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Saturnine (The Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra Book 4) Kindle Edition
Siege of Terra Book 4
As the traitors tighten their grip on Terra, Rogal Dorn must marshal the Imperial hosts to weather the storm. But not all of the defenders will survive the onslaught…
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Dan Abnett returns to the Horus Heresy! Experience one of the crucial stages of the Siege, as Rogal Dorn and Horus match wits in a game of Regicide where the board is the Throneworld itself, and one wrong move could lead to utter devastation…
The Traitor Host of Horus Lupercal tightens its iron grip on the Palace of Terra, and one by one the walls and bastions begin to crumple and collapse. Rogal Dorn, Praetorian of Terra, redoubles his efforts to keep the relentless enemy at bay, but his forces are vastly outnumbered and hopelessly outgunned. Dorn simply cannot defend everything. Any chance of survival now requires sacrifice, but what battles dare he lose so that others can be won? Is there one tactical stroke, one crucial combat, that could turn the tide forever and win the war outright?
Written by Dan Abnett
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- ASIN : B08BC213ZW
- Publisher : Black Library (July 11, 2020)
- Publication date : July 11, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3809 KB
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- Print length : 559 pages
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And it was OK.
I can see what got some people excited, there are massive battles, individual duels, clever tricks and revelations. Sanguinius and Rogal Dorn get prominent roles and finally face off against some of the traitors. Several secondary characters meet their fates. The Imperium gets a victory of sorts. Noted plot device John Grammaticus stops by to reveal information about the history of the Emperor, the immortal Perpetuals and the origins of the Space Marines and the Primarchs.
But... it all feels very rote. Author Dan Abnett is bound by the same rigid plot outline as the other authors in this series so the major characters all have miraculous escapes so they can be there for the next book. Abnett pads this out by introducing several new characters, well-fleshed out soldiers fighting in a massive battle between gods and demons and providing humanizing perspective. Which is cool, except that's exactly what the previous books did.
So... this book is more of what you've come to expect from the Horus Heresy and Siege of Terra. But since this is the fourth book in the series it is really starting to drag. How many more accounts of soldiers manning the walls, ever more hopeless odds among the smoke and dust do you want to read? Even the author complains about running out of ways to say the same thing. At this point a book focusing on the rest of Terra, or the space war, or anything except walls and trenches, would be welcome.
Loyalist forces wins something at last and i liked it.
Dan Abnett tells four massive battles simultaneously without being repetative and not making them bolterp0rn.
He shows really well how much dangerous deamon primarchs are.
On the other hand he pays respect to loyalist side and lets Dorn and named heroes of good guys shine.
Overall a must read for fans.
To anyone who has been reading this series, this book takes the time to answer a few questions as to the Emperor's origins and back story AND how and why the primarchs were created and more interestingly, scattered across the galaxy. This nugget is worth the price of admission alone.
Have to say a few encounters were a bit anticlimactic. Still, a solid addition. Better than Last Wall. As a heresy fan, you know you have to read it. And yeah, worth it.
Sanguinius, the Khan, and Dorn all have some of their finest moments. So many good set pieces. And real deaths!
The best SoT book, and amongst the finest Heresy books, up there with Master of Mankind, Know No Fear, and Betrayer.
Also, fart jokes.
There are great different styles in teh doomed last stand, the underground commando raid,. Fulgrim!
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And here's why.
The core of the book is a series of scenes that bounce between multiple fronts in the siege of Terra. Each could have been stretched out into a really good novel (with one exception that I'll get to). Each has a great set up, character description and development, and a pay off that makes each story into something meaningful both within the book and more broadly in the series. All the old characters fit with their characterisation in earlier series novels and the development therein. Each of the new characters is interesting and acts like an actual human/superhuman.
And there are sufficient surprises that make sense in context of what's gone before that you feel good recognising why X happened even if you didn't see it coming. Over the top of that there is a set of overarching narratives about the way victories in one place require sacrifice in another, and the impact that has on decision makers, how faith can motivate, and how legends are created. It also gives the Imperium a chance to kick through a lot of plot armour that's been getting wearing...
That level of writing cohesion is rare. Dan Abnett knows his stuff but this is (IMHO) one of his best.
But here's the thing. There are a couple of bits of this book which feel to me a little undercooked, there's a character in it who I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with, and that varies by how much exposition and historical reference he spouts. It's too far the wrong way for me here, echoes of the old Star Child/Sensei narratives...
That character's sections feel like set up without meaningful resolution and that leaves the lore dumps a little orphaned... I'd diagnose 'hero from another story' syndrome here and maybe those sections would have been a great short story rather than shoehorned in here. I'd normally knock a five star down to a four star for something like that.
Yet I'm still rating this a solid 5 stars. And I'm still reading bits out to my wife. And the undercooked section is still pretty good. And that's what gets me. There is writing here that's so good it could probably be dropped into a three star story and still make it jump to a five. I'd also add that if you haven't got a background in this series it might be a little confusing but that's like bashing a romance for having a 'happily ever after'.
Great book. Read it.
So that's it.
The combat is legendary, using some of the best players in this cosmic bugaloo. New law regarding Primarchs is epic, game changing and entirely unforseen. Yet it feels like it fits, not crowbarred in like "Primaris" (spit). The combat is top class, capturing the scale of a cataclysmic conflict of uncountenaced calamity. Truly epic storytelling, particularly about the Primarchs. Each one, whether loyalist or traitor, gets his time in the sun. Honestly, well done Mr Abnett. My hats of to you.
Without spoilers :
The situation is grim with the loyalists being fought back further and further against impossible odds.
Both sides plot for advantage and you are left guessing as to how much Dorn and Pertuabo are out guessing each other to manipulate even their own side. The reader sees that Dorn is not all that he seems whilst popular characters Diaz and Raldoran return, and the Khan.
Throw in Sinderman with a piece of paper from Dorn authorising him to record the “truth” - long time fans will see where this is going if they haven’t already read the Beast Awakens series.
Olli Pious surfaces fighting alongside imperial troops ..... or does he ?
Meanwhile Abaddon plots to end the war with a decisive strike.
So many plots weave together with a real sense of history in the marking , there’s not a single boring paragraph and a great overall picture of the conflict is created.
And just when you thought that was it for book 4, the final paragraph throws the known history of the Siege out the window.
Have Faith in the Emperor.