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Flight of the Eisenstein (The Horus Heresy)

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The narrator goes pretty much overboard with the acting; half the Death Guard (even in their uncorrupted state) sound like zombie orcs, there are some that speak like Gollum (Kaleb, most notably), and some are so posh (Voyen maybe), that such an acting could only fit an arrogant playboy like Fulgrim.

You don’t have to pitch your emotional response at missing the winning goal or a rumour at an office party, instead it’s feeling sad about a galaxy wide rebellion, horror at maggots crawling out of necrotic zombie flesh, or the brutal decision to sever your own arm in the midst of battle. One man clinging to honor where none is to be found and staying true to himself and his brothers while oaths and allegiances around him are disintegrating. I would even say this became my favorite novel in the series so far because it ends well, there is a lot of action and demons and such, and it kind of wraps up the previous three novels in a good way.

Jonathan Keeble does an outstanding job given the sheer number of imposing voices he has to conjure and never lets interest falter for a moment. Auch er nimmt die Entwicklung um die Warrior Lodges wahr und kann sich mit deren verdeckten Aktivitäten nicht anfreunden. 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 rather enjoyed the opening ballard between Garro and Grulgor – who delights in putting down old-straight-arrow-Garro whenever he can.

I have always loved the moments in the early HH novels where key characters first find out about the betrayal. I couldn't help noticing the use of many rarely heard words, nothing so obscure as to make the writing opaque, generally I knew the word but was surprised to see it and just a handful of times I had to do a quick google. Dark and atmospheric, Flight of the Eisenstein also deals with some interesting developments – how do other legions than the Sons of Horus react to the Warmaster’s betrayal?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 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. In particular the escape of the Eisenstein from the rest of the fleet is probably the best sci fi ship-to-ship action I've ever read, being thrilling and fast-paced while still being exactly clear about what's going on. The rich language and detailed descriptions Swallow used in this book impressed me and Keebles performance kept me engaged. Spoilers->Rogal Dorn could have been explored more but it was not really necessary to the story (I just love the lore).

There was one scene with a bunch of warriors awaiting a battle and I had just thought to note down that rank seemed less important to this crew, when suddenly the book said it for me: "There were no barriers of rank or Legion here. This series is brimming with memorable and captivating characters and Deathguard Captain Garro in this one continues with that tradition. However a lot of the dialogue falls into a common trap authors face when depicting astartes, particularly in 30k: they sound like parodies of Shakespearean characters. in something of a pretty pickle and it was a gripping experience as a reader to have absolutely no idea whatsoever how they were going to get out of it. Capace di dubitare di se stesso e di rinascere dalle sue ceneri, Nathaniel, diverrà il Campione di tutti i seguaci dell?Tarvitz tells Garro of the imminent Virus Bombing and after commanding the Eisenstein to fire on the traitors pursuing Tarvitz to the surface he moves to deal with Grulgor and his men.

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