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Legion: Dan Abnett


A GREAT WAR is coming, and it will engulf the Imperium of Man. The Space Marines of the Alpha Legion, last and most secretive of all Astartes brotherhoods, arrive on an heaven world to support the Imperial Army in a pacification campaign against strange and uncanny forces. But what drives the Alpha Legion? Can they be trusted and what side will they choose when the Great War begins? Loyalties are put to the test and the cunning schemes of an alien intelligence revealed in this latest instalment of the ground-breaking SF series as the fate of mankind hangs in the balance.​


Okay, so I’m reviewing Legion by Dan Abnett, author of the Gaunt’s Ghosts this time. It’s the first Horus Heresy Novel I’ve read in ages, so I found it once again confusing at the start, but once again, the Dramatis Personae helped with that.

In this Horus Heresy novel, we follow Peto Soneka, a hetman of the ‘Dancers’, a group of Imperial Army soldiers of the 670th Imperial expedition fleet, as they attempt to liberate Nurth, two years before the Heresy begins.

Legion also features a lot of plot twists, as one could guess from the subheading, called Secrets and Lies. This novel also features a twist towards the end which I didn’t see coming myself. (Very rare, I know).

And, this novel also stars the Alpha Legion, one of the few legions I’ve never read anything about (fluff wise), before. And this also features a Cabal Agent John Grammaticus, who can steal identities of the dead.

High Point:


Low Point: The name “John” used by Grammaticus. It doesn’t feel very, 40kish. If you get what I mean.

Rating: 7/10

Should you buy this Book?: Yes, especially if you like the Alpha Legion. The best part is, Legion is a standalone in the Horus Heresy series, so you can start with it if you wish.

Mechanicum: Graham Mcneill

IN THE 31ST Millennium, as the flames of treachery spread outwards across the Imperium, Horus mobilises those forces who are loyal to him, and plots to subvert those who stand against him. A Battle is being fought for the heart and soul of the Imperial forces, the Astartes, the Imperial Army, the Titan Legions and more. In this epic tale, author Graham McNeill tells the story of the civil war on Mars, and the genesis of the Dark Mechanicum.​

Mechanicum is the last book I’m yet to read on the Horus Heresy, featuring the mysterious occupants of Mars rather than the Astartes legions such as the Sons of Horus that we’re used to.

Like Legion, Mechanicum is a standalone in the Horus Heresy, so you don’t have to read the whole series beforehand. (8 books before this)

Nonetheless, this is another good entry to the Horus Heresy series, starting with the arrival of the Emperor on Mars with his golden legions and takes us on a ride through civil war, friendship and believe it or not, there’s also romance between two characters.

The hero of Graham McNeill’s novel is a woman named Dalia Cythera, a transcriber, servant of the Mechanicum, arriving on Mars from Terra. Shortly after, we’re introduced to the characters, civil war breaks out as the Warmaster Horus betrays the Emperor and the origins of the Dark Mechanicum is revealed, and we also get some Imperial Fist action towards the end, as well as some Titan vs Titan battles.

If you’re confused about the timeline when Mechanicum is set, it takes place immediately after the events of Isstvan III, (See Galaxy in Flames, Flight of the Eisenstein, Fulgrim), and the Furious Abyss, the ship that appears in Battle for the Abyss, is still being constructed. So overall, it doesn’t move the series along, only drags it out.

High Point: The Battle between Cavelerio’s Warlord Titan and an Imperator. Epicness.

Low Point: Not seeing enough of the Imperial Fists.

Rating: 6/10

Should you buy this book? If you’re looking for some Titan vs Titan action and the back-story of the Mechanicum, then feel free.

There you go. Now, All I need to do is wait for BL to send me the books that I have to review.
 

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Good reviews for both but to be honest I am surprised you rated Mechanicum so low, I would have given it an 8. Each to his own though and I respect your opinion. I would also rate Legion slightly higher, yes it took a while to get going but there are so many elements of the book that are simply outstanding. I thought I was a bit harsh on my review when I gave it an 8 as it was my first imperial guard novel so struggled with their command structure.
 
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