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Becalmed in the backwater Phall system, the Imperial Fists’ relief fleet originally headed for Isstvan III has been waiting out the warp storms that waylaid them so many months ago. Under the assumed command of Captain Alexis Polux and seemingly forgotten by the rest of the Imperium, they hope yet to complete their mission and report back to their primarch Rogal Dorn, so t Becalmed in the backwater Phall system, the Imperial Fists’ relief fleet originally headed for Isstvan III has been waiting out the warp storms that waylaid them so many months ago. Under the assumed command of Captain Alexis Polux and seemingly forgotten by the rest of the Imperium, they hope yet to complete their mission and report back to their primarch Rogal Dorn, so that they might return to the greater conflict. But destiny calls as old rivalries are rekindled, and the treacherous Iron Warriors await their moment to strike – the feud between Dorn and his wayward brother Perturabo promises now to erupt into open war. ABOUT THE BOOK 'The Crimson Fist' is a novella from the Shadows of Treachery anthology.


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Becalmed in the backwater Phall system, the Imperial Fists’ relief fleet originally headed for Isstvan III has been waiting out the warp storms that waylaid them so many months ago. Under the assumed command of Captain Alexis Polux and seemingly forgotten by the rest of the Imperium, they hope yet to complete their mission and report back to their primarch Rogal Dorn, so t Becalmed in the backwater Phall system, the Imperial Fists’ relief fleet originally headed for Isstvan III has been waiting out the warp storms that waylaid them so many months ago. Under the assumed command of Captain Alexis Polux and seemingly forgotten by the rest of the Imperium, they hope yet to complete their mission and report back to their primarch Rogal Dorn, so that they might return to the greater conflict. But destiny calls as old rivalries are rekindled, and the treacherous Iron Warriors await their moment to strike – the feud between Dorn and his wayward brother Perturabo promises now to erupt into open war. ABOUT THE BOOK 'The Crimson Fist' is a novella from the Shadows of Treachery anthology.

30 review for The Crimson Fist

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gianfranco Mancini

    The Crimson Fist is an awesome Horus Heresy novella, a tale of old rivalries between two Legions turning to open war, with one of the longest, thrilling and awesome space battles in military sci-fi history. A real page-turner and my second read of it after years was just as good as the first. If we bleed, I thought, so will they! The Crimson Fist is an awesome Horus Heresy novella, a tale of old rivalries between two Legions turning to open war, with one of the longest, thrilling and awesome space battles in military sci-fi history. A real page-turner and my second read of it after years was just as good as the first. If we bleed, I thought, so will they!

  2. 4 out of 5

    M H

    1.5 ** I would not like it here or there, I would not like it anywhere

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Bowley

    This is written in a strange way that works for the most part. A large portion of the story is written from the perspective of Alexis Polux who thinks in a highly logical and stoic way, devoid of emotions, even when he is in the heat of combat and facing seemingly certain death. This contrasts well with with the parts written from the mind of the overly emotional and sensitive Sigismund. The first part of the story is largely the build up to a major space battle as the Imperial Fists 'Retributio This is written in a strange way that works for the most part. A large portion of the story is written from the perspective of Alexis Polux who thinks in a highly logical and stoic way, devoid of emotions, even when he is in the heat of combat and facing seemingly certain death. This contrasts well with with the parts written from the mind of the overly emotional and sensitive Sigismund. The first part of the story is largely the build up to a major space battle as the Imperial Fists 'Retribution Fleet' is dispatched after hearing news of Horus' treachery. This includes a major encounter in the Sigismund/Dorn plot thread that is continued in later works. This encounter is incredible and is John French at his best. The second part of the story covers the actual space battle. Whilst including some very 'wow' moments, it really drags on and may as well have been 'boom pew pew pew bang pow' written page after page. However, I really did enjoy the non-combat parts of this segment of the story, specifically anything with the astropaths and their great difficulty relaying messages and attempting to navigate the warp. One definitely begins to appreciate the Imperial Fists whilst reading this.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Anrathi

    I was delaying this one for the longest time and I was oh so wrong to do so. Expecting a lot of Iron Warriors vs. Imperial Fists action scenes, I was very pleasantly surprised to read extremely interesting pieces of lore around Alexis Polux, a character I truly enjoyed in Pharos, and Sigismund, the absolute legend of a man. Very, very nice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pavle

    As the Imperial Fists are my favorite loyalist legion, this does it right. John French has their number as he is able to make them unique, and feel as they should be through their characterization in the lore. Worth the read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Garry

    The Retrebution Fleet dispatched by Rogal Dorn in the novel The Flight of the Eisenstein upon hearing of Warmaster Horus's rebellion arrives battered by warpstorms in the Phall system. While trapped in the backwater system of Phall desperately trying to find a way out and onwards to Isstvan the fleet is attacked by those they once thought allies. This novella primarally focuses upon the void battle between the Imperial Fists and Iron Warriors, a huge and detailed naval engagement between the two The Retrebution Fleet dispatched by Rogal Dorn in the novel The Flight of the Eisenstein upon hearing of Warmaster Horus's rebellion arrives battered by warpstorms in the Phall system. While trapped in the backwater system of Phall desperately trying to find a way out and onwards to Isstvan the fleet is attacked by those they once thought allies. This novella primarally focuses upon the void battle between the Imperial Fists and Iron Warriors, a huge and detailed naval engagement between the two legions. The commander of the fleet Alexis Polux is shown to be a warrior who is ill at ease with the burden of command but resolute in his duty as is the demeanour of the Imperial Fists. As an aside to the action at Phall we are shown scenes on Terra between Dorn and Sigismund, finding out how and why Sigismund left the Retrebution Fleet and returned to Terra with Dorn. A crucial tale in the series, this story branches off in several directions at its conclusion... The Iron Warriors story arc is continued in Angel Exterminatus. Alexis Polux and his importance as "The Crimson Fist" is followed up in The Unremembered Empire. While Sigismund and the consequences of his actions and confession with Dorn is shown in Templar.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Murphy

    Oh man! While I wish we got to see more of this from the Iron Warriors perspective, it was still amazing getting to see one of my favourite Legions CRUSH their rivals. The story from the Iron Warriors perspective was amazing, and the story from the Imperial Fists (Alexis') perspective was equally good. The space battle was insane and kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole ride, and I actually grew to like the Imperial Fists in the HH with this one.(Most of what we have seen is just Dorn thu Oh man! While I wish we got to see more of this from the Iron Warriors perspective, it was still amazing getting to see one of my favourite Legions CRUSH their rivals. The story from the Iron Warriors perspective was amazing, and the story from the Imperial Fists (Alexis') perspective was equally good. The space battle was insane and kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole ride, and I actually grew to like the Imperial Fists in the HH with this one.(Most of what we have seen is just Dorn thus far, and their brief cameo in a few novels/short stories). One thing that I didn't expect from this novella was the view into Dorn and Sigismund's relationship and characters. I have been told that Sigis is pretty much the best astartes of the Great Crusade, and I have been eager to see him in action. But getting to see his doubts and his personality have been awesome as well. I really can't wait to see more of him and especially more of the Iron Warriors soon in Angel Exterminatus!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Wulf

    This short novel is at least for now the main Horus Heresy novel solely about the Imperial Fists, the 7th Legion.And quite a great short novel it is! The space battle is very thrilling and the main characters are all quite interesting, specially the main protagonist, Alexis Polux, which will become the first Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists (which is my favorite Chapter besides the Imperial Fists, and to see his actions in this book made the Crimson Fists even better!) My only issue is that, w This short novel is at least for now the main Horus Heresy novel solely about the Imperial Fists, the 7th Legion.And quite a great short novel it is! The space battle is very thrilling and the main characters are all quite interesting, specially the main protagonist, Alexis Polux, which will become the first Chapter Master of the Crimson Fists (which is my favorite Chapter besides the Imperial Fists, and to see his actions in this book made the Crimson Fists even better!) My only issue is that, well, its a short novel. The Imperial Fists deserve a full novel 300 or so pages, like Scars (White Scars), The First Heretic ( Word Bearers), Fulgrim (Emperor's Children), Fear to Tread (Blood Angels) and so on... But i take it that Black Library is awaiting for when it reaches the Battle of Terra, since that was the main action of the Imperial Fists! Only then we will have a real novel about the 7th Legion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stefan

    I managed to read The Crimson Fist all in one go. The book is a real page-turner. It is always a good sign when you are disappointed to finish a book because of the fact that you just want the story to continue.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alexander van der Pol

    "We are told that pride is a virtue, but only when bound to humility." "We are told that pride is a virtue, but only when bound to humility."

  11. 4 out of 5

    Harry Callander

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    Davis

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hestmord

  14. 4 out of 5

    Inkari

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jason Pym

  16. 4 out of 5

    David

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joe Pilon

  18. 4 out of 5

    David Knaak

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pete

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tina

  21. 4 out of 5

    Bumpy Lewis

  22. 4 out of 5

    Duane Mcconnell

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kuba Jakubowski

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian Baird

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shawn Fellows

  26. 4 out of 5

    Panda Terry

  27. 4 out of 5

    Николай

  28. 4 out of 5

    Johny

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ackers61

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nikos

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