I am not an avid reader but I'm reading more these days than I used to. I'm sure I have about a dozen half read books next to my bed with bookmarks gathering dust. I was at Borders the other day and gathered together about 8 Horus Heresy books and contemplated purchasing at least the first few... then I put them down and used my 30% off coupon to finally purchase Warhammer Invasion. My question is: If I am going to start reading some Warhammer... and I plan on picking up Horus Heresy (the game), should I start with these books. Or perhaps there is a better series to start with???
Should I read the Horus Heresy books?
Posted 27 February 2010 - 10:43 PM
IMHO, Horus Heresy books are worth your money. In short, they definitely show just how different the reality of the 31st millennium is compared to the "default" 41st millennium and while they are still nowhere near (in terms of the timeline) the actual Battle for Terra (which in itself is rumored to be depicted in the final book(s) wrapping up the series), the authors manage to fill in the most interesting white spots of W40K fluff and convey just how rapidly everything starts to go downhill. Being an avid reader of the series I heartily recommend it, if only to get a better a better understanding of the era and thus the background of the upcoming HH game.
Posted 28 February 2010 - 12:11 AM
Agree the HH books are awesome and I would reccomend you should read them if you like the W40K universe.
I love the stories from Abnett and McNiell and looking forward to read Prospero Burns
Posted 28 February 2010 - 08:53 PM
Yes, you should read them. At least some of them. Here is my list of the suggested books in the order they should be read:
1. Horus Rising
2. False Gods
3. Galaxy in Flames
4. The Flight of the Eisenstein
7. Battle for the Abyss
These seven will give you a good knowledge of the how the Heresy takes hold of the traitor legions and how it begins to spread. I have ommited Book number six in the series, Descent of Angels, because it doesn't really deal with the Heresy but with the Dark Angels founding.
Posted 01 March 2010 - 01:54 AM
But you forgot Mechanicum. It is about the Heresy and the AM is also present in the game.
Posted 01 March 2010 - 09:20 PM
Ah, but I am just about to start to read Mechanicum.
Posted 02 March 2010 - 02:39 PM
Yes you should.
But, as an alternative, you could just waltz in any 40k store and borrow from a space marine player their codex. The previous edition (4th ed), IIRC, is a little more detailed. These codexes give you a good rundown about Horus Heresy.
The Horus Heresy books are good, but they are waaay back before the event.
Posted 05 March 2010 - 11:49 AM
Thanks for the replies! I have picked up Horus Rising and I just started reading it. It's definitely sucking me in.
Posted 05 March 2010 - 07:11 PM
I love the opening to Horus Rising: "I was there, the day Horus slew the Emperor."
"A dirty mind is its own reward."
Posted 21 March 2010 - 08:47 PM
Mechanicum is fracking awesome, just love the novels by Graham McNeill.
Reading Tales og Heresy and there is a lot of nice short stories there.
can't wait for A Thousand Sons
Posted 13 April 2010 - 07:24 PM
The books are amazing, especially the first three. Surprisingly well written.. although I knew going in that Dan Abnett kicks ass.
I even liked Flight of the Eisenstein, not because of the different perspective but because you really get to see a primarch up close (Mortarion).
Have to confess I went out of order after the first four books, but it doesn't really matter.
Currently reading A Thousand Sons. Magnus is awesome.
Posted 14 April 2010 - 06:07 AM
I have to confess that I was really excited to read this epic story. I picked up the first three books and read them ravenously.
After reading the 3rd novel, I now realize that they are REALLY milking this franchise and are nowhere near to the invasion of Holy Terra. I was hoping for a 3 part story, myself. Horus is a good guy. Horus becomes a bad guy. Horus gets grounded by his dad. Done and done. But looking at the book outline for the next few releases, this story may not conclude until a dozen or so books... which is far beyond my patience at the moment. I'll wait for a compilation.
Posted 14 April 2010 - 06:46 AM
I just finished A Thousand Sons, and I can highly recommend it. I thought it was one of the stronger books in the series, next to Legion. Some parts of the overall series gets a little slow, but anything written by Abnett or McNiell is pretty much going to be a good book.
Posted 15 April 2010 - 06:54 AM
HH (the series) is really good. Actually, just about all the 40k novels Ive read flow the same way. If you finish HH just jump over to all the Gaunt's Ghost's novels, theyre just as good.
Posted 15 April 2010 - 09:10 PM
or the books with the Ultramarine 4th company.
Love the one where their are fighting Nids.
Posted 16 April 2010 - 06:04 AM
Definitely should read the Heresy series.
I've read all that have come out so far and I am always slavering for the next one. The only one that I thought was a little disappointing was Descent of Angels. It really didn't progress the macro plot line at all and pretty much was just a long explanation for Fallen Angels.
Posted 16 April 2010 - 02:24 PM
The HH series is good. Anything Dan Abnett writes is better. Start with The Founding (3 books in one). You will become addicted to Abnett's writing style. IMHO, he's the strongest talent Black Library has in their shop. Abnett has also written (two I think) HH books. They are among the best ones in the series.
Welcome to the 40k fiction addiction. Don't be turned off by the franchise tie-in. The books are quite good in the their own regard!
Posted 22 April 2010 - 05:08 AM
I think this is the strength. We've been reading the codex books with the short summary for two decades now, and I am personally ready for a more complete story. I'm heavily into the TTG and Dark Heresy, and the stories on the periphery really have impact on them in the 41st millennium in ways I hadn't expected.
Posted 08 June 2010 - 06:22 PM
I concure that these are some great reading materials, even if you are not an avid fan of the game. There are some well written scenes that I can't write about without getting the books as it simply wouldn't do them justice. You will understand when you get to the part where a Sons of Horus Marine enters the fighting arena with that pompous Emperor's Children slash-face, or the last paragraph to the Legion Novel I think it was.
As an aside though. Did anyone else feel cheaped out on the corruption of Horus? I mean he gets diseased, has a fever dream and then he's chaotic. It seemed a little too simple for me. I envisioned a long convoluted teasing of the man... I understand the Chaos Gods are powerful, but I thought there should have been a much more elaborate sequence of corrupting the Emperor's favoured son.