The Outcast Dead

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The Outcast Dead The galaxy is burning The Emperor s loyal primarchs prepare to do battle with Warmaster Horus and his turncoat Legions on the black sand of Isstvan Such dark times herald new and yet terrible things s

  • Title: The Outcast Dead
  • Author: Graham McNeill
  • ISBN: 9781849700870
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • The galaxy is burning The Emperor s loyal primarchs prepare to do battle with Warmaster Horus and his turncoat Legions on the black sand of Isstvan Such dark times herald new and yet terrible things still to come, and when Astropath Kai Zulane unwittingly learns a secret that threatens to tip the balance of the war, he is forced to flee for his life Alongside a mysThe galaxy is burning The Emperor s loyal primarchs prepare to do battle with Warmaster Horus and his turncoat Legions on the black sand of Isstvan Such dark times herald new and yet terrible things still to come, and when Astropath Kai Zulane unwittingly learns a secret that threatens to tip the balance of the war, he is forced to flee for his life Alongside a mysterious band of renegades, he plunges into the deadly underworld of Terra itself, hunted like a criminal by those he once trusted In the face of betrayal, Kai must decide where his own loyalties lie and whether some truths should be buried forever.

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    1. Andrew Ziegler on said:

      McNeill is one of my favorite authors in the BL stable. I like his HH stuff, and I also enjoy his current timeline works, especially the Ultramarines' series. That being said, looking back, every entry of his into the HH has been a great book. False Gods rocked my world because it was in that first amazing trilogy and it involved the tragic fall of Horus. Fulgrim, Mechanicum, and Thousand Sons were all detailed introductions into Legions and parts of the Imperium that were really never delved in [...]

    2. Brian on said:

      I'd probably give it 4.5. The story was interesting and many of the characters were really well developed. There were a lot of editing issues that took me out of the book hence the deduction.

    3. Robert McCarroll on said:

      This book is a mess. It feels like it was created to fill a slot in a release schedule and hurriedly thrown together to do so. As a standalone book, it's a mess, as a link in the Heresey chain, it's a mess. It's reliant on and references continuity frequently, but expects you to ignore what is perhaps the most epic continuity fail I've seen in a novel series to date.Lets get the smaller stuff out of the way first. These paragraphs are independant bullet-points dealing with different flaws.Struct [...]

    4. Tim on said:

      The Outcast Dead tells the story of the Heresy again. But this time as seen from Terra.The story is divided in two parts: the first part is mainly reiterating all the events from Isstvaan, and the horror from realization it provokes in the Imperial Palace. Also in the first part we get a view on how things work in the City of Astropaths.The breaking point between the two parts is actually a temporal contradiction toward other books of McNeill. It works for this story, but it can be seen as a ser [...]

    5. Dylan Murphy on said:

      The Outcast Dead started out extremely slowly. Though it was really interesting getting to see how the Heresy was effecting the Astropaths of the Imperium. It was painfully slow at first, compared to the fast paced novels I am used to reading in the series, but despite that it was still an interesting read. Switching from Roxanne, to Kai, to the Outcast Dead themselves kept the novel interesting. The novel really picked up after Magnus's event on Terra. Though the time-frame of it is confusing, [...]

    6. Robert Mccarthy on said:

      Does an excellent job of detailing how the Horus Heresy was viewed from the standpoint of those living on Terra (the canon name of the Earth in the Warhammer 40k universe). I found the cast of characters to be very well rounded. My favorite being Babu Dhakal the living legend and relic of the Emperor's ascent and attempt to unify the people of Terra prior to the Great Crusade. A good historical and canonical overview of the times. Next to the god of Warhammer lore William King Graham McNeil is a [...]

    7. Jacob on said:

      The Outcast Dead by Graham McNeil is the 17th book of the Horus Heresy and is a worthy addition to its ranks! A view of the Heresy from the center of the Imperium? A glimpse into the mind of an Astropath? A chance to see one of the Thousand Sons standing tall? A close look at World Eaters? This book offers all of this and more. I enjoyed this volume from start to finish.

    8. Dirk Heinz on said:

      Time to get the plot moving forwardwe are still dealing with events (from different points of view) that happened in book 4.

    9. Jean-Luc on said:

      In the opening trilogy of the Horus Heresy, the III (Emperor's Children), XII (World Eaters), XIV (Death Guard), and XVI (Luna Wolves) legions enacted exterminatus upon the rebellious world of Isstvan III. The 4 legions were declared traitoris excommunicatus, and 8 legions were dispatched to Isstvan V, which the traitors had fortified. But the legions weren't concentrated in one location! Some legionnaires were scattered throughout the galaxy and some resided on Holy Terra itself! The few captur [...]

    10. Miles Drake on said:

      I know this book received some bashing for not being about Space Marines, but that's what made me enjoy it. I was very pleased to be reading something from a non-astartes perspective, and the Outcast Dead certainly delivered, showing a down-to-Terra approach to life within the crumbling Imperium. The characters were all pretty memorable, and I felt the action scenes were intense (made moreso by most of the participants being unarmed civilians). All in all, I wish there was more along this line i [...]

    11. Sarah-kate on said:

      I got through this one quicker than most McNeill books! That being said, it's still not great. The opening is fantastic, absolutely loved it. The last two chapters are alright. The rest of it is just long, terribly worded descriptions of things. It feels like a filler episode; nothing really happens. Usually I can identify the point of a Horus Heresy book, but all this was was drawn out descriptions of Terra. Kind of like crappy fan service, to be honest. Just didn't do it for me.

    12. Michel on said:

      It was meh, the only positive thing I have is the fact that it shed some light on the Thunder Warriors.

    13. Mr. Yuk on said:

      A very cool and very different Horus Heresy novel. Takes place in the seedy back alleys of Terra. Story, characters are great, loved it!

    14. Denis on said:

      The Outcast Dead, written by Graham McNeil, is the seventeenth instalment in the Warhammer 40,000: Horus Heresy series. The novel focuses on the industrial underbelly of the Imperium, particularly on the caste of Astropaths, individuals gifted with the ability to send messages and military communication across the galaxies. Shunned and feared by the common folk, they live in restricted, city-like towers and guilds, serving the Emperor until their atrophied bodies finally give away. Kai Zulane, t [...]

    15. Ludivco Street on said:

      A fun but fumbling attempt by mcneil. Too slow and draws away from the main arc that we which to see. This book, for me, is the one that opened the door for all the backward looking moments the series and the contest retelling of the same events. Non essential. For the hardcore fan only.

    16. Michael T Bradley on said:

      I think this would have worked WAY better as a novella. Here's the thing: I really like how the Horus Heresy books have almost always included very prominent human characters, so as to contrast with the Space Marines (SM), and, in my opinion, show how in the pre-/during-Heresy days the links between human & SM were stronger. But this book, ABOUT escaped SM from Traitor Legions who're housed on Terra, should NOT be like over a third about/from the POV of a human! Similar to Abnett's misstep w [...]

    17. Tarl on said:

      I admit, I struggled to finish this book. Not that the concept of the book or the story is bad. Quite the opposite. It is refreshing to see a side of the Imperium that we don't normally see, especially during the Horus Heresy. Here we have the normal people (for the most part) that aren't space marines trying to come to gribs with the changes in the Imperium.But where the book struggles is the amount of head jumping that goes on, and the amount of characters that exist within the story. I found [...]

    18. Jeremy on said:

      SPOILERSSome good ideas - and a move away from Space Marine-centric fiction and a closer look at what exactly is happening on Terra during the 'Heresy' are two of the best ones - but the execution is less than accomplished. The stodgy opening third (in which not a great deal happens and none of the characters are particularly likeable) and the quite frankly tedious middle third (in which, amongst other things, Space Marines inflict cartoon violence on a number of cardboard cut-out targets, one o [...]

    19. Lee Herridge on said:

      The Outcast Dead has been one of my favourite HH novels so far - a well-executed mystery, set on Terra, that gives insight into how the Adeptus Astra Telepathica operates in the 30k universe. I really loved the uncertain background of Kai, the protagonist, and his tale of redemption, and I thought it was a clever way of approaching the story. Graham McNeill isn't quite as adept in writing gorgeous prose as Dan Abnett but this is McNeill's most Abnett-like so far in the HH books. It was also cool [...]

    20. Derek on said:

      It took a bit to get used to the pacing in this book; after the first dozen or so novels in the Horus Heresy series, one grows accustomed to the fighting and intrigue out in the wider galaxy (with a couple of notable exceptions, obviously, but even those involve superhuman beings like the Legio Custodes). This was a marked change, since not only does it take place on Earth, but the main protagonist is in fact human. Not completely human, granted, but an astropath is much closer to a normal human [...]

    21. Andy on said:

      I really look forward to each Horus Heresy book I can get to and this one really did not disappoint. Granted, the Heresy really took off with the first 3 books, then there's been stories pertaining to this first trilogy since then, but this one was a very interesting "side" story that has huge implications for the galactic civil war portrayed in this saga. Kai Zulane, astropath, has been entrusted with an extremely important piece of information concerning Horus Lupercal's treachery against the [...]

    22. Martin on said:

      "The Outcast Dead is the first novel-length story in the Series to take place almost entirely on Terra. It covers a relatively short period, starting several months before Magnus' catastrophic psychic visit at the Imperial Palace (Book 12), and concluding several months after this event. The unauthorised visit is central to the story, as apart from damaging the Emperor's top secret project and the planet's defence, it massively disrupts Terra's long-range communications infrastructure. The ensui [...]

    23. Hon Sze Lo on said:

      "'I hear it' says Nagasena, 'and the sadness of it almost breaks my heart.'"I enjoyed this story very much.I think it is rather apt to say this is a story of men, due to fortune of fate, forced on to paths that were not of their choosing. When I finished the last page and closed the book, the story left me with a sense of sorrow, because of the injustice suffered by the characters and the resignation that came with the acceptance of their fate. And yet these characters, despite that, some still [...]

    24. Adrian Gabura on said:

      The book is impressive, for it explores the mysterious life of the astropaths. Its a story of guilt, duty and treachery. This isn't a book about grand victories and clearly defined heroes or villains. Every character gains a will of its own and transcends the boundaries of good and evil. I really liked this book, its a HH gem.P.S. I nearly forgot the rage about the supposed timeline inconsistency. Oh, what a bad Graham, how he dared to do such horrible lore mistakes!!!!!!!! I am going to tell to [...]

    25. Nick on said:

      This was a disappointing book. The premise is gangbusters: An astropath - the psychics who can touch minds and are the only way of communicating faster than light over long distances - receives a vision about the end of the Heresy, and a dirty dozen of space marines who were trapped on Earth when their legions went traitor have to bust him out of a Legio Custodes prison. In execution, though, McNeil wastes a lot of time with two ancillary plotlines that - spoiler alert - have snot-all to do with [...]

    26. Joseph on said:

      I'm not all that certain there was a story that needed to be told here. There had better be a book that justifies 460 pages of not a lot happening.Of interest, we get some Astartes from the traitor legions banding together, but not knowing if their legion has turned or not. We get a look inside the City of Sight, the home of the psychers on Terra.After that, there's not much that couldn't have been done in an aside in another book. The non-obvious revelations (Kai's secret is pretty obvious, and [...]

    27. Alex Kennard on said:

      The Outcast Dead is a good book despite itself. It seems like it needed a more thorough edit, parts of the story mentioning events that hadn't yet happened, & some odd subplot pacing issues (such as one subplot being threaded tightly through the first quarter of the book then being abandoned until it was needed again). Despite this & McNeill's apparently characteristic habit of creating characters that are plainly created to be killed later on, this book manages to end on an incredible & [...]

    28. Sean Wallace on said:

      The Outcast Dead takes quite a while to get going, starting with two seemingly unrelated preludes before the main character is even introduced. It isn't until about a third of the way through, when we see the calamity of Magnus' psychic journey to Earth, that the story really gets going, and then it downs tools for a few months.The stop-start nature interrupts and hampers a very interesting take on the events of the Heresy. I think it could have improved without the prison break, with Atharva in [...]

    29. Ben Arispe on said:

      one of the best in The Horus Heresy so far! Even though we don't see much in the way of furthering the plot of the hersy itself, we don't even see Horus in this one. It all occurs on Terra, in the shadow of the Imperial palace no less! Far too much happens in the story to go into details, but we do see the effect of the treachery of Horus has on the citizens of the Imperium. It starts out a little slow in comparison to the other novels, but most of that is due to the setup we need to see for the [...]

    30. Jared on said:

      Another great look into the Heresy. The secret carried by Zulane wasn't really a secret to the reader but it definitely was to the characters around him.Edit: I've reconsidered my review and have chosen to give The Outcast Dead 5 stars. The reason? The last 19 pages of the book. I've reread them 4 or 5 times now and I finally realized that the story told was never about the secret. It was about consequences of that secret being revealed to the galaxy. A Thousand Sons was a tragedy to it's very c [...]

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