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Tales of Heresy (The Horus Heresy) [Paperback]

Nick Kyme , Lindsey Priestley
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6 April 2009
It is the 31st millennium, and mankind has spread across the galaxy. When Horus the Warmaster rebelled against the Emperor, the ensuing civil war nearly destroyed the Imperium. War raged across galaxy, pitting Astartes against their battle-brothers in a struggle where death was the only victor. This collection features stories of heroism and tragedy set during this turbulent time, by star Horus Heresy authors Dan Abnett, Graham McNeill, James Swallow and more.
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (6 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184416683X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844166831
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Small but perfectly formed 9 April 2009
Well where to begin? I think I'll take this review Story By story.

Story 1 BLOOD GAMES by Dan ( the man ) Abnett.

This first story is an excellent little tale told in the first person by a mystery practitioner of some very nasty and surreptitious talents and follows him as he travels the globe constantly hounded and chased by the imperial powers of the Emperor. His goal? Well that is simple. To gain access to the imperial palace and assassinate the Emperor himself!

This Story By Abnett is of the usual splendid quality you would expect. It keeps the reader ensconced by a well paced and well described universe of characters. The protagonists motives are constantly questioned by the reader and will keep you turning the pages at a rapid rate until the end.


Story 2 WOLF AT THE DOOR by Mike Lee.

The second Story in this compendium follows the exploits of a group of Astartes guessed it. The Space Wolves. A thus under used chapter in the heresy books so far and one of the favourites of the table top gamers.

You follow the exploits of a command group of noble ( if a bit wild ) Space Wolves as they take a detour to a newly discovered planet now freed from the terrors of Old Night. The only problem being that the terrors of Old Night and the xenos skum who took advantage of it haven't quite finished with the planet yet. This story places a real emphasis on the emotional impact on Astartes in a rare and unusual manner seldom seen when writing about the Emperor's finest.

A fine romp 8/10

SCIONS OF THE STORM by Anthony Reynolds.

The third edition to this tomb written by Anthony Reynolds follows the story of yet another command group of Astartes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More than only about the Horus Heresy 22 Feb 2012
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First, let's be clear that this collection of seven short stories IS about the Horus Heresy, contrary to what a number of other reviewers have mentioned, but it is also MUCH more than that. It also provides background to it, something that is often lacking from the "mainstream" HH novels. So, some of the stories are about the Emperor's Crusade, pre-Heresy, while at least one (and one of the very best of them - The Last Church) is even "Pre-Crusade".

Second, I guess we all have our personal preferences about which stories are "the best ones". I also have mine, of course. Also, some stories are weaker, or rather not as well told than others. However, I did not find that any of them was obviously "bad". Rather, they range between ok stories to incredingly good ones, and this is why I'll gice this book four stars.

The two I found to be "the best" are Blood Games and The Last Church. A number of other reviewers have also included these two in their "hit parade", so there might be something more here than just my personal preferences. I appreciated these two the most, but for very different reasons. In part, I liked them so much because they were among the most original of the seven. Then, there are the specifics of each story, and what they show us of the Empire's universe.

Blood Games is set on Terra, at a time when the planet is preparing to defend itself against the Horus invasion. Specifically, the story is built arounf the Custodes' training and preparations to protect the Emperor - not very surprising since they are his Lifeguard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm.... 12 May 2009
Quite frankly, this is a little disappointing. The Horus Heresy book series has all got a little disjointed and shows a distinct lack of direction. A couple of the stories are from well before Horus Rising, most are "current" in the timeline. Even the ones that are current don't really tell you much, and could almost be set in 40,000, not 30,000.

As most have already mentioned, some of the stories are good, some are a bit below average. GW/BL need to find someone who is able to draw it all together, because it's limping on pathetically at the moment.

My ratings of the stories. A * at the beginning highlights those that are set before even Horus Rising.

BLOOD GAMES 9/10 - As usual, Mr A keeps you guessing. Sets some groundwork, and perhaps we'll see the title charactor again. Unlikely, but you can hope.
WOLF AT THE DOOR 8/10 - Quite a good story. Plenty of action, and a nice twist at the end.
* SCIONS OF THE STORM 3/10 - Probably the worst of the bunch. The Word Bearers just aren't quite crazy enough in this one. Set too early too.
THE VOICE 7/10 - A good story by Swallow, but it does nothing for the Heresy arc. A bit like Blood Games really.
CALL OF THE LION 7/10 - By far and away the most relevant. Nicely written, but could possibly have gone further.
* LAST CHURCH 8/10 - No real relevance to the heresy, but it does explain the reasons behind the crusade as a whole.
* AFTER DESH'EA 5/10 - An OK story, though not to my tastes. It doesn't really mean much, I mean we all knew Angron was crazy.

So, all in all, buy for completeness. But it's starting to get to the stage where that's being said too much. Still, you would hope the next couple of books (Fallen Angels by Mike Lee, A Thousand Sons by Graham McNeill and Prospero Burns by Abnett - the latter two telling the same story from both sides) will bring us bang back in line with what "should" be happening. I.e. the Horus Heresy...!
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4.0 out of 5 stars horus
i was very satisfied with the book, and i was pleased with the description of the book on the listings, delivery was very good, thanks
Published 5 months ago by Mrs L Randle
5.0 out of 5 stars good book follows on from the rested of the sears ...
good book follows on from the rested of the sears should read as the sears is a good one for all those that are intrusted in warhammer 40k
Published 8 months ago by mike harrington
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Published 10 months ago by Marsha Sandy-Holmes
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I haven't read the book yet but I examined it very thorougly for any stains, tears, or anything like that, and I found none. The product is just as desribed, clean. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Arda Yigitoglu
5.0 out of 5 stars great
As with all the books from this series I have read - very good. For those who like sci-fi or anything to do with warhammer will enjoy this book :)
Published 14 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories and wonderful insights, although not forwarding the...
This is a great collection of short stories based around and prior to the beginning of the Horus Heresy and add depth and insights into the world and a number of its other... Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2011 by Mr. S. A. Wake
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
Tales of Heresy (The Horus Heresy) is not a brilliant read, but is in fact a series of fantastic short stories written by several authors that beautifully enhances the Horus Heresy... Read more
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by wabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars a nice surprise
This collection of short stories is a very interesting collection from some of the best authors black library has. Read more
Published on 17 April 2011 by THEOl
3.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Heresy (The Horus Heresy)
Freshly finished reading this one. As the title says it is a compilation of short stories although why is it called Tales of Heresy is beyond me since most of them are set much... Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2011 by crna_ovca
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
This collection of short stories exceeded my expectations and contains a few gems. There was only 1 story I felt was poor, the rest added some excellent colour and background to... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2011 by Mr. A. Lynott
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