by Dan Abnett
Book 1 in Horus Heresy series (2006)
Publisher: Black Library
After thousands of years of expansion and conquest, the imperium of man is at its height. His dream for humanity nearly accomplished, the emperor hands over the reins of power to his warmaster, Horus, and heads back to Terra. But is Horus strong enough to control his fellow commanders and continue the emperor’s grand design?
Under the benevolent leadership of the Immortal Emperor the Imperium of Man has stretched out across the galaxy. On the eve of victory, the Emperor leaves the front lines, entrusting the great crusade to his favorite son, Horus.
Promoted to Warmaster, the idealistic Horus tries to carry out the Emperor’sgrand design, all the while the seeds of heresy and rebellion have been sowed amongst his brothers.