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This is the 8th book in the Horus Heresy series, each book has been written by different author giving constant diversity to each book with a different style of writing each time.
In this book the space marine chapter The Wordbearers are in the process of bringing vengeance to the Ultramarines, this epic tale is portrayed from both sides as the story progresses. There are many characters each with personalities that echo that of their chapters beliefs, this is shown at best at certain scenes allowing character development. Due to the nature of this story there is what some would say a lack of emotional depth, however any people that partake in the Warhammer hobbies would find this an expected issue since in many cases during this tale; actions are more important then words.
I personally own all of the released books so far, I eagerly await the next release to this epic tale pacing my reading so that I rarely find myself waiting for the next book so that the story may continue
The 'Horus Hersesy' saga continues with this, the eigth book in the series and the first to focus on the Ultramarines chapter, as the battle to avoid destruction at the hands of the treacherous Word Bearer legion. Horus' has made it clear tat he lies in open revolt to the Emperor and each of the Space Marine legions must now decide where their loyalties lie. The Ultramarines have long since declared their loyalty to the Emperor and when a small band of loyal Astartes learn that the Word Bearers intend to send a massive fleet to Ultramar and and destroy the home of the Ultra Marines, this small group is forced with an impossible decsion. How can so few be expected to defeat such an immense enemy and ensure the Ultramarines do not suffer a blow from which they will never recover.
I have read all seven books upto this point and approached this one warily. The first four were excellent reads that I breezed through in no more than a couple of days. So well written were they that you could never put the books down. However since the'Descent of Angels', there really was a sense that the books were being churned out in order to fulfill a need to cover each of the twenty Sapce Marine legions. And unfortunately my fears did not go unfounded. This book totals 416 pages but it feels ten times that amount. I can't quite put my finger on what is missing but it seems that the excitement of the earlier books has been lost and in left in it's place is theis dull, chronological timeline of events.
It's a shame really because their is definitely the makings of a good story in their. What really perplexes is that the author Ben Counter also wrote 'Galaxy in Flames' which was the third book in the series. That book certainly qualified as an excellent read and contained all the elements lacking in this.
In summary, it's not one of the better in the series and really you should probably only read so that you're knowledge of the whole saga is complete. A disappointing entry which could and should have ben so much better.