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  1. says:

    Edit Someone pointed out to me that there are readers start this series without knowing what Warhammer 40k is and that for such reader this review might contain spoilers So if you are completely unfamiliar with Warhammer 40k avoid this and reviews for this series in general editStill not sure if this book is better or worse than first one but it's still a bloody good fun Writing in this book is notch bellow first one So far I got the impression that Abnett is better writer than McNeil his dialogs and characters where enjoyable On the other hand story in this book is at much interesting place Horus rising was of prolog while this book deals with events that lead to Horus becoming aligned with Chaos and starts setting the stage for the main events and great civil war to follow We finally get to learn about gods of chaos emperor and see how deep corruption has spread through Imperium Again there are some well written fights and I especially liked how adeuately disgusting are descriptions of Nurgle's God of death decay and disease forces Warning don't read that part before meal


  2. says:

    Interestingly I think the best uote to sum up the ualities of the second book of the Horus Heresy is this What lies beyond that door? asked Horus backing away from the silver portalTruths you will not want to see replied Sejanus and answers you will not want to hearThis book was absolutely spectacular False Gods is in my mind even better than its predecessor Horus Rising mostly because of its absolutely artistic description of the corruption and subversion of Horus and some of his main lieutenantsGraham McNeill does an impressive job as the architect of the fall of such a central character using eual doses of truth manipulation and prophecy I confess to be left in doubt as how strongly Horus' initial motivation as portrayed in this book is actually uite justified and I believe leaving that up to the reader to figure out at least those of us who are relative novices to the Warhammer 40K universe was part of the authors' intentionThese Warhammer 40K books get an undeservedly bad reputation So far the Horus Heresy series is a delightful wonder containing deep themes excellently crafted character development and an enticing overarching storyExcuse me while I'm off to read


  3. says:

    I was there the day that Horus fell The opening trilogy of the Horus Heresy is still one of the best parts of the saga and re reading it after ten years is still a blast My knowledge of Warhammer 40000 lore grown a lot in this time and knowing now what is going to happen to characters in their future adds a lot of pleasure and entertainment to the readingKharn Magnus Fabius Angron Lucius and so on I'm so happy this is not just a list of names for meview spoilerAnd if you read Graham McNeill's Storm of Iron you know that the mighty Dies Irae is going to became a Chaos Titan and breach open the gates of the Emperor's palace in the Siege of TerraThe battle against the plague zombies and NurglethNurgle plaguebearers was great and together with the gruesome ritual used by Erebus to appeal the four Chaos Gods introduced a lot of horror to the story and other trademark elements so much beloved by W40k fansJust the same for the Pink Horror of Tzeentch summoned on the Vengeful Spirit by Sindermann's misreadingAnd the likeness of Horus standing in front of the traitorous Temba with the dead Verulam Moy at their feet was just a touch of genius a dark reflection or an omen of things to come hide spoiler


  4. says:

    Well this was a major step down from the first book in the Horus Heresy series In Horus Rising Dan Abnett did his best to set up the psychology of the main characters in the saga making me think that Horus' monumental decision to take down the Emperor would be based on some kind of internal conflict and drama and shades of grey issues of morality It also made me very curious to see how will he get to that point Unfortunately all my high hopes were uickly dispersed when Graham McNeill took over and delivered a book that is straight up pulp space action without any pretenses at serious work of writing with extremely simplified plot and characters that are thinner than their own cardboard cutoutsNow this is not very surprising when we talk about Warhammer 40k novels which are meant to be super light weight futuristic military fiestas focused on action machismo and hooking up readers to buy other WH40k products But since this IS arguably the most important series in the entire WH40k universe and since the first book obviously showed that it IS possible to take an extra step and make a serious deeper engaging novel I really cannot see why there was no effort to pick a better writer and to tell a complex story about these crucial eventsAnyway in this book we uickly learn that there is bit of Chaos infestation among some of the senior members of the Astartes as one of those guys Erebus comes up with a kindergarten level of a master plan on how to corrupt Horus and turn him to the dark side His brilliant idea is to basically tell Horus that some random local governor on some random irrelevant planet has rebelled and called the Warmaster a chicken Channeling his inner Marty McFly Horus previously presented as thoughtful considerate and patient when it comes to assaulting people immediately turns on his rage mode and decides to take an entire spearhead of his army with Titans and legions of Space Marines and all sorts of accompanying hardware and to lead them himself head on into a ground assault In the ensuing combat on a Chaos infested moon view spoiler Horus is wounded by a Morgul blade I mean a magical anathame weapon which poisons him and leaves him on his death bed In this dire situation the only person who has any suggestion on how to help the Warmaster is Erebus who easily convinces all of Horus' friends and officers to take their dying leader into some kind of pagan temple and lock him in there for a ritual of purification Of course when Horus comes out of there he will be alive cured but changed Chaos corruption has taken another victim hide spoiler


  5. says:

    Of all the books on the Warhammer 40K universe the Horus Heresy series ranks among the best out there Book Two follows in the tour de force style of the first volume The infamous events of the fall of the Warmaster continues After the events of the first book and the corrupted evil sword was stolen by Erebus and caused a war between the Interrex and the Imperium The events surrounding Jubal the Space Marine that was possessed are causing people to begin to view the Emperor as a God The Divine Cult of the Emperor begins to formThis story has Horus and his Legion going back to Davin This is the world where the Sons of Horus established Imperial control But now the Imperial Commander Temba has rebelled The Sons of Horus are sent to deal with this unheard of treachery During the events of the battle Horus is wounded and his Astartes start to see creatures that are not xenos but actually daemonsThe rest of the story shows the level of the corruption spread throughout the Legions in the manner of the Lodges This series also shows just how instrumental Lorgar and the Word Bearers were in causing the fall of Horus I am curious as to how exactly Lorgar and Erebus fell to the Ruinous Powers But this tale shows how his corruption leads to Horus' downfallA dark and amazing tale There are some great foreshadowing scenes here I won't spo9il them and they are subtle but if you have a good background with what happens then the future seems to be obvious This is a great story and just as good as the first volume in the series The world that could have been before the Heresy is obvious The Emperor's reaction to Magnus and some others who made the case for dealing with the Warp is puzzling In a way it is the Emperor's absence and possible hubris that sets into motion the events that lead to his Legions starting to doubt This allows the transfer of power at least in terms of adulation from the Emperor to the WarmasterExciting well written and covering a very interesting period of this 40K history If you are a fan or are just curious about the events of the Horus Heresy then you will love this book I did


  6. says:

    I am again impressed by the depth and complexity of these novels and the themes being explored The first Horus Heresy novel dealt with irony and brotherhood while this one tackled deceit and secrets and most of all change Still a huge cast of characters still the sense of wonder technology and action seuences but this one left me with a knot in my stomach The knot is because in the course of just one book some characters that embodied and personified the best there was to offer in this universe become so hateful and hate able I cringe thinking about what will happen to the good guys of which few are left Not much else I can say without spoiling the plot other than these are fantastic books by talented authors


  7. says:

    Science and religion collide breaking friendships and brotherhoods alike This is a reread of the Horus Heresy series I've been slowly buying the Premium edition hardback books So given this I wanted to mention how beautiful the embossed cover is under the dust jack It portrays the image you can see on the cover picture Rather neat Black Library has also added four images per novel that pertain to a particular scene in the novel The thing is there very cartoonish I'm not a fan of Karl Richardson's art style Personally I think given the Gothic setting they need to bring in H R Giger much suited to my own tastes Failing that the brilliant Alan Merrett but he has moved on to better things The style just loses tone and connection to the words Now I'm done with the Yogi Bear It's because I'm smarter than the average bear images let's move on to the meat False Gods must have been a daunting novel for Graham McNeill to write given just how mangasm rific Horus Rising was He even states in his foreword that this was something of a challenge The good news is that book two in the Horus Heresy is good the bad news well there isn't much bad news Don't trust serpents especially if you see a motif of a snake eating itself It's never a good idea to go wondering into such places Some of the ancient beliefs of such things believes that 'you will be born renewed but changed' I say this as a super human such as Horus is meant to be enamoured with knowledge beyond anyone's understanding or perception How would you corrupt someone who is seen as the pinnacle of mankind? You'd offer them power POWER Why not The Primarch Horus is no man I hear you cry ah but yes he is a man's heart with a man's brain Tell me what would you be willing to give up for power? In Horus's case it's his brotherhood his bonds to his father the Emperor of Mankind and his jealously of his power And why not For generations humanity has fought over dirt ideas and love One of the first stories ever written was fought for love power and dirt Troy Paris Helen Agamemnon Achilles and Hector As per usual I ramble Flase Gods lead straight off from the happenings of Horus Rising this time a darker tale is told Horus is forced to make decisions that will change the shape of the galaxy for years but sooner his legion The Luna Wolves who he renames The Sons Of Horus Ego Loken and Torgaddon are forced to pick sides and so are the human Remembrancers who record the happenings of The Great Crusade for porosity In a secular society where religion is dead science and the strength of the Imperium are what the people look to belief in deities begin to take root abroad Horus's flagship The Vengeful Spirit That deity is The Emperor a living god A Remembrancer Euraphti Keeler is viewed as a living saint embodying the power of The Emperor there are moments in the prose where I was blown away by how easily Graham transferred from the believable too the unbelievable Great stuff The physical and metaphysical become blurred especially during Horus's 'trial' just what is divine power what is diabolical who is good and who is evil? It's posed for the read too make their own mind up which decision is right and which is wrong Is life important than Horus's own death? Is he willing to make a pact with forces within the warp? I could tell you but I won't There are flaws for me I had a hard time believing Horus didn't know of Erebus's attempts to engineer events even before later issues arise with Horus I found him too easily influenced by Erebus's theatrics this super human stands aloft upon a colonnade beyond such individuals as The Word Bearer Chaplain He shouldn't be so easily swayed in my opinion by such petty emotions as anger well not to the extent where a human can see how Horus has been played and the Primarch himself cannot Even Captain Loken knew the extent of Erebus's poor acting and how he manipulated Horus into the situations they were found in later What did I enjoy? Well everything I've mentioned so far Kyril Sinnderman reminds me of a 'older' professor I work with at university That one person who knows 'things' can be explained away using books books from the past why did we believe in fanesthanes? is there a pattern to the wars we fought? Etc etc The wise sage that one person who seems to always have a answer Kyril is that person A strong orator and a even stronger believer of the secular truth that being of science and of the Imperium It isn't until he is faced with his own dabbling in the powers of the arcane that he starts to uestion his own 'naivety' Onto Captain Loken and Toragaddon Two characters I can relate to in the sense of brotherhood and shared banter It's rife it's great but also sad in eual measures One man Loken who is a thinker and a 'starch arse' see's what is happening to Horus and the Legion The other Toragaddon the joker and light hearted Space Marine Such brilliant balance between the two characters They just flow off the page and I could easily envision them in real life well as much as you can imagine super human warriors So here we are mankind and the Imperium are on a knife edge Will you turn left or right? Which way is the right direction? Only Horus seems to know and Magnus Primarch of The Thousand Sons There is no road map to destiny just a series of decisions that lead you there What one man decides will affect trillions Is it betrayal has Horus been mislead? Who decides what is good and evil? Make your own mind up A great read intelligently written and progresses the plot really well unlike a good half of the Horus Heresy novels


  8. says:

    Lots of filler 'n shit in this one but there was some fun action and it's hard to not have fun in a universe as motherfucking over the top as 40k's More to come if and when I feel like writing about 40k stuff which will probably be never because I already have an obscene backlog


  9. says:

    Well shit that escalated fast I knew it was coming but Horus went from a likable hero to a first rate douche bag in a couple hundred pages All I have to say is Torgaddon better not die in the next book he's my favorite


  10. says:

    I was there the day that Horus fellThe Great Crusade continues Warmaster Horus and his newly renamed Legion the Sons of Horus and the other member of 63rd expedition continues to lead the war to ensure the destiny of mankind to be the ruler of the galaxy The primarch is alone and without the guidance of the emperor the forces unknown to them is watchingFalse Gods is a personal story about Horus and the Astartes of the Sons of HorusLuna Wolves To the doubting Horus and slow buildup on turning the secretly founding of the worship of the emperor in the expedition and the conspiracy to what happen to Horus in the end This book is really well written and easy to follow even if the reader is not as in dept on the Warhammer franchise


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Summary ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Graham McNeill

False Gods

Ht to heel by the conuering armies of mankind At the peak of his powers Warmaster Ho Well this was a major step down from the first book in the Horus Heresy

Characters False Gods

The human Imperium stands at its height of glory thousands of worlds have been broug Interestingly I think the best uote to sum up the ualities of the secon

Summary ↠ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Graham McNeill

Rus wields absolute control but can even he resist the corrupting whispers of Chaos? Science and religion collide breaking friendships and brotherhoods al

  • Paperback
  • 416
  • False Gods
  • Graham McNeill
  • English
  • 09 April 2018
  • 9781844163700

About the Author: Graham McNeill

Hailing from Scotland Graham McNeill narrowly escaped a career in surveying to work for Games Workshop as a games designer He has a strong following with his novels Nightbringer Warriors of Ultramar Dead Sky Black Sun and Storm of Iron.