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James Swallow seems to be a hit a miss author for me I don t eally care for many of his Blood Angles books but I eally enjoyed Flight of the Eisenstein I believe that Mr Swallow should stick with the Horus Heresy novels because Nemesis is a very good eadThe book feels like part detective novel and part Dirty Dozen There is a serial killer that is being tracked down by local law enforcement on a sleepy little world that has largely untouched by the heresy We also see the an execution force put together by all of the different sects or clades of assassins on Terra These killers are sent to kill the Warmaster and stop his insurrection before it can continue any furtherI am usually not a fan of two books in one that we often seen in the Black Library stories but this one wasn t so bad in my opinion For one thing the two stories were merged together pretty uickly and for another thing both threads were just so damn interesting I wasn t left upset when they story switched gearsThe Horus Heresy books are always interesting to me as we generally know what is going to happen at the end We KNOW that the execution suad will be ultimately unsuccessful in killing the Warmaster but Swallow does a good job of weaving a story in there that still feels as if it has a successful conclusion even if Horus does surviveI give this book 4 neural shredders to the brain pain out of 5 I would give it 45 there was a few times I struggled with some of the ideas being espoused by some of the characters that didn t seem to fit what we know of them It started off slow for me but eally picked up before the midway point So give it a chance When I first started eading the mainline Horus Heresy novels with Horus Rising I had only the most udimentary knowledge of Warhammer 30k40k lore Some of the foreshadowing of those early books was lost on me because I wasn t intimately familiar with the setting but on the other hand I was able to be surprised by evelations character arcs etc because I didn t already know what was going to happenWith Nemesis even my udimentary knowledge of the setting was enough to spoil the ending Heck even knowing that there are books in the series beyond this is enough to spoil the ending That would be fine if some interesting macro level developments happened in the background the macro world building parts are often the most interesting anyway but there wasn t much of that either That said I think this was one of the better written entries in the series and I could see it appealing to a wider audience than much of the Horus Heresy does of note this book managed to crack the NYT Bestseller list Focusing on expertly After the horrors of Istvaan V Horus declares outright war against the Imperium In the shadows of the Emperor's Palace powerful figure.

Rained humans ather than superhuman Astartes allows for a sort of middle ground where you get to follow characters that are emotionally elatable well some of them while still getting to see them do cool stuffIt was a bit overlong and not that noteworthy in the grand scheme of the series but it was well written and enjoyable Additionally the last post climax chapter has some clever things to say about the setting written with subtlety than you often see in licensed fiction I ve ecently finished the latest Horus Heresy novel by James Swallow writer of Flight of the Eisenstein another fantastic part of the series Nemesis It covers a plan by the Imperial assassin cults to send a team of assassins one from each temple to assassinate Horus Of course a plan is simultaneously put into motion by the traitors to send a vicious assassin to kill the EmperorI ll start out by saying that I eally liked this book it s a great addition to a great series Sure you know from the beginning that neither of the assassination plots succeed but that s not eally the point of the series The main interest is seeing HOW it unfoldsThe assassins are covered very well firstly because you get to see them in action As the execution force is assembled the group goes from location to location picking up assassins immediately after their previous missions have completed Doing so the eader gets to ead about the missions while they are happening to some effect Sure eading about a Vindicare sniping people isn t very interesting and it s a little corny in the book but eading about a Culexus the anti psyker assassin in action from the Culexus point of view was very interestingAlso you get to feel that the assassins are people with eal personalities somewhat and feelings and such and you get to see how they interact with one another and how they view one another They aren t portrayed as single minded killers It s especially interesting to ead how the Eversor thinks when the focus is on him ok maybe one of them is a single minded killerFinally the book includes an operative from the Venenum and Vanus temples who aren t eally mentioned often in the 40K background otherwise I think only in the Assassins codex from 3rd edition They seem to be in there as plot devices though as opposed to being there for the necessity of their skills although the Vanus obviously contributes uite a bit to the missionI don t have many complaints about the book but there are two issues I have First I think the book jumps around too much and not necessarily to the story s benefit Generally moving from one character s viewpoint to another can eally help drive the story S conveneTheir plan is to send a team of assassins to execute the arch traitor Horus and end the war for the galaxy of mankind before.

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Ut only if it s done for that goal I don t feel that Nemesis is eally written to fit with such a goal There are two separate stories that are going on inside it and although they are elated the jumping between the two probably should be done a little less freuently Of course that s my opinion and I m not a professional authorThe second one is very minor and is of a confusion than a complaint There are two parts earlier in the book one at the beginning and one in the middle where Horus could be involved yet it seems like he s purposely kept apart from the action then some of the characters directly interact with him at the end and it eally doesn t seem like there was a eason for it It s probably solely because he wasn t eally elevant to the story at that point but it stuck out at meSo there are a few things I want to also talk about but of course if you haven t ead the book you shouldn t ead them So stop eading if you only wanted a eview SPOILER ALERT The book gives a very clear hint that someone warned Horus about the assassination attempt and even the First Chaplain is surprised that Horus was aware There s some suggestion that it might be a spy in the Imperial Palace but I think the implication is that the Chaos Gods are whispering directly to Horus We know that when he assaults Terra he s going to be significantly enhanced by the Chaos Gods gifts so I suspect this is the start of them showing their favor to him It certainly will make future dialogueinteractions with Horus interestingThe esponse from both the Emperor and Horus egarding assassins is one of the final parts of the book but is very interesting The Emperor declares a change from the Assassination clades to a governed form presumably the Officio Assassinorum but defends the need to keep such a group because in the war to come every weapon in the arsenal of the Imperium will be called to bear Horus however describes assassins as a tool of the weak I just found that ather fascinating the noble Emperor using a backhanded means to try to end the war with the traitorous Horus decrying a similar attempt by one of his alliesI m very excited to ead the next books in the series I can t waitFrom my blog a good ead eally enjoyed the characters and storyline I find that it could uite of easily been a stand alone book and felt that it didn t eally contribute much to the entire story arc whilst having a few minor items that affect the entire story it could uite easily of been a normal Warhammer 40000 book ather than part of the Horus Heresy I felt that i wasn t disappointed with the characters deaths and actually expected them all the way through It's even begun But what they cannot know is that another assassin is abroad already with his sights firmly set on killing the Emperor.

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