Battle for the Abyss

Battle for the Abyss

Ben Counter / Sep 22, 2019

Battle for the Abyss Now that news of Horus s treachery is in the open a time of testing has come Some Legions have already declared their allegiance to the Warmaster while the loyalty of others lies firmly with the Emp

  • Title: Battle for the Abyss
  • Author: Ben Counter
  • ISBN: 9781844165490
  • Page: 261
  • Format: Paperback
  • Now that news of Horus s treachery is in the open, a time of testing has come Some Legions have already declared their allegiance to the Warmaster, while the loyalty of others lies firmly with the Emperor As Horus deploys his forces, loyalist Astartes learn that a massive Wordbearers fleet is heading to Ultramar, home of the Ultramarines Unless they can intercept the flNow that news of Horus s treachery is in the open, a time of testing has come Some Legions have already declared their allegiance to the Warmaster, while the loyalty of others lies firmly with the Emperor As Horus deploys his forces, loyalist Astartes learn that a massive Wordbearers fleet is heading to Ultramar, home of the Ultramarines Unless they can intercept the fleet, and destroy the mighty battleship that has been sent to reinforce it, the Ultramarines may suffer a blow from which they will never recover.

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      • Ben Counter

        Ben Counter, as well as making several contributions to Inferno magazine, has written the Soul Drinkers and Grey Knights series and two Horus Heresy novels for the Black Library He is an ancient history graduate and avid miniature painter with a bronze demon under his belt.


    1. This is my first review, but since this book seems to be getting some negative buzz i just felt i had to speak up. Needless to say i absolutely loved this book. It's the classic tale of David vs. Goliath in which a small imperial ship needs to stop an enormous traitor ship bound for the Ultramarines homeworld. The cast of characters is wonderfull. What's great about it is that there are two heroes from The Thousand Sons legion and World Eaters. Unique because both these chapters eventually turn [...]

    2. This one turned out to be a nope for me. Not the worst idea behind the story, but the narrative is rather blurry and plain. Loyalists are not horrible, yet they lack character development. Word Bearers are my main problem here, they are portrayed as a total chiche. Zero depth, they are nothing more than mustache twirling villains who only want to do evil shit. Also they are ZEALOTS. I swear I haven't heard the word zealot (and it's variables) as many times in my entire life as the author uses it [...]

    3. As I progressed through Ben Counter's Battle for the Abyss, I realized something to my horror: Dan Abnett has ruined me when it comes to Warhammer novels. This is doubly so in the rich time period revolving around the Horus Heresy, a climactic event in human history that sets the stage for the strife and suffering of humanity 10,000 years in the future. While Counter does a good job narrating a relative side-story in the grand scheme of things, he fails to really set the stage in a meaningful wa [...]

    4. For a book which charts a chase across space and dimensions, this is a distinctly pedestrian affair and dumps us right back onto the downward spiral which had briefly been interrupted by the 7th book.One can't help but feel that the critical success of 'Flight Of The Eisenstein' made the dark lords of The Black Library decide that another space-race was in order. Sadly, unlike that book, 'Battle For The Abyss' is low on interesting characters and sky-high on cliche and stereotypes.Plotwise, the [...]

    5. A könyv alaptörténete kicsit erőltetett. A négy légió alkalmi szövetsége még csak-csak hihető – a rendházuktól épp távol lévő alakulatok tagjai honnan is tudnának arról, hogy géntestvéreik és primarchájuk már nagyban a káosz útját követik? –, ám a szereplők megformálása… hát… nem sikerült túl jól. Nem vártam semmi különöset e téren, de a szerzőnek sikerült alulmúlni még ezt is. Az Ultragárdista kapitány kifejezetten semmilyen lett, nulla egy [...]

    6. This is the first book in the series which I really found lacking. Very little happened in terms of plot to justify 400 pages. It just kept plodding along, aimlessly this way and that. Hopefully the next one won’t be so dull.

    7. This book was TOO NEAT. All the loose ends were tied with knots and bows. Everyone had their opposite number, and vanquished them. Silly, really. And another thing:A ship like the Furious Abyss captained by a nincompoop who is worried more by an ambitious upstart(Ultis) than by sabotaging Astartes weak. Sure, a zealot's blind faith can be the same as towering arrogance, but when you are put in command of a super-ship with ONE VITAL MISSION, how do you get so distracted??? Was it necessary to mak [...]

    8. I have been waiting for this novel patiently. Finally the story would veer back to the time line of the heresy set forth from book 1 into the Fulgrim. Although Descent and Legion were cool books, Legion much better than Descent, they were not in the time line of the heresy. Battle for the Abyss was a cool tale finally introducing Ultramarine characters and Space Wolves. Although it is as the title implies the Battle for the Abyss, the Battle for Maccrage and Ultramar are not decided in this book [...]

    9. This is the 8th book in the Horus Heresy Series, so my thoughts assume you have read the previous books or are familiar with the overall Warhammer 40,000 mythological arc and most of the events of the Heresy. Battle for the Abyss follows the desperate attempts of a small brotherhood of Astartes and other Imperials to avert the destruction of the Ultramarine Chapter by the traitorous Word Bearers.I have never really had much interest in the Ultramarine chapter of the Space Marines, until I read t [...]

    10. This one was a dud for me. Not a fan. It's not that it's a bad book per se, featuring as it does a small ship chasing a much bigger ship to stop them from doing Terrible Things (TM).It's just that well, it's not that interesting or well-written, not to mention that it feels much more like a M41 story than a M31: In other words it fails to a large degree to take advantage of the setting (IE: The Horus Heresy) both the Ultramarines and their antagonists largely act as they would ten thousand years [...]

    11. By-the-numbers Black Library outing and fundamentally one of the least interesting of the Horus Heresy books I've read so far, lacking any real insight into the legions at play or adding to the broad-scope canon most 40K fans are aware of.The most interesting characters Skrall & Mhotep are underused and the potential to tell an interesting story is largely overlooked in favour of a series of banal set plays culminating in the least impressive appearance of a greater daemon I can ever recall. [...]

    12. A forewarning to all about to read this review: The book i’m about to cover is widely despised throughout the fanbase. As such this won’t be a traditional look at the title so much as an answer to many criticisms. Before reading this I would suggest looking for a few negative reviews to understand how people see this novel.The Book’s PlotIt starts when the Heresy has just been put into motion. Not everyone is aware of Horus’ betrayal due to problems with communications and the Warp, isol [...]

    13. I’m not sure what happened to Ben counter between his first Horus Heresy novel and this one but somewhere along the way he forgot what the f*** a synonym is. The amount of time the word Zeal or Zealot was used drove me to complete madness. It was agonisingly annoying at how many times he used the same adjectives to describe something, often on the same or next page. Sloppy writing. Also everyone was “Son of [insert Primarch name or home planet]. I don’t have an issue with using this every [...]

    14. Warhammer 40K and Horus Heresy novels can do a lot of things. They can take you to strange and futuristic worlds, present intriguing characters, offer up fascinating and complex moral questions, but most of all they’re kick-ass adventure tales. The best ones are all of those things, but that doesn’t mean the ones that don’t do several of those things or the ones that just end up telling an over the top, in your face, Heavy Metal, adventure story are necessarily bad. Quite the contrary. I l [...]

    15. As ever, the "for gaming fiction" caveat applies. The plot of this installment of the Horus Heresy series is very linear and predictable, especially in comparison to "Legion," the previous volume. This does lead this to being a weaker narrative than its predecessors in the series, and one that I suspect could be skipped entirely with no discernable impact. Why does it still rate three stars then? Mostly for Counter's writing style. He excels at describing twisted mindscapes and nightmares which [...]

    16. An enjoyable but cliche romp. It doesn't really explore any interesting themes and the characters don't really grow, but there's lots of action. One bizarre facet is that one of the main bad guys is hated by his compatriots and his boss for his "ambition", but he's never depicted as having anything but unfailing loyalty and efficiency. Why not give him some bad qualities or at least annoying ones?

    17. This may have suffered from the fact that I'd read Aaron Demski Brown's superb 'The First Heretic' just before it, but I found the writing a little clunky and repetitive. Did have some excellent moments, rattled along and moved the story of the Horus Heresy forward. Not Mr Counter's best, but not bad.

    18. A decent but forgettable addition to the Horus Heresy-saga. The story is heroic and bombastic but it doesn't drive the main-narrative forward, neither does it provide any additional growth to any of the previously established characters in the series. On the whole, this book could be skipped completely but it does add a bit brief entertainment.

    19. Characters tend to be on the lawful stupid side and plot makes no sense even in the absurd setting of wh40k.

    20. Battle for the Abyss. Well, for starters, I really want to see how big the Furious Abyss really is! It sounds beautiful!I have heard too many times to count that this is the worst novel in the Horus Heresy series, and that it is pointless, and etc. etc. I honestly can't see why people think that. I mean, this novel had some amazing characters, even if some of those fell into their stereotypes, they were still very fun to read. I mean, Space Vikings? Fucking awesome. The real star of this novel f [...]

    21. "Battle for the Abyss" ist der 8. Band der Horus Heresy Reihe. Er handelt vom öffentlichen Outing der Word Bearers als Ketzer. Wie alle anderen dem Chaos zugewandten Space Marines wollen auch diese die imperatortreuen Brüder bekehren oder zur Strecke bringen. Für Toleranz ist kein Platz im 31. Jahrtausend. Um sie von einem Massaker an ihresgleichen zu hindern, stellen sich ihnen der Ultramarine Cestus und etwa 40 seiner Ordensbrüder entgegen. Zu seiner Unterstützung hat er seinen alten Batt [...]

    22. This is the eighth book of the Horus Heresy. It is by far the worse thus far. It follows a motley crew of Astartes as they attempt to stop a gigantic new ship called the Furious Abyss from destroying Ultramar. Unfortunately, the characters are wooden stereotypes and the writing seems stilted.

    23. A pick up group of Space Marines get together to take on some Traitor Word Bearers.That's really it. This could have been a great kinda Das Boot/U-571 book where the under prepared and under powered SM must take on the greater ship and crew all leading to the noble sacrifice.There's some good points. The descriptions of the Furious Abyss make it seem like an awesomely huge ship. Super Star Destroyer big. It was also cool to have the core group of Space Marines made up of different chapters. This [...]

    24. Horus, the brightest star & favorite son of the Emperor, savagely attacked the Aurelian Technocracy with the intent of capturing their STC. Its capture would make a fine gift for the Mechanicus, and ensure their co-operation in Horus' upcoming campaign against his father. The Fabricator-General is so pleased by Horus' gift that he reciprocates with the Furious Abyss, a catastrophically large battleship. While the XVII Legion (Word Bearers) keeps the XIII Legion (Ultramarines) tied up at Calt [...]

    25. Oh no! Dear god no! Pass the mind bleach now and make the horror of it all go away.Ok rant over, now to talk about the book. After the glorious story that was Galaxy in Flames I was looking forward to this book, but sadly I was let down.First let me say I read this book some years ago when it first came out, so my view has been tainted by the rise in quality of the writing since the series has developed.Secondly this story is just down right BAD! It is full of the worst two-dimensional character [...]

    26. This is the first of the Horus Heresey Books that I can say I actually liked. The premise is laid out in the title "Battled for the Abyss". What is the Abyss? The first chapter covers that with the launch of the extra-big ship "Furious Abyss" with the mission of killing Ultramarines. With the premise out of the way, the story can get on with introducing the characters, making them distinctive and fleshed out, then weave their personality conflicts into the action proper. Unlike previous installm [...]

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