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Having read the book recently, and definitely enjoyed it the most of all the David Annandale pieces I have read, I thought I would answer questions about the book if anyone has any.

The most important thing you should be aware of about the 30th Horus Heresy novel if you are a Heresy reader is this. It is NOT part of the main series in the sense that it doesn't have any Primarchs, it doesn't advance the galactic war any further, it doesn't feature the machinations of the Traitor Legions, no revelations about the lost truth in the Heresy, and the storyline started in the book ends in the book.

That said I do strongly feel this is a book that Heresy fans will enjoy. It's well written, lots of strong and memorable action scenes, interesting characters and comparison of character aspects through the book, and it has a spooky horror feel to it which gives it a sense of uniqueness in the series thus far. How many of the books have actually gone for spooky rather than just gory? So while Book 30 may not deal with the main plot I still think it is worth reading, especially since it is Annandale's first real foray into the Heresy and I think that he has done a damn good job. Hopefully he'll be doing a lot more, a fresh face in the Heresy will add more variety to the books.


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Do we know the release date?

LotN: Thanks for the review, sounds very good even if it's just a 'spinoff'.
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I think the release date is July, August at the latest. That is just a guess going off some side-information, nothing official.


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Is it a novella, or fully fledged novel? Any chance of a brief idea of the plot?
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Is it a novella, or fully fledged novel? Any chance of a brief idea of the plot?
It is a full novel.

As for the plot; The book is about the 111th Clan-Company of Iron Hands that are fleeing Istvaan and travel to the planet Pythos to explore a warp anomaly and end up as part of a series of events that could result in something very dark occurring. The story is about them trying to survive both the wounds Istvaan has left them with, and trying to survive the horrors that Pythos begins to inflict.


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Iron Hands. Nice. My interest in them has been piqued after reading that short story the name of which escapes me atm in which
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You mean Riven by John French.

One of the key aspects of the book is looking at how the Iron Hands are dealing with Istvaan, what they think of what happened and who they blame, and what the events of Istvaan are leading them to become; the last one in the form of Captain Durun Atticus who is probably the closest thing to a 40k Iron Hand that we've seen in 30k thus far.


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I need massive spoilers.

What 'dark anomaly' do they face on this backwaters planet?
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I need massive spoilers.

What 'dark anomaly' do they face on this backwaters planet?
That would be;



Just so you know. The above is the ONLY link that The Damnation of Pythos shares with the book mentioned above, and it doesn't even give a name to the cache. It's obvious if you've read the other book but if not it will not affect your reading of TDoP even slightly.

If you want really massive spoilers I can post a summary of the plot.


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meh. an overglorified tear in reality that summons daemonz that ties to a book where a traitor inquisitor spits through a stasis field, destroying everything we've come to know about stasis fields in one disgusting act. RIP Gullyman.
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