It is the 31st millennium. 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? Horus Rising is the first chapter in the epic tale of the Horus Heresy, a galactic civil war that threatened to bring about the extinction of humanity.
I’ve done it, I have finally decided to bite the explosive round and pick up the book that starts it all. The Horus Herecy…I have been putting of from reading this series for so long due to the fact that I have not been able to track down the two books that follow on it. I have been told that it is needed to read the first three in this series to understand why Horus goes and does what he does. For those that do not follow or know anything about 40K this would be the starting point. The book that would set you on course.
I am sad to say this but you would be in for a very hard read. I now understand why some people dislike it first of. I have some issues with this novel and it is purely becuase I might have expected a little too much. I read this with some knowledge of what goes down within this series, but I tried reading it through the eyes of a “new recruit” if that makes any sort of sense.
As a new reader one is in for a lot of information between lines. Horus Rising is the story of how he became the Warmaster, but it is told in a very indirect way. You see events that took place in the past through the eyes of others. Dan Abnett’s way of writing was clever and yet so advanced that I could see myself struggle understanding most of it had I not known a little bit about the setting. I am not trying to put anyone of by this review and would encourage others that would be interested in knowing the universe to go at it with a bit of patience. Abnett has a way of writing that left me having to read a few sentances over a few times.
Lets get to some pictures…
This novel was the first book from my collectoin. It was a subscription that is available in S.A and U.K. I am happy that I got a chance to pick up some.
The one where the gap is…
Not sure who this shoulder represents, but it might be incomplete for a long time. All books in the collection have a whole bunch of pictures and extra information, either around the book or the 40K setting. It also comes with artwork that was picked out for the spesific book.
This is before you get to any reading, it is also at the back.
This was the picture originaly looked like on the normal paperbacks.
I got an outline or rather a timeline of key events within the setting.
I got some extra insight into the Crusade that helped.
There were some pictures of characters that feature in the book itself. Some of them I think are a bit outdated if compared to what I have seen in later artwork. Not a bad thing, technology changes… I liked seeing these.
Then there was the picture of the event that took place when The Emperor took his leave to return to Terra and made Horus Warmaster.
The last one I have is what I think the battle of Ullanor, an event that gets reffered to quite often which I never knew of. This was before the Emperor took his leave.
I know I have not gone into the story too much, nor gave this book a very good review. I did enjoy getting educated and I am glad I have finaly picked it up. I just hope I manage to get the next two soon. I gave this a three out of five on GR, but since I had about half a week to think on what I was going to say about this read I have moved it up to a 4 and a half. If you have some extra time and interessted in 40K I would recomend this. It’s hit or miss in most cases I suspect.
Hope every one had a good day.