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Deliverance Lost (The Horus Heresy) Paperback – 2 Jan 2012

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Library (2 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849700613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849700610
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Prior to becoming a freelance writer, Gav Thorpe worked for Games Workshop as lead background designer, overseeing and contributing to the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 worlds. He has written numerous novels and short stories set in the fictional worlds of Games Workshop, including the Time of Legends 'The Sundering' series, the seminal Dark Angels novel Angels of Darkness, and the Last Chancers omnibus. He lives in Nottingham, UK, with his mechanical hamster, Dennis.

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The Horus Heresy series is one of the best collaborative sci-fi series currently being published, in my opinion. All of the authors working on it bring their A-game, producing some of their best fiction. Deliverance Lost is Gav Thorpe's first novel for the series, and it is excellent. Like some of the other, more-recent Heresy novels, it offers something new and takes a slightly different approach to the fictional time and setting. Deliverance Lost is great - nuanced, tense and action-packed. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Deliverance Lost picks up right where The First Heretic finished up - in the aftermath of the betrayal at Isstvan, as the traitors hound the remnants of the Raven Guard across that planet. Thanks to some fortuitous timing, Corax and his near-decimated forces are rescued and whisked away, to Terra - where the Primarch insists on an audience with the Emperor. What follows are the Raven Guard's attempts to rebuild their forces amidst considerable opposition and suspicion; and a shadowy enemy manoeuvring to finish the job Horus's forces were unable to do on the landing fields of Isstvan.

[Something I should state: there's an awful lot more to the plot than I've just laid out, but to go into much more detail would offer up some serious spoilers. This should also explain why not much attention is paid to the characters and their general development over the course of the novel - there's a lot of intrigue, suspicion and hidden agendas, all of which should be read and experienced without prior knowledge.]

From the very beginning, it was clear that we were going to get a more intimate Primarch-experience with this novel, as the opening chapter (and much more besides) focuses more on what's going on inside Corax's mind than on others' perceptions of his actions.
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It has been a long, long time since the HH series have moved along: they have seemed "stuck" at Isstvan, with numerous books telling us what was happening elsewhere at the same time, and a few telling us about a few things about what happened immediately after. This one, however, seems to get things moving a bit as we learn about Corax, nineteenth Primarch of the Raven Guard, and his efforts to warn the Emperor about what has happened and reconstitute his badly depleted Legion (after Isstvan, of course).

As other reviewers have mentioned, this one is one of the good ones in the series. It is also full of information on four additional topics:
- one is the background an,d history of the Raven Guard and the reason for their speciality: guerilla warfare, hit-and-run tactics and sudden attacks more generally
- another is the defense of Terra, the fortification of the Imperial Palace and the role of the Imperial Fists and Rogal Dorn
- a third is that we learn more about both the Emperor and his creations - the Primarchs, although more is to come in the future
- the last is about the attempts of Corax to fight back after the traitor Legions and the struggle that Corax has to put up when his own system is attacked from within. The Alpha Legion's infiltration was great, but I will say no more about it so as to avoid spoilers.

There is however one thing that I found odd or even confusing. The title of the book seems to suggest that Deliverance (the name of a planet) is lost. In fact, it isn't when the book end, although the title's meaning may have to be taken figuratively perhaps?
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A ripping yarn about a guy and a war. But, yes a but, it could have gone further, deeper, faster, stronger. The treatment of the subject was a little one dimensional. And I think a point was missed, an opportunity to embelish the novel with lavish helpings of 40K horror. *SLIGHT SPOILER* How on earth does matter from the warp only affect the physicality of a Legionnes Astartes and not their psychology??? This point still rankles with me I'm afraid...
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As it has always been the case with the Black Library, some books are gems people rightly can't stop talking about ten years after their release, while others are just fillers for completists. When the company started doing the Horus Heresy novels, expectations were off course high, especially as so much of the individual storylines about this or that legion were barely touched upon. The Raven Guard has often been overlooked in favor of other legions, and after the disappointing audio Raven Flight, I hoped for something better in the shape of a full novel. One of the most intriguing aspects for me has always been what happened to the Primarchs, why they disappeared or whether there is a chance they might pop up again in future stories. Corax and his "never more" ending, having failed his legion after the creation of horribly mutated astartes, should have been the core of this novel ... but alas, what we get is hundreds of pages leading up to this key point. The characters simply fail to grab your attention, whereas both Corax's background as a rebel leader and their trek through the labyrinth on Terra were barely 40k at all. The labyrinth stuff was more Indiana Jones than Horus Heresy, and it is truly sad that this opportunity to awe us with this view of the underworld of the Emperor's palace was wasted in this way. The concept of a Alpha Legionnaire barely remembering his own identity because they are all going by the name of Alpharius, has been used too often and has by now lost its appeal. And last but not least, the horror of innocent young legionnaires going through horrible mutations was passed over so quickly and flatly ... well, enough said I guess. My conclusion is that the more BL books I've read, the more it seems a good idea to focus on the work of two or three authors that always manage to deliver the really great stuff. By saving money in not buying other BL books, that might free up a budget for the extra cost of hardbacks and such.
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