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As the Warmaster's campaign of galactic domination continues, his generals seek out fresh battlefields to conquer. After leaving the Crone World of Iydris behind, Perturabo strikes for Tallarn. A bitter, vengeful primarch, the lord of the Iron Warriors unleashes a deadly bombardment against the world, killing millions but entrenching the survivors. A brutal, all-consuming As the Warmaster's campaign of galactic domination continues, his generals seek out fresh battlefields to conquer. After leaving the Crone World of Iydris behind, Perturabo strikes for Tallarn. A bitter, vengeful primarch, the lord of the Iron Warriors unleashes a deadly bombardment against the world, killing millions but entrenching the survivors. A brutal, all-consuming armoured conflict ensues, the greatest of the war, and one that grinds down all combatants over more than a year of relentless battles. But Perturabo's reasons for the attack are about more than unleashing punitive destruction against the Imperium - he has an entirely darker purpose in mind. The contents of this novel were previously published separately as the novella Tallarn: Executioner, the novel Tallarn: Ironclad, and the short stories 'Tallarn: Siren' and 'Tallarn: Witness'.


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As the Warmaster's campaign of galactic domination continues, his generals seek out fresh battlefields to conquer. After leaving the Crone World of Iydris behind, Perturabo strikes for Tallarn. A bitter, vengeful primarch, the lord of the Iron Warriors unleashes a deadly bombardment against the world, killing millions but entrenching the survivors. A brutal, all-consuming As the Warmaster's campaign of galactic domination continues, his generals seek out fresh battlefields to conquer. After leaving the Crone World of Iydris behind, Perturabo strikes for Tallarn. A bitter, vengeful primarch, the lord of the Iron Warriors unleashes a deadly bombardment against the world, killing millions but entrenching the survivors. A brutal, all-consuming armoured conflict ensues, the greatest of the war, and one that grinds down all combatants over more than a year of relentless battles. But Perturabo's reasons for the attack are about more than unleashing punitive destruction against the Imperium - he has an entirely darker purpose in mind. The contents of this novel were previously published separately as the novella Tallarn: Executioner, the novel Tallarn: Ironclad, and the short stories 'Tallarn: Siren' and 'Tallarn: Witness'.

30 review for Tallarn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    "In the star-pricked sphere of space one star burned brighter than all the rest. At this range the naked eye saw it as a small glowing coin. Around that star its planets waited, unknowing of their future, sleeping peacefully in the cold wrapping of space. Slowly, like a great beast rising from sleep, the fleet turned its prows towards the star and a thousand ships went to murder a civilisation." Tallarn: Witness: ☆☆☆ Tallarn: Executioner: ☆☆☆☆ Tallarn: Siren: ☆☆☆☆☆ Tallarn: Ironclad: ☆☆☆☆ An excellent "In the star-pricked sphere of space one star burned brighter than all the rest. At this range the naked eye saw it as a small glowing coin. Around that star its planets waited, unknowing of their future, sleeping peacefully in the cold wrapping of space. Slowly, like a great beast rising from sleep, the fleet turned its prows towards the star and a thousand ships went to murder a civilisation." Tallarn: Witness: ☆☆☆ Tallarn: Executioner: ☆☆☆☆ Tallarn: Siren: ☆☆☆☆☆ Tallarn: Ironclad: ☆☆☆☆ An excellent bleak grim Horus Heresy anthology collecting the Battle of Tallarn story-arc. Essentially a long WWI war tale set in the sci-fi W40K setting with lethal gases bombing global scale, action, thrills, twists and much more. Individual reviews of the stories collected here in the links above.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Another fine foray into the Horus Heresy. What you have here is the Battle of Tallarn, wherein the Iron Warriors, lead by their Primarch, Perturabo virus bomb the entire planet to scour it of all the forces of the Loyalists. What they failed to realize was that the Tallarn infrastructure had planned for such events and created vast subterranean fortresses, capable of hiding thousands of war machines and fighters. The command structure of Tallarn was eventually assassinated, and yet the armies ba Another fine foray into the Horus Heresy. What you have here is the Battle of Tallarn, wherein the Iron Warriors, lead by their Primarch, Perturabo virus bomb the entire planet to scour it of all the forces of the Loyalists. What they failed to realize was that the Tallarn infrastructure had planned for such events and created vast subterranean fortresses, capable of hiding thousands of war machines and fighters. The command structure of Tallarn was eventually assassinated, and yet the armies banded to gether to harry the forces of the Iron Warriors. This book is tank combat, with a large portion of the machinations of Perturabo hidden until the very end. Add in the Emissary of Horus, Argonis and his strange band of aids, and a Vanus Temple Clade assassin, and you have several plots here that are interwoven and written in a way that is as masterful as it is interesting. This book is hard to put down and filled my mind with visuals of the battles and the people involved. The espionage of the Vanus operative, Iaeo figures prominently in the story, as she herself is at odds with Alpha Legion resources, hidden deep in Tallarn, both as Space Marines and Tallarn personnel. This story alone was worth the read, and then you add raging tank battles and epic, world spanning warfare? Wow..... I really love tanks, a lot. The author here has impressed me with his other Horus Heresy offerings, and his audio dramas and short stories. This may be the best thing he has ever written in my opinion, though I am sure he will do better. Everything with French seems to grow and exceed his last book. I will be interested to see where this goes, because there is a serious conflict brewed here between Perturabo and Horus. The Lord of Iron refers to Horus as his brother, when his brother deems himself to be called the Warmaster and expects the Lord of Iron to kneel. We don't see this, but that's part of the imaginative thought put into these words. The Iron Warriors leave Tallarn, but has the schism between Horus' power mad expectations, and Perturabo's refusal to embrace Chaos fully as Fulgrim and Horus has, caused irrepairable damage? We shall see in the upcoming books. This one was amazing and I am still amazed at the momentum each book still garners. Danny

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sud666

    Tallarn was once a fertile and prosperous planet. It was a hub for logistics for the Imperial Guard during the Great Crusade. In time the Crusade moved on and now the huge warehouses and chambers are mostly empty. As these rearward troops kill their boredom, the Horus Heresy breaks out. The Iron Warriors virus bomb Tallarn and annihilate the surface population. Why are they here? That's the basis for this novel. It is, in fact, a collection of shorter novellas. At least it seemed that way to me. Tallarn was once a fertile and prosperous planet. It was a hub for logistics for the Imperial Guard during the Great Crusade. In time the Crusade moved on and now the huge warehouses and chambers are mostly empty. As these rearward troops kill their boredom, the Horus Heresy breaks out. The Iron Warriors virus bomb Tallarn and annihilate the surface population. Why are they here? That's the basis for this novel. It is, in fact, a collection of shorter novellas. At least it seemed that way to me. It has a large cast and can be a little complex. There are two wars going on. The conventional one is the remnants of the Imperial armored forces going up against the Iron Warriors. The background war is being fought between Perturabo/Horus and the Alpha Legion vie with an assassin from the Officio Assassinorum to figure out what the Black Occulus is and why Perturabo wants it, to the point of diverting the Iron Warriors Legion off of The Warmaster's plans. This was really well done and the Clade Vanus Iaeo was a great character. As, to be fair, is the Alpha Legion's operatives. The multiple plots going on are awesome. This is a must read for anyone who wants to know about the Heresy and is a fan of the Iron Warriors or the Alpha Legion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    John Vance

    I give this 5 stars for one reason, it is mainly a guard novel. There are some marines through out but mostly it’s just guardsmen riding in armor fighting Iron Warriors. While I do very much enjoy Horus Heresy books, they get a bit boring with their emphasis on the super human marines. Give me puny humans fighting in crazy violent situations with no hope of winning. That’s some tension right there. Overall, not a great Horus Heresy book, but it was such a change of pace that I devoured it. A pla I give this 5 stars for one reason, it is mainly a guard novel. There are some marines through out but mostly it’s just guardsmen riding in armor fighting Iron Warriors. While I do very much enjoy Horus Heresy books, they get a bit boring with their emphasis on the super human marines. Give me puny humans fighting in crazy violent situations with no hope of winning. That’s some tension right there. Overall, not a great Horus Heresy book, but it was such a change of pace that I devoured it. A planet wide tank battle. Yes, please.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Hipsher

    This was bad. Not in the "the story was clunky and characters were not developed", but more in the "What am I doing still reading this?" bad. This book is mostly about the human guard forces fighting the Iron Warriors and how we all know they're going to die. It doesn't move the grater story forward in any way, not even in a small inconsequential detail, just....nothing. Avoid it unless you're a die hard Imperial Guard fan, and even then, there's probably a better book out there to read. This was bad. Not in the "the story was clunky and characters were not developed", but more in the "What am I doing still reading this?" bad. This book is mostly about the human guard forces fighting the Iron Warriors and how we all know they're going to die. It doesn't move the grater story forward in any way, not even in a small inconsequential detail, just....nothing. Avoid it unless you're a die hard Imperial Guard fan, and even then, there's probably a better book out there to read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dhruv

    Surprisingly bad I wouldn't have thought that a Horus heresy novel about large scale tank battles could be boring. But I was wrong. The plot is meandering and pointless, the writing is uneven and the pacing quite bad. Worst of all, the characters are completely without any redeeming features. Avoid this and you'll miss absolutely nothing in the main plotline. Surprisingly bad I wouldn't have thought that a Horus heresy novel about large scale tank battles could be boring. But I was wrong. The plot is meandering and pointless, the writing is uneven and the pacing quite bad. Worst of all, the characters are completely without any redeeming features. Avoid this and you'll miss absolutely nothing in the main plotline.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Trabajo.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christian Freed

    Not a bad entry into the series. An anthology in chronological order set on a ruined world, there are plenty of armor battles for the die hard enthusiasts. Still not sure what it offers to the over all theme, but it was entertaining.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ollie Ray Wingate

    "1000 ships went to murder a civilization"-The Iron Warriors Chaos Legion The largest tank battle in human history on Tallarn, involving some 10 million armoured vehicles in the poisoned atmosphere of a viral bombed planet. "1000 ships went to murder a civilization"-The Iron Warriors Chaos Legion The largest tank battle in human history on Tallarn, involving some 10 million armoured vehicles in the poisoned atmosphere of a viral bombed planet.

  10. 5 out of 5

    MontyJoe

    As usual, bunch of boring stories

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jean-Luc

    The battle for Tallarn involved 10 million tanks! It was the largest tank battle of the Horus Heresy, and even 10,000 years later that number has not been topped! But why Tallarn? This anthology includes 2 short stories, a novella, and a novel: Tallarn: Witness (Short Story) - Susada Syn, the new governor of Tallarn, surveys what is left of the planet he is now in charge of. Tallarn: Executioner (Novella) - Akil Sulan is a merchant whose business has concluded for the day. By random chance, he int The battle for Tallarn involved 10 million tanks! It was the largest tank battle of the Horus Heresy, and even 10,000 years later that number has not been topped! But why Tallarn? This anthology includes 2 short stories, a novella, and a novel: Tallarn: Witness (Short Story) - Susada Syn, the new governor of Tallarn, surveys what is left of the planet he is now in charge of. Tallarn: Executioner (Novella) - Akil Sulan is a merchant whose business has concluded for the day. By random chance, he intervenes to save an old man from getting mugged. And then the sirens start. Above Tallarn, the IV Legion (Iron Warriors) arrive from wherever they've been since Angel Exterminatus. They drop the life eater virus, ending all life on the planet in the blink of an eye... at least, that's what they intended. See, the Great Crusade was winding down as the Emperor's conquest of the galaxy was almost complete. Massive amounts of hardware and supplies were being shipped to the planet, but they weren't getting shipped out. More and more of the supplies were being stored deeper and deeper underneath the planet. As soon as the viral bombardment was detected, those storage depots closed themselves off from the outside world. As the skies clear and the fires fade, civilians such as Akil are dragooned en masse to operate the tanks in storage, as the sealed vehicles are the only way to safely exit the underground bunkers. Those tanks quickly run into Iron Warriors tanks! There is very obviously no way that ordinary humans could ever hold their own against freaking space marines, but since the marines themselves are locked into their tanks, all of a sudden the odds are almost even! Why are the traitors deployed on the surface? What are they looking for? No one has time to wonder about this, because being trapped inside a tank means there's no time to worry about anything other than whether there are any enemies hiding nearby. Tallarn: Siren (Short Story) - The surface of Tallarn is devastated. There's nothing left. But the survivors are by definition still alive, so their duty has not ended. They must warn the Imperium about what the Iron Warriors have done. One astropath might still be alive. If the survivors can get to them, they can get a message out beyond the blockade. Tallarn: Ironclad (Novel) - Horus' equerry Maloghurst dispatches Argonis to Tallarn. Argonis' mission: find out what the Iron Warriors are doing on this planet. Hot on his heels is Iaeo, an Imperial infocyte from Clade Vanus. She has the exact same mission. While they carry out their investigation, events from around the Tallarn system are catalogued as the scale of the fighting grows beyond comprehension. Each of these stories is unforgiving, all fine examples that the fates of so very many, of entire planets even!, can hinge on the actions of so few.

  12. 4 out of 5

    James Green

    Tallarn is an agri world, a breadbasket for it's sector. It was also a staging point for the Great Crusade a place where armies mustered before setting forward again. But the Crusade has moved on, the staging points have moved with it. Now the planet is drifting into obscurity as have the soldiers and material left behind with little or no chance of catching up with the armies they belong to. The planet was forgotten, that is, until the 4th Legion led by their Primarch Perturabo and recently tur Tallarn is an agri world, a breadbasket for it's sector. It was also a staging point for the Great Crusade a place where armies mustered before setting forward again. But the Crusade has moved on, the staging points have moved with it. Now the planet is drifting into obscurity as have the soldiers and material left behind with little or no chance of catching up with the armies they belong to. The planet was forgotten, that is, until the 4th Legion led by their Primarch Perturabo and recently turned to Horus' rebellion arrive. Tallarn is a death world. The Iron Warriors struck and struck hard. Virus bombs alongside more traditional munitions rained down from the skies. Every living thing that was not in a sealed environment has died. Loyalists in sealed bunkers and traitors in the void continue their war using sealed war-machines. The stage has been set for the largest tank battle the universe has ever seen. But the question is why when the planet was scoured did the Primarch not move on towards the Throneworld. What kept him on this dead world. A collection of short stories and novellas dealing with the Battle for Tallarn from the initial bombardment to the Iron Warrior's withdrawal. This means that we don't follow a particular set of characters around but we also get tighter stories for those characters we do follow. And tight is the word; those stories not in sealed tunnels under the ground take place inside tanks where character are sat almost in physical contact with each other. And at any point the tiniest breach will spell death for everyone involved. An interesting set of stories that sketch out one of the most famous battles in the Heresy and also give a little more depth to Perturabo one of the more forgotten primarchs and to his relationship with Horus and the forces of chaos.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Constantin Zhang

    Just when the Horus Heresy series started to become a slogfest, John French swoops in and saves the day! Tallarn tells the brutal and mysterious story of the Iron Warriors Invasion of Tallarn which led to the largest Tank Battle in the history of the Horus Heresy and some of the best undercover actions since 'Legion'. The story itself is told through several shorter stories with their own cast of protagonists, who's deeds player smaller and larger roles in the things to come. Despite a considerab Just when the Horus Heresy series started to become a slogfest, John French swoops in and saves the day! Tallarn tells the brutal and mysterious story of the Iron Warriors Invasion of Tallarn which led to the largest Tank Battle in the history of the Horus Heresy and some of the best undercover actions since 'Legion'. The story itself is told through several shorter stories with their own cast of protagonists, who's deeds player smaller and larger roles in the things to come. Despite a considerable host of characters and the change of point of views, John French manages to make each character count and each short story work in itself as well as carrying the overall arc forward. Probably my favorite character would be the Vanus Temple Assassin 'Iaeo'. The Vanus Temple had a rough start with 'Nemesis', but John French really manages to enrich the Vanus Temple in ways that make them feel equivalent to the major Temples with it's own distinct methods, competences and most of all atmosphere. Although she is only one character out of many, Tallarn has so far the best depiction of the Officio Assassinorum during the Horus Heresy in my estimation (for superior to 'Nemesis'). In conclusion Tallarn is well structured, gritty and brutal and absolutely worth the read! I consider Tallarn more as an Imperial Guard or Imperial Themed Novel than a Space Marine Battle Novel and that alone make it stand out from among the Horus Heresy Novels!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Glyn

    This anthology is a highpoint in the lengthy Horus Heresy series.There a couple of novellas and two short stories all previously avaiable.. It focusses solely on the enormous little explored, armoured battle on the world of Tallarn. French does a good job of suggesting the claustrophobic and inimical natute of the fighting. The world had been hit with atmosphere ordinance as a prelude to the fighting and that means that what atmosphere remains is deadly to anything short of fanks. There ave vivi This anthology is a highpoint in the lengthy Horus Heresy series.There a couple of novellas and two short stories all previously avaiable.. It focusses solely on the enormous little explored, armoured battle on the world of Tallarn. French does a good job of suggesting the claustrophobic and inimical natute of the fighting. The world had been hit with atmosphere ordinance as a prelude to the fighting and that means that what atmosphere remains is deadly to anything short of fanks. There ave vivid descriptions of what happens if you are exposed to it and unless you can get your vehicle back to one of the underground shelters you die a very nasty death. The overall tone can best be described as nihillistic as charaacters are buit up and killed off with an ease that would impress even George R R Martin, This is entirely correct for the setting but lacks the gut punch of the GoT deaths simply because any veteran of Black Library knows that most characters have a very short life expectancy/ The characters here are, on the whole, not realy well developed enough for the reader to buid a sympathy for before death finds them. Describing tank combat can be a difficult thing but I liked the way French handled the fighting her and it never got too repetitive If you are making your way through this series this is well worth the read/

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris Fannin

    I've read pretty much all of the Horus Heresy books up to this point, although this will be my first review. I want to say at the outset that this is a short story collection. However, unlike other short story collections in the series, this one is written entirely by John French. Normally, I do not find the short stories as interesting, as they focus too much on the action of the Warhammer universe and not the character building that makes the Horus Heresy series great. However, this book is a I've read pretty much all of the Horus Heresy books up to this point, although this will be my first review. I want to say at the outset that this is a short story collection. However, unlike other short story collections in the series, this one is written entirely by John French. Normally, I do not find the short stories as interesting, as they focus too much on the action of the Warhammer universe and not the character building that makes the Horus Heresy series great. However, this book is a massive exception to that. All the stories focus on the defense of Tallarn by the Emperor's forces. As such, there is a sense of seeing the conflict from many different perspectives that develops the conflict itself as it's own character. Also, it focuses on the internal conflict between the Alpha Legion and the Iron Warriors, who are both on the side of the Warmaster, but are steering the conflict in different directions. Overall, this is a fine addition to the series and well worth the read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Damián G.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Después de Ángel Exterminatus aprendí a coger les cierto gusto a los Iron Warriors. No he cambiado de opinión pero la novela (o más bien las tres novelettes en que está dividido) es una excusa para que French se despache una tanda de guerra de tanques, que no está mal, mientras que la excusa por la que ocurre todo en Tallarn casi pasa desapercibida. Sinceramente me esperaba más. Vale, los tanques molan, pero el arma escondida, Perturabo, al que se le podría haber sacado lucha más punta y la excus Después de Ángel Exterminatus aprendí a coger les cierto gusto a los Iron Warriors. No he cambiado de opinión pero la novela (o más bien las tres novelettes en que está dividido) es una excusa para que French se despache una tanda de guerra de tanques, que no está mal, mientras que la excusa por la que ocurre todo en Tallarn casi pasa desapercibida. Sinceramente me esperaba más. Vale, los tanques molan, pero el arma escondida, Perturabo, al que se le podría haber sacado lucha más punta y la excusa por la que los IW están allí queda totalmente no de fondo, sino enterrado en el barro. Para la Herejía no aporta absolutamente nada. Destaco, eso sí, el interesante personaje de la infocito desatada, que ha hecho que le coja más respeto a los Vanus. Prescindible para la historia conjunta, pero interesante si te mola las historias de tanques.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bodicainking

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. An interesting book, at times (and quite critically, for understanding) written as a retrospective on the central conflict of the book. I enjoyed the queue of interesting side-characters and indeed, whole side-armies and side-fleets, who are mentioned then discarded swiftly in a way as impersonal and numbers-based as the machine-centric battle they briefly appear in. The only issue I found was that what was at stake for the Iron Warriors as the antagonists of Tallarn was never made clear (in the An interesting book, at times (and quite critically, for understanding) written as a retrospective on the central conflict of the book. I enjoyed the queue of interesting side-characters and indeed, whole side-armies and side-fleets, who are mentioned then discarded swiftly in a way as impersonal and numbers-based as the machine-centric battle they briefly appear in. The only issue I found was that what was at stake for the Iron Warriors as the antagonists of Tallarn was never made clear (in the wider 40k background, it's always been pretty vague too) despite in my opinion ample opportunity to deepen 'the lore' here.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    After a lot of somewhat boring and drawn out Horus Heresy novels, this brought some life back to the series for me. I really enjoy the conflict of the Iron Warriors’ pushback against Chaos within the traitor legions and I liked having such a strong focus on the Imperial Army soldiers fighting the war.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lemuel CyroN Salubo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Such a long read for such a simple ending. I guess it was appropriate that the imperial guard in the planet 'defeated' the iron warriors through attrition and luck. The assassin's mission and if her superiors would have future implications is probably the most interesting thing that happened. Such a long read for such a simple ending. I guess it was appropriate that the imperial guard in the planet 'defeated' the iron warriors through attrition and luck. The assassin's mission and if her superiors would have future implications is probably the most interesting thing that happened.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christian

    This was a tight character driven multithreaded story with the ten million tank battle of Tallarn as a background. The reader gets to see the ground level combat through the eyes of tank crews, the espionage between the legions and even the enemies' views of the war. It was a very intense read. This was a tight character driven multithreaded story with the ten million tank battle of Tallarn as a background. The reader gets to see the ground level combat through the eyes of tank crews, the espionage between the legions and even the enemies' views of the war. It was a very intense read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Collett

    First Warhammer 40k / Horus Heresy book I’ve read for a while : the start was really strong and ripped along, the middle was a little bit pedestrian but the finish was strong. Overall a good HH book, not one of the very best but still ok.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Badgley

    Good book A great collection of stories that make you feel like you're actually on Tallarn. Highly it this to any Heresy reader. Good book A great collection of stories that make you feel like you're actually on Tallarn. Highly it this to any Heresy reader.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Monir Martinsen Bouker

    Grimdark as usual Grimdark ending, makes me feel sad for all the details of the Imperiums fall, the deaths of great heroes that will never be remembered by the Imperium they served

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shane O'Neill

    Not a bad mix of stories but nothing special. No real standouts.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alasdair

    They have tanks and then more tanks some other things happen and then tanks. Oh also titans.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Excellent rake on the back and forth of a pitched battle, where none can fight to there fulledt.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Moreton

    If you like the guard, the iron warriors, and lots of tanks, then this might be worth checking out. As always, John writes well and some of the concepts are interesting (fighting on a virus bombed planet). However, the book felt like filler in the heresy series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    inuka tatton

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tom

  30. 4 out of 5

    António Canto

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