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Prospero Burns: The Wolves Unleashed | Paperback

Released on 05 April 2010

Author: Dan Abnett | Format: Paperback

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Primarch Leman Russ is sent to apprehend his brother, Magnus the Red, on the planet of Prospero.

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 There are no wolves on Fenris, only the Space Wolves.

| | See all Leviticus's reviews (17)

Originally meant to be book 13, directly following up A Thousand Sons (which tells the counterpoint tale of the battle between the two legions), illness meant Dan Abnett had to release this a little late- but the wait was worth it!

Beginning almost a century before the fateful battle that saw the 6th and 15th legions of Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, go head to head. This tale follows the life of Kasper Hawser, the man most directly responsible for the order later known as The Remembrancers.

A historian and archeologist, Hawser attempts to study the secretive 6th legion of Space Marines, known as The Space Wolves, on their homeworld of Fenris. An inhospitable 'deathworld' that runs extremes of planetwide winters that last over a year in Earth terms and destructively hot summers that see the very surface landscape reshaped by volcanic activty forced upon it by the tidal forces of gravity and its eccentric orbit. A world to which passage is forbidden unless invited.

In doing so he finds himself transformed in both body and mind as he learns many things:
Are there truly No Wolves On Fenris like the old fable says?
How do the Vlka Fenryka see themselves and their role in the Great Crusade?
Who is really behind this confilct?
And why does Hawser keep dreaming about a certain seemingly inauspicious event in his life when there are so many more significant ones he can recall in greater detail?

For fans of the series who don't yet know the rest of the background and the final outcome of the war, this book offers further details of The Horus Heresy and its origins.

For those who just want to read a good story, then it can also stand on its own and be read out of sequence -though it is a good idea to have done books 1 to 3 first if you don't want any spoilers when you get round to them.

And for those (like myself) who have been following the background of the Warhammer 40,000 universe for a long time, and who know many more facets of the tale of the Heresy than has yet been committed to the novels, there are some lovely little gems and tidbits to pick up on.

All in all this is a highly enjoyable book that I am sure the vast majority of fans of the genre will enjoy.

 Must get if you like the series

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This book takes a while to really pick up, but it really helps explain why there was such hatred between the Space Wolves and the Thousand Sons.

 Not what I expected but very good

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This book is on paper the partner to A thousand Sons, telling the story of the other half of the battle of prospero, however, very little of the battle is actually in the book.

The book is all from the perspective of one man who is not a space wolf, so it shows the battles, the stories through his eyes. While this is still interesting, it is not as cool as being from the point of the space marines themselves.

The battle of prospero only happens in the last 50 pages and it isn't done as well as A Thousand Sons. Also Russ is criminally underused. While it is a good book, its just not what it said on the tin.

 Hmm...Not my favourite

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Having read all heresy books so far I have to say this was one of my least favourites. As always from this series its solid enough and a must read in terms of continuity but there was a good spell in the middle I literally had to force myself to keep going!

If your a Space Wolves fan you will obviously enjoy it more but I just couldnt connect with any of the characters. So so...

 Very disappointing I'm afraid...

| | See all sephirothx7x's reviews (3)

From the offset, if you are a fan of the Horus Heresy then you might as well get this. For 3.99 you can't really complain. However, be under no illusions book 15 from Dan Abnett is probably one of the worst in the series in my opinion.

The first 150-200 pages are a complete washout. I love books and have read pretty much everything in the fantasy genre but the first half of this book was a real chore to read. There is no shape to it. The introduction to the story is so bland and uninteresting it is untrue. The worst part about this is that you find that this actually has no impact on the rest of the novel.

I have read the first Space Wolf trilogy by William King and I must say that he does a far better job of trying to describe the enigmatic Space Wolves Legion. I do not know what Abnett was thinking in the first half of this novel as I always thought he was a fairly decent writer. He goes way over the top in trying to overly describe certain people, places and items that simply do not need such a long description. To top this off, when you finally get to read something decent and you really want an over elaborate description, such as when you first meet the Primarch Lehman Russ, Abnett barely uses and adjective! Incredible.

There are some good things in the latter part of this book. You get some small sense of the machinations behind the council of Nikea and the hand that Chaos plays in trying to manipulate events. However, one of the most disappointing facets of this book is the equivocal title of this work.

Let me assure you that this book in no way covers the battle of Propspero. There may well be 10-20 pages of the main characters "account" in which he describes in a very diluted way what occurs on the planet of Magnus.

So, all in all, you really do not see anything new of the Space Wolves or any opposite point of the great battle of Prospero. What on earth was the main point of this book then.

Of course, you will want to read this as another part of the Horus Heresy series but, to be perfectly honest, you will not be missing anything if you do not read this book. That is tragic with the wealth of options, characters and stories available to this author.

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AuthorDan Abnett
PublisherGames Workshop (GB)
FormatPaperback - 416 Pages