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Malleus (Eisenhorn Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Dan Abnett
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Dec 2001 Eisenhorn Trilogy (Book 2)
Science fiction novel set in Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Black Library; 1st U.S. edition edition (Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743411765
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743411769
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,437,415 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

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AS I GROW OLDER, may the Emperor protect me, I find I measure my history in terms of milestones, those occurrences of such intense moment they will never pass from one's memory: my induction into the blessed ordos of the Inquisition; my first day as a neophyte assigned to the great Hapshant; my first successful prosecution; the heretic Lemete Syre; my elevation to full inquisitorial rank at the age of twenty-four standard years; the long-drawn out Nassar case; the affair of the Necroteuch; the P'glao Conspiracy. Read the first page
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Dan Abnett is easily the best Warhammer 40,000 writer out there. If XENOS was Paradise Lost, then MALLEUS is The Empire Strikes Back. Cherubael returns with a vengeance and, without wanting to give too much away, is now a major player rather than a walk-on character. Wonderfully dark and sinister, Abnett's latest book is excellent, discussing what makes someone a heretic and when the line is crossed- even if you will know that you've crossed the line. I guarantee that the Epilogue will blow you away.
Strangely, the book is not set immediately after XENOS but many years later. This might confuse people who haven't read XENOS first but is easily solved by buying XENOS as well!
MALLEUS. Nine out of ten 40K fans give it two thumbs up. The tenth gave it one because he was buying a second copy with his other hand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eisenhorn Hunted 16 Aug 2011
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This is an excellent continuation of the Trilogy as Chaos fights back. More of Eisenhorn's background is revealed as he fights charges of treason by marshaling his entourage and supporters to defend himself. There are a series of excellent set piece confrontations with the forces of Chaos and the instigators of the charges of treachery as Eisenhorn battles to clear his name.
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Malleus is the second novel in Dan Abnett's trilogy of books concerning the adventures of Gregor Eisenhorn, Inquisitor and general despatcher of all things evilly chaotic, xeno related or just plain heretical scum of the Warhammer 40K universe.

Firstly though, I would like to say for those people that have not as yet read the book that the time-line in Malleus actually picks up approximately one-hundred years after the events at the end of the first book `Xenos'. And certain characters have actually passed by the way during the preceding century - the aide Midas Bentancore being a prime example. However, the majority of the time-enduring major players all return and keep to their previous character traits. That said, once again Abnett is full on with his introduction of new characters, un-described flora and even alien sword fighting techniques that may well have you turning back to try to understand what he is saying !

After the events of the first novel Eisenhorn - after being declared heretic himself - sets out through the cosmos to find out just who was behind the conspiracy of `Xenos' and the mysterious daemonhost known as Cherubael. This in turn leads him into further animosity not only with his `bounty' but also with his own Inquisition as-well.

Once again, like nearly all of Abnett's books that I have read to date, the story reads smoothly, I finished it in a few days and was on the whole enjoyable, but I did start to feel in places that it was on occasion tending to be a little too close to the storyline of the first novel - afterall the last book ended in full out conflict over heretical artefacts. It is also quite heavily sci-fi and not one I would recommend for a young audience.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait 22 Jan 2002
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This book was delayed time and again, but it is well worth the wait. This is by far one of the best Black Library releases. Malleus takes place nearly 100 years after the first book Xenos. The novel is plotted and executed in the fashion of Xenos and works just as well. The plot of Malleus deals more with the machinations of rival inquisitors and shows the reader why the inquisition is so feared. Malleus is especially interesting to those familiar with his other books. Abnetts first book First and Only is referenced several times (inquisitor Heldane is a villain of sorts in First. the Mechanicus ship Mons Olympus is too.)The book is also noticably longer than other Black Library releases, but it still feels rushed, especially the final battle which is ridiculously short and dissapointing, these two factors alone drop the rating. And judging by the titles of the first two books the next and final book will be titled HERETICUS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book! 5 Nov 2002
By A. Vivolo - Published on
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Abnett has written an excellent follow up to his first book "Xenos". The plot of this novel is very well woven together and surprisingly intricate but as a previous reviewer points out it does feel rather rushed especially at the end. I've read this is because of the restrictions by the Black Library on story length but I can't confirm this. I liked this book better then "Xenos" because it gives a glimpse into the inner life of the Inquisition and all its many problems. I only gave it 4 stars because the story line is rushed. It sets up nicely for the 3rd book. Bring it on Mr Abnett!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Xenos 8 Nov 2004
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Malleus is the second book of the Eisenhorn Trilogy. Malleus isn't as good of a story as Xenos but still a very good read. If you have not read Xenos then definitely read that book first. Also if you are not already a fan of Warhammer 40,000 be prepared to slug through the first 50-100 pages as the book throws a lot of names and events at you that could be tough to deal with if you are not already familiar with the 40K universe. Overall a good, well written sci-fi yarn.
4.0 out of 5 stars A step down from Xenos. 24 Oct 2005
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While I enjoyed reading this book very much, it just didn't quite live up to my expectations after reading Xenos. Malleus just didn't seem put together as carefully as Xenos, seeming a bit forced to me the whole way through. Parts of the book were rushed by with hardly any explanation and other parts seemd included just as an attempt to get some immediate action. At the same time some things about this book were better than the first one. The interactions between Eisenhorn and Cherubael, as well as the unfounded(?) accuasations against Eisenhorn by rivals in the Inquisition develop the overall story nicely and begin to change Eisenhorn's character in subtle ways. The final volume of the trilogy is sure to be gratifying.

As usual with 40K books, this one is full of action. Death and destruction abound and great battles are fought. Another exciting read by Abnett.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Malleus, the second book of the Eisenhorn trilogy 2 April 2003
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Malleus, the second book of the Eisenhorn trilogy, probably the best story to come out of WH40k so far. It's the story of the Inquisitor Eisenhorn and his staff. The book is rich, lavish and vivid in details, and it brings the book to a "reality feel" (and that's hard to do in a fiction). But I gave Malleus a 4 stars, since it is less detailed and the story is much to predicable compared the Xenos, maybe a little more time spent on it prior to release, would of solved that issue, and won it's 5th star, but sadly not. The book will please anyone from a new fan to a old WH40K expert. It should be noted that a minimum, or basic knowledge of the WH40K universe and the previous book Xenos is required for a full appreciation of this book.
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