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An exciting addition to the Heresy saga, told from a unique perspective.,
This review is from: The Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy) (Mass Market Paperback)
By the end of 'Galaxy in Flames', the first blood has been spilt in the Horus Heresy, and the first blow has been struck as the insurrection begins.
'The Flight of The Eistenstein' rewinds events slightly, beginning as the orbital bombardment of Istvaan 3, described at the end of 'Flames', is about to take place.
Although this narrative choice was initially frustrating for me, since I just wanted the story of the Heresy to be continued, it makes sense for this story to begin where it does. Some of the narrative beats are familiar, such as the agonising of the crew over loyalty to The Warmaster or The Emperor. Thankfully, these potentially worn ideas aren't lingered on for too long. As soon as the decision is made by the crew to warn Terra of what they've seen happen of Istvaan 3, the eponymous flight begins, and it's wracked with tension, action and drama.
The fact that events take place on a smaller scale than the other books is surprisingly refreshing. The claustraphobic setting suits the atmosphere of the story, and helps focus the action to a number of characters and events that help make this the first book in the series to work as a story in it's own right, as well as an integral part of the overall Heresy plotline.
Unfortunately, the book seems to continue after the thrust of the story has finished. The narrative stalls when the fate of The Eisenstein is concluded, and the tension is vented as if an airlock has breached. Some political wrangling and loyalty-testing, along with a protracted fight scene tie up some plot-threads, but still feel tacked on. It only helps to stretch out several chapters that should have served as a coda to a story that is really finished long before the final page.
For the most part, however, 'Eisenstein' is exciting, tense and a compelling. A sly hint at how one of the greatest and most mysterious institutions in the Warhammer 40,000 universe is formed helps bring a smile to fan's lips at the end and for the most part, this is a tightly plotted and enjoyable read.