We're celebrating Dan Abnett week, counting down to his new book. Each day, we focus on one of Dan's definitive stories, with words from the man himself.
Dan: No pressure here! I was one of a group of authors summoned to the Black Library sanctum and invited to work on the Horus Heresy project. Finally, a chance to play with the big toys, the deep history, and tell truly galaxy-shaking events. It was terrifying and exciting simultaneously. How do you write Horus or any of the primarchs? How do you make it feel ‘different’ to the tone of Warhammer 40,000? Graham (McNeill) and I were writing the first two at the same time, sharing ideas and throwing characters and plot-points back and forth. Suddenly, all of us solitary author-types were working as a team. Brainstorm inferno! Loken remains one of my all time fave characters.
A Horus Heresy novel
After thousands of years of expansion and conquest, the human Imperium is at its height. His dream for humanity accomplished, the Emperor hands over the reins of power to his Warmaster, Horus, and heads back to Terra.
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It all begins here. Witness Horus the hero, humanity's greatest champion and the Emperor's favoured son, before it all goes horribly, tragically wrong...
It is the 31st millennium. Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor, the Imperium of Man has stretched out across the galaxy. It is a golden age of discovery and conquest. But now, on the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favourite son, Horus. Promoted to Warmaster, can the idealistic Horus carry out the Emperor's grand plan, or will this promotion sow the seeds of heresy amongst his brothers? Horus Rising is the first chapter in the epic tale of the Horus Heresy, a galactic civil war that threatened to bring about the extinction of humanity.
Written by Dan Abnett.
The audiobook edition has a running time of 12 hours and 16 minutes and is read by Toby Longworth.