Slaves to Darkness (The Horus Heresy)

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Slaves to Darkness (The Horus Heresy)

Slaves to Darkness (The Horus Heresy)

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The HH series are at it's best (I think) when we come along scenes in which very human things happen to very inhuman / trans - human characters. Love, brotherhood, betrayal, jealousy, honor and so on. Then the HH series are at it's hight, but also very relatable: although happening in a pure fictional world, they adres situations which can happen to you or me in everyday life. Scenes like the Aximand - Torgaddon confrontation in galaxy in flames, or Fulgrim - Ferrus in book V. This book had such of scenes too, so good stuff. I Horus Rising • II False Gods • III Galaxy in Flames • IV The Flight of the Eisenstein • V Fulgrim • VI Descent of Angels • VII Legion • VIII Battle for the Abyss • IX Mechanicum • X Tales of Heresy • XI Fallen Angels • XII A Thousand Sons • XIII Nemesis • XIV The First Heretic • XV Prospero Burns • XVI Age of Darkness • XVII The Outcast Dead • XVIII Deliverance Lost • XIX Know No Fear • XX The Primarchs • XXI Fear to Tread • XXII Shadows of Treachery • XXIII Angel Exterminatus • XXIV Betrayer • XXV Mark of Calth • XXVI Vulkan Lives • XXVII The Unremembered Empire • XXVIII Scars • XXIX Vengeful Spirit • XXX The Damnation of Pythos • XXXI Legacies of Betrayal • XXXII Deathfire • XXXIII War Without End • XXXIV Pharos • XXXV Eye of Terra • XXXVI The Path of Heaven • XXXVII The Silent War • XXXVIII Angels of Caliban • XXXIX Praetorian of Dorn • XL Corax • XLI The Master of Mankind • XLII Garro • XLIII Shattered Legions • XLIV The Crimson King • XLV Tallarn • XLVI Ruinstorm • XLVII Old Earth • XLVIII The Burden of Loyalty • XLIX Wolfsbane • L Born of Flame • LI Slaves to Darkness • LII Heralds of the Siege • LIII Titandeath • LIV The Buried Dagger What were highlights for me in this novel? Well, I loved the Orcus part a lot, the scenes in the webway, the meeting with Fulgrim and all the stuff there. But surely also the scenes at Deluge, the one with Kharn for example, the one with Angron and Perturabo off course too. Loved the scene with Horus in the warp, or dream or whatever or wherever it was, him fighting and fighting , on and on, not wishing to submit. The Ullanor scenes were also very nice, some real emotion there, sometimes gave me the chills. These scenes combined the past (both within the series but also as an reading experience for us readers) with the now and upcoming future (siege of terra and Horus ultimate fate). The conversations between Horus and Mal, about making choices, about lies, about being nobody's slave, good stuff, bringing a bit the old HH feeling with it (Horus rising, the first part of False gods .... seems like another era almost). Has yet to speak his own will,’ said Perturabo. His dark eyes flashed. ‘Those are Third Legion vessels in the void. The last time I saw them it was in the wake of treachery.’ He tapped the layered plates of his armour. ‘A lesson taught in blood is remembered in iron.’ Roboute Guilliman: Lord of Ultramar • Leman Russ: The Great Wolf • Magnus the Red: Master of Prospero • Perturabo: The Hammer of Olympia • Lorgar: Bearer of the Word • Fulgrim: The Palatine Phoenix • Ferrus Manus: Gorgon of Medusa • Grandfather's Gift • Perturabo: Stone and Iron • Malcador: First Lord of the Imperium • Konrad Curze: A Lesson in Darkness • Jaghatai Khan: Warhawk of Chogoris • Vulkan: Lord of Drakes • Sons of the Emperor • Corax: Lord of Shadows • Angron: Slave of Nuceria • Scions of the Emperor • Konrad Curze: The Night Haunter • Ghost of Nuceria • The Passing of Angels • The Abyssal Edge • Mercy of the Dragon • Lion El'Jonson: Lord of the First • Illyrium • The Revelation of the Word • Morningstar • Will of the Legion • Embers of Extinction • Alpharius: Head of the Hydra • Blood of the Emperor • Loyal Sons • Mortarion: The Pale King • Rogal Dorn: The Emperor's Crusader • Sanguinius: The Great Angel • Heirs of The Emperor

The reason By this point in the series overly descriptive and pointless dialogue should be at a minimum. Things need to HAPPEN.Lots and lots of characters having less or more spotlight, Lorgar and Perturabo often steal the scene, but in the end the author gives to all of them the moment of glory they deserve: just wait for Alpharius and the Crimson King to make their appearance and see yourself.

Finished Slaves to darkness this evening. What a wonderful addition to the HH series. Enjoyed it massively. 5 out of 5. Compliments to you for such an entertaining novel at this stage of our journey. Some thoughts. Mild spoilers ahead. Argonis strode forwards. The Iron Circle twitched towards him but stilled as Perturabo turned to look at him. The Iron Warriors primarch is blunt, expects total obedience and will bump off officers at a rate a Commissar would baulk at, but it's not without reason. The way he's written doesn't make it seem as if he's looking for an excuse to kill everyone around him, or simply has rage as his only emotion. It's far closer in nature to the original Index Astartes source material than with many past works, and what we have here more than makes up for a few past mistakes.A muttered wheeze spread out around the products bay at the recommendation of such fierce Multitudes. Jonathan Keeble reading of the book was excellent, is his work always is. I don't think that there has been an audio production featuring John Keeble that has not been excellent. the range of acted voices which he can provide is impressive. When considering characters, I think Lorgar and Perturabo stole the show. They were very well handled, in my opinion. Big appearances, as primarchs should be, continuing the developments made by other books and authors and still adding to them. The last scene with Lorgar was too very good, and surprising also. Very curious to see what road he will be on after this book ... It is very difficult to make characters such as Angron or Perturabo interesting or likable, but French succeeds. It's been a while, but I'm finally here. Up to date with the Horus Heresy, aside from a few minor things I skipped and plan to catch up on in the nearest future. This book started out nicely, intriguing and exceptionally atmospheric, yet I did not get everything I wanted from it. I feel like I will have to read it again to fully appreciate the experience. My initial excitement was based on the fact that I always preferred reading about the traitor legions, their stories being more deep and complicated, often having better character development. I did not get enough of it here. I can't see this novel being enjoyable as a stand alone, which is a major issue for me personally. I believe each book in the series has to be readable and understandable to a person who has't read every other thing published before it and I see this one relying heavily on the previous HH pieces.



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