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Book 3 of the Dark Imperium trilogy The destinies of primarch and Imperial Regent Roboute Guilliman and his traitorous brother Mortarion come together for the climactic battle of the Plague Wars. READ IT BECAUSE It's the throwdown you've been waiting for, as Guilliman and Mortarion work out ten thousand years of pent-up resentment in a clash for the ages. THE STORY The paths of Book 3 of the Dark Imperium trilogy The destinies of primarch and Imperial Regent Roboute Guilliman and his traitorous brother Mortarion come together for the climactic battle of the Plague Wars. READ IT BECAUSE It's the throwdown you've been waiting for, as Guilliman and Mortarion work out ten thousand years of pent-up resentment in a clash for the ages. THE STORY The paths of Roboute Guilliman and his fallen brother Mortarion bring them inexorably together on Iax. Once a jewel of the Imperium, the garden world is dying as the plans of the Lord of Death to use it as a fulcrum to drag the stellar realm of Ultramar into the warp come to deadly fruition. While Guilliman attempts to prevent the destruction of his kingdom, Mortarion schemes to bring his brother low with the Godblight, a disease created in the Cauldron of Nurgle itself, made with the power to destroy a son of the Emperor. Primarchs clash on the ravaged landscapes of Iax. The gods go to war and the wider galaxy balances on a knife-edge of destruction. As something powerful stirs in the sea of souls, only one thing is certain – no matter who wins the last great clash of the Plague War, the repercussions of victory will echo through eternity…


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Book 3 of the Dark Imperium trilogy The destinies of primarch and Imperial Regent Roboute Guilliman and his traitorous brother Mortarion come together for the climactic battle of the Plague Wars. READ IT BECAUSE It's the throwdown you've been waiting for, as Guilliman and Mortarion work out ten thousand years of pent-up resentment in a clash for the ages. THE STORY The paths of Book 3 of the Dark Imperium trilogy The destinies of primarch and Imperial Regent Roboute Guilliman and his traitorous brother Mortarion come together for the climactic battle of the Plague Wars. READ IT BECAUSE It's the throwdown you've been waiting for, as Guilliman and Mortarion work out ten thousand years of pent-up resentment in a clash for the ages. THE STORY The paths of Roboute Guilliman and his fallen brother Mortarion bring them inexorably together on Iax. Once a jewel of the Imperium, the garden world is dying as the plans of the Lord of Death to use it as a fulcrum to drag the stellar realm of Ultramar into the warp come to deadly fruition. While Guilliman attempts to prevent the destruction of his kingdom, Mortarion schemes to bring his brother low with the Godblight, a disease created in the Cauldron of Nurgle itself, made with the power to destroy a son of the Emperor. Primarchs clash on the ravaged landscapes of Iax. The gods go to war and the wider galaxy balances on a knife-edge of destruction. As something powerful stirs in the sea of souls, only one thing is certain – no matter who wins the last great clash of the Plague War, the repercussions of victory will echo through eternity…

30 review for Godblight

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    Godblight works well aside from some moments early on that don't add much to the flow of the plot. Those particular segments on their own are well written and interesting, but much of it was also clearly meant to set up post Dark Imperium plot points (I'm assuming), so I'd expect it didn't add much to the plot of this book because we're meant to see it followed up on later. All in all, Godblight does a fine job rounding out the trilogy and setting up the future of 40K. I'm curious how much of thi Godblight works well aside from some moments early on that don't add much to the flow of the plot. Those particular segments on their own are well written and interesting, but much of it was also clearly meant to set up post Dark Imperium plot points (I'm assuming), so I'd expect it didn't add much to the plot of this book because we're meant to see it followed up on later. All in all, Godblight does a fine job rounding out the trilogy and setting up the future of 40K. I'm curious how much of this will have long term impact on the setting and happy with where things are escalating. The time shift from being at the end of the Indomitus Crusade is also fine. As long as you know it happened you can get by reading this without needing to revisit the previous books (although I occasionally wish I did when I forgot who someone was...). Some spoilery thoughts: (view spoiler)[ The last third or so of the book features some of the my favorite moments. Mathieu's faith train moving through the wastes is spooky and really well balanced against the action elsewhere in the plot. When the rat monster appears on the horizon and just oozes on past them is really fantastic. It's tense, but quiet and filled with dread. In fact, Haley in general does a great job nailing the dramatic tense waiting right before the storm thing. There's quite a bit of that right before things really exploded and it works well. The fight between Mortation and Guilliman is intense, but the moments between them when Guilliman is struck down and reliving his visit with the Emperor is something else. Also, I'm very curious what the events in that little book are going to lead to... (hide spoiler)] Finally, I think I've prattled on about this in both my previous Dark Imperium reviews, but I love Guy Haley's Nurgle characters. Delightfully disgusting and disgustingly delightful all in one. Ku'Gath and Rotigus are great fun.

  2. 4 out of 5

    AA_Logan

    BL are getting more ambitious; having learnt lessons from the mistakes and missteps of the Horus Heresy and The Beast Arises series this book rounds out a trilogy and ties in with an ongoing series and several stand alone books while subtly shifting the timelines for them all. Thankfully, it seems the decision to give Guy Hayley overarching control of all these concurrent aspects was a wise one as they are all coming together nicely and characterisation across them all seems consistent. The Dawn BL are getting more ambitious; having learnt lessons from the mistakes and missteps of the Horus Heresy and The Beast Arises series this book rounds out a trilogy and ties in with an ongoing series and several stand alone books while subtly shifting the timelines for them all. Thankfully, it seems the decision to give Guy Hayley overarching control of all these concurrent aspects was a wise one as they are all coming together nicely and characterisation across them all seems consistent. The Dawn of Fire series may have robbed the Dark Imperium trilogy of some of it’s import- Dark Imperium and Plague War felt like they were *the* texts for defining the ‘current’ situation in 40k, but with the wealth of other stories that now do that the significance of Godblight as a narrative event may have been diminished, does that make it a lesser book? Maybe. It starts well, with lots of portentous conversation and there is a radical suggestion towards the end of the book that would make even Jaq Draco blush, but in terms of the inevitable duel between Mortarion and Gulliman there is no tension, no drama- I appreciate that the status quo between Chaos and the Imperium must broadly be maintained, especially when dealing with such big characters, but the lack of any sort of peril stops this book from being quite as powerful as it’s predecessors. The supporting cast is good, and the crossovers from Dawn of Fire are more than welcome. There are great individual scenes- the manifestation of daemons at the fortress of Hera in particular are done well. Overall, it’s an enjoyable book, and as part of the greater whole of post-Rift set books is even better but that strength is perhaps also it’s weakness.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Fergus

    An interesting conclusion to this trilogy. Adds plenty to the overall mythology of the WH40k setting, including some tantalizing hints for the (potential) future of the Imperium et al. Still very much enjoying the off-battlefield portions of the story, more so than the action (although that is still well-written). I'm certainly interested to see what happens next in the overall WH40k story -- I do hope, therefore, that they don't take another multi-decade pause before doing something new. (P.S. I An interesting conclusion to this trilogy. Adds plenty to the overall mythology of the WH40k setting, including some tantalizing hints for the (potential) future of the Imperium et al. Still very much enjoying the off-battlefield portions of the story, more so than the action (although that is still well-written). I'm certainly interested to see what happens next in the overall WH40k story -- I do hope, therefore, that they don't take another multi-decade pause before doing something new. (P.S. I only read the original versions of the first two books in the trilogy, and I was not at all lost reading this one. So, I don't think you *have* to get the re-written/changed-chronology ones in order to enjoy or follow this.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    burak yüksel

    Perfect Storm This book is worth the long wait. It ties up all loose ends, packed with action all the way without being a bolterp0rn and moves the overall story of setting on. If you like 40k you MUST read this trilogy and this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christian

    This series ends on a low note for me but it definitely plants the seeds for exciting future stories. I’m spoiled by the Horus Heresy series so I have to temper my expectations. It will take a while for characters to grown and become beloved. I just want much, much more action on a truly epic scale.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ethan Savage

    This is how you finish a series. This is also how you break the stigma of novels about something like 40k not being real literature. This novel should be used as a new benchmark for the franchise going forward; the weaving together of thematic exploration, character arcs and action that's expected but still surprising is masterful. You should read this whole series. This is how you finish a series. This is also how you break the stigma of novels about something like 40k not being real literature. This novel should be used as a new benchmark for the franchise going forward; the weaving together of thematic exploration, character arcs and action that's expected but still surprising is masterful. You should read this whole series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tyler Kershaw

    Really great conclusion to the plague wars arc. Chapter 35 and 38 were fantastic, my only complaint was how they made Matthew sympathetic when spending a whole book painting him out to be a fanatic. Despite this floor it was a really good story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam Moran

    I've seen other reviews rag on Guy Haley's ability to write endings, this is as satisfying, thematically rich and emotionally resonant a finish for the series/arc as I could imagine. It rivals the earlier Horus Heresy novels in its heft, really unmissable stuff. I've seen other reviews rag on Guy Haley's ability to write endings, this is as satisfying, thematically rich and emotionally resonant a finish for the series/arc as I could imagine. It rivals the earlier Horus Heresy novels in its heft, really unmissable stuff.

  9. 5 out of 5

    adam Jones

    Brilliant This book stole my sleep I could barely put it down the endingssss brilliant the writing intriguing beautifully presented great flow loved it

  10. 4 out of 5

    Zachariah Harde

    FOR THE EMPEROR!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Great way to close out the trilogy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    William J McPherson

    This book moves the setting forward, but that does not excuse how badly written this book is.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    Honestly one of the best WH 40k novels this year.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Skywatcher Adept

    42k = RELIGIOUS AWAKENING. Ouch. Lorgar giggles with glee when he reads "Godblight". 42k = RELIGIOUS AWAKENING. Ouch. Lorgar giggles with glee when he reads "Godblight".

  15. 4 out of 5

    Seb

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gatoraiga

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chthonic Mold

  18. 5 out of 5

    Peter Ek

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erik Simcisko

  20. 5 out of 5

    Baheda

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jorge E

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mateusz

  23. 4 out of 5

    Xavier Virsu

  24. 5 out of 5

    Derrick Gough

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ackers61

  26. 5 out of 5

    Evan

  27. 4 out of 5

    Petar Valkov

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alex Leong

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ed Morgan

  30. 5 out of 5

    Parker

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