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Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy)

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The trial of the story begins with an opening engagement (seems to be the norm with early HH novels) against the Jargall, a race of bio-mechanical nobodies if I’m honest. This is the fourth book in the Horus Heresy series, and it takes us away from the characters we have met thus far, perhaps because many of them are now dead. That’s really the main flaw that I found in Flight of the Eisenstein, for the rest of this book manages to still be enjoyable, for reasons that I’ve already mentioned. It was also the next volume to be released in hardcover, after Horus Rising, False Gods, Galaxy in Flames and Angel Exterminatus.

I found that the writing style lived up to or exceeded the other novels in this series and Swallow really redeemed himself from the Blood Angels books. The strongest scenes in the book were towards the middle where you know those loyal Space Marines who so eagerly want to get to the battle to fight. I have still yet to find a Space Marine Legion I can really class as my favourite, but the Death Guard certainly left a good impression upon me, particularly where Garro was concerned, as he was an engaging character. It's an interesting exercise in comparisons really, watching the way in which the two characters are similar and yet also different in their outlooks.

The escape from the Istvaan system was awesome, and the journey through the warp and battle with Grulgor's men/Nurglings was fun as hell.

I read a lot of historical fiction so that was a cool parallel, and coming from professional men aboard these enormous gothic starships was particularly jarring, in-keeping with the whole process of faster-than-light travel through hell! There is some effort made in the first act of the story to flesh out his legion in the same way the first trilogy developed the Luna Woves/Sons of Horus, but in FOTE the bad-guys are so obvious and obnoxious as to make any tension boring, this along with a metric tonne of plot armour the story didn't carry much compulsion.I think the best part of this book is neat the end, as the marines face the forces of Chaos who have entered the Eisenstein.

It is still a great read to follow and see what happened aboard the Eisenstein after the events of Isstvan III.

As with any series, there are a few intriguing threads that will doubtlessly be picked up elsewhere but apart from that it's another tremendous effort in the line. Some of the character renditions weren't particularly great either, like the primearchs and the saint. Was als Einführung für den Leser eher verhalten und langsam beginnt, steigert sich zu rasanten Handlungssequenzen, in denen die Zeichnung des Charakters von Garro nicht zu kurz kommt.

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