- Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: Games Workshop; Auflage: 01 (4. November 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1849705895
- ISBN-13: 978-1849705899
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16 x 3,3 x 24,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 62.234 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Talon of Horus (The Black Legion, Band 1) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 4. November 2014
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Aaron Dembski-Bowden is a British author with his beginnings in the videogame and RPG industries. He’s written several novels for the Black Library, including the Night Lords series, the Grey Knights novel The Emperor's Gift, and the New York Times bestselling The First Heretic for the Horus Heresy. He lives and works in Northern Ireland with his wife Katie, hiding from the world in the middle of nowhere. His hobbies generally revolve around reading anything within reach, and helping people spell his surname.
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Dieser erste Band beschäftigt sich vor allem mit ersterem, also der Gründung und vor allen Dingen der Entstehung der Idee hinter der Schwarzen Legion. Abaddon taucht persönlich erst spät im Roman auf, die von im personifizierte Ideen der Einigkeit im Hass und der Bruderschaft unter Verrätern zieht sich jedoch durch die gesamte Erzählung.
Mittlerweile wenig überraschend schafft es A D-B auch diesmal wieder, seinen ursprünglich nur durch zwei Dimensionen und ein Farbschema charakterisierten Protagonisten Persönlichkeit, Motivationen und eine Seele zu geben - und man versteht den Reiz, den die Ideale (Zweck, Einigkeit, Loyalität), die Abaddon verkörpert, auf diese in der wörtlichen Hölle gestrandeten Männer ausüben. Ich wage zu behaupten dass ich nicht der einzige Leser bin, der am Ende des Romans zumindest ein kleines bisschen hofft dass Abaddon und seine Brüder, ganz am Ende, -gewinnen-.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
die Geschichte ist spannend geschrieben und sehr vielseitig. die Charaktere zeichnen sich durch ein hohes Maß an Individualität aus, und wirken in perfekter synchronisation trotz, oder vielleicht sogar augrund ihrer z.T sehr verschiedenen Legionskulturen.
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I will largely agree with the previous reviewer (on the UK site): this book is a good one. It is also very original in many respects. The problem I had when finishing it was to assess how good it was. It took me a few days to make up my mind, compare it with the Night Lords’ trilogy (the author’s best in my opinion) and decide whether it was “as good as” and whether it deserved five stars. I believe it is and it certainly does, and I will attempt to explain how I reached this conclusion in the rest of this review.
The first element of originality is the period covered and the way the story if told. The story is that of Iskandar Khayon, a captain of the Thousand Sons Legion, and therefore another of the “Traitor Space Marines”, as the Imperials would put it. The narrative is told at the very end of year 41999. The Thousand Sons mage tells his own story when a prisoner at the headquarters of the Inquisition. The background to the story is the centuries that followed the Horus Heresy and more precisely the unrelenting wars between the remnants of the “Traitor Legions” who have found refuge in the Eye after their failure to take Terra. It is also the story of the rise of the Black Legion and of Ezekyle Abbadon, once First Captain of the Luna Wolves (renamed as the Sons of Horus), once the right-hand man of Horus the Warmaster, and now the new Warmaster who will try to succeed where his predecessor failed. Finally, it is also the story of Iskandar himself, of his beliefs, of his many past losses and sorrows and of his hopes for the future.
The second element of originality is the narrator’s perspective, which largely mirrors that of his Primarch Magnus and that of Ahriman, but without the huge arrogance displayed by both of them, and the catastrophic consequences that this arrogance has had on their sons and brothers. This perspective includes a very human-centred view of what the Warp really is and what all of the daemonic creatures that “live” in the “Sea of Souls” are really made of. The Ragged Knight, a powerful but barely controllable Daemon bound to Iskandar and coming straight from the Crusade against the Albigeois and the sac and burning of Beziers in 1209 was a particularly nice touch.
A third original element is the fight around Horus’ body, the demise of his Legion, once the most powerful of all. The attempt of the Emperor’s Children to gain supremacy and resurrect him, thanks to the skills of the infamous Fabius, makes up the core of the narrative of this first volume of the trilogy.
Another interesting element is the psychology of Iskandar, and its evolution over time. This is where there is a quite notable difference with Talos of the Night Lords and the author’s previous trilogy. While the latter is driven by sorrow, despair and survival, Iskandar share the same feelings, but is increasingly driven by hope in two respects as the book proceeds. The first is the concept of brotherhood but it is a concept than transcends the old Legions and replaces the old adherence to their Primarch fathers who have failed. The second is the hope and the conviction that, this time round and ten thousand years after the first attempt, those among the survivors of the exiled Legions that have become the Black Legion are poised to win and conquer the decaying Empire.
The characters, including the secondary ones, formed a fifth area of major interest. I particularly liked Iskandar’s familiars, most of which owe their survival to him. I particularly enjoyed the lethal Gyre, a female Daemon born from the Sea of Souls, and cruel Nefertari, a Black Eldar huntress. I also liked the other characters, especially the World Eaters and their efforts to dominate their affliction and retain some humanity, but also Ceraxia, the Mechanicum Governess of Gallium.
Another topic of interest is Abbadon himself, and the ways in which Aaron Dembski-Bowden (ADB) makes him into a charismatic leader and an almost (I should stress the “almost”) sympathetic character. This can seem rather at odds with the ways in which he is usually represented in the Horus Heresy or mentioned in other Warhammer 40K volumes. I nevertheless believe that the author managed to mostly “get away with it”, largely because he is portraying Abbadon from Iskandar’s perspective, rather than coming from a hostile view, or at least a view from someone who either does not know or dislikes the former first Captain.
Within this volume, you will also find some interesting and original interpretations on some of the events of the Horus Heresy – the causes of the destruction of Prospero and of the failure to conquer the Imperial Palace being two of the main examples. Also included are a number of “teasers”. One relates to the next volumes of ADB’s trilogy. Iskandar is a prisoner of the Inquisition somewhere near Saturn, but a prisoner who surrendered voluntarily and who presents himself as messenger. Other “teasers” allude to past climatic events when mentioning the Talon of Horus, in particular Horus’ duels against his brother and then against his father, which we might hopefully be able to read about in the Horus Heresy series in the not too distant future.
There would be quite a few other elements to mention although by now you certainly get the gist of it: I loved it and found that this was a particularly rich book. I particularly enjoyed the author’s rather creative take on certain events and characters, even when this can lead to tensions with narratives of other volumes. I therefore found that this one was very much worth five stars (or perhaps even more) and can only hope that the next one is as successful.
Written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Five stars for this review
First I will start out by saying I thought this book was going to be about Abbadon and filled with his insights as too how he is thinking, why he is making the decisions leading up to creating the Black Legion and how he enacts his rule.
Instead I was really surprised at how this story unfolded. First this story began from the perspective of a Thousand Son Legionary and not a Luna Wolf. The legionary gathers fellow Astarte’s to a cause that embodies a sense of purpose. Talon of Horus as most of us know is a special power claw of five blades one for each finger with a storm bolter mounted on the top… or another description for how I perceived this book is each blade can represent a heretic legion that is now fractured after the death of Horus. This Talon or similar to a fist being a fist is weak while missing a finger or a broken one but when the hand is whole then the first is strong. These Heretic spacemarines needed a reason or a common goal, possibly a proof of existence too not just fight but fight as a legion comprised of fractured and leaderless soldiers but as a Legion. Through the help of this Thousand Son, a few World Eaters and some other Astarte’s. So together they went to find Abbadon who possibly was on the Vessel Vengeful Spirit in seclusion. The Idea of the main character and his brothers is too find Abbadon who would take all the war bands and leaderless Astarte’s who fought for Horus and Install Abbadon as Warmaster and give direction and instill a sense of purpose into the thousands of gene enhanced soldiers of war who have no sense of purpose or beliefs besides killing for the sake of killing.
ABD the author stayed on point with a focused storyline about brotherhood, sense of purpose and portraying the leaderless multiple legion spacemarines as not just being mindless, heretical, blood lust killing machines but a large group of soldiers who were human enough too be more then they felt after the fall of the warmaster Horus at the Battle for Terra. This is a story about the scrap of humanity each Genetically altered spacemarine has and his sense of brotherhood. Honor, duty and self-worth I felt were the focus in this story and the author too me portrayed that well. The story flowed very well and each chapter when finished was cohesive naturally with each following chapter. This story had a strong human element portrayed by the characters and especially Abaddon. The story was so much more then Abbadon and every aspect of the story was very clear. The proper editing was evident with each chapter.
This reader wants more about Abbadon and his insights, how he thinks, the character that he is. I know Abbadon as the Warmaster of The Black Legion and not much more then what most mainstream 40K fan knows about him. Abbadon is the leader of the greatest fighting force in the universe and he is hardly covered by Games workshop. So book two in the series better have more about Abbadon and I look forward to reading the next addition to the collection.
Why four stars instead of five? Enjoyed the characters and history, but feel the actual story could have been told in a novella sized form, everything went from point A to B to C pretty quickly, has a cliff hangar, unanswered question that you probably won't get the answer to anytime soon, a lot of teasing of what may be to come and exaggeration at points does go a bit too far.
Why begin the first 2 paragraphs with a question and not the 3rd? Ha, just did. Although I love the title and artist (big fan), I have to say in classic Black Library style, they don't, do not match the contents of the book. I would have loved the main character with his assortment of colleagues on the front instead of Abaddon.
All that being said, I'm really a fan of the author and the story is great with a wonderful look at Traitor Marines, allies, and an interview with the Inquisition.