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Horus Heresy, Vol. 1: Visions of War (The Horus Heresy) Paperback – 3 May 2004

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library; 1st edition (3 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844160963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844160969
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 0.8 x 33.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Nov 2004
Format: Paperback
This book chronicles the rise of the Emperor and his Space marines as well as as Horus' Betrayel. It is not a book more a collection of "facts", pictures and descriptions based on the trading card game. Makes for interesting viewing and a lot of information on the First 20 chapters of the space marines as well as information on the Custodian Guard, as well as immortalising the emperor.
All in all well worth the money, for anyone warhammer fan or simply someone who likes fantasy books.
The only problem is that it ends rather abruptly and i am currently awaiting the second volume with eager anticipation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "torylr" on 3 Mar 2006
Format: Paperback
Full of full colour artwork from the best artists in the Games Workshops employment. Gives the first part of the horrifying Horus Heresy saga in a combination of fantastic pictures and informative text. For anyone who is interested in the 40k world, or loves beautiful drawings then this really is the book for them.
From the Ardent Custodian, to the Space Marines we know and love now, this book is really packed with 40k history and makes you want to battle some Chaos scum!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful book flawed by both its content and its lack thereof 3 July 2005
By John T. Miller IV - Published on
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The Horus Heresy is easily one of the most dramatic and elaborate events in the history of the dark futuristic universe of Warhammer 40,000 in particular and in modern science-fiction in general. Games Workshop's decision to create a multiple volume coffee table sized book detailing this conflict with sweeping images combined with informative text was a wise one. The community responded to the announcement with barely suppressed glee.

What we received was a mixed blessing. The cover of the book is beautiful, its paper is high quality gloss, its binding strong and sturdy and its size perfect for the "coffee-table" feel. However the art direction and content for this work is at true mixed bag. On one hand you have the staggeringly beautiful and epic creations of Adrian Smith and on the other the atrocious, barely intelligible, child-like etchings of John Blanche. I regret to inform you, dear reader, that Blanche's work is far more common of the two by a factor of around nine. Other artists are included all of which are superior to Blanche's hideous work and they make the book tolerable but only just so.

The information provided within the Horus Heresy: Visions of War is light at best, pages go by filled with visuals and images only. This would be tolerable, as this is at least in part an art book, if when information was provided it was both well-written and extensive. Unfortunately it is neither.

As a premise this book is a wonderful idea. Its execution, however, fails that vision almost completely. What we are left with is a tarnished diamond that you will want to own for its strengths and for its successes but its flaws will stare you in the face every time you open it.

Here's hoping that the subsequent volumes will be superior to the first.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Decent, but not outstanding 9 Nov 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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For a book which carries a $29 list price, it was lacking in the depth of art it covered. As mentioned in the other review, the artwork was from the Warhammer Collectable Card Game (CCG) by Sabertooth games. There is nothing wrong with the art, but I would liked to have seen more work from Games Workshops own artists who done many excellent pieces. The text was really the high point for me. The background of the Horus Heresy was interesting and gave me some added understanding of the 40K universe. In short, a decent book but not a great one. Probably not worth buying at the list price.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A glorified commercial for the card game 11 Aug 2005
By Tony Rakittke - Published on
Format: Paperback
2.5 stars really, on the strength of the art, but still, for such an important conflict in the 40k universe I thought this was an incredibly weak offering from the Black Library.

I'd like to see them collect the three Horus Heresy volumes into one edition and strike out the irrelevent references to the game, but I'm not holding my breath there.

I can't recommend the Horus Heresy volumes unless you're a die hard 40k fan. For something worth your time *and* money, check out the Liber Chaotica instead!
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing, but a good read... 7 Oct 2004
By B. Flynn - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is merely a collection of artwork used in an upcoming CCG that Games Workshop is releasing. With the vast amount of artwork that GW has created on this subject over the last 15 years, I was hoping for a real in-depth visual history of the heresy. That is not what this is. It does contain work from John Blanche(of course), Adrian Smith, and many others. But there is no older artwork to speak of, just work related to the CCG. Not to say this book is a complete waste, the text is quite good. It is exhaustive in it's discussion of all aspects of the subject, but this is an art book, and in this regard I think it really lacks.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Some Good Art, Some Good Background Material 4 Feb 2005
By Samuel E. Burns - Published on
Format: Paperback
This art book is the first of a series that will be released, providing artwork and background material covering the Horus Heresy era of Games Workshop's "Warhammer 40,000" game setting. The artwork comes from a related collectible card game, "The Horus Heresy," from Sabertooth Games.

Taken by itself, this book alone may not be all that impressive to some: the amount of artwork presented is limited, and even though there is a good amount of written background material it covers only a small slice of the "historical" era in question. But as this is only the first in what will presumably be a multi-part set of books covering the whole of the Horus Heresy, it isn't really meant to stand on its own. It's only the first chapter, as it were, and will undoubtedly look much better when accompanied by others in the set.

I myself enjoyed seeing the artwork presented, and the background material is an essential account of events that shaped the fictional "history" of the Imperium of Man in GW's "Warhammer 40K Universe." Granted, it could have contained more art and more background.... but then it would have cost more, too!

This is a must-have for anyone who's a die-hard fan of Warhammer 40K.
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