Descent of Angels

Descent of Angels

by Mitchel Scanlon

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Overview

Book six in the New York Times bestselling series

The planet of Caliban exists much as it has for thousands of years – the knightly orders protect the common people, fighting back the beasts that lurk in the depths of the seemingly endless forests. Young Zahariel and Nemiel aspire to join the greatest of the orders, led by the example of mighty Lion El’Jonson and his vision of a peaceful and unified world. But the coming of the Imperium brings new concerns and a new destiny for the Lion as part of the Great Crusade, and the sons of Caliban must decide if they will follow him to glory among the stars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849708050
Publisher: Games Workshop
Publication date: 08/28/2014
Series: Horus Heresy Series , #6
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 86,766
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mitchel Scanlon is a full-time novelist and comics writer. His previous credits for the Black Library include the Horus Heresy novel Descent of Angels, Fifteen Hours, the background book The Loathsome Ratmen, and the comics series Tales of Hellbrandt Grimm.

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Descent of Angels (Horus Heresy Series) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Tom_Z More than 1 year ago
This book has nothing to do with the Horus Heresy. It is the tale of a boy growing to manhood on a feudal world inhabited by a charismatic man destined to become a Primarch one day. Well towards the end of the book, we learn that our boy has become an Astartes, but it doesn't really get any better from there. In the end I found that I had skimmed most of the book. For me, it wasn't very well-written. For the life of me I don't know why it is part of the Horus Heresy series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will have one and only one saving grace. If there is to be a follow up to this book then it was worth reading. If not then I'm going to use it to prop up an uneven table, and suggest fans of the heresy series to look elsewhere for reading material. The book was long, drawn out and had absolutely nothing to do the the heresy. If you want dark angels history and background then by all means read it. If not then don't waste your time.
Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After reading some very harsh critiques of this book I decided to give it a try - and I am very glad I did.I have to agree that book does not follow events already set in previous books concerning Horus' betrayal.Here author tries to give a look at the isolated society, one that has its values, its code of conduct and one constantly fighting for their freedom from the horrors surrounding them.He shows warrior cast (very similar in almost anything to the Space Marines), people protecting the very foundation of Caliban society (knight orders of Caliban) through the eyes of a young man and his struggles to reach his knighthood. Also he shows some more of Lion El'Jonson - one of the soon to be found Primarchs - man with the vision but also man whose eyes are always set onsome distant goal not visible to mere mortals. All of a sudden Terran Empire reaches Calban and everything changes - people who fought and bled are now seen as mere aspirants to the Astartes Legion, orders are dismissed, way of life crudely changed - soon division begins to create as Imperial bureaucratic machine starts to change the Caliban - world that is treated in the same way like it was subdued by the means of war.One has to wander what are the true goals of the Emperor with humanity.Great story, cannot wait to read the sequel.Recommended.
bjh13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book quite a bit despite some obvious weaknesses. This book details the early history of the Dark Angels space marine chapter, and while I enjoyed the story they didn't do a very good job of making their leader seem very likable, and the story cuts of just as things started to get interesting. I know there is a sequel, but it would have helped of they had trimmed down the opening to leave more room for the end portion of the story. Good book, it just needed some help with pacing so the book wouldn't feel as if it ended so abruptly.
BruderBane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The phrase ¿Make no mistake¿ which runs through the seams of virtually all the Horus Heresy novels should have been taken to heart by the editors and staff at Black Library. Why? Because using Michael Scanlon for ¿Descent of Angels¿ in the recounting of the Dark Angels¿ chapter virtual fall was definitely an error. Although Mr. Scanlon¿s ability as a writer seem to have grown since his novel ¿Fifteen Hours,¿ his writing lacks the visceral warlike qualities and subtle heroic nuances I have come to love from other writers in the 40k world e.g. Abnett or McNeil. His penchant for over simplification and donnish prose leaves the reader lilting. I truly hope that the Black Library does not simply use the Horus Heresy series as a dumping ground. That is definitely a sure way to gain this and I¿m sure other reader¿s ire.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
War is a terrible beauty. Interestingly, even though this is the sixth book in the series, it doesn’t just follow a new Legion of Astartes around, this one takes a different tack and concerns itself with the new (to me) planet of Caliban and it’s order of knights which have been fighting beasts of Chaos for thousands of years. It’s a refreshing change of pace and not quite what I was expecting. Don’t be alarmed though, the Great Crusade is about to descend upon the planet of Caliban and give it the “option” of joining the Imperium. Just because this story is different than we are used to doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy to be included in the Horus Heresy. In fact, since this one starts out more intimately than the previous few I must say there is more of a character arc for our main protagonists, besides it’s always cool to see what the Legions look like from the outside. A great book and a wonderful series that I only wish I had discovered sooner.
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JimmyThaLord More than 1 year ago
Like the rest of the horus heresy books this one is just as good although it lacks what youve come to expect from the series. Astartes vs Astartes battles. It is mostly a book that sets the base for a book that should be released after Horus is killed and the Dark Angels Primarch returns to Caliban.