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Fallen Angels

(The Horus Heresy #11)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  3,232 ratings  ·  87 reviews
As news of Horus’s treachery spreads, the Great Crusade grinds to a halt as the primarchs and their Legions decide where their loyalty lies – with the Emperor, or the rebel Warmaster Horus. In this sequel to Descent of Angels, the Dark Angels too face a time of testing, both in the stars, and on their home world, Caliban.

Arriving in the Gehinnom system, Lion El'Jonson and
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Games Workshop (first published January 1st 2009)
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Andrew Ziegler
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fallen Angels is the last bite of food you are going to get for a long time during this meal we call the Horus Heresy. The next books are a scant 8 months away now, and this is continuation of Descent of Angels is all we have to tide ourselves over.

And what a meal it is. Food metaphor over. I very much enjoyed Fallen Angels for two reasons. Firstly, it gave meaning and purpose to Descent of Angels. I railed against that novel in this series how it was a fine stand alone book but did not deserve
Alexander Draganov
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mind says - Alex, you can't give this book more than four stars. It had some serious issues. It started slowly. There were some long descriptions of tech which did nothing to clear the picture in your mind. It had two plotlines which never met.
All true, but heart insists - yeah, maybe, but it had SPEHS MAHREENS fighting mutant worms, zombies, cyborgs and other SPEHS MAHREENS! Also treachery and mighty fallen heroes!
And I am like, OK, five stars.
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one was pretty good! That said, at times it could have been balanced a bit better. One of the benefits of having an alternating narrative - switching back and forth between two sets of characters each chapter - is being able to build in cliffhangers and take diversions from extended combat sequences or extended downtime. Instead, sometimes both "sides" of the narrative would be battling at the same time, which made things feel lopsided. Indeed, this entry had more combat than it needed, esp ...more
May 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
At first I was furious with the beginning action sequences because the traitor legions seemed to behave so damn stupidly in their loses. By the end of the book, things definitely evened up. This book is definitely for those who think of Chaos in black and white and wonder why anyone would be 'stupid' enough to secceed from the Imperium. Wake up! You REALLY think the Imperium is such a nice place? In many ways, Chaos is just like the Imperium. Chaos will give you everything you've ever wanted in ...more
Jan 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book! I can understand where the rebels are coming from. Cant wait to buy my next ones.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Caliban storyline: 5/5. (Very engaging, especially knowing what eventually will happen to Caliban).
Diamat storyline: 2/5. (This story arc was totally uninteresting.)

So many unanswered questions!!! As a Dark Angels space marine player in my youth, I desperately want to know the answers. I will have to wait for the next Dark Angels book I suppose.
Matthew Hipsher
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a turning point in the Heresy series, as we see how Horus's actions affect non-astartes humans and planets embroiled in civil war. An awesome story and a great ending!
Chris Chinchilla
Apr 19, 2014 rated it liked it

• The Horus Heresy is the Black Library’s premium SF series, with demand for each new title growing stronger and stronger.

• Author of two of the Black Library’s top-selling fantasy series, Darkblade and Time of Legends: Nagash, Mike Lee now turns his considerable writing talents to Warhammer 40,000.

• Distinctive art and foiled covers for the different editions makes the series stand out on the shelves, and very attractive for collectors.

• Since the publication of Descent of Angels, fans h

Dylan Murphy
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fallen Angels details the Dark Angels schism and the very beginnings of the birth of the Fallen. The story was extremely well written and paced, constantly switching from Nemial on the frontline to Zaraheil(or something like that) back on Caliban. The action scenes were awesome, and the drama between the Calbinites and Crusaders was amazingly well done. I definitely see why the Fallen decided to break off from the Imperium.
The Epilogue was the greatest part for me, as it really tied the story to
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40-000
Being a huge Dark Angels fan (my favorite Space Marine Chapter), I was really looking forward to this book after being disappointed by Ravenwing (the last Dark Angels novel that I read). The civil war within the Dark Angels Chapter always intrigued me and the presentation of the set-up for this conflict was pleasantly unexpected. The factions involved had deeper development than just being merely “Chaos” versus the Imperium, plus the uncertainty of Jonson’s true motives and allegiance during the ...more
Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
Even though this novel is in the Horus Hersey, it deviates greatly from the previous books. There is no mention at all of the events surrounding Horus's betrayal. Instead, this book follows the Dark Angels, before they were discovered and after they became Astartes. For once, this was an actual story no tied in to any other novel, and I really liked that. It was nice to present a Primarch before anything was ever known of the Imperial Terra. Well-crafted characters and a plot that didnt branch o ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
As intense as others. Yet unravelling the war : Warmaster against Imperium, order against chaos and the warp luring at the end of everything.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was a masterpiece! Sad, but the adventure itself and how gutwrenching everything was made it a very awesome book! :) LOVE LOVE LOVED IT!!! (finished at 17:12 in my mulberry tree)
Vicenç Sanz
Los Ángeles Caídos es una novela que intenta explicarnos los motivos que llevan a los miembros de una misma Legión a tomar caminos separados, creyendo ambos que están actuando de forma correcta. Pero lo hace abusando sobremanera de la acción por la acción, con escenas que pueden llegar a durar un capítulo entero y que prácticamente no aportan nada.

La sensación que he tenido al acabar ésta novela ha sido de relleno, de que lo mismo lo habrían podido contar con muchísimas menos páginas, especialme
Eric Smith
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: warhammer-40k
This would have to be one of my favorite 40K novels so far.Its a fantastic continuation of the last Horus Heresy novel featuring the Dark Angels legion and it pickups almost right where the last book left off following the same characters. This one does move along time so we get to see hoe the Dark Angels are affected directly and indirectly by Horus' treachery and by the rising power of Chaos and the Warp.
The chapters alternate between following the campaign of the Lion as he maneuvers to block
Mitchell Bird
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Managed to finish Fallen Angels by Mike Lee today as well. Here’s my review and thoughts over the book.

•First and foremost, I thought this book was boring. I wasn’t a huge fan of Descent of Angels, but that book was at least kinda fun for most of this. This book was just bolter porn with a small sprinkling of other things in it.
•Luther snapped hard in this book, and I cant blame him. He messed up ONCE by hesitating for a microsecond and the Lion banished him to Caliban for it. I can’t blame hi
Tim Chant
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been a little while since I read the first one of these but enough backstory was included that I could pick up the threads. The story follows the two main protagonists from the first one, knights of The Order who have become Dark Angels. The novel has two strands - Nemiel, now a Chaplain, fighting alongside the Lion in the early days of the Heresy and Zahariel back on Caliban caught between conflicting loyalties and being tested by discovering dark secrets. Switching between the two plots helped ...more
Harry Tidby
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this instalment of the Horus Heresy far more than I enjoyed the first Dark Angels book, but it was still not without its flaws. The writing style was still very clunky at times, and I feel that the editor fell asleep at certain points as the grammar was nonsensical in one particular chapter. Overall, however, another great book in the series, minimal actual fighting which is always a nice change of pace, believable characters, and a plot that grips you right to the end of the novel.

I w
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many of the Horus Heresy books Fallen Angels has a great blend of action, drama, and characters. Despite some extremely enjoyable moments; however, I don't think it quite fully delivers.

The first half is a little slow, as the split narratives of the characters are slowly revealed. The plot vamps up, and gets really exciting; however, it ends in a very quick fizzle, which was exceedingly unsatisfying.

Part of the issue I think with this particular book is it is really 2 separate stories whi
Dec 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Fallen Angels fits into the Horus Heresy series of books and could probably be read straight after Descent of Angels as it continues that sub story. One of the major flaws I see in this/these books are how dumb the individual Space Marines are. They are meant to be genetically modified super humans with incredibly advanced senses and advanced training but they show a level of thinking that would be more likely to appear on a basic human. As something to read to fill in the gaps of the 40k univer ...more
Bob Cline
This sequel to Descent of Angels is superior to that book. It follows two different storylines. One follows Luther and the Dark Angels left upon Caliban as they deal with an insurrection. The other follows their primarch as he tries to keep some powerful war machines away from Horus. The loyalties and merits of both sides are definitely open to interpretation.
Richard Stuart
Mike Lee's writing is straightforward and unimaginative with language, so for me, it was pretty damn boring. I skipped much of the battle sequences because there was no depth to them, just action: this happens then this happens then this happens too. Pulp.

I liked the divided plot lines and the endings were well done. Too bad it was such a chore to read.
Lewis Spears
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great look at how the fallen became the fallen, as well as The Lions faults and mistakes that led to it.
Zahariels reluctant move to betry his primarch was super believable and in no way obvious.
Looking forward to the next in the series.
Lee Tempest
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Is it just me, or do the books starring these guys (the I Legion, the Dark Angels) have a reputation of being dry and boring? However, this one seems to have a something a little bit different ground into the dirt, but even that wasn't enough to make this novel even less of a slog.
Jeff Sinclair
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: warhammer-40k
Good information about the Dark Angels, and the book had a clear narrative structure. However, it lacked the depth of internal struggle/drama of many other horus heresy novels.
Moishe the Beadle
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
If this was @10-15% shorter it would be much better.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sience-fiction
A great improvement from Descent of Angels. Probably due to the change of authors. Actions sequences flow much better and the story line/s are much more interesting and the characters much better developed
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fallen Angels, written by Mike Lee, is the eleventh instalment in the Warhammer 40,000 Horus Heresy series. It is a direct sequel to Mitchel Scanlon's fifth addition, Descent of Angels, following the footsteps of two Dark Angels Chaplains, Brother-Redemptor Nemiel and Brother Zahariel.
The plot is split into two perspectives – one within the Chapter's home planet, Caliban, and inside an Imperial Forge world, Diamat, threatened by an attack commenced by the Traitor Legions.
Both sides of the story
The Lion El'Jonson, primarch of the I Legion (Dark Angels), leads a (relatively) small team to the forge world Diamat, which is under attack by an Imperial Army fleet that has sided with the Warmaster Horus, primarch of the XVI Legion (Sons of Horus). Shit gets real when the Sons of Horus make their entrance! But has The Lion come to Diamat to rescue the Mechanicum or grab their forge output for himself?

Luther, The Lion's adoptive father, is sulking back on their homeworld of Caliban. He continu
Derek Weese
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review covers both this one as well as Mitchel Scanlon's "Descent of Angels"

Overall this story, written by two authors, was great. It tells the story of the I Legion, the Dark Angels of the Adeptus Astartes from it's beginnings on Caliban to it's opening role in the Horus Heresy.
I gave Scanlon's book three stars though I really meant 3.5 stars (Can't figure out how to give half ratings...) as the only thing that marred the book was the lackluster ending. But the rest of the book, and yes I
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Mike Lee is an author, scriptwriter and game designer whose most recent credits include Fallen Angels, the latest installment in Black Library Publishing’s best-selling Horus Heresy series, and the dark fantasy epic Nagash the Sorcerer. Along with UK author Dan Abnett, Mike also wrote the five-volume Chronicles of Malus Darkblade, whose signature character has become a cult favorite among fans of ...more

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