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Galaxy in Flames

(The Horus Heresy #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  8,194 ratings  ·  281 reviews
Having recovered from his grievous injuries, Warmaster Horus leads the triumphant Imperial forces against the rebel world of Isstvan III. Though the rebels are swiftly crushed, Horus's treachery is finally revealed when the planet is razed by virus bombs and Space Marines turn on their battle-brothers in the most bitter struggle imaginable.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published October 10th 2006 by Games Workshop (first published 2006)
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Gianfranco Mancini

The opening trilogy of the Horus Heresy saga ends with a blast, as the fall from grace of the Warmaster is complete and the setting turns for good in the grim and bleak one trademark of Warhammer 40000 universe.
The battle of Istvan III is a long one, longer than all the ones in the previous 2 books packed together, an epic and bloody tale of death and betrayal like an ancient greek tragedy.
The ending is one of the bleakest ever and when you finish the novel you just can't wait to read the
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
The one-year time gap before this book must be one of the most unfortunate narrative choices in the sci-fi genre.

False Gods did an excellent job of characterisation, and set the Warmaster Horus on his path. From a shining paragon of virtue, he was subverted into a man in doubt. A general doubting both the loyalty of his army and his own loyalty to his superior, to his brothers and to his principles. With the jump to Galaxy in Flames he has become pure evil. A deceitful, murderous tyrant with few
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
A disappointing conclusion to the Horus Heresy trilogy. Characterization has gone flat. Favorite characters have been pushed into the background. Prose is too pedestrian, YA'ish. The storyline has devolved into unbelievable, rather absurd. The first two books were awesome. I'm moving on to Dan Abnett's Gaunt's Ghosts.
This is the final book in the opening trilogy of the Horus Heresy, following Horus Rising by Dan Abnett and False Gods by Graham McNeill. It picks up a year on from the events of False Gods. The Heresy moves on apace, as Horus plots to destroy all those who oppose his plans to usurp the Emperor. The rebel planet of Isstvan III will provide the arena as brother fights brother, and the full horror of Horus' intentions is realised.

I gave the previous two books very favourable reviews, and I wanted
Alexander Draganov
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh yeah.
This was the best HH novel yet, gory, action-packed, epic and dramatic. The darkest parts were the best!
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
"So much death, for one man's dream - it's the dreamers that kill us in the end!"

I did say I'd comment on the illustrations for the premium hardbacks, so here goes. Again, very cartoonish, not even graphic novel-worthy. One image is OK, that of Loken engaging Abaddon - but other than that. Well best not mentioned really.

Galaxy In Flames is the conclusion to the grandiose opening trilogy of The Horus Heresy and what a butcher's bill there is. Ben Counter, I'm a big fan of his writing. He is
David Guymer
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Galaxy in Flames follows pretty seamlessly on from Horus Rising and False Gods, and all the characters were present and correct for the explosive finale to the Horus Heresy's opening act. There's some great stuff in here, especially in terms of action, and the way that Ben portrays Angron in battle without succumbing to what must be the overwhelming urge to overdo it is spine tingling. I also the love the bit where Iacton Qruze (my new favourite character in the series!) finally gets his time to ...more
Dylan Murphy
An amazing conclusion to the opening trilogy in the Horus Heresy series!

I really enjoyed the book. The bits about the church of the Emprah were awesome. Especially one scene that REALLY sells the whole "Yeah, we are grimdark evil now" thing, imo. The Astartes(and beyond) relations before the War on Istvaan III were what really sold me though. Any scene with any of the primarchs were absolutely amazing, because of the characters that were taking place. Though one part that really
Emil Söderman
Previously on Days of Our Imperium:

There's this guy Horus and he's been corrupted by the Dark Gods of Chaos and now he's plotting against his father the Emperor, but some of the people in his fleet are kind of weirded out by the entire human sacrifice thing and are like "What the hell?" and this is what Horus does about it.

This book is largely about people saying "With all due respect isn't this a bit excessive?" When their leader starts saying stuff like "LET THE GALAXY BURN! MWAHAHAHAH!" It's
Thomas Edmund
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I normally read other reviews after posting my own, but I was quite conflicted about Galaxy in Flames and needed some clarity. It seems most people were more perturbed by writing style of these piece, but I didn't mind this too much.

What did bother me is the sort of 'long running series slow-down' which seems ever present in epic length book series. Where Horus Rising, and Flase Gods had relatively dynamic plotlines, I felt Galaxy in Flames really just had a first act of exposition and a second
Nov 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-own-it, sci-fi
The weakest of the three so far. What I really liked in the previous books (and other Warhammer 40k books) was the characters. This book was mostly a lot of gruesome battles and many POVs. Loken and Torgaddon (my favorites) weren't really a big part of the story like in the previous books and there was none of the funny banter between the two of them. The ending was anticlimactic for me. (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Once again Ben counter ruins a great Warhammer 40k Story by showing he just has absolut no writing skill at all.

typical for ben counters book. The story is writing like:

And this happened, and that happen, and then that happen, and then something totally unworth of mention it and totally doesn't fit in the story at all happened , and then that happend again and...and...and...

No wonder Ben is rated as the second worst Author in the B.L., right after C.S.Goto...

Milo (BOK)
Mar 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who have read the previous Horus Heresy novels
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“Galaxy in Flames is the Horus Heresy version of an over-the-top action movie, with an action-packed, page-turning read but little in the development of characters. However, Counter manages to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the last installment of the initial trilogy.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields

"Having recovered from his grievous injuries, Warmaster Horus leads the triumphant Imperial forces against the rebel world
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Betrayal, Treachery, Deceit, Death. These nouns only begin to describe the heinous acts that awash the third chapter of The Horus Heresy. Those who would forsake the Emperor have put their gears of evil in motion and will stop at nothing until they see the Galaxy In Flames!
...I challenge you to finish this book without tears in your eyes.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: media-tie-ins
War and Destruction.
This is one of the times I have felt that these two words have little to divide their meaning.

This book possibly contains more battle scenes than the other two volumes put together. It takes off immediately with little preamble and thunders around loudly all the way to another ominous conclusion (yes another one; a true sense of finality is not to be found here). Readers who enjoyed the planetary variety of yore will have to settle for some major plot movement and many
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the action-packed conclusion to the Horus Heresy trilogy, and by the Emperor, it was one helluva'n ending. A truly epic battle was waged here - large scale and on a smaller, personal level (well, several). There is more to the Heresy right after this and I can't wait to start on those (The Horus Heresy series spans about 22 books, I believe)...though I must take a day or two to sit back and recall the finality of the events in the trilogy. It was a satisfying read and I'm happy to have ...more
Steve Chaput
Dec 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Barry Kelly
May 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hated
Oh dear....this is a big let down after the first two books! Dan Abnett and Graham McNeill crafted a great set up, that is very poorly executed in this novel. The prose is childish, the pace clunky, and the writing style is ugly. "Big bad man goes STOMPY!" is pretty much the tone. Avoid unless your a completist.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The first trilogy of the Horus Heresy ends with a blast. Yet manly tears had been shed.

If Loken is alive in HH something'something don't spoil ME!!!

Galaxy in Flames is epic in 40k standards with some drama on it.

I really enjoyed this three books, by far than any warhammer 40k books I ever read. But then again book 3 is my least favorite of them all. I feel that this book should atleast a littlebit long. Some POV characters are missing and their are also moments that make me say huh like for
Linton Newton
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the first two, but still rather good. Still... Fuck Horus
Robert McCarroll
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robert by: Dan Abnett
Third of the "Give Heresey a chance" set due to a request by Dan Abnett, and it is the most entertaining of the lot. That doesn't really say a whole lot. My reason for not reading the Heresey before was the impression that it looked like "Space Marine Battles on Steroids". Of the first three, the most entertaining and the only one to remove even an iota of apathy about the fates of the characters was the one that most fit the "Space Marine Battles on Steroids" descriptor.

The main problem I have
Matt Shelter
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Book 3 in the opening trilogy, and the Heresy Crusade kicks off in style.

And it's absolutely brutal.
No other word to describe it - billions die to sop the ego of one man.
And this is only the beginning.

Even if you're not an especially big Warhammer 40k fan, I'd still recommend the opening trilogy of the Horus Heresy - brilliant sci-fi fare.

Being a 40k fan, I know how the Heresy Crusade ends, but that isn't going to stop me from reading these books!
Jun 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
the horrific ending to the "loken" trilogy, set at the very epicentre of the horus heresy's begining. the depth of betrayal stands alongside the inevitable tragedy that Horus' actions will bring into play.
Aug 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
some people don't like ben counters writing, I thought it was fine better than that the book was really pretty good. good stuff.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it liked it
It was good, but it didn't particularly make me want to read any more of the series sadly. I might come back to it when I need a palate cleanser.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great book and great continuation of the storyline set forth from the first and second books.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third of the Horus Heresy series, Counter comes into it with a fair bit of material before him with already established characters to work with. Though possibly daunting for other authors, Counter does a fantastic job penning this story and continuing down the road of the Horus Heresy.

This book is a good one, all in all. We see a lot of things continue on from the previous two novels, as events continue to spiral to Horus' betrayal. This book probably sees the most character development up
Primo S.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, 40k
And thus, the initial trilogy of Warhammer 40K's biggest storyline ended with this heart-rending tale of camaraderie and betrayal.

After the somewhat disappointing False Gods, I wasn't expecting much, especially with another different author writing it. And yeah, this time the change of the author caused my only gripe with this book, while Abnett and McNeill's prose was grandiose and epic in describing the setting/fight scenes/characters, Counter's prose felt more... Normal, I guess, and it's not
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Rob Hayes
This is the 3rd book in the Horus Heresy series (which is a rather long series), and sort of completes the story of Horus' fall... I think.

It's an odd thing to review the third book in a massive series like this and especially so when the books are all written by different authors. So I'll start there and say this one is not nearly as crisp as the previous 2. It didn't flow as well, there were numerous issues that simply didn't make any sense, and there were story arcs that had been building
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Ben Counter, as well as making several contributions to Inferno magazine, has written the Soul Drinkers and Grey Knights series and two Horus Heresy novels for the Black Library. He is an ancient history graduate and avid miniature painter with a bronze demon under his belt.

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