BoLS Book Club: Ruinstorm of the Heresy

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This week sees Hours Heresy #46 arrive–a trio of Primarchs, imperiled as war comessage to Terra.

Traveling in the Imperium is risky enough. Imagine though, trying to travel across the Immaterium while the cradle of humanity is threatened by forces that would wipe them out:

For the primarchs who must confront the Ruinstorm, this reshaped reality is, on the one hand, yet another attack. It is something that they must defeat in one way or another. It is also a warning. If they fail, if Chaos should reign supreme, this is what the galaxy would become. The primarchs are indisputably powerful. They are superhuman. They are capable of the most extraordinary feats. But they are still human. It is their mistakes, their blindness, their weak spots that helped create the catastrophe in the first place.

Sanguinius, Guilliman and the Lion have just been through a lot that both united and divided them, and now they are united and divided again. Though they have a common purpose, they also have their secrets and their private curses. Guilliman was the prime mover behind the Imperium Secundus, and he has not forgiven himself for this heretical act. Sanguinius hasn’t forgiven himself either. He sees his sin as the greatest because he consented to become the false Emperor. And the Lion is a man of secrets. He keeps them for what he believes to be good reasons. But good reasons have already led more than one primarch to damnation. And then, of course, there’s Curze. Even as a prisoner, it should be a delight for him, insofar as anything can be, to see the torment his brothers are undergoing.


Book 46: Ruinstorm $30

The Horus Heresy Book 46

With Imperium Secundus a failed dream, the primarchs of the Triumvirate swear to reach Terra and defend the Imperium’s heart. But danger awaits them, and their destinies are in their hands…

It’s an explosive end to the Imperium Secundus storyline and sees the march to Terra and that final battle begin in earnest.

Imperium Secundus lies revealed as a heretical folly. Terra has not fallen, though it remains inaccessible. Sanguinius, Guilliman and the Lion El’Johnson, the primarchs of the Triumvirate, must reach Terra at all costs. They seek to defend the Emperor, and to atone for their sins. But the Ruinstorm, a galaxy-wide maelstrom of chaos, hides the Throneworld from the primarchs. Now the fleets of three Legions depart Macragge, and the primarchs will stop at nothing to overcome the Ruinstorm. Yet an insidious enemy watches their every move, and plots against the weaknesses of the errant sons of the Emperor. Each has his own inner storm, and each marches towards his own ruin.

Written by David Annandale.


  • ectoplasmic gyrator

    Sooo Forgeworld… give us the Primarch Angels already

  • benn grimm

    Like the literary equivalent of finding yourself in a hole and just keeping on digging… bound to find light eventually, maybe another six imperium secundus ‘novels’ will do the trick?

    • denethor

      This. Good god… this.

    • Imperium Secundus is OVER. Maybe read the book first and realize that IS was formally declared a done deal what, 8 books ago? You want Sanguinius to reach Terra? Read this. You want to just moan and complain about not getting there faster? Keep not reading, then.

      • benn grimm

        Good. Worst arc ever and they’re still flogging it, rotting carcass of a mutant space horse that it is. I dont care how sanguinius gets to earth, and I wouldn’t read this rubbish if i was paid to, blurb tells everything i need to know. All that matters is he gets there, fights a bit and dies, hopefully penned by a decent writer.

  • Sonic tooth

    i hate kurze, what a knob

  • Ryan Busby

    Whoever is doing the artwork needs to stop.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    The Primarchs in that art just look wrong…

  • SilentPony

    Ironic that after what, 40ish novels, countless short stories and novellas, and a few decades of writing, they haven’t even caught up to the Lightning Tower story…

    • Praetorian of Dorn would have a word with you.
      Meanwhile, Restorer by Chris Wraight is partially set during the actual Siege as well.

      • SilentPony

        Well no, not really. Dorn ends with the White Scars simply at far range from the Sol System. They don’t actually get to Terra, nor has the Siege begun.
        Lightning Tower takes place after the Blood Angels arrive too. In Lightning Tower the Blood Angels and Scars are not only both already on Terra, but the makeup on the Traitor Legions to be expected is already known.

        • The Lightning Tower doesn’t happen all in one straight order. It spans a longer timeframe. Heck, one scene in that story has Archamus in it, and guess what happened to him afterwards in PoD.
          It ends after PoD, with the Blood Angels and White Scars on Terra, but it starts much sooner than that, than Praetorian of Dorn.

          • SilentPony

            …so you’re saying they haven’t even caught up to Lightning Tower if Lightning Tower ends way after even Ruinstorm ends…

  • Chaos_United_8

    Sanguinius looks like Goldilocks.