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The Solar War

The Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra, Book 1
Lu par : Jonathan Keeble
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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05/07/2019

Too Much of Too Much

This is a deep, thorough, and breathtaking book and Keeble does his usual superb job. That says, the narration contains many more mistakes than I usually expect from Keeble and the whole book feels rushed. It has three serious narrative problems and one significant flavor problem.

***minor spoilers***

First, it feels like two books in one. There are two very clear halves to the narrative and it would have been more effective to cut it in half and give each equal weight. Since there are already going to be 8 books in the series, one more would not have killed it. As this book stands, the second half, which is really the money half, feels very rushed. It’s power is hamstrung because it happens too fast.

Second, this book is the set-up for the siege of Terra, and we all know how that ends. The problem with this is the second half of Solar War is so rushed and the whole book is so one-sided that I can’t believe that this will even be a close fight. Instead of a close fight that leads to a final, desperate gambit, this looks like an absolute runaway. I want to see how the siege grinds on, but there’s a significant part of me that will have a very hard time believing that the sort of armada described can actually be stopped.

That leads to the third issue: there is no sense of scale. The Heresy has struggled with this throughout and most (most) of the time it hasn’t been too problematic. Horus sends four fleets, each of which seems to be thousands of ships strong. This is a scale the Imperium cannot match, even with Guilleman coming - earlier books don’t give the sense his fleet is *that* large. After all these years of war, with the set up this has, I find it hard to suspend my disbelief that there are just that many ships intact and astartes alive. Perhaps the one exception to this in the opposite direct is the number of Imperial Fists librarians. In a legion of c. 100,000 at the time of Nicea, how are there only 3 librarians? The only post-Heresy chapter I can think of that has a lower absolute number is the Black Templars because they will not suffer any librarians in their ranks. French needs to look at his numbers again.

Finally, the flavor problem. We know some things and people will survive. The Phalanx makes it through, as do Abbadon, Sigismund, etc. That said, there are still a lot of bodies left to hit the floor. For all the significant Imperial characters we had to say goodby to in this book (Jubal Khan in particular deserved a better death), Horus’s side lost no significant characters. This has been a running issue for me since early in the series. Imperial named characters die at a much higher rate than their opposite numbers. This tendency leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth and makes a lot of the set piece fights that are meant to ramp up the tension instead predictable and boring.

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  • Calvin Lippert
  • 03/06/2019

meh

too back and forth. it breaks interest when it starts too tell a story then stops to tell another story for a hundred pages.

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  • Hector Marquez
  • 30/06/2019

Setting the Stage

This book sets the stage for a truly epic battle. With traitor forces entering the solar system, you see how bad the imperium really was for the invasion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04/06/2019

Book jumps around

The action is good but the overall story jumps back and forth and does not flow very well

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  • 14/10/2019

Insane, Epic, Telling and Allegorical

James Casbolt of the SSP introduced me to the series back in 2010. Truly the Siege of Terra brings to life the fact that high level free masons have composed this series to disclose some of the lesser known facts in history. The interstellar and very violent angel star wars are shown vividly in this highly imaginative series. So glad to be reading the climax.

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  • matthew
  • 21/05/2019

a good start to the end it could have been better.

it jumps around a bit and is hard to follow sometimes. the characters you want to see you dont get to see.

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  • Nate
  • 17/10/2019

GREAT !

what a great book really awesome I love the battle scenes and the way certain people are introduced is just awesome

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  • Ethan
  • 16/10/2019

Captivating

Great read and really helps to establish the story for the rest of the war on terra.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15/10/2019

Mersaide is the main character

The plot armor is strong with this one. every mersaide portion is skippable just saying.

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  • Ty nisbet
  • 01/10/2019

The Emporers has never felt so real

A fantastic corruption of people you know and love, detailed explanations of how so many f*king ships took to Holy Terra and quality voice acting.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 08/07/2019

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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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 06/06/2019

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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