A Thousand Sons

A Thousand Sons

by Graham McNeill

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Book twelve in the New York Times bestselling series

The Great Crusade is at its height, and the Thousand Sons are its most dedicated warriors. Though utterly loyal, the Legion of Magnus the Red is viewed with suspicion for its arcane methods. Feared by the Imperium he has sworn to serve, Magnus is called to the planet of Nikaea to answer charges of sorcery. When the ill-fated primarch foresees the treachery of Warmaster Horus and warns the Emperor with forbidden powers, the Master of Mankind dispatches Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves, to attack Prospero. But Magnus has seen far more than the betrayal of Horus and his revelations will seal the fate of his Legion forever.

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ISBN-13: 9781849708111
Publisher: Games Workshop
Publication date: 08/28/2014
Series: Horus Heresy Series , #12
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 188,325
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Graham McNeill is the author of seven Horus Heresy novels, most recently Vengeful Spirit and Angel Exterminatus, along with the New York Times bestseller A Thousand Sons. He has written a host of other novels for Black Library, including Warhammer 40,000 series based on the Ultramarines, the Iron Warriors and the Adeptus Mechanicus. His work in the Warhammer World includes The Legend of Sigmar for the Time of Legends, the second book of which, Empire, won the David Gemmell Legend Award. Originally hailing from Scotland, Graham now lives and works in Nottingham.

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A Thousand Sons (Horus Heresy Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
LostRobot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The latest release in the Horus Heresy series of books from The Black Library, ¿A Thousand Sons¿ by Graham McNeill (author of a number of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 novels, including the Ultramarines series and Storm of Iron), gives us a closer look at the Space Marines of the Thousand Sons legion and its founding father and primarch, Magnus the Red. We follow the legion on its crusade to reunite the Imperium of Man with her lost colonies and partake in some of the events that will define the role of the Thousand Sons in the Heresy.After uncovering an ancient secret hidden beneath a great mountain made by aliens at the primitive planet of Aghoru the Thousand Sons join the Space Wolf legion and the Word Bearers in the assault on the fiercly independent world known by Imperials as ¿Shrike¿ due to the giant birds indigenous to the planet. There animosity ignites between the Sons and the Space Wolves, setting of a chain of events that will ultimately decide the role and fate of the Thousand Sons in the coming Heresy.Having read some of Graham McNeill's previous work for The Black Library I picked up this book expecting more of the well written action, intrigue and suspense that got me hooked on the Ultramarines series, Storm of Iron and his previous Horus Heresy novels, and I must say, I was not disappointed!Although the Space Marines and mortals in ¿A Thousand Sons¿ initially comes off as rather stereotypical (the extremely beautiful but non-sexual female remembrancer, the wise and patient Librarian and the hot-blooded and arrogant Space Marine Commander are all good examples), McNeill still manages to make them interesting and likeable, and even gives us a glimpse into the mind of Magnus the Red himself, portraying a primarch from a first hand perspective (something I believe few if any authors have dared try before).The story itself is well paced and engaging, and I found it very hard to put the book down, always aching to find out what happens next and I rarely found it too predictable (well, as far as details go at least, most readers will be quite aware of how the over-arching story of the Heresy ends). While not as action-filled as might be expected from a novel about Space Marines, it more than makes up for it in intrigue and drama, and the tragedy of the Sons inevitable fate as the Imperium unravels and turns upon itself is quite simply gripping and what really makes this book shine.Summary:An almost essential read for fans of the Warhammer 40,000 setting. While the characters are not the most original or fleshed out, the drama and intrigue as well as the exploration of one of the Heresy's most iconic legions are more than enough to keep the reader hooked.Mr. McNeill again proves that he really knows how to tell a balanced and intriguing story! 9 out of 10
Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After being given the Thousand sons Legion to lead Magnus the Red, one of the mighty Primarchs of Terran Empire and also one whose abilities with warp manipulation are second only to those of Emperor, faces a very difficult choice - whether to keep his Legion and heal them from weird mutations or leave them to be consumed by mysterious disease. And is he ready to pay the price?Story of Magnus the Red is basically story of his entire Legion - they are fierce warriors, but also they are scholars and are always ready to explore further and learn ever more. But although they fight with their Space Marine brethren they are secretly despised and marked as witches and warlocks. This does not put them down and they keep tight to their rituals and procedures - getting ever closer and closer to the edge - they do the right things but are always misinterpreted only because they are (and believe me they are) different. Finally after being cunningly manipulated by the foes among their ranks they are ordered to drop all their exploration of Warp by the Emperor himself ... or else ....Soon events take shape of full-blown tragedy as Thousand Sons' soon find their world hammered down by the Legion that is completely opposite to the Thousand Sons' approach to life and war - Space Wolves.Be warned that this is story told from the perspective of Magnus' Legion. Second book, titled 'Prospero Burns' will most probably clarify some events and explain the roots of antagonism that exists between Space Wolves and Thousand Sons'.Great read, highly recommended.
Maverikk More than 1 year ago
Solid story telling and a truly epic final battle sequence lends to this book being one of the best in the series so far. The events have lasting effect throughout the series and explain a lot about the Warhammer 40k story as a whole.
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Werewolf48 More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I read the Battle of the Fang before i read this and now it all must sense because it so awesome.
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Cyllarus More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Even though I knew what happened, I was cheering for the Thousand Sons the whole time. I enjoy reading about the characters making moral decisions
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VigRoco More than 1 year ago
McNeill paints this legion vastly different from any of the others he has previously worked with, giving them a truly unique flavour. As with all doomed legions in the Horus Heresy timeframe, they possess redeeming qualities that he captures and brings to life with such force that they will live directly inside your grey matter long after the story has concluded. The interactions between the Thousand Sons and Space Wolves are simply amazing as both legions revolve around each other in a fatal dance. The mounting tension builds until it becomes palpable and you accompany Mangus to the Council of Nikea, a major milestone within 40K lore. McNeill demonstrates his knowledge and love for 40K lore as he meticulously builds to this crucial moment. His treatment of the legion is worthy of praise from fanboys everywhere. The plot has a few problems in the beginning as it starts off seemingly going nowhere until the Space Wolves show up. Then the real plot arises and consumes the characters in its wake. Once things began to pick up, I literally could not stop reading. McNeill's talent for weaving characters into his plot has certainly reached its pinnacle with this Horus Heresy entry and I felt he more than made up for the slow start. The ending was a bit mysterious as it hinted at related 40K lore that readers will not pick up on unless they are fully entrenched with the table-top game. The journey to the end is well worth the read, though, as this is definitely one of the better entries in the series and deserves its well-earned New York Times slot. McNeill has written a superb story that anyone mildly interested in 40K should take a look at.
Babbo More than 1 year ago
This addition to the Heresey series begins a little slowly but really picks up as the book goes on. Most Warhammer 40k fans know the basic history of the Thousand Sons and Magnus the Red. However, this - and the entire Heresy series - paints them in a much different color than before. Much like most of the series, the book fleshes out a key moment in 40k lore. Several Primarchs are presented here and some key events - like Nikea and Ullanor - are given more detail than before. Overall, a very well written addition to the series.
NightEdge More than 1 year ago
This book starts off a little rocky (figuratively as well as literally), as the Thousand Sons are on a desert planet studying ancient ruins. It picks up shortly into however and the pace remains constant, revealing a lot of the Sons background. I won't spoil anything for those of you who haven't read it already, but The Emperor, Beloved by all, finally says a lot more than a sentence halfway through.
Christopher_F More than 1 year ago
I love this book, it fills in gaps and explains some of what the Emperor, Beloved by All, is doing on Terra after he hands over the Crusade to Horus. You will learn the truth of what became of the Thousand Sons and the truly horrific truth of how they were manipulated into bringing about their own demise.
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ElGuapo More than 1 year ago
A solid read consistent with the overall line. We start to see some more active participation out of the Emperor; for good or ill...but if you liked the Horus Heresy so far, you will be pleased.
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booksovercomputers More than 1 year ago
It starts off slow and pondorous and then it picks up speed and you begin to see the inside of a Proud legion. You catch glimpes into other Legions and the Face and Guise of the Emperor. By the time it is over you want to read it again. It's a great book and I highly recommend it.
warmonger More than 1 year ago
This is by far one of the best of the series. This is a very tragic tale and is very dramatic. We see how arrogance and the best of intentions lead to a tragic conclusion. It shows the most loyal legion remain loyal even in the face of their brothers. We also see how Chaos manipulated the Thousand Sons and led to their downfall. There are three key scenes that really bring the tragedy to life. The verdict at the council of Nilea, Magnus' mistake on Terra and the Assault on Prospero by the Space Wolves. I cannot wait until the parallel novel "Prospero Burns" comes out next year. I suspect it will be just as good. This is by far the best Sci-Fi series and can be embraced by non WH40K fans also.
scifireader32 More than 1 year ago
If you have been keeping up with the best selling horus heresy novels this is one of the best ones written. Hats off to graham mcneill!
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