A Horus Heresy novel
Just as Guilliman’s dream of Imperium Secundus seems finally to be realised, the Night Lords launch a full invasion of distant Sotha. Their target? The mysterious Mount Pharos…
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Long-running plot threads tie together in a new full-length Horus Heresy novel. Roboute Guilliman's new Imperium faces its first test as the Night Lords, scattered after the events of Prince of Crows, attack in force. And of course, Curze is still around... the scene with him and Sanguinius facing one another is a Heresy fan's dream come true.
With the noble Emperor Sanguinius ruling from Macragge, Imperium Secundus stands as a lone beacon of hope even as the Warmaster’s forces continue to ravage the rest of the galaxy. Roboute Guilliman, still Master of Ultramar, has convinced his brother that Terra has fallen and that the mysterious Mount Pharos on Sotha now holds the key to mankind’s future. But the Night Lords, those cruel and pitiless sons of Konrad Curze, have been watching from the shadows, and make ready to launch their long-planned attack on the Pharos itself…
Written by Guy Haley
Hardback edition and eBook edition include additional artwork
Audiobook edition running time 13 hours and 23 minutes. Narrated by John Banks.
I've read all 30+ Horus Heresy books, am thoroughly hooked, and can honestly say that Guy Haley does a great job painting in the grim dark 30k universe. The exact fate of Guilliman's 500 worlds isn't fleshed out / canon yet, so there is plenty of 'new' in this book. We get to watch Sanguinius and Guilliman try and figure out Imperium Secundus while shrouded within the Ruinstorm. Curze continues his tormented self induced pshycotic exile... and the captains and elites of three+ legions do their thing. Haley invests in enough character development (especially the Sothan First Auxilia) that I genuinely cared about the outcomes. The good guys were good, the bad guys were bad. There were entertaining action sequences, a good story arc, a strong climax, a thoroughly grim dark conclusion, and interesting 'Horus Heresy level' plot developments that sated my thirst for the big showdown at Terra. Don't expect anything ultra pivotal (think False Gods, Mechanicum, Prospero Burns, etc) but enjoy the big events in the main sideshow (Imperium Secundus) while Horus himself is up to Tzeenth only knows.