- 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)
Know No Fear (Horus Heresy) Mass Market Paperback – 28 Feb 2012
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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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Top Customer Reviews
- "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.Read more ›
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 :)
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
another great book in the series. bought for my son who is an avid reader and he loves this seriesPublished 10 months ago by Donna Goodson
Somewhat the beginning of the now 5 book long escapade into the battle of Calth. In this book we are explained the origins of what happened at Calth and the extent the word bearers... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Baramizzles
Not impressed despite that it has been written by an otherwise supirior author.Published 20 months ago by Flemming
Bought as a gift but haven't heard anything from the recipient so am guessing they were happy with it.Published on 18 July 2014 by MRS D BUTTON
Lots of action and a fast paced book a good addition to the Heresy books and I was surprised with the damage that the ultramarines take but then they were the biggest legion.Published on 27 July 2013 by Craig