Aaron Dembski-Bowden

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Extract from The First Heretic

Just a quickie, today.

An extract from The First Heretic, in an early – and rather important – scene.


August 2, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized |


  1. Bloody hell…..

    When. Can. I. Read. More.

    Say ‘It came out yesterday’, please?

    Comment by AC | August 2, 2010 | Reply

  2. This is going to be goooooooood! I have goosebumps.

    Comment by Andrew Reilly | August 2, 2010 | Reply

  3. Bam – And the Heresy series just got back on track

    Comment by Rogue Pom | August 2, 2010 | Reply

  4. oh hot damn, i can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
    i see a lot of sleepless nights of reading ahead of me 😉

    Comment by Wicced | August 2, 2010 | Reply

  5. Ummmm…can you tell the printers to hurry up a smidge? I need to read this yesterday.

    Comment by Inache | August 2, 2010 | Reply

  6. That was well-written. Well done. I think this is the first non-Abnett BL book I’m going to preorder. I’m looking forward to the U.S. release.

    Comment by Mark | August 2, 2010 | Reply

  7. 100,000 Marines. Finally we get some definite interpretation on the numbers of marines per legion.

    Comment by Romolo | August 2, 2010 | Reply

  8. What do you mean, Rogue Pom ? Is it your opinion that the HH series needed to get back on track ?

    Didn’t you enjoy the latest novels ? Already read Nemesis ?

    I agree a bit, if this is what you mean. The first 5 HH books were very good, then some were somehow less, and the series needed to get a bit back to the old and central story line, at least for 2 or 3 novels.

    But a Thousand sons did that, I think. Much of interwining with the central storyline, which was one of the best things in this series !

    Comment by Bastiaan Vergoossen | August 2, 2010 | Reply

  9. Agreed Romolo.

    One author ( I thought ADB ) said this was discussed on an heresy meeting.

    But ( starting the old discussion once again ), I cannot believe the Emperor’s Children had only 10.000 marines, even if they were a small legion. Such few ? And the word bearers 10 times as much or more ?

    This would mean some legions are VERY important, others AREN’T.

    Comment by Bastiaan Vergoossen | August 2, 2010 | Reply

  10. Amazing stuff! ADB is almost definitely the best Black Library author, and this is just so atmospheric. Can’t wait for the book! This looks like it may be as good as the first 2 HH books…

    Comment by Mitey Heroes | August 2, 2010 | Reply

  11. Unholy Dark Mechanicum that was awesome to read. I do especially like how the normal Space Marines in the Word Bearer’s legion have this thing with looking at Primarchs. That is really cool.

    Comment by DarkMechanicum | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  12. This is absolutely fething awesome stuff, BOWDOWN for Bowden…
    Malcador getting b*tch-slapped like that, wow!

    Bring it on….

    Comment by Raymond Privee | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  13. Thanks for the teaser, but could you do something horrible to the person who decided not to give us more.

    Or give us less, anything but this scene…this is just to good a teaser….

    Comment by Jerry | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  14. WOAAHHHHH ! What a sample extract ! Just really REALLY great.

    Perhaps the best sample extract for the HH series ever. What an emotion, anger, love, all at the same place !!!

    Well, there it comes : is this as great as Horus first appearance in Horus Rising ?

    Well, not an easy question, but PERHAPS it is, in my opinion !!! And that’s really a compliment for this piece of work, and I’m not exaggerating ….

    Really, this sample extract had me nailed to the chair …., eyes just focused on the lap top screen, all world around me fully disappeared.

    It was GREAT, and perhaps rivalling Dan’s piece from Horus Rising ….

    Looking forward to First Heretic now more than ever !

    Comment by Bastiaan Vergoossen | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  15. Fucking epic. Poetic. Can’t wait for this book.

    Comment by Ian | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  16. Damn. I’m trying to read the horus heresy in order but still a few books off current.

    Now I have to decide wether to keep going or just skip to this one…

    Comment by sycopat | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  17. I am so excited for this book.

    The way the Primarchs are described is right on the money. I like Tal already 🙂

    I wish I was so awesome I could give people nightmares.

    Comment by Rachel | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  18. Wel sycopat, there are some novels you can read later.

    Fallen angels for example, or A thousand sons, those are definitely novels you can read at a later time.

    Comment by Bastiaan Vergoossen | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  19. I really loved this. I mean REALLY…
    The thing I love most is that it’s to the point.
    ADB’s writing style doesn’t get lost in overt descriptions.
    There’s just enough of everything to give you a sense of what’s going on and the type of characters involved.
    I could feel Lorgars patheticness oozing through the page, the desperation to make his case a viable one, the indifference of Guilliman and concerned nature of Malcador.
    That is easily one of the best excerpts I’ve read and I cannot wait to have the book in my hands.
    Roll on Games Day!!!
    p.s. Well done ADB, you the man (hugs ‘n’ shit) 😉

    Comment by Rob Ash Lion White | August 5, 2010 | Reply

  20. P.s. This also just increased my hate of Lorgar.
    One who strikes Malcador deserves some bitch slappin’.

    Comment by Rob Ash Cypher White | August 5, 2010 | Reply

  21. God damn that was literally the greatest excerpt ever created for anything ever

    I traditionally hate the Word Bearers, but then again I hated the Night Lords and Black Templars as well. These days I’d be quite happy as the meat in a Talos and Grimmy sandwich, ifyouknowwhatimean…

    Comment by Tim the Corsair | August 5, 2010 | Reply

  22. Great stuff – I love that the series isn’t published in chronological order but rather tends to jump back and forth in order to reveal previous events and details. Can’t wait to read the whole thing – I’m pretty curious what role Erebus will play.

    “Throne Of Lies” is being delivered right now. As soon as I got my fingers on it I’ll probably play it to pieces. I just hope it’ll last until November.

    Comment by Bomster | August 8, 2010 | Reply

  23. Not a word wasted. That exert was beyond simply good. I am impressed despite my above average expectations.

    I remember reading you were trying to emulate Abnetts depiction of Horus. You have succeeded.

    I shall buy this book when available in Australia.

    Comment by yogi | August 9, 2010 | Reply

  24. Just read the extract. I can’t comment on how amazing this was, and if the rest of the book is anywhere close to this one little taster, I will be a very happy man.

    Comment by Joe Wright | August 10, 2010 | Reply

  25. Looking like this is going to be great, and more in the vein of Horus Rising/Mechanicum/A Thousand Sons then Fallen Angels/Battle for the Abyss…

    Comment by Brad Cohen | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  26. Wicked! absolutely. I had fallen out of love with HH for a while, but this extract brought me back with a left hook. This scene sets up the classic hatred between the ultras and the wordbearers that would overflow in the heresy. ADB you have outdone yourself, and yes you have successfully captured that atmosphere of wonder and danger that made Horus rising the classic it is.

    Comment by Glen Atkinson | August 17, 2010 | Reply

  27. Damn that fanatic Lorgar!you’ll gets yours for slapping the Sigilite!

    Comment by Glen Atkinson | August 17, 2010 | Reply

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