Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy)

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Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy)

Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy)

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When Garro is rescued, Rogal Dorn’s rage and denial of Horus' uprising initially caught me off guard, as it might for someone in Garro’s desperate state pleading for help, but it then evolves in a natural way. Battle-Captain Nathaniel Garro of the 7th Great Company leads part of the assault and the Death Guard are victorious. This story rewinds a bit from the end of book 3 and then picks up events that coincide with Horus' treacherous activities. A nice look in particular with the whole “old” concept was looking at Space Marines who were so old that they couldn’t fight any longer. In focusing largely on Garro, the narrative really fleshes out the shock to the system instigated by larger events.

He clings to the rising Lectitio Divinitatus to keep faith when he runs out of good ideas and only has bad ones, like marooning the titular Eisenstein in space. But when the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged by enemy fire, it becomes stranded in the warp – the realm of the Dark Powers. I genuinely feel ashamed about ever talking about the opening trilogy as the phenomenal first founding of this saga.The blurb tells you straight up, Garro and his loyals are heading for Terra to bring news of the betrayal to the Emperor himself. This one starts off with a Rashomon-like vibe in that we get different perspectives of things we've already experienced. The Flight of the Eisenstein is a novel by James Swallow and the fourth book in The Horus Heresy series. Having witnessed the terrible massacre of Imperial forces on Isstvan III, Death Guard Captain Garro seizes a ship and sets a course for Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus's treachery. I found it difficult to keep track of (and thus, to be invested in) a number of his characters, perhaps because of Swallow's habit of referring to them by both first and last name throughout the narrative.

And I don't think I have said anything about them, but I have to collectors editions, and the author after-word is AWESOME in every single book. Taken to Terra to account for themselves, Garro and his men convince Dorn of Horus's betrayal helped by Euphrati Keeler and are placed in holding cells of Terra's moon Luna, in the stronghold of the Sisters of Silence. The Heresy series is not easy to get into without a little understanding of background of the 40K universe but as with False Gods (Book 2) this is a fine place to start. For Warhammer 40,000, he is best known for his four Blood Angels novels, the audio drama Heart of Rage, and his two Sisters of Battle novels. Those of you who read the first three of the serie will read it just to follow the story line and you won't be disappointed.

Once our main cast are aboard the Eisenstein, however, the story takes off like a rocket and I read through it at such a rate that I was able to finish it within a few days. His Marc Dane novels are fast-paced action thrillers featuring a former MI6 field officer turned private security operative; NOMAD is the first in the series, published in the US by Forge. Euphrati Keeler has the rest of her sharp edges shaved off so she can be a vehicle for a wider religious movement but I think it's fine, and it provides a link to Garro’s motivations and decision-marking.

Set slightly before the events of Galaxy in Flames, The Flight of the Eisenstein introduces the reader to more of the Death Guard and puts Captain Nathaniel Garro in the driving seat for most the novel. Everything was still fresh and exciting and by the time the new stuff came into play I had a greater appreciation of what was going on because of the added info. Everything from the rot of the warp, to the gore of battle and the serenity of the environment has been captured in very tangible prose. The trial of the story begins with an opening engagement (seems to be the norm with early HH novels) against the Jargall, a race of bio-mechanical nobodies if I’m honest. The story is caught up with the far-reaching ramifications of Istvaan III as I mentioned and by extent the first three novels.Some of the character renditions weren't particularly great either, like the primearchs and the saint. That headline rating does actually mask a little nuance because a bit like False Gods (which I also gave five stars) this was slow to get going, the effort of catching up to where we left proceedings at Isstvan III while we examined the buildup to the betrayal from the perspective of the Death Guard a little hard going at points. I’m never a fan of obvious bad guys so Grulgor was a bit of an ‘eye roll’ for me and the Decius’ inner dialogue section could have been played as more of a struggle to turn to chaos. Having witnessed the terrible massacre of Imperial forces on Isstvan III, Death Guard Captain Garro seizes a ship and sets a course for Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus' treachery.

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