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A clever crossover,
This review is from: The Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy) (Mass Market Paperback)
As other reviewers have pointed out, this is a crossover linking the first part of the Horus Heresy sequence to the second. It picks up the tale of a captain in one of the other Legions, weaving it into the end of the Galaxy in Flames and then taking it forward as he escapes the massacre at Istvaan.
This makes it sounds like it starts awkwardly, but in fact it is very nicely done, describing events and battles we've already seen from a different perspective. Swallow is able to give Garro some individuality and a bit of history which I hadn't noticed (until now) the previous novels had skipped out. He inherits the mantle of the loyalist hero and is responsible for getting the news of Horus's betrayal back to the Emperor, taking the surviving minor characters from Galaxy in Flames along with him. However, not everyone wants to hear his message and the author convincingly portrays the difficulties he encounters on his way back to Earth.
In covering this journey he also introduces characters and concepts for future novels, and indeed for the Warhammer 40,000 universe in general.
A well paced novel with good characterisation, making the transition from one phase of the Heresy to the next very neatly.