Intense Another look into the ever darkening 41st century of the Warhammer universe where the Great Rift has opened and insanity is bleeding into reality The largest gathering of Inquisitors in decades is gathered to call to judgement a heretic Only to come under attack by one of there own Race against time and ever increasing insecurities between allies gives an incredible journey and leaves some incredible moments. Note I wrote the following review right after reading the book, a few day later I realized I have been too harsh with it Just the first half was really not my cup of tea, the second one was interesting than what I said The books simply relies too much on being a 40k book First part is simply bolter porn with Inquisitors and some Sister of Battle Then comes the part with talking with some Rogue Traders And a showdown.Those things are nice for a 40k fan to read But aside from the IP things fell hollow The characters motivations are not explained for most of the book You simply don t know why they shot at each other for most of the story The word horusian only first appears in the last third of the book I checked multiple time the book description to be sure I was not reading the sequel with pre established characters and conflicts.Learning how some unknown characters react in bolter porn action instead of actual plot and drama isn t a good way to engage the book. Inquisitor Covenant And His Warband Go On The Hunt For A Traitor Within Their Holy OrderWar Rages In The Caradryad Sector Worlds Are Falling To Madness And Rebellion, And The Great War Machine Of The Imperium Is Moving To Counter The Threat Amongst Its Agents Is Inquisitor Covenant Puritan, Psyker, Expert Swordsman, He Reserves An Especial Hatred For Those Of His Order Who Would Seek To Harness The Power Of Ruin As A Weapon Summoned To An Inquisitorial Conclave, Covenant Believes He Has Uncovered Such A Misguided Agent And Prepares To Denounce The Heretic Talicto Before His Fellows But When The Gathering Is Attacked And Many Left Dead In Its Wake, Covenant Vows To Hunt Down Talicto And Discover The Truth Behind The Mysterious Cult Apparently At The Heart Of The Massacre In The Murky Plot Into Which He Is Drawn, Covenant Knows Only One Thing For Certain Trust No One Resurrection is a novel that truly defines what the Inquisition is in 40k While Eisenhorn cast its hero as the sector s greatest detective, Resurrection is the Inquisitor as Batman, beyond the law and obeying no code but their own As a novel and an examination Eisenhorn was concerned with authority, Resurrection is concerned with power and vision.Key to this is the novel s examination of the Inquisition as being bound by the obsession with humanity s survival but divided on the methodologies of how to do it The double edged sword of the Thorians and the Horusians weaves in subtle politics throughout the novel Rebirth is the thematic marrow of the book for the Imperium, for mankind, for their enemies.French shows that he still has his flair for worldbuilding which has defined his 40k RPG and Forge World work Under his pen, the sector comes alive with a dark vibrancy, a febrile infectious energy that threatens to subsume all.The characters are rich, interesting and well written As the narrative progresses you see how they fit into orbit around Covenant, and complement him There is genuine trust between them, insofar as the Inquisition is capable.When the narrative turns to action, it is often swift and brutal or drawn out and cinematic The opening and closing set pieces of the novel are sensational, blistering and awe inspiring.I highly recommend Resurrection for any fan of Inquisitorial fiction The groundwork laid in this book bodes very well for the future of the series. The books that came before this one by my favorite author, Dan Abnett are among my most cherished 40K reads Inquisitor Eisenhorn and Ravenor are amazing characters and the writing is superb What Mr French has done here rivals those books and adds a new Inquisitor to the mix Inquisitor Covenant is an absolutely wonderful character He is closed mouthed and stern, and yet is as dedicated to his role in the Ordos Malleus as the others mentioned before Covenant is a seeker and slayer of Daemons and Daemonkind He roots out the greatest heresy of all the embrace of the Warp.Covenant has a group of acolytes serving him, including a Rogue Trader named Cleander, a drill abbot named Josef, an ex Sister of Battle named Severita, and others He leads this crew on deadly missions to seek and destroy daemonic incursions and those who truck with such things.What happens if the incursions come from those within the Inquisition Menace and subterfuge, lies and truths all are exercised here, and the writing and depths of plot and character supports this fully I won t get into spoilers but this book has got to be followed up because the ending is an end and yet questions and possibilities as revealed, so it is not an end The writing here is superb and the acolytes and Covenant are begging to be further fleshed out They simply must be, because we learn a lot about them but not much of their background, and that would be some stories worth reading This book was a wonderful entry into this kind of 40K book, of which there are some entries but nowhere near enough to keep a fan like me, who runs Dark Heresy, the roleplaying game, satisfied I can t wait to read some in this series, and I hope there are many.Danny You can read the full review over at my blog Imperial Inquisition is not a faction that can be understood in simple terms These agents of the Imperium have a broad remit and their ultimate governing authority is none but the Emperor himself As such, given their wide areas of expertise and interest and personal biases and what not, they are a disparate group of individuals who surround themselves with varying amounts of temporal power Yet, we ve seen some remarkable characters over the years, such as Dan Abnett s Eisenhorn and Ravenor, or Sandy Mitchell s Amberly Vail, or Rob Sanders Czevak, or Chris Wraight s Crowl, among others They are fascinating characters and I always look forward to reading about them.With John French s Resurrection however, I was left disappointed Ostensibly the novel is about Inquisitor Covenant as he leads his DD style party to uncover a cabal of Chaos serving Inquisitors within the Caradryad Sector, but we got to see so little of the man himself, and the story was often tedious and overrun with dozens of viewpoints that it become a tiring read I didn t have too many expectations of the novel as I wasn t particularly aware of Covenant s existence within the lore, nor had I kept up with all the recent changes within the setting, so Resurrection proved to be a rough adjustment.The novel starts with a massive Inquisitorial Conclave that brings together Inquisitors from across the Caradryad Sector To my knowledge, Dan Abnett was the first author to establish these in his Eisenhorn novels and they are always a great narrative element in Inquisition stories The one convened by John French is no different in scope and remit Some incredibly powerful agents of the Inquisition attend this conclave and, of course, everything goes to hell, as such things are wont to do And this kicks off some really interesting events as Inquisitor Covenant hunts down those responsible for the failure of the Conclave.In many ways, Resurrection is no different to Dan Abnett s third Eisenhorn novel Both protagonists are driven on by revenge on a personal level and journey from one system to another to hunt their enemies And both Inquisitors have fanatically devoted agents of their own who cover up for their master s faults As such there was certainly a lot of depth to Covenant s people and they came across as really interesting characters, particularly the priest Josef, the von Castellan siblings and the former battle sister Severita, who all got a ton of page time throughout the novel Conversely, we saw very little of Covenant himself John divided the unfolding narrative through way too many characters and as such, it was as if there was no actual key protagonist in Resurrection, despite the perceptions generated That was definitely not a good thing, because it meant that the story was always just shy of a certain coherency and direction that it would have had otherwise. The first novel in a new series that has already seen a few introductory short stories, this joins Covenant and his acolytes partway through their hunt for a fellow inquisitor, a radical named Talicto A rare gathering of his peers provides Covenant with an opportunity to confront Talicto, but with so many inquisitors gathered in one place, events inevitably don t go quite to plan And so begins a story of conflicting ideologies and murky loyalties, of hidden conflicts taking place while the galaxy burns.Complex and uncompromising, this isn t your usual easy Black Library read, although it nails the fundamental tone and vibe of 40k in a way that few others do Read the full review at First of all, totally recommend reading this one Warhammer 40K books vary from enjoyable and average to barely enjoyable and really boring This one is a GOOD ONE.While reading the book was a pleasure it also felt like it wasn t THE Best that Mr French has ever made The reason definitely isn t because of the writing, that was top notch John French quality as ever No I think the reason for 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 is because of the subject vs plot Shortly said the subject gave me goosebumps even deeper than the plot delved to Then again, if this is just a first part of a series, I think it s a full 5 stars stuff. Resurrection is a novel set during the Horusian Wars not to be mixed up with Horus Rebellion which is millennia in the past.It was an interesting story in that it highlighted some parts of the Imperium I am not that familar with The basis is that a huge conclave of Inquistors is supposed to meet on Ero This is a rather important event as Inquistors tend to operate individually The basis for the meeting there is a traitor inside the Inquisition.Beyond that I won t say any to not spoil anything But the basis of the conflict is that there are two divergent, or heretical depending on your beliefs, systems of belief that have sprung up One of the heretical Inquistors wants to use the Warp to fight chaos A rather Nietzschean view The other heretical group the Horusians want the same thing except they think the best way is to try to resurrect Horus and use him as a Dark Messiah As you can see both modalities are very different than the standard Inquisition beliefs.As interesting as the story was and I did enjoy many of the Inquisitors, as they were described, and their specialized servants the overall pacing was a little slow The entire arc of the story can get confusing The story seemed almost compressed to fit into one volume.While this is not to the level of other Warhammer 40K books, it was still a fun and entertaining read That s really all I expect from these kind of books So 3 stars A fan of the Warhammer 40K world may rate it higher, but most people will probably agree it is a 3 star book Thus good not great. Deus quem punire vult dementat. Whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad Once again we dwell in the corner of Inquisition.John French, one of the most talented BL authors provided us with the new insight into the dark corners of the far Galaxy and it s most prideful,sinful and opportunistic protectors Inquisitors The Horusian Wars Resurrection follows the new mainstream from GW the times of change, gathering storm, Noctis Aeterna and everything that follows Which makes it s own corrections to the narrative of the story For the full understanding of the setting, characters and events leading to the The Horusian Wars Resurrection it is highly recommended that you readers will take your time and read the lead in shorts, released before the novel appearance The Blessing of Saints special story for the LE , The Purity of Ignorance, The Maiden of the Dream, Absolution of swords intended to push you deep into the company psyche and ideals, while providing a first glimpse as to what they would be doing into the main novel So let s delve into the abyss Light spoilers ahead NarrativeThe first novel in a new let s hope a long running series almost solely focuses on Covenant and his acolytes partway through their hunt for a fellow inquisitor, a radical inquisitor named Talicto Previous shorts provide some glimpses on the steps that needed to be taken to apprehend the heretic Which eventually leads to a truly unique and rare gathering of Inquisition A Conclave which should provide Covenant with an opportunity to denounce Talicto for his sins and transgressions But as the BL novel blurp says with so many inquisitors gathered in one place, events inevitably don t go quite to plan All that is happening during the time of darkness, despair and chaos ascendant With the warp storms wracking the Imperium, Chaos in ascendancy, and things becoming and fractured and under pressure in such a big galaxy, you still can be focused on some focal events and locations It s apocalypse tomorrow And John used it in full In recent interviews he talked a lot about his investigation into the threats to civilization, terrorist attacks, biochemical weapons etc Add to that a grandeur view into the churning wheels of the Inquisition circles with a good explanation to the inquisition ideologies clubs Horusians and Thorians due to being the main players in the novel take the main stage for the drama And thus a tale of suspense, investigation and running out of time plays out From the moment the Conclave is broken, attacked and almost totally purged the story start running with a feel of despair, loneliness and the birthmarks of something horrible to happen As a usual master of suspense and John French is truly a wonderful pupil of Lovecraft the story immerse you into the depths of abyss With terror, despair, chaos and death mixed and built into a shrine to the universe, nobody of us will want to live in Each story of John contain even a little glimpse of depression and wrong choices, this one is not an exclusion to the rule And French do this masterfully By the end of The Horusian Wars Resurrection you will be glad that you live on this shining and lovely planet And that you are not a small cog in the churning wheel of the grimdark W40 41K The other part of the storyline which makes it interesting is the beginning of your reader love with the new bunch of characters They are plunged into a cauldron of ideologies, hidden truths, unexpected discoveries and forsaken loyalties As the end result it all gave you the first place on a scene of a burning Galaxy That doesn t mean that the narrative is without issues and tempo mistakes But I will explain them a little bit later.Characters His new old characters, which are the main positive points of the novel were recreated accordingly to the new times with a small addition of the old lore First of all mister Covenant and co were introduced to the W40K a long time ago If I m not mistaken it was 2000 or 2001 then the Inquisitor rulebook was released Thus Covenant and co had already been built up to some expectations a long time ago New old Covenant himself is not shown directly as a main story driver Narrative is intentionally not explained through the first person views Like the story of Eisenhorn Through the eyes of others we see his character being built up Covenant represents a mystery Mystery for the universe, strange case for the Inquisition and human soul in the grimdark setting Thus we saw him by his acolytes Josef, Koleg, Von Castellans scions Cleander and Viola even woman Sororita Severita you all know I despise manlike musculine women characters Each of them are not what you would expect For example preacher Josef is human than von Castellans and every other character And absolutely different human being to the one you expect from the priest You would have expected a zealot, fanatic and idolator all in one Instead you have a man who truly believe, but ready to accept others failings and views And who truly can help with the word or praise And also Covenant is a psyker It s nothing new cause if you will compare other books about the W40K Inquisition from BL Eisenhorn, Ravenor, Carrion Throne, now Resurrection you will see that almost all of the main protagonists antagonists are psykers of different levels Here psykers are of a lower order as French said himself They have chunks of different powers and abilities but much grounded to the real universe Again, as John said himself Covenant has a bit of light telepathy, if you like, some telekinesis and some other functional and reasonably controlled powers, but there s nothing spectacular there He s not going to do an Ahriman and destroy an entire room full of Chaos Space Marines in the space of time it takes for his heart to beat once And that s is good cause after the epic storytelling of the GS Dark Imperium we need grounded stuff Likewise Mylasa, who s kind of his pet telepath and whose job is to scoop out people s minds and perform psychic interrogations that s all she does She doesn t have any of the other bells and whistles, she s not going to be throwing lightning around, as she s actually physically very weak.But that doesn t make her a scary psyker and death incarnate at all She is also one of the most human characters ever Even secondary characters and main antagonists feel like a part of a family Created with love and attention to details Also he covers one additional theme in all it s glory and horror He is probably one of the rare BL authors who outstandingly show the emergence of a dormant psyker into the W40K world That one scene on the Valour of Flame was not simply brilliantly done it gave me the greatest cosmic horror desolate ships despair in vacuum vibe since the times I watched Beyond Horizon movie a long time ago.Cons Even through Resurrection is a very good book, it has issues Any kind of reader will eventually see them while reading One of the top ones is over descriptiveness of everything Which is kind of strange, cause it s predecessor about Inquisition by Chris Wraight The Carrion Throne was awesome exactly due to the total descriptiveness on everything That gave real soul to Terra But here John describe everything from a bullet to a wall to ship to planet etc Instead of additional layer of suspense for which French is famous for he use a lot of descriptions, which are not needed at all Partly it is done to cover the next issue, which is the prominent one By describing everything John eat pages that should have been given to a fluent building of a plotline Which in general , through good is almost boring I do not agree with my review colleague track of words that The Horusian Wars Resurrection might not be for everyone, especially if you re hoping for a straightforward depiction of the Inquisition and what the Horusian Wars really are but if you re willing to put the effort in then you ll be rewarded with something quite special Just be prepared to be patient while you wait for the next installment Issue is not that it s not a straightforward depiction of the Inquisition yada yada Point is the story progression, where it stands in the end depiction of events or mainly the absence of events and not resolved build up of suspense is what made story almost boring And that partly due to the Antagonists Problem is Talicto and his company are too human New enemy in the second part of the book is too human They does not feel like Chaos, like enemy of mankind, like GREAT EVIL The main evil is too human, there is nothing dangerous or outworld ethereal in him Even through he maddles with the warp we does not see the truly corrupting influence of it It s like a doctor who used the wrong tools and patient died Problem was in the tools and partly with the doctor himself Thus, you can t truly feel for the Covenant Cause you can t see the evil in Talicto and co If you will read 300 pages ebook and stop at that point you will not have feelings and worries for the Covenant whom you will see simply as a naive youth To fully comprehend the structure and antagonists you need a full novel to finish And all the while you will not feel that our main protagonists were in any danger at all You could almost predict that Covenant and team is plot ard ScoreJohn French has written a really good and amazing book In general It is truly complex, structured, built up to the hype, with the tone and grimdark of W40K mixed with Lovecraft For the insight view on the Inquisitorial ideology thorians and horusians in particular , character s histories and beliefs, great depiction for the grim dark of GS Noctis Aeterna, question of psykers place in the universe and their emergence, awesome suspense and lovecraftian vibe I give Resurrection 4 out of 5 stars Hope it will be a great serie, with a lot of incoming storylines, events and novels for us to read.After all By ignorance we mistake, and by mistakes we learn.