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The Solar War

The Horus Heresy, Book 55
Autor: John French
Sprecher: Jonathan Keeble
Serie: The Horus Heresy, Titel 55
Spieldauer: 12 Std. und 14 Min.
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The Siege of Terra Book 1

After years of devastating war, Horus and his forces have arrived at Terra. But before they can set foot on the Throneworld, they must first break the defences of the Sol System. 

Powerful fleets and cunning defences bar their path - but can anything hope to halt the advance of the Traitor armada?  

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The final act of the long-running, best-selling series starts here, with a brutal and uncompromising look at the first stage of the Siege of Terra, the war to conquer the solar system. Armies will fall, heroes will rise and legends will be written....

The Story

After seven years of bitter war, the end has come at last for the conflict known infamously as the Horus Heresy. Terra now lies within the Warmaster’s sights, the Throneworld and the seat of his father’s rule. Horus’ desire is nothing less than the death of the Emperor of Mankind and the utter subjugation of the Imperium. He has become the ascendant vessel of Chaos and amassed a terrible army with which to enact his will and vengeance. 

But the way to the Throne will be hard as the primarch Rogal Dorn, the Praetorian and protector of Terra, marshals the defences. First and foremost, Horus must challenge the might of the Sol System itself and the many fleets and bulwarks arrayed there. 

To gain even a foothold on Terran soil, he must first contend the Solar War. Thus the first stage of the greatest conflict in the history of all mankind begins. 

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Weak start into the final chapters

I was waiting a long time to arrive at this point of the series. The weaknesses of the Horus Heresy continues and starts to seriously annoy me. The Traitors still outwit, outmatch and outfight the loyalists at will, the loyalists come across as a band of fumbling fools unable to tie their own shoes. All main Characters of the Legions seem to have Plot Armor- and as soon someone new enters the scene, you know they are, what red shirts where to Star Trek. This book had numerous opportunities to shed light on the Emperor and his thoughts, but decides to foregoe them in order to show off Horus perceived awesomeness some more. The Solar war does not portray the Emperor as a being that- even at this state- is capable of obliterating Horus if he chose to do so. Instead- he comes across as brooding, capricious and impotent- someone Horus will dispatch at his leisure. This framing takes much out what this book could have been. Instead of both sides having their moment to shine, the Traitors have one success after the other, while some plans are so ridiculously convoluted they are just plain old luck or the author simply needs them to work precisely this way for the story to work. Out of all the books of the series, this one had me rolling my eyes several times. Much eye rolling happened every time Abaddon enters the scene, a character French seems to love more than the story itself. The Solar Wars in part feels more like a highlight reel for Abaddon than a real story. The issue is that focusing on a Character everyone knows is going to survive the Heresy; it gets boring very fast. No matter what Situation Abaddons finds himself in, he is going to survive. No matter who he fights, he'll end up winning. No amount of dramatic writing is going to change that. As as last point the book ignores previously established rules of the universe if its useful to the story, like being able to Teleport at will during Ship Battles, even if shield are up- kinda makes Boarding Torpedoes useless. SPOILER: A good part of the Story is a very convoluted arc in which several books back a character has been bewitched to be used as a spy. This "back door" is used by a demon in an attempt to assassinate Rogal Dorn- which of course fails, because everyone know Rogals fate. Horus buts this of as a "minor detail". Yes. The guy that organized the defenses of Terra, a demi God in its own right with a brilliant strategic mind and expert in defending and attrition Warfare escaping your planned Assassination attempt to the very place you intend to conquer is a "detail". I guess someone should remind John French that Horus is supposed to be a strategic genius without equal.

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Mavy "just as planned" moments from the traitors

instead of a grinding fight for the solar system, the traitors pull out one warp trick after the other, especially in the second half of the book. A lot of the story is spent POVing traitor characters as they prepare for or anticipate large events of warp magic. I get that the story needs to move forward and they can't spend several books on the battle for sol, but it would have been more interesting to see the attackers adapt to a well prepared defense and using the full arsenal at their disposal to overcome it, rather than simply through "they can do it, because of warp "

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