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[thread stuck] [Feel free to continue to discuss any of the book reviews listed here, as they are all ongoing discussions. if you have any questions/comments/smart remarks about the books in the list, feel free to post within the appropriate thread. -CP]

Spurned, really, by my lack of contributions to the Black Library forum on a whole, alongside the appearance of a handful of ''What books would you advise?'', ''What should I buy?'' or even ''I have read ____ should I purchase ____ or even ____?'', I'd thought I would tear a gold-leaf page from Boc's Fanfiction Bible, and create... really, something I hope is of much worth and help to all those who visit our small, yet tightly-knit community

The ''Why have I wasted my Sunday on this'' explained, now the ''How shall I waste my Sunday'' is to come It is simple, after a few threads of members, both self-proclaimed ''Veterans'' and ''Newbies'' alike wondering what books to buy, and which to avoid, I thought I should make a thread bursting with links to reviews of popular books, fiction, stories and more, all published by Black Library, and written by Heresy's own deviants.

(And... please add to this thread guys, and I shall update the main post I haven't read and completed every-series, and all our opinions differ, so help would truly be a boon)

The Horus Heresy
The Horus Heresy series is not only Black Library's longest series to date, but also one of the more gripping, telling and revealing series; preying upon a readers curiosity, with a heady sense of nostalgia when we look back upon the Golden Age of the Imperium, and the tragedy that was the Great Crusades fall, the Imperium's slow rot, the Primarch's jealousy, fall and defiance, and most of all the Emperor's sacrifice, yaddy yadda, with a good measure of Bolter-Porn tossed in.

The Horus Heresy, really, is The series, if ever you had to chose one. Certainly recommended, as it differs so much in both quality, ''flavour'' and is very useful for the tabletop too, in terms of history, scenario's and a nice serving of additional history on top of that.

*Notice: I ask for reviews, but I would prefer ''quality'' reviews, if I may; the sort of lightly spoilerific, very summarative and generally ''good'' ones Darkreever, Lord of the Night and occasionally Commissar Ploss/Bane of Kings , Brother Subtle, Child-of-the-Emperor and Xenocide (of whom produces superb reviews) thank you.

Horus Rising - Dan Abnett
(I couldn't find a review... have they been deleted?)

False Gods - Graham McNeill
(No review, please post)

Galaxy in Flames - Ben Counter
(See above)

The Flight of the Eisenstein - James Swallow
(Again, the above)

Fulgrim - Graham McNeill
(Again, the above)

Descent of Angels - Mitchel Scanlon
Bane of Kings' Review

Legion - Dan Abnett
Bane of Kings' Review

Dark King/The Lightening Tower - Graham McNeill/Dan Abnett
Words of Truth's Review

Battle for the Abyss - Ben Counter
Bane of Kings' Review

Mechanicum - Graham McNeill
Brother Subtle's Review
Bane of Kings' Review

Tales of Heresy - Several authors
Child-of-the-Emperor's Review

Fallen Angels - Mike Lee
Brother Subtle's Review
Bane of Kings' Review

Raven's Flight - Gav Thorpe

A Thousand Sons - Graham McNeill
Wittdooley's Review
Bane of Kings' Review
Lord of the Night's Review

Nemesis - James Swallow
Lord of the Night's Review
Bane of Kings' Review

The First Heretic - Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Lord of the Night's Review
Bane of Kings' Review
Brother Subtle's Review
Brother Subtle's Review

Garro: Oath of Moment - James Swallow
Bane of Kings' Review

Prospero Burns - Dan Abnett
Bane of Kings' Review
Lord of the Night's Review
Child-of-the-Emperor's Review
Donskar's Review
Commissar Ploss' Review

Garro: Legion of One - James Swallow

Age of Darkness - Several authors
NIKT208's Review
Child-of-the-Emperor's Review
Bane of Kings' Review

Promethean Sun - Nick Kyme

The Outcast Dead - Graham McNeil

Deliverance Lost - Gav Thorpe

Know No Fear - Dan Abnett

Original trilogy of the series, set around the Luna Wolves/Sons of Horus Legion. Same protagonists/antagonists and supporting human characters. Imperative these are read in order

Recommended by many members to be read as a duology, in a single ''take''. I.e. reading Fallen Angels straight after Descent of Angels due to overlap.

Solely audio book format - written publication possible in the future.

Compilation of short-stories set around the Horus Heresy - Tales of Heresy deviates vaguely around the Isstvan III/V period, but features stories pre-dating the Great Crusade or during its early expeditions.

Age of Darkness is set after the Dropsite Massacre of Isstvan V, with varying protagonists from different sects of the Imperium/Legions and Traitor forces.


Due to outside factors, this planned duology was published at different times. However, for those of you who have not read either novel, it is perhaps advisable to read both chronologically, just like with the Dark Angels scenario.

These are smaller, short-stories produced on a limited scale for the more rabid fans - hardback novellas.

This colour represents books which have not yet been released or even completed.

Well, I'm a little disappointed that so many reviews have been deleted, however, I do hope this helps and proves to be a useful asset for the ''community''.

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Excellent work, Bobss. When you've got some more free time on your hands, I'd say turning the link into the name of the reviewer as well.

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A definite good idea Bobss, and thanks for adding my reviews onto this thread .

You've also added the same A Thousand Sons review twice, but not mine. So here it is .

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Excellent work, Bobss. When you've got some more free time on your hands, I'd say turning the link into the name of the reviewer as well.

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Thanks! It was your variant for fanfiction that made me think of this in the first place. Advice taken, I'll probably add some modifications to make it more useful in the future

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A definite good idea Bobss, and thanks for adding my reviews onto this thread .

You've also added the same A Thousand Sons review twice, but not mine. So here it is .

https://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=58427
Cheers, also I was sure I'd posted yours first, but I guess I should have checked. Thanks and I've added it; your reviews are always appreciated, especially if the viewer wishes to deviate into a more detailed review for a certain novel.
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Thanks Bobss, I make sure that my reviews focus on being detailed and delving deeply into the books.

Also I have a new review for all, for Prospero Burns.

Prospero Burns: http://www.thefoundingfields.com/201...ns-by-dan.html



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Great thread thanks!

I have a thread where I have reviewed 9 of the Horus Heresy books, however I am now on A Thousand Sons, so should be up to date with the Horus Heresy by the time Prospero burns is out and will expand on my reviews and give a 'complete review' thread.

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Thank you, and added
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I just finished A Thoudsand Sons. Incredible. Dan Abnett is an outstanding author but I really don't know if he can beat it. But I am now Rabbid for Prospero Burns. But in the meantime I am onto Nemesis... its a little dull so far but I only just started. I have almost finished more complete reviews than the ones I did in my opening thread, giving an expansion to the opening trilogy. Once I finish The first Heretic I will post the thread.

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A Thousand Sons is arguably the pinnacle of McNeill's career within Black Library so far. It truly is a stunning tale and adds so much to the Heresy series, unlike its following-on novel, Nemesis. I didn't like that at all... perhaps it could have been condensed and made into a short-story of some kind... or even an audio-book?

This thread'll dry out a little bit, as those who ply Black Library already have their copies of Prospero Burns, and those who don't are waiting for them
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Below is the link to my review of Age of Darkness. Its my first review so please provide feedback,

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