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  • Mass Market Paperback: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; Reissue edition (28 Oct 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849707502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849707503
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.3 x 17 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Adam G. France on 13 April 2014
Format: Paperback
I found Scars to be a very enjoyable novel, which focuses upon the previously somewhat ignored Primarch Jagahtai Khan and his Legion; the White Scars. The Scars having been deliberately sidelined and sent on a time consuming and remote war by Horus prior to Isstvan, have been completely cut off from the rest of the Imperium for several years, but begin to receive confused rumours and glimpses of the horrors unfolding elsewhere, eventually leaving the Khan with a big choice to make as to what he should do.

I personally found the first quarter of the book rather meandering and underwhelming, the device of the two White Scars recruits felt a little 'done' and something we've seen before in the HH series, and though Wraight overall does a creditable job at giving the Scars a new lick of paint, I did feel at times the Mongol imagery is rather overdone. For example we are told and shown that the White Scars struggle to speak Gothic - that just felt wrong to me, yes there should be some 'nomad flavour' to the Legion, but at times here they feel dangerously close to just being Mongols in power armour. I did like the ideas about the Khan and the Legion being consistently overlooked and underrated by their peers and even by the Emperor, a fact that though they laugh it off is shown to rankle at them privately, and their skills are well portrayed - particularly in the well done void combat scenes.

Now I think about it, there are several scenes in the first half of the book that switch focus from the Scars to the Space Wolves - though there is some connection in the plot, and Wraight can and does write Space Wolf stuff well, ultimately I wonder if these parts actually needed to be in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 May 2014
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Volume 28 of the Horus Heresy "saga" is about the Legion of the White Scars and their Primarch, Jaghatai Khan. Both are loosely based on the Mongols, with one of Gengis Khan's descendants in fact bearing the very same name. With this book on the White Scars, about which very little had been mentioned and written in previous Horus Heresy books, one can hope that, at last, the series will move forward.

This is perhaps my main gripe with this volume and I will get it out of the way to concentrate on the book's qualities. I liked it rather a lot, but the story still does not move forward. It still begins with the Khan receiving conflicting messages about the Emperor having let Russ and his Wolves loose against Magnus and his Thousand Sons and about Horus having betrayed and massacred three legions at Isstvan V (yes, again!).

Other bits and pieces can also feel as "déjà vu". You get a few Salamander survivors and one Iron Hand (similar to the Unremembered Empire). There is also yet another confrontation and duel between two Primarchs, but not the same ones as in previous volumes and the Legion of the White Scars is also subject to subversion and divided.

There is however more to it than just a rehash and recycling of old ploys, and the book is about more than just the White Scars. As another reviewer had notes, the Space Wolves and their Primarch get quite a bit of attention, perhaps because the author, who also wrote the rather superb Battle of the Fang, has a soft spot for them (he is not the only one, by the way!).

There is also a lot on the interactions between the Primarchs (or at least some of them) and their father, all of which are seen through the memories of the Khan (another old ploy, but which still works well).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cypher on 27 April 2014
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This is the Horus Heresy novel next in publishing sequence after Dan Abnett's 'Unremembered Empire' but, this being Black Library it does not take place sequentially afterwards. The novel is set after Prospero but before the attack on Calth.

Although billed as a White Scars novel it does cover a lot of ground - the Space Wolves are the next most heavily covered but the book also gives a lot of coverage to a small group of Salamanders, one Iron Hands Space Marine as well as encounters with the Alpha Legion, Word Bearers and Death Guard plus a lot of Primarchs. Thankfully this is nowhere near as daunting as it might seem. In stark contrast to Unremembered Empire, the wide range of characters and allegiances are handled well and logically. Most of the Primarch encounters are fresh looks back at Ullanor and Nikaea seen from the perspective of the White Scars and the Khan in particular. Very refreshingly there is only one Primarch on Primarch combat and it is very well handled, tense, balanced and believable. All of these scenes by Wraight contrast very well with Abnett's versions.

The novel purports to be the story of 2 recent inductees into the White Scars, each with quite different start points. Through their eyes we see the nature of this Legion which has been left in the sidelines of the story so far. Wraight uses this to his advantage. The White Scars prefer to be on the frontier, exercising freedom and away from the politics of the centre. They do not wish to be rulers, that is the way of growing fat and cowardly. They relish speed and unpredictability, not even their fellow Legions appreciate their skills as few have seen them. But there is a duality here - they also feel hurt they are not better liked or appreciated.
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