The Eisenhorn trilogy by Dan Abnett is a collection of three novels – Xenos, Malleus, and Hereticus – featuring Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn. A later omnibus. Eisenhorn is a series of novels and short stories by Dan Abnett, following the adventures of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn. It originally debuted in alongside. Dan Abnett has been writing comics and novels since the mids. In comics he has worked Ravenor: The Omnibus (Eisenhorn trilogy spinoff series, omnibus, pages, August , ISBN ). Ravenor (hardcover,
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Eisenhorn is an omnibus that joins the three Eisenhorn novels along with connecting short stories that run together chronologically. If you are not familiar with the 40k universe, I might not start with this book.
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Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Don’t let the Warhammer connection put you off, this is a great scifi novel – one of my all-time favourites; lovely distopias, great characterisation, a dose of politics, and a solid plot. Now, I personally happen to know that a servitor is a grotesque melding of human brain in a vegetative state, hooked up to machines, and given very basic and routine tasks with certain parameters.
So I read this many years ago, whenever it was released. They do it with a whole retinue of assistants. Abnett writes characters with great wisenhorn and depth, is able to create an expressive world in single lines and importantly for a novel constantly snowballing to greater action and excitement knows when to ramp it up, hold eisehhorn back or deliver a knockout punch.
Luckily you need no knowledge of the WH4K world to start, what little background that is needed is dropped in ways that didn’t piss me off. This isn’t a series if you want your ‘bolter porn’ as there is very little space marine action but don’t let that take anything away as the story is awesome and it is great seeing the ‘shades of grey’ development over time with the main himself, Eisenhorn.
Consider this quote from the intro: Just a brilliant character among brilliant characters. What can you say when characters you love, oh I don’t know, are locked up in prison with no resolution to their fate, or perhaps turned into a host for a daemon this has happened MORE THAN ONCEor perhaps in order to combat the evil and darkness they hate they have to give in to its power and use it becoming the very thing they hate?
A few years later, we got Warhammer 40, the sci-fi version.
I love this book. The main character is, you guessed it, Eisenhorn. Lastly, let me say the second short story dah is the reason I often feel sorry for tie-in writers though I know they choose the world they write in. If I had gotten to the end of Ravenor and not be assured there was more to come I may have ordered an Exterminatus on Nottingham.
Still, the tale leading up to these forced endings more then made up for their shallowness. A few things that come up in the next parts of the book are trade negotiations, impersonating a noble couple, pit fighting, torture, clashing with other inquisitors, and the abnett of the local imperial navy going into a fit of rage esenhorn great eosenhorn has to be sedated.
This was actually my first WH40k novel to ever read, and I went into it expecting very little. Often times in situations such as this, a book’s impact is lessened by having such lofty expectations placed upon it. It relies, though, upon a fundamental faith in mankind, and if there’s one thing that the fiction of the Warhammer 40, universe has taught me, it’s that faith in your fellow man can be a truly dangerous thing to have.
Dsn you are looking for thoughtful, provocative sci-fi that somehow makes you think about your present day world, then move on to something like Starship Troopers or Stranger in a Strange Land.
The writing itself wasn’t all that crazy, but the world itself had more than enough to keep me coming back and turning pages. Do you already like Warhammer 40K and want to jump into some 40K fiction?
Dec 24, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: Coincidentally, Eisenhorn’s retinue is like the CTU. That said – this book was good enough that, down the road, I won’t be so hesitant to pick up a Warhammer novel. As he explained in February to the Backwards Compatible podcast:. Dec 22, Stuart rated it really liked it Shelves: So as a word of warning, don’t get too attached to Eisenhorn’s crew.
First of all, forget that this is a “Warhammer 40k” novel. I did enjoy it as it came highly recommended from my wargame club members. If you like science fiction, particularly with technology blended with mysticism and religion, I can’t recommend this one highly enough. I doesn’t matter reading Eisenhorn.
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By the third, I was forcing myself to finish up and not throw it in the bin. Gregor can influence other people to do his will simply by injecting some of his psychic power into his words and then giving them orders. I’m still not quite clear and finished with my decision whether Eisenhorn is doomed for heresy since the line between pure intentions and malevolent righteosness is very fine in this book; Eisenhorn certainly impersonates the former, and most of his Inquisition colleagues fall victim to the latter, making Eisenhorn somewhat naive and blinded by his defenceless, somewhat faltering good will and readiness to better the Chaos-rotten Imperium by all means necessary.
Effectively, a policeman arrests one guy, and it turns out that one guy works for the mob. Although I am a Warhammer abneett fan, I do not deem most of the novels concerning this lore to be literary masterpieces.
Audio plays and audiobooks include:. They are awesome, what did you expect? I’ll eienhorn it an easy 4. The good thing here is that we know this guy was evil. Live through the politics of the Imperium, experience interstellar travel to diverse planetary locations, and stride into battle in the name of the Emperor, yet all with such nuance that fighting Chaos no longer seems as cut and dried as it once was Knowledge that gives power of taming the enemy’s secret tainted lore and its might of damnation, sadly a force beyond reckoning.
He tells us of the difference between a puritan inquisitor him and a radical. Abneft Eisenhorn is at some points almost unstoppable, but at other points makes serious mistakes that cost him.
The two short stories included are well worth a read as well and even though they are presented sequentially they are designed to be stand alone pieces not important to the over-arcing plot and I find they are better enjoyed afterward as dessert pieces. If you get the chance to read Eisenhorn it will do all three.
Also they both suffer a fair amount of brutal injuries but still manage to pull through in the end. Stylistically, Gregor is directly talking to the reader.