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BOOK REVIEW: Fear to Tread by James Swallow

REVIEW SUMMARY: The Blood Angels make their debut in one of the best Horus Heresy books to date.


BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Warmaster Horus sends Sanguinius and the entirety of the Blood Angels legion on a mission to the Signus System. What the Angels find there will test the very mettle of the legion.

PROS: Epic set pieces, beautiful imagery, good characterization, sweeping battles, and dark revelations.
CONS: The series still seems to be stalled, though the author isn’t to blame for this.
BOTTOM LINE: Sanguinius and the Blood Angels get the book they deserve and fans of the Horus Heresy series will be treated to one of the Top 5 entries in the series thus far.

A dark secret haunts Sanguinius of the IX Legion, the proud and noble Blood Angels. It is a flaw he has kept from his father, the Emperor, for fear of his gene-legacy. Outside of a small band of his most trusted soldiers Sanguinius tells but one other, Warmaster Horus. The friendship between the two is a bond forged in the fires of battle but as Horus prepares to make the transformation from champion of the Imperium to arch-traitor, it is a bond that is about to be betrayed. Tempted with the prospect of salvation Sanguinius assembles the full force of his legion to prosecute a mission given by the Warmaster himself. It is not salvation that the Blood Angels find in the Signus System, instead they face an unknown enemy that will challenge the IX Legion to its core.

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