Battle for the Abyss

My brother, my enemy (The Horus Heresy #8)

Battle for the Abyss (Paperback, 2014, Black Library)

Paperback, 416 pages

English language

Published Aug. 1, 2014 by Black Library.

4 star (1 review)

News of Horus's treachery is in the open, and a time of testing has come. As Horus deploys his forces, loyalist Astartes learn that the Word Bearers are sending a fleet to Ultramar, home of the Ultramarines. Unless they can intercept and destroy it, the Ultramarines may suffer a blow from which they will never recover. Battle for the Abyss continues the epic tale of the Horus Heresy, a galactic civil war that threatened to bring about the extinction of humanity.

Brotherhood and the Warp

4 star

Title and subtitle are as far as the prominent two plot threads go. Besides some embellishment in form of some (to fans of the W40K universe) known rivalry between Legions (eg Space Wolves/ Thousand Sons) you get exactly what you'd expect. Embedded in a mix of martial action, gore and cosmic horror, is a fine, though somewhat superficial discourse about the meaning of brotherhood. Fans of space or rather warp travel get a believable description of the Immaterium, based on colours and emotions. All that written in diverse language, depending on which Legion's character is the point of view.