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  • Mass Market Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844165361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844165360
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Abnett: Dan Abnett is a novelist and award-winning comic book writer. He has written twenty-five novels for the Black Library, including the acclaimed Gaunt's Ghosts series and the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and, with Mike Lee, the Darkblade cycle. His Black Library novel Horus Rising and his Torchwood novel Border Princes (for the BBC) were both bestsellers. He lives and works in Maidstone, Kent. Dan's website can be found at www.DanAbnett.com

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Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent, in England. Well known for his comic work, he has written everything from the Mr Men to the X-Men. His work for the Black Library includes the popular strips Titan and Darkblade, the best-selling Gaunt's Ghosts novels, the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and the highly acclaimed Horus Heresy novel Horus Rising.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Bowles on 9 Sept. 2008
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Just finished this book, and am absolutely gobsmacked. Couldn't put it down.
I've read all the Horus Heresy so far, and have enjoyed all but Descent of Angels. Legion for me is the outstanding novel of them all, which is saying a lot. Gripping plot line- follows Fulgrim in that the style of the writing reflects somehow the character of the legion in question. The twisting plotline ties together beautifully in one of the best endings I've ever read in a book.
Before the Horus Heresy was released, I'd always wondered about the motivations of the prime movers behind the civil war. Each Primarch that we've met in any detail has had their motivations for turning superbly examined. Legion makes no exception.
Don't let other reviewers who have complained that the book is mainly written from the viewpoint of an Imperial Guard unit put you off. You get a very interesting perspective as a result, and the book is definitely still about the Astartes. I personally don't think it could have been written any other way.
Can't recommend this enough.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Me on 5 Mar. 2008
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The first three books in the Heresy series focused on Horus and his immediate retinue. The last few books have focused on individual legions seemingly on the periphery of the main event. In some ways this is interesting, but spinning out the story is becoming rather expensive. Thus, until I reached the end of the latest book I might have rated it less highly, Abnett or not, simply because it didn't seem to be particularly relevant.
Then I finished the book.

I think most Black Library readers appreciate that Dan Abnett has a particular flare for characterisation and description. This is used fully in Legion where he concentrates on the efforts of the Imperial Army as it assaults a technologically inferior world. Some of the flavour comes from the way he combines the south-west Asian ancestry of the soldiers with the military structures of a regiment that survived the pre-Imperium unification wars on Earth, which is a story in itself. This story tells of the troubles faced by a foe that uses the powers of Chaos to thwart the military might of the 670th Expeditionary Fleet and how the Alpha Legion is engaged to defeat them. A third party takes the form of a mysterious agent sent to contact the Primarch of the Legion against his will.

The tale is carefully plotted, as one would expect, but it is not until the end that two twists reveal themselves; one of them being quite intriguing, one of them quite tragic. Although the story ends at this point, a lot of the post-heresy history of this legion begins to make more sense and entirely justifies why this book is included in the series.

Of course, the ending leaves more questions than answers - what's a secret and what's a lie? - but that's entirely appropriate for this subject.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. Johnson on 5 Mar. 2008
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Having read all of teh previous books in the Horus Heresy series and found them all to be excellent roller coaster rides of future war i was expecting more of the same from legion.

Instead Dan Abnett has written a book which would be well placed with the thriller genre. Recent books have focused on the individual traits of the space marine legions, but none have been written in a style and manner which actually fits those traits.

Legion has a wheels within wheels plot which at first can be a little difficult to follow, especially when the alpha legion first appear but it quickly becomes clear that it is the authors intention to make the reader think and for the first time we see another side of the space marines. Instead of glorious battle as seen in earlier books we see deviousness and cunning.

This is definately a book that is worthy of the series and well worth the read, if nothing else for the revelations made about the alpha legion and alpharius, about whom games workshop have given lttle information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I. Davis on 24 Oct. 2008
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Like many of the other reviewers here I have read all of the Heresy books so far (interestingly I was also super disappointed with Descent of Angles, too). Unlike some of them, I am an avowed Abnett fan - the Eisenhorn books in particular are excellent. Also unlike some here, I've always preferred WH40K books that weren't focussed on the Astartes.

All of that said, this is a fantastic book - it's not Chekhov but it moves along at a good clip and between the action and the intrigue it should keep you suitably gripped to the conclusion. That conclusion, by the way, is about the most gutsy I've ever seen in an established canon. I remain extremely surprised that Abnett was allowed to write it since, in certain interpretations, it pretty much turns the whole of conventional WH40K wisdom on its head and if you've got any history with the games or universe (I took it up as a kid at school, yonks ago) then it will probably mess with yours for a fair while after you put the book down.

Superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ben Sheldrake on 15 Nov. 2009
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The Horus Heresy continues by going back prior to Horus's no gooding. One of the double edged blades that is the 'Heresy' is info on the different legions and their primarchs. Predominantly they provide the central core of the overall story so you want to know more personal primarch history, planets of origin, campaigns, etc..but its all drip fed. This keeps you reading. But its also a touch frustrating.
With Legion the story exists on different levels and is revealed through the eyes of the bog standard trusty infantry and a fascinating and sympathetic character called John Grammaticus, a sort of unwilling but extremely capable spy. The Alpha Legion themselves are intentionally ambiguous, what is clear though is that as well as being as hard as coffin nails they are very, very clever. Far more than other astartes and they use it to great effect.
Towards the end of the fulgrim novel the Alpha Legion show up again under different circumstances. Of course by this time you are familiar with them and you can allow yourself some satisfaction as you have some idea what they are up to.
Abnett writes well, his characters have depth,there is plot and the story lines are mature visiting all the emotions. Probably the best Novel in the series so far.
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