If you’re new to the book club, check out the first post in the series ‘Book Club’: Horus Rising Ch. 1-3.
You can find the previous post HERE.
It’s been a month since I’ve read this…so let’s see how this goes!
HORUS is pretty annoyed that they haven’t been able to come to terms with the interex. HORUS is intent on peacefully winning them over, but he’s about the only one. However a meeting is arranged and he optimistically hopes for peace. Both HORUS and Jeptha Naud (do they mean Judd Nelson?) have their warriors walk simultaneous patrols around the building.
While wandering the house Loken comes across an old book titled A Marvelous Historie of Eevil subtitle Being a warninge to Man Kind on the Abuses of Sorcerie and the Seduction of the Daemon. WHY, Abnett. Why must you spell this way. Regardless of spelling, Mithras Tull sees Loken looking at the book and they strike up a conversation about deamons and magic and such. Loken of course holds staunchly to his view of “supernatural things do not exist”, while Tull takes the whole matter very seriously. The subject of Chaos (or Kaos) comes up and Tull is shocked at Loken’s lack of knowldege, interest, concern, fear of Chaos. He explains that the interex understands Chaos to be an evil force that makes men turn on each other and manifests as “brutal, rapacious, warlike”, and the fact that the Astartes are led by a Warmaster scares the interex. Loken somehow believes his people to be none of those things. Even more surprising is that Tull agrees.
For all of two seconds.
Tull receives some message that turns him against Loken. Loken refuses to surrender and a fight ensues. Loken is unwilling to kill Tull, so he merely chops his arm off. The resulting battle between interex and Astartes produces heavy casualties on both sides. Loken runs into two Astartes in the hall and one is quickly felled by arrows. The bows that the soldiers had laughed at previously prove to be deadly, shearing through the Astarte’s plate as if it were butter. Loken then runs into Tarik and his men, retreating with HORUS.
We find that someone has gone and murdered some guards and stolen something from the museum holding all the ‘dwarf’ artifacts and then set the place on fire. Well that wasn’t very nice.
Tarik and Loken try to convince HORUS that they have to leave now, but HORUS commands them to take him to the Hall of Devices to see what is going on. Nothing useful happens and HORUS and his entourage are surrounded by interex fighters. In a last attempt at peace, HORUS asks to see Judd Nelson but is answered with arrows. So they fight. HORUS and his men drive the interex back to the street and are promptly surrounded. This is the last stand. There is no hope…
Chapter 4 starts with an exchange between Sadie and Loken after the battle. So I guess they made it.
Lowercase Horus arrived to rescue HORUS and all Imperial soldiers. They kill a lot of interex dudes. Like, it’s terrible.
HORUS changes the name of the Luna Wolves to the Sons of Horus. Everyone approves. Ig drinks his approval and Keeler worships her shrine to the Emperor of Mankind.
And then we find out that Erebus THAT BLEEP BLEEP EREBUS STOLE THE THING FROM THE THING! You butt-face! Wait. Who is Erebus? Seriously. Who is he? The Dramatis Personae at the beginning of the book says he is the Chaplain, but has he been mentioned before? I don’t think so? I don’t know? ARGH I’M SO CONFUSED.
Well that was Horus Rising. I can’t say I liked it, but I didn’t hate all of it. I liked the second half of Part 1, but the rest was…eh. I don’t know if it was the writing, the story, the characters, or the crushing obligation to blog the whole book. But we’ve finished! It’s finally over! Hopefully all my bad jokes paid off and you look forward to next summer’s book club (which will hopefully only last a summer) despite the deterioration of professionalism as the posts went on. I am planning on reading False Gods, the sequal to Horus Rising written by Graham McNeill to give the series a fair chance, with the goal of writing a single review of that book whenever the time comes.
This has been the first iteration of Hatchet’s Summer Book Club.
Thanks for being here! ❤