Horus Rising (Horus Heresy Series #1)

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Horus Rising (Horus Heresy Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That's how Dan Abnett's Horus Rising starts. Even though I and every other fan of the 40K setting already knows how the tale ends, Mr Abnett kept me interested with vivid imagery, solid characterization, and intensely descriptive action scenes. As with any excellent piece of Sci-Fi, the book is packed with interesting and exotic locales. The action and scenery are the backdrop and not the primary focus here: The true conflicts are between the novels characters, not between them and their environment. These conflicts are so well depicted, I even developed a grudging respect for the villians. As Abnett demonstrates, even genetically engineered super-heroes will still be human and thus prone to the same pit-falls as we mere mortals.
Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was the first W40K book I read. Entire W40K universe always seemed too grim and ... negative is the word I guess because you just could not find a character or race to identify with - they all act with extreme brutality and have very short tempers. In my opinion you must have a protagonist (or protagonists in this case) to identify with (with his/hers/theirs actions at least), but how can someone identify oneself with super-strong, near immortal super soldiers of Empire of Man that are outright genocidal to everyone/everything [including their own] that do not fit into their view of the world without a thought. I am aware of dangerous things lurking in this universe but common, they wipe out planets for reasons that are completely weird. Then [out of curiosity] I took this novel and got hooked up in W40K universe at once. Space Marines presented here are not dogma-driven and so-thoroughly-indoctrinated soldiers but men that use their head when they follow their leaders, they do not treat machinery and technology as something that cannot be understood unless you are a "miracle-worker and holy". They are men that have come from savage societies created during the Age of Strife (period I truly hope will find it's way in future novels) but they do know about factories, automatons etc etc. Renaissance takes place everywhere and science tries to establish itself once more as a main instrument that will further propel humankind into the stars.Taking this into consideration one can understand how did humanity end up from that point into the new dark age society that was described so much in the original W40K novels.Humanity is again in expansion (in W40K that can be translated that it is on a warpath) and is making place for itself among stars. After leading numerous Space Marines Legions and Imperial Guard troops Emperor puts his confidant, the most praised Primarch, Horus on a position of a Warmaster and leaves all war and frontier expansion matters into Horus's capable hands. Although Primarchs are super-human even by Space Marine standards they have same (inner) flaws as any other humans ..... this may bring the downfall of the Great Crusade and maybe the entire human race...
CountFenring on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best (so far) of the Horus Heresy series. Well placed in the dark and labyrinth Warhammer 40k universe and plants the (motivational) seeds for the rebellion of Horus Lupercal. It is a shame the later books/authors eshewed Abnett's psychological exploration of the turn to Chaos and went for big explosions instead.
capetowncanada on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in long series. The main characters are genetically enhanced human soldiers, called Astartes. They are for the most part immortal. They will not grow old or get sick but can be killed in battle. The Emperor has left Horus "the Warmaster" with the task of uniting mankind throughout the stars under one belief, which is that their are no God's or spirits and religion is bad. Their are a lot of good battle scenes in this book with memorable characters. I thought the second quarter of the book was a bit slow but the second half made me eager to read the next book. A lot of this book I think is setting up the rest of the story.
crackberrybooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Had my eye on this one for ages, but just wasn't sure about it. It's had some fantastic reviews, but Warhammer for me always equalled greasy teenage boys with no girlfriends. And my verdict? A real mixed bag. In parts it was really unexpectedly good, but in reality I can't really rate it highly in relation to all the other quality sci-fi novels out there. I think if you come to it thinking 'it's Warhammer, it's going to be rough', you'll be pleasantly surprised...but if you read all the rave reviews and pick it up expecting to be amazed...you're only going to be disappointed. It's alright.
burningtodd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have said it before and I'll say it again, Dan Abnett is one of the greatest Sci-fi writers working. This book is the beginning of the Warhammer 40,000 series. This is the story of Horus's rise as the emperors favorite to become War Master, as well as the beginnings of his doubt about the teachings of the emperor. Abnett makes you care about the characters and every character he creates is unique. We also, as humans, get our first taste of the warp and the effects of chaos.
dudara on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Up to now, my only exposure to the Warhammer 40,000 series has been via science fiction bookstores and games shops where you can purchase the miniatures. I know it's hugely popular but I've never dipped in before.I also have a feeling that the local factory, Prince August, where I worked as a teenager also was involved in the manufacture of miniatures. But until now, I had dismissed novels like this as pulp fiction. I'm glad to say that I was wrong.This book, the first in the Horus Heresy series, is set prior to the universe portrayed in the Warhammer 40k universe and the series promises fans the chance to learn the history behind the game. The book tells us how the Emperor of Man has retired from everyday life for a chance to persue his studies, and appoints Horus to act as Warmaster in his stead. The Imperium of Man is on a crusade throughout the universe, destroying cultures, alien and human alike, that refuse to accept their teachings. The Imperium have removed religion and superstition from their existence.Horus acts in the Emperor's stead, assisted by his Astartes warriors, genetically enhanced superhumans. The Astaertes warrior Loken, one of the inner circle who advises Horus, fights a strange battle where a fellow soldier changes form. This begins to point the way towards the story for the remainder of the series.The battles scenes are graphic, there is not doubting that, but the book is surprisingly rich in content. The leading Astartes warriors, especially Loken, are used to add human feelings and touches to the story and the scene is cleverly laid for the next in the series. All in all it's a surprising good read.
magemanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a novel issued by Black Library, the first in a series chronicling the Horus Heresy. The blurb from the back states: "It is the 31st millenium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor the Imperium of Man has stretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest.But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor's grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers?"To give a little background, I am a casual Warhammer 40K gamer so I have some familiarity with the terms that Abnett employs (such as drop pods and bolters), but, up until now, I have not been interested enough to delve into the rich background to the game - so I knew little to nothing about the events this novel covers.In my opinion, this is probably the worst possible placement for a reader of Horus Rising! If a reader tries this book with zero knowledge of the 40K universe, they can enjoy it as a commendable sci-fi novel in its own right. If they are already acquainted with the background, then this becomes a wonderful extension of what they already know. I found myself being just au fait enough to have moments where I was jarred out of the story: "Huh, Abaddon is a good guy?! Is Luna Wolves just another name for Space Wolves then?" Readers in my position need to bear in mind that this novel is set long before the events dealt with in the tabletop game.I'll deal briefly with the parts of the novel I was not fond of (that way, we can finish the review on a high!) There are not many, in all honesty...Personally I found the pacing of the novel to be a little 'off'. Every time I just got settled into the (usually explosive) events, the battle would end or the viewpoint switch, and it would then take a small amount of effort to immerse myself fully again. A particular example of this is when we follow Karkasy (the poet remembrancer) out onto the surface of Sixty-Three Nineteen for what seems a redundant chapter or so.Speaking of Karkasy I became deeply confused by the fact that he seemed to die when set upon in the bar, but then we find him dealing with Loken later in the novel - this could have done with more clarity, especially since the sentence "...Ignace Karkasy was no longer pontificating. Or breathing" seems very final. Unless Abnett particularly wrote in Karkasy's character for a future novel, I'm unsure what he brings to the narrative and I think he could easily have been left out with no real loss to the overall story. My last flaw concerns the presence of too many characters. At four hundred pages or so, it is a slimmer novel to those I am used to but it still required a Dramatis Personae so that I could keep track. Some of the characters suffered greatly from a lack of 'screen time' and were written in a very two diimensional fashion. Many minor characters were completely interchangeable because they had been so under-developed - I put forward Qruze and Marr and Kibre as examples. I like to think that, because this is the first in a long running series, these guys will feature more prominently later.While addressing characters, let's move on to the positive elements of Horus Rising. The main characters - Loken, Abaddon, Sindermann and a number of others - were well-written, fully developed and felt real in their dialogue, motivations and actions. Which is a damn good job by Abnett considering most of his characters are super human soldiers developed so as not to suffer emotions or know fear! They were very human, for want of a better word, especially Loken who embodies the doubt and frustration of a weapon that has started to think about what he does. I confess to feeling a bit of a fangirl thrill when I saw names that are familiar from my gaming, such as Abaddon.I enjoyed the way that Abnett described the clear differences and the burgeon
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
The speartip was meant to conquer this world in one clean blow, it has failed. I don’t know if you are ready for this. This is it. The beginning. Book One of the currently ongoing (I think they are at least 35 books deep as of this writing) and completely unparalleled science fiction series chronicling The Horus Heresy. You think you can read one of these and stop? YOU CAN NOT. Just buy the box set now, or the omnibus versions. I have loved other Warhammer tales and other epic universes and this series is very close to being my favorite (no offense, Dune and Star Wars). The Horus Heresy is just so big, grand, imaginative and GRIM. It has a feel unlike anything else. Of course Dan Abnett (Warhammer fan favorite) is the tip of the spear on this one, he’ll be back in book 7, but you won’t have time to miss him since you’ll be reading these as fast as you can. This is a modern classic, and kind-of a secret from the general public. Give it a shot, these stories are astoundingly cool. I loved it so much I bought the board game.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent book, great writing and compelling storyline. ENDING with a "What the HECK!!!" ending forcing you to grab the next book!
Werewolf48 More than 1 year ago
From start to finish this book was amazing.
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jeremy_rorrer More than 1 year ago
well written
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danBOOKe More than 1 year ago
This has got to be some of the best science fiction I have ever read! I've never played 40k, and have only read a few books that pertain to the universe, but I am hooked on this series from the first book. This is a great start into the history of the future!
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Poge More than 1 year ago
First off let me say that I loved this book and i have never played a warhammer game in my life. Secondly, This series has got me out of my fantasy reading marathon and back into science fiction.Thirdly,Thank you Dan Abnett...Lupercal!!!! P.S the vocab used in this book was very intresting