Galaxy in Flames (The Horus Heresy): No. 3

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Galaxy in Flames (The Horus Heresy): No. 3

Galaxy in Flames (The Horus Heresy): No. 3

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Ben's character progression was good and in-keeping with how the other authors had treated Loken, Tarvitz etc . My reason for not reading the Heresey before was the impression that it looked like "Space Marine Battles on Steroids". Once again, we spend the most time with Loken and see a lot of the conflict through his perspective. Noble captain Garviel Loken harbours misgivings about the clandestine ways adopted by many of his brethren, but when the Legion is sent to reconquer the moon of Davin, it is clear that Horus has a personal stake in the matter which may have clouded his judgement.

I don't use these guys very often as i prefer a more numerous, basic infantry flavour to my lists but putting these guys in a land raider and letting them sow havoc on a flank is pleasing to watch.Lucius leads the Emperor's Children half of the attack on the Precentor's Palace while the World Eaters under Captain Ehrlen become bogged down massacring fanatical citizens in a plaza to the north and the Death Guard advance through the city's defensive trenchworks. I'll get to my pacing rage in a little bit) and I really felt I was with the loyalist characters every step of the way as far heartache and betrayal was concerned. But it is also a story of heroism, bravery, and loyalty as the last of the Loyalist members of those soon to be infamous legions, fight for their Emperor and the ideals that they believe in.

There are a few glaring inconsistencies that might have been picked up by editing, such as when the remaining citizens of Isstvan III were destroyed by the fire storm - despite the fact that virus bombs were supposed to completely decimate the planet. Knowing he needs every Astartes, Primarch, and body to be utterly loyal to him he and the Primarchs loyal to him decide to set a trap for those who would present a problem for their great plan. He is pursued by members of his own legion who are part of the betrayal and in desperation puts himself at the mercy of Nathaniel Garro, who is excluded from the assault force and relegated to commanding the frigate Eisenstein due to his injuries.Horus questions Chief Astropath Ing Mae Sing about the saint and afterwards Sing sends a psychic warning to Sindermann, who recruits Titus Cassar of the Legio Mortis Titan Legion and his reluctant friend Jonah Aruken to help him save her. Though the rebels are swiftly crushed, Horus' treachery is finally revealed when the planet is razed by virus bombs and Space Marines turn on their battle brothers in the most bitter struggle imaginable.

I think the biggest issue with Counter's writing is also, bizarrely, one of his strengths - this is the fact that he flits from POV to POV without remaining more than a few pages with one character. The biggest example of what I would like to see was during the virus binging sections where various characters are shown hiding for their lives or sacrificing themselves to save their brothers. Whereas another one of his brothers holding the line with him becomes envious and thinks Saul is hogging all the glory. But when the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged by enemy fire, it becomes stranded in the warp - the realm of the Dark Powers. However, this book is certainly a recommended read, but only after reading the first two in the series, "Horus Rising" and "False Gods".

As far as books go it did a solid job of wrapping everything up relating to Horus beginning the Heresy and falling. This book just needed a few more POV character telling their side of the story and this would have rivaled nearly any book in the Heresy as the best of the best. Galaxy in Flames concerns the virus-bombing of Istvaan III and the Warmaster Horus' ultimate fall into madness, which resulted in a galactic civil war where brother would fight brother. Loken was built up by Abnett and then McNeill to be a conflicted soul - tortured at the idea that his brothers are being taken over by the power of the warp; starting to hear 'the music of the spheres'; but here his character development was limited.

The action-packed conclusion to the opening trilogy of The Horus Heresy and the start of the Warmaster’s march to Terra. Saul Tarvitz’s straight man act may shade into vanilla, but he is doing stuff in just enough of a way to not seem like a creature of the plot. Even though i feel the VIIth legion is not one to embellish themselves in pomp and finery like the Emperors Children or the Blood Angels, I did decide to add a cloak to my praetor but kept it demure and simple. And the final touch i wanted to portray was the eagle topped staff and book on his waist, little signs of the Lectitio Divinatus creeping into the legions, almost as a direct opposite to the taint of the warrior lodges.of our deliveries are made by Royal Mail as we think they give the best service and cover all areas of the UK. This next quote has no direct spoilers in it, but if you want to skip then skip until the italics stop. The last third of the book are not only full of horror and butchery but also sorrow (as many beloved characters are betrayed). I'm a third of the way into Flight of the Eisenstein now and I'm enjoying the way it overlaps with Galaxy in Flames rather than continues from it, and actually addresses some of those little niggles by showing the build-up to Isstvan from a new perspective. For the first time in the series, you couldn’t have really have picked another author to do a novel where a large percentage of it would be about the Battle for Isstvann III.



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