Release Date: 4 March 2019
Pages: 423 (According to GR)
Series: Dark Imperium (Book 1)
Format read: Kindle on my I-phone
Fell times have come to the galaxy. Cadia has fallen, destroyed by the onslaught of Chaos. A Great Rift in the warp has opened and from its depths have spewed daemons and the horrors of Old Night. But all hope is not lost… A hero, long absent, has returned and with him comes the wrath of the Ultramarines reborn. Roboute Guilliman, the last of the loyal primarchs, has arisen from millennia in stasis to lead the Imperium out of darkness on a crusade the likes of which has not been seen since the fabled days of the Emperor. But never before have the forces of Ruin amassed in such numbers, and nowhere is safe from despoliation. From the dreaded Scourge Stars come the hordes of the Plaguefather, Lord Nurgle, and their pustulent eye is fixed on the Ultramarines home world of Macragge. As the Indomitas Crusade draws to an end, Guilliman and his army of Primaris Space Marines race to Ultramar and a confrontation with the Death Guard.
I received this through Netgally, it in no way influenced my review of this book.
I have no idea where to begin my review of this book… As some of you may know, I only started my travels into the Horus Heresy by late last year. I am as of yet only two books in. I do, however, consider myself pretty clued up with current Warhammer news (even though I am clueless as to what most of it all might mean).
When I review a Warhammer novel I like to put myself in the perspective of a person who reads WH for the first time. Regarding this book or series, were you to pick it up some day and not know what has gone before, you will have a difficult time reading this. If you were so inclined as to be interested in knowing what all this Warhammer stuff is about, I would suggest doing a crash course on wikipedia.
For those of you who are up to speed of all things Warhammer I say this. You might be in for a treat. I am not ashamed to say, I had quite a trip. This book, gives us a glimpse as to the day Roboute Guilliman died, but ten thousand years later wakes up from his coma. He has some shit to sort out and does he try make quick work of it all… The first few chapters were full of battles, void wars, Space Marine against Space Marine as well as quickly introducing the new “Primaris Space Marines” (not sure I like the idea of that yet, but oh well, time brings along change always). There were still battles by the end of the book. When I finished it I was so tired I passed out seconds after closing kindle on my phone. Thats the kind of battles we get to deal with.
I have been made aware of things that will be taking place in books I still have to read, but that did not bother me too much (seeing as I got to read this book for free as well). I look forward to catching up the details later on. Dark Imperium almost felt like a diary of how exactly Guilliman set out to bring evil to justice as well as giving us a glimpse into the kind of entity he is. Normal humans see him and his brothers as well as their creator as gods, yet Guilliman doesn’t feel like one (seeing as he kinda died… as did his “father”), so we also see a Primarch fighting more than one battle.
Guy Haley writes easy enough to follow you can see he has done his homework on getting the feel right. I almost felt sorry for the Ultramarines, that was before I knew how hardy they can be. These guys do not easily pull out of a fight. It is exactly what they were designed to do. Fight for the survival of humankind for as long as they draw breath. And fight they do. They have a lot to make up for and reclaim what Chaos has set out to destroy. I liked Haley’s descriptions of the followers of Nurgle. Although I do not consider myself a fan. if you would like to see what kind of things you can look forward to when reading about Nurgle, I suggest you go check out some of Anne’s Nurgle miniture paintings, she seems to have been won over by Pappa Nurgle. I am so happy I had her and some other people I follow’s minitures to go check out when I read this novel. It helped alot. Thanks guys (and girls)!
Have I done an actual review of this book yet or not? I do not know anymore. I high lighted quite a lot of points I was going to bring up, but I lost my notes now (sad face 😦 …)
What I do know is that the people of Games Workshop is slowly tying the Horus Heresy of, which means that new story lines needed to evolved. I am happy as to what I have been able to read in Dark Imperium. I am also glad that I did the read of the Tales of Vigilus short stories as this has given me a clear idea as to what is to be expected.
Dark Imperium comes recommended to those that follow the Ultramarines, you can expect cohesion and cooperation with other factions of the Warhammer setting (think Sisters of Silence, Inquisition, Mechanicum to name but a few) as well, as Guilliman gathers them together under one banner. Dark Imperium does not come recommended to those that follow Chaos, cause even though they seem to hold the upperhand, they are slowly going to get their asses kicked. I gave it a 4 out of 5 on GR and look forward to reading more of this series in the up and coming Plague Wars (which Netgally also good heartily gifted me for advanced review). I would like to thank not only Netgally, but also Black Library, seeing as the notification that I was granted the E-ARC came from them directly.
Have a great day everyone.