Authors in alphabetical order (and just 8 books instead of 10):
„Legion“ – Dan Abnett
It´s perhaps not his strongest book but that which I´ve grown the most fond of. Since I´ve read ther “Index Astartes”-White Dwarf-article I was hooked on the Alpha Legion, because of all the mystics and secrets surrounding them, their modus operandi and the strong focus on intelligence and brotherhood and pragmatism. And in my opinion the Alpha Legion was never in the whole Horus Heresy-series better characterized than in “Legion”. Abnett managed to take all the hints from the article and “creates” a legion very different from all the others. It´s still great to see them in their own book just as side-characters and the grey cardinals in the background, scheming and planning and assassinating and sacrificing others for their goals – and even if I loved the “old” rationale for their rebellion, to pit their strength against their loyal brothers – I love, what Abnett did with them in “Legions” and the introduction of Alpharius and Omegon is as obvious and logical as it´s great.
“Damnation of Pythos” – David Annandale
I know, that book isn´t one of the most acclaimed one in the series but for me it works. I love the bleak and somber atmosphere and characterization of the Iron Hands. I admire, how Annandale pictures them as broken beyond repair, as furious and fierce, as introverted and fighting and battling their own inner demons after the death of their Primarch. “Damnation of Pythos” is grimdark as you can expect WH30/40K to be and I love the contrast between both the perfection-seeking, Tech-addicted Iron Hands on the one hand and the perfection-seeking, self-“improving” Emperor´s Children and the with life brimming planet on the other hand.
“Soul Hunter” – Aaron Dembski-Bowden
It´s the first novel from on of the best Black Library-series ever. I really love the story of Talos, Uzas, Xarl and the rest. Nuff said.
“Slaves to Darkness” – John French
That book was so badly needed, because it shows all the twisted and unreliable nature of Chaos and brings all the traitors – Primarchs and legions – together for the storm on Terra. I was never before interested in Ekaddon, Maloghurst or Perturabo – but French has managed it and it was fun to read from the first page to the last.
“The Eye of Medusa” – David Guymer
Even if his Primarch-novel wasn’t received well by many readers and even if it had some flaws – Guymer has proven that he can write and characterize the Iron Hands like no one else can (okay, except for John French perhaps). His eye for detail, his prose, his imagination is stunning and "The Eye of Medusa” is like a profession of love for the Iron Hands and Medusa in particular and nearly perfect in worldbuilding. The Iron Hands aren´t heroes in shiny armour, they are brutal and monstrous and inhuman and Guymer nails it. Especially the recruitment-part is brutal in all it´s cruelty and thrilling in it´s depiction. It´s not the story itself what makes the book so great but Guymers fantasy and creativity and I really love it - and the second book “Voice of Mars” as well.
“Corax” and “Konrad Curze” – Guy Haley
Both Primarchs are so similar and still so different and Guy Haley has displayed both characters in a fantastic manner in the two Primarch-novels. Both have the potential to be cruel and egoistic, both have the potential to be savior or punisher, both are shaped by their past even if they deny it or wallow in it and it´s great to see how thin the line is between genius and insanity and both books are two sides of the same coin. I love them. So please forgive me for chosing two books from the same author but I really can´t separate them.
"Angron - Slave of Nuceria" - Ian St.Martin
Like "Perturabo" it´s one of the Primarch-novels that delivers exactly what I wanted to read: some retrospects in Angrons past, action, tragic, the point of no return.... I think that´s the best novel you could possibly have written about Angron. I always wanted to read something about the pre-heresy and pre-rebellion World Eaters and since there wasn´t the chance to do so in the "normal" Horus Heresy-series I was glad that they started a Primarch-series and hoped that some of the lesser-present legions would get their 15 minutes of fame. And I think, St.Martin has done a good job in that case.
“Lords of Silence” – Chris Wraight
Wraight is one of my favorite authors so it wasn´t easy to pick just one book (especially because “Wrath of Iron” and “Scars” are so fantastic) but “Lords of Silence” made me giggle and laugh so many times and I don´t have enough words to say how much I loved nearly every single character, the story and especially the little Nurglings. I must admit that I´ve never shown a special interest for the whole “Dark Imperium”-storyline before, but that changed a lot after “Lords of Silence” and I wanted to know what happened to Mortarion and the Death Guard thereafter. Wraight is one of the best authors in the Black Library-roster and he´s given every one of the main characters some personality, his writing style is so…versatile and captivating and it was a great fun to follow Vorx and his warband on their little crusade – especially against the White Consuls. The whole book seems like a bow to Nurgle himself. Refreshingly different and highly recommended!
Edited by Ingo Pech, 07 May 2020 - 01:17 PM.