When the reviews for The Horus Heresy began, Dan Abnett had returned to the series with The Horus Heresy: Legion. It’s generally hard to review a series without needing to give past details and, with seven books being out, there were a lot of details to be covered. So the natural starting point was The Horus Heresy: Horus Rising, also written by Dan Abnett.
Horus Rising set the tone and the pace that the series should’ve taken. There were books that went a bit overboard and forgot about the importance of all the major characters like The Horus Heresy: False Gods. There were also the books that deviated from the general franchise feel that made them weaker books like The Horus Heresy: Descent of Angels. Still, the majority of the series became an epic space opera take on the famed epic poem Paradise Lost.
The series follows more the feel of Dawn of War with its expansions and the upcoming Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine game since it follows the Space Marines legions. With the games, however, you are playing through events that take place anywhere from 6,000 years to 10,000 years after Horus’s betrayal. The game that ends up being most closest to one of the later book in the series, The Horus Heresy: Legion, is Dark Heresy. Legion held both combat heavy and investigation heavy segments, like Dark Heresy. The biggest difference is the fact that Space Marine isn’t a class in Dark Heresy.
In a weird way the books came across as more hard hitting than some of the video games that have been released, like Warhammer 40,000: Fire Warrior or early Warhammer 40k PC games. The action was a lot more hectic. The characters were more realistic. There also happened to be a lot more honesty in the books than in early Warhammer games and Fire Warrior. Through the development of the story you’re witnessing the history that is merely mentioned in the games. You are seeing the heroes and villains of the galactic civil war that grew from Warmaster Horus’s decision to betray the God-Emperor.
This series follows the split between the Space Marine legions there should be quite a few more focusing on each legion’s story, since there are an initial 20 legions. In December 2008, Mechanicum, a novel following the Dark Adeptus Mechanicum, will be released to the public. Look for the review then.
Other books in The Horus Heresy series:
- Part 1: The Horus Heresy: Horus Rising by Dan Abnett
- Part 2: The Horus Heresy: False Gods by Graham McNeill
- Part 3: The Horus Heresy: Galaxy in Flames by Ben Counter
- Part 4: The Horus Heresy: Flight of the Eisenstein by James Swallow
- Part 5: The Horus Heresy: Fulgrim by Graham McNeill
- Part 6: The Horus Heresy: Descent of Angels by Mitchel Scanlon
- Part 7: The Horus Heresy: Legion by Dan Abnett
- Part 8: The Horus Heresy: Battle for the Abyss by Ben Counter
- Part 9: The Horus Heresy: Mechanicum by Graham McNeill