Thursday, 28 October 2010

Book Review: The First Heretic

The First Heretic is the latest novel in the long running Horus Heresy series of books written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden. The book explores the history of the Word Bearers legion, starting with the Emperors castigation of them for worshipping him as a god and ending with them preparing to assault the Ultramarines at Calth. 

Over the course of the book the information about the origin of the Primarchs and the events leading to their dispersal throughout the galaxy is explained in more detail. There is a lot more background information on the nature of chaos and the enmity between the Word Bearers and the Ultramarines. 

The book describes the fall of Lorgar from the Emperor and his turn to chaos. As he seeks to find something to worship, you get to see the fallibility of the primarch as the ultimate architects of his, and the legions, downfall is revealed. 

Overall, this book is fantastic and certainly one of the better books of the Horus Heresy series so far. 

5/5 - Awesome must read for fans of the series. 


  1. Holy shit I missed THAT one coming out?!? Will be heading to a book shop tomorrow for sure!

    Been looking forward to it since reading the sample a while back, can't beleive I forgot about it, though to be fair I have been kinda busy :oP

  2. Hang on, with a release date of early november how the hell have you read this? Did a pre-order come early or something? Or did they bump it forward? I'm hoping the latter, then I can find it too :oP

  3. Got it from GW last week. It's a fantastic read. I really rate ABD as an author after Helsreach and this one.