False Gods

The Heresy Takes Root

Paperback, 416 pages

English language

Published July 4, 2006 by Games Workshop.

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4 stars (22 reviews)

The Great Crusade that has taken humanity into the stars continues. The Emperor of mankind has handed the reins of command to his favoured son, the Warmaster Horus. Yet all is not well in the armies of the Imperium. Horus is still battling against the jealousy and resentment of his brother primarchs and, when he is injured in combat on the planet Davin, he must also battle his inner daemons. With all the temptations that Chaos has to offer, can the weakened Horus resist?

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Review of 'False Gods' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

McNeill struggles to maintain the tone and pace of the first novel. Character ideals and motivations seemingly change out of nowhere. Marines from other legions and the LW who had personality and context in the first book suddenly exist only as plot devices.

Indeed the whole matter of the betrayal to chaos is suddenly escalated. The novel begins slowly and then starts teleporting around to a greater extent. And the same is done towards the end, Horus is able to convert multiple other Primarchs to chaos completely in the background while the heroes, whittled down to 2, are mostly none the wiser.

I cannot recommend this book for any reason except HH completeness. My overall feeling is that McNeill believed Abnett strayed too far from canon and sought to bring this book into compliance by any means necessary.

Review of 'False Gods' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Ce deuxième volume de la saga "Horus Heresy" est peut-être un peu moins bon que le premier, mais seulement à la marge. Cela reste un récit épique passionnant, avec des personnages charismatiques et intéressants à suivre. Le premier volume est une longue et captivante introduction du contexte et des personnages, celui-ci lance réellement le récit avec les débuts de cette fameuse Hérésie d'Horus qui constitue l'un des événements majeurs de l'univers imaginaire de Warhammer 40k. J'ai hâte de lire la suite avec le troisième volume que je vais commencer dès maintenant !

Review of 'False Gods' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was a very good novel. McNeill picks up right where Dan Abnett left off in Horus Rising, and the move from one book to the other is seamless. In a way, you can't tell where one book begins and the other ends if you go by the very good prose in these two novels. I can only hope that as I continue to read the series, which I will, that the feel of consistent quality storytelling and ambiance will be there. So far, so good.

The plot thickens in this novel. Revelations are made, and it seems not all is as it seems. I am fascinated by this series taking place so long before the "regular" events in Warhammer 40,000. I have said before that I often do not like books where you know how things will end beforehand. And in this series, that is the case. You …

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