- Mass Market Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: The Black Library (3 Mar. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844165361
- ISBN-13: 978-1844165360
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Legion (The Horus Heresy) Mass Market Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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About the Author
Dan Abnett lives and works in Maidstone, Kent, in England. Well known for his comic work, he has written everything from the Mr Men to the X-Men. His work for the Black Library includes the popular strips Titan and Darkblade, the best-selling Gaunt's Ghosts novels, the Eisenhorn and Ravenor trilogies, and the highly acclaimed Horus Heresy novel Horus Rising.
Top Customer Reviews
In the war torn future, it’s enjoyable to partake in the game of espionage from time to time. Spies and deceit, winning through wits over brawn or firepower. Fine spy literature can be difficult to forget, although some of the tropes set by 007 are almost always guaranteed.
In Legion, the Imperium is expanding, led by the superhuman “Primarchs” and their Space Marine armies. Yet as they conquer world after world, other species besides humanity have taken notice. A coalition of aliens named the Cabal have identified the youngest of the Primarchs, Alpharius, as the only one who may alter a forthcoming civil war within the newly established Imperium. They hope to parley with him.
But being the most clandestine of Primarchs, Alpharius is amazingly difficult to reach. Thus, the Cabal charges a human psychic agent of theirs, named John Grammaticus, with the troubling task. The challenge of finding the hidden leader only rises; Alpharius is located upon the planet of Nurth, whose heathen population resists Imperial control with their magic. What happens after that is full of twist after twist that I don’t want to ruin for potential readers.
Although I drew pleasure from reading the book, there were several faults. Alpharius’ army, the Alpha Legion, makes use of spies and intelligence sources, in this case within the Imperial Army itself. Cultivating a spy is no small task, taking either considerable training to prepare loyal men and women, or the right approach to transform a person into a turncoat. This is necessary because Space Marines cannot fit in where humans can.Read more ›
I've read all the Horus Heresy so far, and have enjoyed all but Descent of Angels. Legion for me is the outstanding novel of them all, which is saying a lot. Gripping plot line- follows Fulgrim in that the style of the writing reflects somehow the character of the legion in question. The twisting plotline ties together beautifully in one of the best endings I've ever read in a book.
Before the Horus Heresy was released, I'd always wondered about the motivations of the prime movers behind the civil war. Each Primarch that we've met in any detail has had their motivations for turning superbly examined. Legion makes no exception.
Don't let other reviewers who have complained that the book is mainly written from the viewpoint of an Imperial Guard unit put you off. You get a very interesting perspective as a result, and the book is definitely still about the Astartes. I personally don't think it could have been written any other way.
Can't recommend this enough.
Then I finished the book.
I think most Black Library readers appreciate that Dan Abnett has a particular flare for characterisation and description. This is used fully in Legion where he concentrates on the efforts of the Imperial Army as it assaults a technologically inferior world. Some of the flavour comes from the way he combines the south-west Asian ancestry of the soldiers with the military structures of a regiment that survived the pre-Imperium unification wars on Earth, which is a story in itself. This story tells of the troubles faced by a foe that uses the powers of Chaos to thwart the military might of the 670th Expeditionary Fleet and how the Alpha Legion is engaged to defeat them. A third party takes the form of a mysterious agent sent to contact the Primarch of the Legion against his will.
The tale is carefully plotted, as one would expect, but it is not until the end that two twists reveal themselves; one of them being quite intriguing, one of them quite tragic. Although the story ends at this point, a lot of the post-heresy history of this legion begins to make more sense and entirely justifies why this book is included in the series.
Of course, the ending leaves more questions than answers - what's a secret and what's a lie? - but that's entirely appropriate for this subject.
Instead Dan Abnett has written a book which would be well placed with the thriller genre. Recent books have focused on the individual traits of the space marine legions, but none have been written in a style and manner which actually fits those traits.
Legion has a wheels within wheels plot which at first can be a little difficult to follow, especially when the alpha legion first appear but it quickly becomes clear that it is the authors intention to make the reader think and for the first time we see another side of the space marines. Instead of glorious battle as seen in earlier books we see deviousness and cunning.
This is definately a book that is worthy of the series and well worth the read, if nothing else for the revelations made about the alpha legion and alpharius, about whom games workshop have given lttle information.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Possibly the best, definitely the coolest, Horus Heresy novel to date.Published on 5 Nov. 2014 by Ben Weltman
good seris must read you will get hocked like I have got so give it a go and see what you thinkPublished on 7 Nov. 2013 by mike harrington
The product is just as desribed, clean. What is more, I got the book in just one week, and I live in Turkey, thousands of miles away from the UK! Read morePublished on 29 May 2013 by Arda Yigitoglu
I'm not a fun of Horus Heresy, but i like Imperial Guard so i bought this book because many revious mention that its more about the Imperial Army (IA) and less about the Space... Read morePublished on 18 Dec. 2012 by a customer
This book had me gripped from start to finish. The mixture of Politics, Espionage and intense battle scenes had me hooked throughout the entire novel, as well as Dan Abnett's... Read morePublished on 16 Nov. 2012 by Christopher
This is not essential to the horus heresy books. This is a book about the alpha legion through the eyes of those they use and in rare cases come into contact with. Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2012 by Robin G. Symons