Mechanicum

Mechanicum

by Graham McNeill

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Overview

Book nine in the New York Times bestselling series This is a reissue of 9781849708173

As the flames of treachery spread outwards through the Imperium, Horus mobilises those forces who are loyal to him, and plots to subvert or destroy those who stand against him. A battle is being fought for the heart and soul of all the Imperial forces – the Astartes, the Imperial Army, the Titan Legions and more. In this epic story, author Graham McNeill tells the story of the civil war on Mars, and the genesis of the Dark Mechanicum.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849708081
Publisher: Games Workshop
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Series: Horus Heresy Series , #9
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 116,616
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Graham McNeill has written many Horus Heresy novels, including The Crimson King, Vengeful Spirit and his New York Times bestsellers A Thousand Sons and the novella The Reflection Crack’d, which featured in The Primarchs anthology. Graham’s Ultramarines series, featuring Captain Uriel Ventris, is now six novels long, and has close links to his Iron Warriors stories, the novel Storm of Iron being a perennial favourite with Black Library fans. He has also written the Forges of Mars trilogy, featuring the Adeptus Mechanicus. For Warhammer, he has written the Warhammer Chronicles trilogy The Legend of Sigmar, the second volume of which won the 2010 David Gemmell Legend Award.

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Mechanicum (Horus Heresy Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Zare on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Horus Heresy" originally started as a trilogy and then evolved into something completely different. I guess they came to conclusion at BL that such a important event in W40K should be explored in detail. As a direct consequence almost every book after the third book in the series takes place immediately before or during the Istvaan massacre leading to constant re-telling of events described in "Galaxy in Flames" novel.That is the reason I was disappointed with "Descent of Angels" and "Battle for the Abbys" - it is just re-writing of events described in "Galaxy of Flames" and nothing new could be revealed (only difference being main protagonists and their relative distance form the Istvaan battleground) .On the other hand "Legion" and "Mechanicum" (I am not so sure about "Fulgrim" since I haven't read it yet) do reveal some new elements - "Mechanicum" describes how did all technical knowledge [used to propel humanity among the stars] just disappear [for the second time - and for the looks of it never to be recovered again]. I agree that it feels somewhat "hurried" but does explain the way technology is treated in the later periods.Story feels slightly rushed-up but again it [book] holds materiel for at least two decent-sized novels (I won't go into details here because I do not want to give away spoilers). Again it is a rather "depressing" story because all the facts (more or less) of how the story ends are known - and yet one cannot but feel for all the people that are trying to preserve humanity from falling back into savage ways while Emperor himself behaves in a very strange ways (as one reviewer said - one can just wander what are his goals).Mars Mechanicum society is described as society divided into castes - servants (be it Servitors, Protectors or Skiitari), researchers (Adepts) and warriors (Knights fighting as pilots in BattleTech-like mechas and Titan Legions). Religion [again] plays a pivotal role in the events on Mars and is a main reason for clash with Emperors "science is key to everything" approach.Again, as it was case with "Legion" novel I cannot but to be concerned about the humanity in W40K novel - after blowing itself back to the preindustrial society during the Age of Strife and being rebuilt by Emperor just to end up like a dogma-driven unforgiving, vengeful, xenophobic and blood-thirsty society .... Beginning from that fateful day on Istvaan W40K humanity is stalling in their progress and just moving down the slope to the faith unknown.Horus Heresy was a pivotal moment in the W40K history and I guess story got somewhat "watered-down" by constant retelling of events and attempts to tell every (even the smallest) detail [I can understand this - there will always be fans that want to know everything]."Mechanicum" story line is linked to Istvaan incident but it describes events on Mars not revealed before. This and portrayals of Knight and Titan war machines fighting among themselves are great. Story pace is fast and although story itself gets somewhat confusing at the end this is great addition to Horus Heresy series. Hopefully this means that following novels in the series will concentrate on the events after Istvaan massacre.
Maverikk More than 1 year ago
Easily one of the best written books of the series. The first page hooked me like nothing else could. My favorite part of this story is simply the unique design of the backdrop that is mars. While we lack a steady Astartes main character we have Titans to make up for that. Seriously this book does so much for the overall Heresy and is a real joy to read.
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Locutus More than 1 year ago
This is a great addition to the Heresy series. Great background on the Mechanicum and how all hell break loose on Mars. Epic and brutal Titan combat. Good read.
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iv been following this series for a few months a couple have been disapointments, but this book looks promising.