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A Horus Heresy novel Hero. Villain. Protector. Destroyer. Loyal. Fallen. Luther embodies the duality at the heart of the Dark Angels – but what is his story? Prepare to find out… READ IT BECAUSE Get new insights into one of the key figures of the Horus Heresy, who shaped the destiny of the Dark Angels for ten millennia, in a new novel by the master of First Legion fiction, Ga A Horus Heresy novel Hero. Villain. Protector. Destroyer. Loyal. Fallen. Luther embodies the duality at the heart of the Dark Angels – but what is his story? Prepare to find out… READ IT BECAUSE Get new insights into one of the key figures of the Horus Heresy, who shaped the destiny of the Dark Angels for ten millennia, in a new novel by the master of First Legion fiction, Gav Thorpe. THE STORY Knight of the Angelicasta. Saviour of the Lion. Grand Master of the Order. Lord of the Dark Angels. Protector of Caliban. Chaos Heretic. Destroyer of Caliban. Sorcerer of the Abyss. Arch-traitor. Dark Oracle. First of the Fallen. Can one man be all of these things? Kept alive and imprisoned for ten thousand years, Luther is the curse and the salvation of the Dark Angels made manifest. None are so close to the heart and history of the Chapter as the man that embodies all that was great about the First Legion and all that is shameful about the Dark Angels. In his story is writ the tale of the Horus Heresy and the fall from Enlightenment in a single long life. Glory, honour, pride, shame, and betrayal weave a tapestry of truth and lies that the Supreme Grand Masters of the Dark Angels have sought to understand and unbind across ten bloody millennia. Luther claims repentance for his past deeds, but was it his sins that condemned the Chapter to its secretive fate, or should warnings from history have been more closely heeded?


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A Horus Heresy novel Hero. Villain. Protector. Destroyer. Loyal. Fallen. Luther embodies the duality at the heart of the Dark Angels – but what is his story? Prepare to find out… READ IT BECAUSE Get new insights into one of the key figures of the Horus Heresy, who shaped the destiny of the Dark Angels for ten millennia, in a new novel by the master of First Legion fiction, Ga A Horus Heresy novel Hero. Villain. Protector. Destroyer. Loyal. Fallen. Luther embodies the duality at the heart of the Dark Angels – but what is his story? Prepare to find out… READ IT BECAUSE Get new insights into one of the key figures of the Horus Heresy, who shaped the destiny of the Dark Angels for ten millennia, in a new novel by the master of First Legion fiction, Gav Thorpe. THE STORY Knight of the Angelicasta. Saviour of the Lion. Grand Master of the Order. Lord of the Dark Angels. Protector of Caliban. Chaos Heretic. Destroyer of Caliban. Sorcerer of the Abyss. Arch-traitor. Dark Oracle. First of the Fallen. Can one man be all of these things? Kept alive and imprisoned for ten thousand years, Luther is the curse and the salvation of the Dark Angels made manifest. None are so close to the heart and history of the Chapter as the man that embodies all that was great about the First Legion and all that is shameful about the Dark Angels. In his story is writ the tale of the Horus Heresy and the fall from Enlightenment in a single long life. Glory, honour, pride, shame, and betrayal weave a tapestry of truth and lies that the Supreme Grand Masters of the Dark Angels have sought to understand and unbind across ten bloody millennia. Luther claims repentance for his past deeds, but was it his sins that condemned the Chapter to its secretive fate, or should warnings from history have been more closely heeded?

30 review for Luther: First of the Fallen

  1. 4 out of 5

    AA_Logan

    Luther follows in the path of last year’s Valdor. Not quite mainline Horus Heresy, obviously not a Primarch novel, but a welcome curiosity. A series of vignettes from the life of the man who found the Lion, related to various Dark Angels from the Scouring to just before the Great Rift opening, this books is one of the best illustrations of how Astartes and the Imperium generally have degraded over time and how even in such a monolithic and moribund organisation change happens. Decay is change, ri Luther follows in the path of last year’s Valdor. Not quite mainline Horus Heresy, obviously not a Primarch novel, but a welcome curiosity. A series of vignettes from the life of the man who found the Lion, related to various Dark Angels from the Scouring to just before the Great Rift opening, this books is one of the best illustrations of how Astartes and the Imperium generally have degraded over time and how even in such a monolithic and moribund organisation change happens. Decay is change, right? Luther must be a tricky character to write- notoriously brilliant and charismatic is hard to pull off. Thorpe gives him just the right amount of arrogance to make him charming, but as the book progresses his mask slips. Trapped in a statis field, even he isn’t immune to the decline of the Imperium either. As the book progresses he hints at his own brilliance once to often, and his easy confidence is replaced by self-justification and his stories, intended as allegorical lessons to those he deems below him become outright polemic, explaining his actions. A nice, short novel that fleshes out a pretty-well documented character and satisfyingly ties together events from earlier in the series. Luther, never actually an Astartes, is depicted as a fittingly nuanced human- the book hints at a wider emotional life and a depth of personality and motivation that is lacking from many of his Legion contemporaries. Names crop up and are never mentioned again, adding to Luther’s sense of loss. This idea of being trapped between mortal and post-human leads the reader to consider what he has gained and what he left behind, which explains some of his choices. Really very good.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Less a novel and more a series of vignettes knotted together by the mother of all unreliable narrators. Offers a unique perspective on the Dark Angels chapter.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zare

    Excellent book on one of the most guarded secrets in W40k universe. Luther, once a second hand of Lion himself is imprisoned in the deep bowels of the Rock. Story is split into blocks that depict continuous interrogations of the Luther by series of Dark Angels' Grand Masters. As we see Luther feeling greatly disoriented and brought to the brink of insanity by very knowledge of what he did, his treason of Lion's confidence we also follow slow spiral to madness of the very Dark Angels Legion. And Excellent book on one of the most guarded secrets in W40k universe. Luther, once a second hand of Lion himself is imprisoned in the deep bowels of the Rock. Story is split into blocks that depict continuous interrogations of the Luther by series of Dark Angels' Grand Masters. As we see Luther feeling greatly disoriented and brought to the brink of insanity by very knowledge of what he did, his treason of Lion's confidence we also follow slow spiral to madness of the very Dark Angels Legion. And it is very disturbing picture we see - it is like watching a very sick man going through very difficult phases in life, sometimes not able to cope with their condition. Man on brink of madness but sane enough to warn the very Legion he once belonged to with his stories of caution, and that very Legion becoming more and more engulfed in zealotry and religious craze, understanding that they need to get information from Luther but also going crazy because they are not sure how can they believe him. Its a close circuit of craziness. Excellent book. I truly hope there is hope for Dark Angels. Once glorious First they have become such a schizophrenic military outfit that they truly need intervention, fast, for them to remain defenders of the humanity. Great addition to the W40K lore. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John McDonnell

    Treasonous and delightfully insightful. Long have I had a strong dislike for the Dark Angels along with the Space Wolves, this novel goes a long way to shedding some light along the way to highlightly yet another legion/chapter that while claiming to be loyal is more lost and damned than faithful to the Imperium. It will be interesting to see where the stories and the 40K universe go from here. It would appear the Lion will return. Civil War, certainly. A novel well worth the read (or listen).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Skywatcher Adept

    I just realized that the three Dark Angels books released in recent years (2020-21): Lion El'Johnson: Lord of the First, Horus Heresy 9: Crusade & Luther: First of the Fallen contain more proper Dark Angel/Caliban lore than all previous Heresy books released from 2007 (Descent of Angels) to 2018 (Dreadwing). Better late than never. I just realized that the three Dark Angels books released in recent years (2020-21): Lion El'Johnson: Lord of the First, Horus Heresy 9: Crusade & Luther: First of the Fallen contain more proper Dark Angel/Caliban lore than all previous Heresy books released from 2007 (Descent of Angels) to 2018 (Dreadwing). Better late than never.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Micky

    I don't feel I learned much more about Luther. And it was basically a bunch of growing-up-as-a-knight on Caliban stories, that didn't have any real interesting things to it?!.. As for Luther himself, he did not in any way seem memorable. Quite the contrary :( I don't feel I learned much more about Luther. And it was basically a bunch of growing-up-as-a-knight on Caliban stories, that didn't have any real interesting things to it?!.. As for Luther himself, he did not in any way seem memorable. Quite the contrary :(

  7. 4 out of 5

    Steve Bates

    Crazy just like the interrogation , awesome felt like you were Luther at times

  8. 4 out of 5

    Graeme Marden

    Good book if you are a Dark Angels fan and want an insight into what happened during the Horus Heresy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mikael

    Illumination into the dark and murky secrets of one of 40k’s most mysterious characters.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Okido

  11. 5 out of 5

    Keeledorf

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mitch Wragg

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Underhill

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Baxter

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christian Torrent

  16. 5 out of 5

    Erlend Kirkevold

  17. 4 out of 5

    Peter Shapland

  18. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Mellado

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Birkett

  20. 5 out of 5

    Guillaume

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jay Adams

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ed Morgan

  24. 5 out of 5

    OTIS

  25. 5 out of 5

    burak yüksel

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alasdhair MhicMhaolain

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ollie Ray Wingate

  28. 4 out of 5

    Peter Drummond

  29. 4 out of 5

    Keri Honea

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tom Forino

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