The Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy) Mass Market Paperback – 5 Mar 2007
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About the Author
London-based author James Swallow has written about science fiction, games and oriental media for more than sixty different publications, and has written scripts for the TV show Star Trek: Voyager.
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Although this plot seems strangely familiar, the fourth novel of the Horus Heresy still makes the - more or less - re-read of the last chapters of its prequel (from the Death Guard Legion's point of view) still worthwhile.
We encounter yet another alien race in the opening of the book, and the actions undertaken by the XVI. Legion remind of the more glorious days of the Great Crusade. Yet events after the termination of the alien 'world-ship' make the reality of the Warmaster's betrayal all too real.
In comparison to the previous novels of the Horus Heresy, 'The Flight of the Eisenstein' focuses more on character development rather than on the action. Needless to say, this book is packed with action, but this time, James Swallow brings the characters of the book closer to the reader, as one expects on a book based on an Age of brotherhood, honorable heroes and dark powers starting a series of events that would change the fate of humanity for the next ten thousand years.
Although the "Flight" of the Eisenstein itself does not envelop the majority of the book, the intense dialogues between characters who stand at the edge of total desperation after they witness the unspeakable horrors of the warp, with their ship stranded in starless space, reminds me of Solaris.
All in all, this book is very well written and prepares us for the inevitable coming storm when the legendary Horus Heresy will truly unfold in all its malice.
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.
The lead character, Garro, picks up the mantle of tortured loyalist hero from Garviel Loken and runs with it. It's an interesting exercise in comparisons really, watching the way in which the two characters are similar and yet also different in their outlooks.
Keeler and the gang are back, but don't take centre stage, nonetheless they're used well as background characters - there to keep the plot moving but not stealing the limelight. The Saint however is really starting to develop nicely and you can feel the church of the Emperor starting to pick up momentum. The Primarchs are handled well in this, very well in fact - complex and subtle characters with their own very distinct personalities.
Action-wise, there's some great scenes in this, particularly what amounts to the final fight. There's also some great cinematic moments scattered throughout the book which create some truly awesome mental images.
Overall I enjoyed this book a great deal, from the character interactions to the descriptions of the action, and it left me really wanting to read more of Swallow's Garro.
To sum up: it took me two months to read the first part, and then two days to read the second part. Technically I haven't finished it, as I still have the last chapter to go, but to me the story in this book has kind of ended, and now it's just the chaining storyline for the next book.
I would have given it a three star, but then the last part was so gripping for me, that I had to bulk it up.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love all the Horus Heresy tales, totally immersed in the fight between the Emperor and ChaosPublished 3 months ago by C. Latheron
Really love this series this another great book. My favourite so farPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good read, if you have read False Gods, Hours Rising and Galaxy in Flame or if you have not.Published 10 months ago by ben
Another spin-off of the Horus Heresy detailing the crew of the Eisenstein as they try to get back to Earth and warn the Emperor of Horus's treachery. Read morePublished 11 months ago by DarkMatter1975
A great read if you liked the first three books, though not quite as good. After reading Galaxy in Flames, I couldn't wait to continue the story and see what happened next. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mark Curtis