure - they are attacking the strongest point of their enemy's fortress, why? There are myriad B sto ...more
Constantin Zhang
May 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like the novel. I loved John French previous work and his particular perspective and style in describing events and action. But Mortis was a disappointment.

It was too fragmented and the individual story arcs were too meaningless in face of the climax of that 60-novel series. I can see, what the author intended to do, but felt like he missed the point of a good novel itself: It tells one cohesive story, in which ideas are being tested by the actions and reactions of characters.
Deniz Yildiz
May 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
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May 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: scifi
2.5 stars, and 1.5 of those is due to Ollannius and the Legio Ignatum/Legio Invicta storylines. The rest is ... tiring and at this point, I just want to get it over with.

The writing itself is competent, the warp-based episodes of the Emperor and Horus are suitably symbolic and poetic, but even so, the whole buildup is just dragging on and on and on.
May 11, 2021 rated it did not like it
The Worst Book in the Siege of Terra series

HH hasn't seen any thing as horrible as this book for a long time.

The book is very long and dragged out with ridiculous numbers of totally irrelevant and insignificant characters. The overall tempo is obnoxiously slow and there are a lot of battle scenes that are totally meaningless.

John French had committed a heresy that is as horrible as Tallarn.
May 04, 2021 rated it did not like it
By far the worst W40k related book I have read so far. After Saturnine this almost reads like fan fiction. Uninteresting new characters, impossible to follow action scenes (Especially everything with the titans) and almost no plot progression at all. I will read the next book and will follow this series to the end but how auch a waste of time can be produced that late in the series I will never understand.
Peter McAuley
May 05, 2021 rated it it was ok
The most and really for me the only disappointing book in the siege series to date. No focus, countless side stories, ignoring major incidents and other glaring faults make this book a chore and a bore. An 8 book series covering the siege can’t afford to miss like this. Naff
Ludivco Street
Worst so far

Pity. Overwritten, dull, overlong, pointless, dull, clumsy, dithering, aimless, waste of a good writer, padding, need to sell books, dull.
Apr 28, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think there was a story here. Maybe a good one. But much like I'm reading the last of these 80 odd works of tie-in genre fiction about the mythic history of a game about toy soldiers basically just because I'm in too deep and inertia is powerful, so too is the story drowned amid endless "PEW PEW" noises because the inertia of this series is too powerful. No time to do the unexpected. Inertia dictates we follow the path. Crashes and explosions and easter eggs about plastic figurines you liked a ...more
Chavdar Chankov
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mortis is a curious book for me. It covers a very important part of the siege - the involvement of the God engines of the Legios (a.k.a Titans) So I expected something similar to books like Mechanicum and Titan Death.
This is not the case. Mortis follows the same beats as the other Siege books and goes after the quests and stories of single character. Some of them are really interesting - the one about Oll and the Space marine. Others not so much.
In the Siege series we also look for epic scenes
Xavier Virsu
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good addition to the series, but my least favorite so far. It's still a good book, and I found myself enjoying the "cabal" storyline, with John and Oll, for the first time in this long saga. There's a lot of loss and heartbreak, and the 3rd legion has cooked up some nasty fates for a lot of the populace. At times it feels like a hard slaugh through unforgiving lands with a heavy pack on your back, but there are some bright points. There is a lot of towering bipedal warfare as the remnants of t ...more
Michael Bradbury
May 28, 2021 rated it liked it
I was kind of wary going in because I'm not a huge fan of titan battles, and those fears were realised. There were some nice touches but mainly the titan sections were not that interesting - and also quite difficult to picture.

Fortunately the various other plot lines away from the battle were pretty good. John has a great handle on the perpetuals John and Oll, and those parts are thoroughly enjoyable. More major revelations about the Emperor and the pre-unification history of the 40K universe.

Nick Quenga
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
Perhaps his writing style is not for me. Each scene felt like a commercial-length snapshot of characters acting out their part as expected. All of the tropes and stereotypes were fulfilled. Loyalists were pushed back, with warp weapons and overwhelming force, but Dorn and other plot devices spring out of nowhere to hold them off. Characters that Dan worked so hard to kill off in a satisfying way were brought back, diminishing the arc of the series as a whole. Every action is a superlative, then ...more
Shai Sapir
May 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Paul Sparks
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on kindle but decided to wait to listen to it on audible as Jonathan Keeble is an amazing narrator and his readings of the SoT books so far has been outstanding, both he and the author did not disappoint, I know some readers have complained about various threads but they all lead to one point and that will be the master of mankind fighting Horus in 3 books time
Jo Turner
Apr 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer
The entry that finally captures how horrifying the Siege would be for the people at ground level. Titan combat abounds, but the focus on human perspectives really brings the scale and the stakes into focus. The prose and tone are excellent, and generally make up for the occasionally flat characterization.
Jonathan Merrill
May 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book

The story of the siege is getting better and the toll its taking on the everyone is surprising both on the enemy and the defends. Loved the sense of desperation that comes at the end as the defenders release the unthinkable weapons against the enemy
Jun 09, 2021 rated it did not like it
Not going to beat a dead horse by repeating what others have already pointed out.

The book is simply bloated filler nonsense & was about as interesting as watching paint dry.

I don't think I'll even bother with the rest of the Siege books. It was that bad.
Matthew Tyrrell-Byrne
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it a lot, not as breathtakingly epic as Saturnine (I wonder if any warhammer reading ever will be again).
Lots of nuggets for fans to find, great Titan action.
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic and profound storytelling. The Warmaster’s forces breach the last wall.

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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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