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Legion is amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-2019

Dan Abnett has once again outdone himself- the twists and turns of this story are amazing, the characterisation is wonderful. It’s great to find ourselves viewing things from the perspectives of Imperial soldiers, rather than Astartes, as it gives us another lens to view this universe through. It contains enough intrigue, twists, turns and reveals to be truly fitting of an Alpha Legion novel.

Damn you Erebus

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-2019

To broadly review this, it felt like a bit of a downgrade, coming from Horus Rising to False Gods. It might be the storyline that the author had to deal with, or it might even just be the difference in authors itself- that’s not to say that this isn’t a great story. There are moments that made me feel joy, tension, sadness, and anger (most of which had to do with a particular Word Bearer), but the overall shift in Horus as a character after the events of Davin felt a bit rushed, and there were so many moments where his insecurities and decision to betray the Imperium seemed to stem from a real place, before suddenly swapping to “Muh Ambition” which, more often than not, was a bit jarring. The best scenes in Horus Rising were those of conflict that the characters suffered within themselves. False Gods, while having some really good ones within Horus, does really well in its action scenes, which are visceral and violent, which is to be expected of the setting, and does not disappoint. Great performance as usual, though I found Torgadden’s new voice a bit... eh. But I got used to it after a while. TL;DR Not as good as Book 1, still pretty good, eagerly downloading Book 3, I hate Erebus.

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Hours Rising, Or How Dan Abnett Wrote A Masterpiece

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-2019

I cannot understate how amazing this story is. With the knowledge of how it all turns out, there is an air of majesty and sadness that plays out in this Golden Age that Dan Abnett has depicted. With a debate over the ethics of the argument “I’m right because I say I’m right” and a depressing hypocrisy towards those debating it, the foreshadowing of the eventual future we know and love is bittersweet. Abnett has written each of the primary Astarte characters as their own character, rather than simply copy pasting a single idea over multiple. I’d highly recommend this to anyone who hasn’t read it, even if they’re not into Warhammer 40k. On a final note: F**cking Erebus.

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