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Know No Fear (Horus Heresy) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Feb 2012

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Games Workshop; 1 edition (28 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849701350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849701358
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 704,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Abnett is one of the Black Library s bestselling authors with hit series such as Eisenhorn, Ravenor and Gaunt s Ghosts as well as several Horus Heresy novels, such as Horus Rising. He has sold over 1.5 million books and is an award winning Comic Book author to top it off. He lives in Maidstone, UK."


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I am always amazed when reading reviews that either heap praise or blast a book to pieces without really explaining WHY the respective reviewers either "loved" or "hated" the book. It is largely because many reviewers do this (including myself, at times, when I am not careful) that I started writting reviews of my own. Here are a couple of examples, to illustrate how easy it is to get "carried away", one way or the other:
- "The book is daringly written entirely in the present tense..." but what is so "daring" with using a present tense is not explained and, as far as I am concerned, I didn't find anything "daring", or even terribly original, with this.
- The author "does not seem to know how to handle the Astartes and ends up making a mess of them." This implies that there is an "acceptable" way to handle them (although what is "acceptable" and what is not is simply not mentioned). It also implies that - somehow -Dan Abnett did not "handle them" in the way that the reviewer had become accustomed to (by previous authors?) or was expecting. Because pre-conceptions were not met, the reviewer considers that the author has made "a mess of them". Prejudice? Anyone said prejudice?

As other reviewers have mentioned, this book has numerous qualities and some original streaks to it, but it also has defects. Some of these defects are the consequences of the author's own choices.

1) Perhaps the first and most obvious element is the style and format that is used.

The whole book is presented as a chronological account extracted from "Ultima (XIII) Operational Record", with a timeline starting at the moment of the attack on Calth, one of the main planets of Ultramar.
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Truly gripping book, read the whole thing in a day. We all know Abnett is the best black library author by some distance and he doesn't let us down here.

Epic space battles, deep HH lore, recurring characters from other books, moves the general HH story line on significantly.

The bit about the heretics reading the names of the demons and then...cooking... Will stick with me for a while.

Keep it up DA, we love ya :)
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Dan Abnett rocks! I got into his writing through the short stories he wrote about Gaunt's Ghosts (also set in the Warhammer 40k universe). This novel centres around the grievous betrayals of the Horus Heresy, where the galaxy-spanning empire of man is about to be torn apart as the Emperor's genetically engineered superhuman warriors, the Adeptus Astartes (or Space Marines) turn on one another with the frenzy that can only be inspired in civil war.

I have always found the Space Marines difficult to relate to. Their superhuman qualities of strength, stamina, resilience to damage and disease and their effective immortality combined with their conditioning to make them seem monomaniacal to the point of being almost alien to me. Abnett managed to draw me into their curious condition. There is one paragraph early on when one of the noble and heroic Ultramarines is confronted with a friend in unfamiliar armour and the description of how his conditioning and unconscious processing work out the most effective way of killing the figure before him and how this shocks him as he realises it is his friend and fellow Marine just took my breath away. This and other episodes brought home to me the curious relationship between the humanity and the inhumanity of the Space Marines in a way that no other piece of writing - not even Mr. Abnett's previous efforts - have managed. I empathised with them in a way that I never have before and this is what really made me care about the characters and events depicted.

Thus, what followed was not just the usual parade of Hollywood-style special effects overkills.
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Not what I expected from an Ultramarine book, interesting characters and actual personality, what next groxs with wings. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the book, with characters like Thiel, Ventanus and Selaton making me change my original opinion on the usual boring old Ultramarines, may hate this chapter but now have a liking to them. The boarding space fight was awesome, just like it is on the front cover. Guilliman has an exciting character and you can see a part of Guilliman which you don't think he has. The story progress well and I enjoy the way the Word Bearers are described even if it is too, good vs evil.
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5 stars from me. This is a tough book to write - it's a brief event really but an absolutely critical one and extremely dramatic given both the scale of the action and the scale of the treachery. Dan manages to capture both perfectly and has written a book you just want to tear through. As soon as the action starts to kick off you're gripped, sucked into the chaos of unfurling events and really feeling the horror of the Ultramarines as they realise that this isn't a mistake, this is really a brother chapter turning on them.

Amidst this we then have an intriguing sub story involving human agents of the Cabal again as started in Legion and no doubt to continue in later books.
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