Summary

Amidst the galaxy-wide war of the Great Crusade, the Emperor castigates the Word Bearers for their worship.
Distraught at this judgement, Lorgar and his Legion seek another path while devastating world after world, venting their fury and fervour on the battlefield. Their search for a new purpose leads them to the edge of the material universe, where they meet ancient forces far more powerful than they could have imagined.
Having set out to illuminate the Imperium, the corruption of Chaos takes hold, and their path to damnation begins. Unbeknownst to the Word Bearers, their quest for truth contains the very roots of heresy.
©2010 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited
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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt Clarke on 01-08-18

My first real experience of the Horus Herecy!

I found myself thoroughly invested in the characters, who by their very nature have huge shades of grey dictated by their faith, wether warranted or not. I've had to take a star off due to a "flash forward" which at one point made me think that tracks were missing until things slotted back into place. My only regret is that I should've really started with "Horus Rising" but the writer placed enough word building and background detail here for me to learn from it quickly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 06-06-18

good read

loved it, Aaron Dembski-Boweden knows how to make you both hate and love a character, As well as deliver some of the best exposition and context to a character previously lacking depth and complexity.

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5 out of 5 stars
By charles craft on 12-08-18

Best of the series

First Heretic is just an amazing piece of 40k lore, Argel Tal is easily one of the most compelling characters the authors have spit out, the background for events prior to Horus Rising is well executed and really gives emotion to the whys behind the traitors. Erebus' is perfectly political in his scheming. This is also the first introduction to Cadia and the book offers the best explanation of what exactly a daemon consists of. Very difficult novel to shut off.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Grae Sheely on 20-07-18

4/4 Chaos Gods loved this book

Pronouncing wrath as "roth" took some grubby used to. Lorgar is given a very effete voice.

I now feel fully prepared to bring enlightenment to humanity and spread the Word of Lorgar.

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