- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: The Black Library; paperback / softback edition (26 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849704961
- ISBN-13: 978-1849704960
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Betrayer (The Horus Heresy) Paperback – 26 Sep 2013
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About the Author
Aaron Dembski-Bowden is a British author with his beginnings in the videogame and RPG industries. He's written several novels for the Black Library, including the Night Lords series, the Space Marine Battles book Helsreach and the New York Times bestselling The First Heretic for the Horus Heresy. He lives and works in Northern Ireland with his wife Katie, hiding from the world in the middle of nowhere. His hobbies generally revolve around reading anything within reach, and helping people spell his surname.
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Top Customer Reviews
Before saying anything more, Please PLEASE double check which format you are buying this in - Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback! It'll really look different on your shelf (people often want a matching collection), and the price is different too.
Onto the book:
Betrayer serves as a sequel to a few previous Horus Heresy novels: The First Heretic, Aurelian, Know No Fear, and even Battle for the Abyss.
The plot revolves around Lorgar and his Word Bearers on a crusade against the Ultramarines alongside Angron and his crazed World Eaters. The crusade has been raging for a while and Ultramar is getting destroyed from within, but the effects are taking their toll - Angron is slowly dying as the "Butcher's Nails" take over control, and Lorgar is seeking to save him.
The reason this book is great is because of its POV characters, namely: Kharn, Argel Tal, Lhorke (a dreadnought who is awoken to discover the Heresy has begun) and especially Lotara Sarrin, the ships captain. She provides a more human perspective to what transpires as each Legion brings their unique characteristics to the tale.
I can't reveal too much more as it may give it away, but it is a must read for fans of the Horus Heresy.
However, there are a few criticisms:
*This book makes hardly any reference to the audio drama "Butcher's Nails", yet is meant to serve as a direct sequel to it.
*There is a discussion about a battle where the Word Bearers/World Eaters discuss facing "a billion" men.Read more ›
Having mentioned this, "Betrayer" remains a good and worthwhile addition to the series. It is a continuation of both "The First Heretic" (from the same author), to the extent that we learn more about and see more of Lorgar, the primarch of the Word Bearers, and his devious schemes, and of "Know no Fear" (by Dan Abnett) and the traitorous attack on Calth and on the Ultramarines.
One of the strong points of this book is characterization. Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters, largely takes centre stage and is depicted in a way that makes him both credible and almost sympathetic, to the extent that such an enraged character can be, of course, and as another reviewer on the UK site has mentioned already. What makes this character (and Kâhrn, his Equerry and right-hand man) interesting is their somewhat tragic humanity as their try, at times at least, to maintain some sanity and fight against the Nails that make them into monsters. Another feature that I appreciated was that Lorgar was much more credible in this volume that he appeared in "The First Heretic", where I found he was a bit of wimp. At least some of the secondary characters are just as good, such as Lotara Sarrin, Angron's flag captain, Argel Tal of the Word Bearers or Lhorke the Dreadnought and a relic of the past.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There are some good moments in this book but they are few and far between
Without giving anything away ADB has forgone any semblance of robustness in storytelling in favour of... Read more
My eldest son loves Horus Heresy books and this one was no exceptionPublished on 4 Feb. 2015 by Cymru Nan
Aaron Demski Bowden has (with exceptional form) invigorated the burgeoning Horus Heresy series, simultaneously driving the plot forwards and diving fathoms deep into this... Read morePublished on 26 Oct. 2014 by Boltgrabber