Book Review 55 // The Flight of the Eisenstein by James Swallow

Well I didn't stay away for long. I am missing the hit of Warhammer and Space Marines. So what better way to get my thrills in than by enjoying the 4th book in the Horus Heresy Series the Flight of the Eisenstein.

Book Details

Title: The Flight of the Eisenstein

Author: James Swallow

Publisher: Black Library

Type: Paperback

Page Count: 416

Commercial Fluff: Having witnessed the events on Istvaan III, Deathguard Captain Garro seizes a ship and heads to Terra to warn the Emperor of Horus's treachery. But the fleeing Eisenstein is damaged by enemy fire, and becomes stranded in the warp. Can Garro and his men survive the depredations of Chaos and get his warning to Terra in time?


Okay so this isn't as strong as the first three novels but that was to be expected. We can't constantly ride a wave it will have to dip now and again and this was a tiny dip. It was slow to start off as we had to view the first few books from the view of the Deathguard and what was going on with them. It was a lot of effort but definitely needed to help set up the rest of story.

Finally on the Eisenstein and now the story really hits the ground running! We get some epic space battle action happening, with great descriptions and an absorbing plot as we follow every shot fired, every movement and each deck tearing damaged report. With the ultimate flight of the ship into the warp risking the entire crew. The scenes throughout this section of the book are some of my favourites and really start to introduce the readers to the lifeforms that exist in that realm and how little they the view the human race. Then I can't really say to much without giving away plot so I will hold my tongue and head over to my final thoughts.

So how to review this tale, it is a slow burner. The momentum once it picks up causes you to not let go and you will find yourself devouring the book quite rapidly. Garro as a character is definitely and interesting one, involving a hero stuck between a rock and hard place. Do you just follow your leaders and be a good solider or do you blindly trust in your friends?

I am excited to see where the Garro character goes next, a quick look on Black Library relieves he has a lot more tales to go so maybe I will have to invest some time into listening to the audio dramas.

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