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Descent of Angels (The Horus Heresy) [Paperback]

Mitchel Scanlon
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7 Jun 2012 The Horus Heresy
The next novel in the ground-breaking, bestselling series that tells the story of the Horus Heresy - the civil war that nearly tore the human Imperium apart, ten thousand years ago. This novel explores the early history of the Dark Angels Legion and their Primarch Lion El'Johnson. When news of Horus's treachery reaches Caliban, the loyalties of this proud and mysterious Legion are tested to the limit, wth tragic consequences.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: The Black Library (7 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849703396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849703390
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mitchel Scanlon is a full-time novelist and comics writer. His previous credits for the Black Library include the Horus Heresy novel Descent of Angels, Fifteen Hours, the background book The Loathsome Ratmen, and the comics series Tales of Hellbrandt Grimm. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Horus Heresy 14 Feb 2013
By JulianE
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Despite the title, this book has nothing at all to do with the Horus Heresy, sadly it appears to be on the cover only as a means to get sales. Having said that if you are interested in the back stories of the Primarchs and the legions then this is a worthy addition. Not the best written story but ok. I am giving it only 2 stars due to the misrepresentation, if not for this then it would be more like a 3 1/2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 26 Sep 2012
By Trotski
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This has lots to endear it, although those readers wishing to find out what happens next in the Heresy will have to wait. Here we get a full history and examination of the Dark Angels Chapter and we are given an insight into the mind of The Lion, the enigmaticly named Primarch of this legion. What struck me the most was how similair the tales here are to Arthurian legends, if you are a fan of knightly quests and tales of honour and fortitude then this is right up your street.

We focus on two boys entering the order and the simmering rivalry that ends up defining their paths, we learn of the Dark Angels home world of Caliban and how this is a perfect proving ground for an Astartes Legion. This story is jammed pack full of heroic deeds and examines the motivating factors that shaped the Dark Angels.......a suitably surprising twist in the tale leaves us wondering where exactly their loyalty will ultimately fall.

The Dark Angels have quickly become my favourite Legion and i await their fate with baited breath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
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Very good.
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  2 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Love it, hate it, meh it...? 9 Aug 2014
By Jason Pratt - Published on Amazon.com
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TL;DR -- I have trouble deciding if I should pass book along to my Dad as an introduction to the 40K milieu. On one hand the answer isn't a definite 'no', but on the other hand I shouldn't be having trouble deciding whether the book would make a sufficiently good impression for him to keep at it.

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I can see why some people can't stand the book and yet others like it. It feels, and reads, like an abridged version of three middle books in a five part series, with non-existent first book helpfully summarized at the beginning to remind the reader what happened and occasionally alluded to along the way -- and yet at the same time the book dawdles along with considerably more contemplative navel-gazing than even I have a taste for! It doesn't help that I only agree with somewhere between one third and one half of the contemplative lecturing, and I'm trying to adjust for that in subjective taste, but the presentation of the dawdling itself seemed rushed (if that makes any sense) and I rarely got the feeling of characters chewing over ideas and coming to real grips and acceptance of them.

As (currently, August 2014) the earliest book chronologically in the Horus Heresy timeline (until when-if-ever the "missing first book" is ever released I guess??), it has a lot of potential for a great introduction to the whole Warhammer 40K milieu, or at least the Imperial side of it. And to some real extent it does meet that potential: it _almost_ counts as a shift between an ersatz version of regular Warhammer (medievalish fantasy knights on a crusade against nightmarish forces of chaos) into the vastly larger futuristic 40K setting. Its design also completely spoils what's going to happen, which I guess was a catch-22 for the author: almost anyone reading this book is already going to know where it's going, and I can understand a mandate to get there asap and not spend a (missing) book on the origin story of Lion El' Jonson since that would only distantly hint at the 40K elements to come, so why play around pretending things are going to be a surprise for the reader?

But on the other hand, this approach gutted me from sharing in much surprise and discovery by the characters. After all, most readers of ANY book will have some solid idea what's going to happen in it already from marketing promotions trying to convince the reader the book is worth reading; but that doesn't mean the author should, within the story, confirm and reveal most everything asap, and rapidly skip along the revelations by the characters.

So do I recommend it for the uninitiated or the initiated, either one?

Maybe. Meh-by. :/
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better early Horus Heresy books 4 Jun 2013
By Anthony J. Fennell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Interesting chapter of the Horus Hersey tale, involving the Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter and their history. The book has lots of interesting little history tidbits and builds the story of a few new characters found in later HH books. All in all this was one of my more favorite of the series, highly recommend reading it, if you are bouncing around the story rather than reading them in order.
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