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Signed Out of Print Hardcover The Magos: An Eisenhorn Novel Limited Edition (Only 1500 Copies Worldwide) ----- Inquisitor Eisenhorn makes his triumphant return in a brand new novel, collected together with every one of the short stories starring the tortured servant of the Throne. ----- Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn has spent his life stalking the darkest and most dangerous Signed Out of Print Hardcover The Magos: An Eisenhorn Novel Limited Edition (Only 1500 Copies Worldwide) ----- Inquisitor Eisenhorn makes his triumphant return in a brand new novel, collected together with every one of the short stories starring the tortured servant of the Throne. ----- Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn has spent his life stalking the darkest and most dangerous limits of the Imperium in pursuit of heresy and Chaos. But how long can a man walk that path without succumbing to the lure of the Warp? Is Eisenhorn still a champion of the Throne, or has he been seduced by the very evil that he hunts? Warhammer 40,000’s most beloved anti-hero finally returns in a stunning new novel that pits him against his oldest and most constant foe, and forces him to confront the true darkness of his own self. Presented for the first time ever, this is the definitive casebook of Gregor Eisenhorn, collecting all of Dan Abnett’s celebrated Inquisitor short stories into a single epic volume. The stories, some of which have never been in print before, have been compiled and introduced by the author to serve as an indispensable companion to the acclaimed Eisenhorn trilogy, and to act as an essential prologue to The Magos, a brand new, full-length Eisenhorn novel. This Volume includes the following stories: Pestilence​, Master Imus’s Transgression​, Regia Occulta​, Missing in Action​​​, Backcloth for a Crown Additional​​​, The Strange Demise of Titus Endor​, The Curiosity​, Playing Patience​, Thorn Wishes Talon​, The Gardens of Tycho​​​, The Keeler Image​​​, Perihelion​​​ and The Magos​.


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Signed Out of Print Hardcover The Magos: An Eisenhorn Novel Limited Edition (Only 1500 Copies Worldwide) ----- Inquisitor Eisenhorn makes his triumphant return in a brand new novel, collected together with every one of the short stories starring the tortured servant of the Throne. ----- Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn has spent his life stalking the darkest and most dangerous Signed Out of Print Hardcover The Magos: An Eisenhorn Novel Limited Edition (Only 1500 Copies Worldwide) ----- Inquisitor Eisenhorn makes his triumphant return in a brand new novel, collected together with every one of the short stories starring the tortured servant of the Throne. ----- Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn has spent his life stalking the darkest and most dangerous limits of the Imperium in pursuit of heresy and Chaos. But how long can a man walk that path without succumbing to the lure of the Warp? Is Eisenhorn still a champion of the Throne, or has he been seduced by the very evil that he hunts? Warhammer 40,000’s most beloved anti-hero finally returns in a stunning new novel that pits him against his oldest and most constant foe, and forces him to confront the true darkness of his own self. Presented for the first time ever, this is the definitive casebook of Gregor Eisenhorn, collecting all of Dan Abnett’s celebrated Inquisitor short stories into a single epic volume. The stories, some of which have never been in print before, have been compiled and introduced by the author to serve as an indispensable companion to the acclaimed Eisenhorn trilogy, and to act as an essential prologue to The Magos, a brand new, full-length Eisenhorn novel. This Volume includes the following stories: Pestilence​, Master Imus’s Transgression​, Regia Occulta​, Missing in Action​​​, Backcloth for a Crown Additional​​​, The Strange Demise of Titus Endor​, The Curiosity​, Playing Patience​, Thorn Wishes Talon​, The Gardens of Tycho​​​, The Keeler Image​​​, Perihelion​​​ and The Magos​.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    Magos is not just one book. There is the main story called "Magos" and then there are several short stories that precede it. All of the stories eventually have a tie-in to the Magos storyline. This is the story of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn. His obsession with the chaos cult called the Cognitae has cost him his standing with the Inquisition. Still Eisenhorn continues his battle against the Cognitae, even to the point of going rogue in the eyes of his Ordos. This story focuses on Eisenhorn and hi Magos is not just one book. There is the main story called "Magos" and then there are several short stories that precede it. All of the stories eventually have a tie-in to the Magos storyline. This is the story of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn. His obsession with the chaos cult called the Cognitae has cost him his standing with the Inquisition. Still Eisenhorn continues his battle against the Cognitae, even to the point of going rogue in the eyes of his Ordos. This story focuses on Eisenhorn and his search for the Yellow King. Without going too much into the plot- the chaos cult's efforts truly cause Eisenhorn to question the validity of his own beliefs and actions. Is he a heretic? Or does he still serve the Imperium? The action is exciting and the story is interesting. The short stories run from being great to merely good. But they all do introduce characters whom you will run into during the main plot of "Magos". While not a Space Marine, save one in a cameo in one of the short stories, makes an appearance this is still an exciting tale- The Inquisition is a great organization to read about. Eisenhorn is an interesting character and I enjoyed learning about his background. The short stories allow for insight into many of the things that occur later in the Magos storyline. I enjoyed the way they tied in and it made sense rather than being a random bunch of stories. Nice read about the Inquisition and, in specific, Gregor Eisenhorn. Any Warhammer fan will like this one.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Claire Benham

    Dan Abnett, my life is all the richer for having books written by you in it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Simon Clark

    Short review: Abnett's inquisitor fiction just gets better and better, with this volume tying the unfinished trilogy of trilogies together. Long review: Dan Abnett is my all-time favourite Black Library author, and his two crowning achievements are the Gaunt's Ghosts series and the inquisitor novels, of which The Magos is the eighth entry, sitting between Ravenor Rogue and Pariah. If you're still reading this review by this early point then I can safely make two assumptions: 1) that you're not tu Short review: Abnett's inquisitor fiction just gets better and better, with this volume tying the unfinished trilogy of trilogies together. Long review: Dan Abnett is my all-time favourite Black Library author, and his two crowning achievements are the Gaunt's Ghosts series and the inquisitor novels, of which The Magos is the eighth entry, sitting between Ravenor Rogue and Pariah. If you're still reading this review by this early point then I can safely make two assumptions: 1) that you're not turned off by the idea of the Black Library making literary content based around Warhammer 40k, and 2) that you're aware of the background of Warhammer. If that latter point is incorrect then a one sentence summary is: in the 41st millenium the galaxy-wide human empire is crumbling, with all-powerful individuals called inquisitors attempting to arrest the empire's collapse. The Magos depicts Inquisitor Eisenhorn as an old man, branded a dangerous heretic by the Imperium, working outside the Ordos with his retinue, and still utterly committed to his mission of ending the Cogitae. OK cool, if you're not actually interested in this book then I've completely lost you by this point. To you, discerning 40k reader, I can wholeheartedly recommend this book. I desperately need to re-read the other inquisitor novels (more on that later) but I think this may be my favourite in the series. As with his other work, Abnett just keeps getting better. And I can make that comparison because included in the copy of The Magos I read were a series of short stories, some previously published in other books, some previously made as audio dramas, and some completely new. They neatly show the progress of Abnett's writing, and act as important precursors to The Magos. This is both a boon and a problem. A boon because it allows for new characters in the book to have surprisingly deep, developed backstories, and reminds a reader like myself who hasn't read the other novels in a while quite who is who. At a point in The Magos a pivotal revelation occurs, going all the way back to the beginning of the series and pointing a way to its conclusion at the end the Bequin trilogy. The background provided in these short stories definitely contributes to the weight of this revelation. However. When presented in the volume as they are, one after the other followed by The Magos, the telegraphing and foreshadowing in these short stories, as well as their effect when referenced in the revelation, comes across as rather... hackneyed. That's not to say that they are bad, or that their inclusion in the story is bad. But when read in rapid succession their relationship to the story does seem rather simplistic. Fortunately however this isn't what Abnett intended. In the contents of the book Abnett provides a suggested reading order, showing where in the order of short stories you should read the other books from Hereticus to Pariah. I plan on doing this in the future, because I imagine that with the weight of the rest of the story and better spacing between the shorts, the impact on the revelation in The Magos will be much greater, and the flow of the series will be greatly improved. Given how I read the book I award it four stars, but I imagine that if consumed the book's content as the author intended it would be five stars. At any rate this is first-rate dark science fiction, with deep characters, fantastic imagination, and gripping action. Abnett is the best there is at this, and if you're interested in 40k then this series is arguably the best place to start.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Callum Shephard

    There's one thing that should be made clear before this begins: This isn't simply a new novel. People seeking to pick up this new release might be surprised to find that it is an omnibus length book, retaining the same page count as the entire Eisenhorn trilogy leading up to this work. The reason for this is that it retains more or less every short story published surrounding the series to date. From a few rare examples to several audio-to-text adaptations, over half of the book is made up of thi There's one thing that should be made clear before this begins: This isn't simply a new novel. People seeking to pick up this new release might be surprised to find that it is an omnibus length book, retaining the same page count as the entire Eisenhorn trilogy leading up to this work. The reason for this is that it retains more or less every short story published surrounding the series to date. From a few rare examples to several audio-to-text adaptations, over half of the book is made up of things we have seen before from across Eisenhorn's career. Is this bad? No, because it gives Games Workshop a reason to reprint those stories, and there's not a bad one among them. That said, for time constraints, this is going to skip those for the moment. Instead, this will focus purely on The Magos itself, and judge the qualities of that work. Brief bite-sized reviews of the short stories might come at a later date, but this is just going to cover the new story. The Synopsis "Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn has spent his life stalking the darkest and most dangerous limits of the Imperium in pursuit of heresy and Chaos. But how long can a man walk that path without succumbing to the lure of the Warp? Is Eisenhorn still a champion of the Throne, or has he been seduced by the very evil that he hunts?" It's not often we simply stick to the official blurb, but there's a lot here which can easily be spoiled. If the review as a whole seems as if it is attempting to write around certain details, that's only because it is. This is definitely a great addition to the saga, but you need to go in blind to fully appreciate more than a few of its best points. As such, the review below will highlight its best and worst qualities, but it might not be nearly so detailed as the usual reviews. The Good It would be easy simply to say "It's Eisenhorn" and then drop the metaphorical mic and leave. You know this is going to be good as, even in the absolute worst of the short stories, they are still miles ahead of many of their contemporaries. However, to offer a more detailed outline of the best qualities found within The Magos, you need to look into how it is set up. By the end of Malleus, everything was more or less finished. The titular Inquisitor had come to the very end of his promised arc, only to disappear in the final afterward. The characters broke up to follow their own lives, with several crossing over into the Ravenor trilogy. As such, this could have easily seemed like a needless one-shot, and yet it works near perfectly. This is thanks as much to the overall depiction of its protagonist in its current state as the core villain. The Eisenhorn that we see here has more than a simple "I've gone off of the deep end" tone to him, nor even the acceptance of his Radicalism. Instead, there is a noted effort to almost mentally ignore it. This isn't so much an outright effort to blind himself to having gone so far, nor even to try and live out a life now lost to him, but simply to not register it. While difficult to describe without spoiling a few notable scenes, it makes for an interesting contrast with most variants of Inquisitor gone bad. Eisenhorn as he is neither fits into the extremist insisting that he is right nor even the unwitting pawn of Chaos. Instead, it's a bizarre twist which makes his descent all the more chilling. You can still easily see the man who fought against Glaw in there, and at times he seems almost unchanged. The moment you do start to accept that, the book adds a brief but very sharp reminder of just what has transpired and what he now associates himself with. The core villain of the book is also a definite strength, turning what could have easily been a one-shot figure into a surprisingly memorable foe. In the past books, we had a solid string of antagonists. First there was the Glaw Household, with a full introduction and outline of their personas. Then it was a shadowy figure of such power that Eisenhorn only confronted and even directly spoke with him at the last moment. Then it was a sin Eisenhorn had created, born of his own desperate need and a sign of how his compromises would come back to bite him. Each filled out a specific role in reflecting the Inquisitor's own state and indicating things to come. So, adding in a figure for a single novel, after that character arc is finished, could have turned him into a simple obstacle to be overcome. Instead, the "oldest and most constant foe" the blurb promises establishes something which could be seen as a manifestation of the Imperium's greatest failings. Something which is parallel to the protagonist himself, and yet has been born from a very different origin. Saying anything more would be spoiling an excellent book but it is a welcome twist which grants the tome an identity of its own, rather than being some tacked on adventure. The presentation of the fights and the engagements here are low key up to a point. You'll know the exact moment when it does throw things out the window and goes into the sort of battle Ravenor is known for. Prior to that, however, the book tries to better emphasise the investigation and drama angles the series is best famed for. In fact, it handles it better than more than a few previous installments, as it doesn't feel the need to throw in nearly as many battles or Die Hard stunts to keep things interesting. It's a different flavour of storytelling, but it fits in well with the age in which it is set, and even the style of storytelling present in the short tales leading up to it. The characters accompanying Eisnehorn himself are spectacularly written, as is to be expected by this point. With a few returning faces and one particular daemonic entity, the story has plenty of well-developed individuals to call upon. How some have reacted following the fall-out of past series is commented upon, and it is used to reflect on the current state of the group. Specifically what they have become and how they are required to operate now. Most are given a chance to shine within the work, and a few even benefit from short character arcs which cover several chapters. This offers them more to do than what was typically found in the main trilogy, and helps to better integrate the new faces into the overall work. However, the use of interrogatories, detective work and subterfuge is where The Magos truly shines. While it is far less Mission Impossible than what Ravenor usually offered, there's a degree more engagement in seeing how the characters adapt, work and overcome challenges with very finite resources. It's clear that they have little to fall back on, which turns it into less of a spy thriller and more of a Shadowrun experience with Inquisitorial figures involved. The Bad The obvious inherent weakness of the book is simply the flaw all singular series suffer from - Continuity lockout. With an intended ongoing one, one with multiple arcs and planned to keep going as needed, you can create jumping on points and ease new readers into them. Many of you are likely thinking of comics, but even Gaunt's Ghosts features this. In the case of The Magos, an inherent familiarity of the past tales is required to truly get to grips with it. Many minor or secondary elements which old hands might have forgotten and cannot simply be gleaned from skimming over a wikia page are present here, which makes it difficult to dive headlong into without prior preperation. This might sound odd, but even as someone who has read the original Eisenhorn and Ravenor series a dozen times over each, I was finding myself having to go back to see if I was misremembering events. Furthermore, the book also pushes to be semi-self contained in a manner akin to the previous entries. Unlike those, a few later segments seem rushed in how they close out events. While past books - Especially Xenos - could write off characters thanks to the substantial time-skips or even the lifestyle of an Inquisitor, in this case it seems to force them closed. This ends with more than a few stories coming to a very abrupt end, and while this is infinitely less jarring than it might have been under another penman, it's a noted difference from past works. Almost as if part of the book were attempting to wipe the slate clean, while the other half left enough dangling elements to follow on later. The problem is, the two do not quite mesh, creating a somewhat jarring situation. With the presence of many new characters here, especially among Eisenhorn's entourage, there are more than a few occasions where they seem notably superfluous. While previous installments had their fair share of shock deaths, dispensible fodder and minor figures, there was always a solid core of figures to fall back on. With so many of them removed here, several of the major players end up carrying out a very similar role. They are thankfully their own characters and remain distinct enough to be more than a simple substitute, but you can easily find yourself mentally noting that they have been added to cover for a specific role. Perhaps the greatest flaw to be found within The Magos is how it ultimately tries to rely on atmosphere more than descriptions. Abnett himself tends to go back and forth on this point, with some works favouring creating a sense or specific emotion within a scene over lengthy details, while others build a distinct image. Neither one is particularly wrong, and Abnett tends to use one or the other depending upon what he is writing. The thing is, however, that the past Eisenhorn works favoured the latter, whereas The Magos is very much the former. Many scenes in past books hinged very heavily on extremely detailed and very distinct environments, so to jump right from that to a very different approach can be discordant. You can argue that this isn't an inherent problem with this book, but when it ties so closely into a larger series, it is worth citing as a flaw in the overall narrative. The Verdict This was definitely the sort of book Pariah should have been. Along with the action being centred on a familiar protagonist over a new figure stuck in an invisible war on unfamiliar factions, it fills in many gaps and helps to set the scene for the events to come. While Eisenhorn's character arc had dome to a natural end with Malleus, this manages to keep the story going without feeling like a superfluous extension. The only serious criticism truly is that it is heavily entrenched in past series continuity, and has been written with old fans in mind. Combined with a rather abrupt conclusion, it's definitely not something new fans or even those with a passing familiarity with the series will be able to get into. Then again, that merely justifies introducing them to one of Black Library's greatest trilogies.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tepintzin

    The first half of the book is short stories, which Dan Abnett recommends reading or re-reading for background for "The Magos" itself. I loved the book. After the disappointment of "The Warmaster" I was hoping that Abnett's writing mojo went into this one...and it did. It's the link from "Hereticus" to "Pariah" and makes me really excited for the next book which I believe is called "Penitent". The first half of the book is short stories, which Dan Abnett recommends reading or re-reading for background for "The Magos" itself. I loved the book. After the disappointment of "The Warmaster" I was hoping that Abnett's writing mojo went into this one...and it did. It's the link from "Hereticus" to "Pariah" and makes me really excited for the next book which I believe is called "Penitent".

  6. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Alright, but a quite sloppy and has a lot of unnecessary filler. You can tell this started out as a collection of short stories, but when the author changed it into a full novel he didn't bother formatting what he had already written. The first 40ish percent are these short stories which occur from many different viewpoints and from all over the timeline. Even in the latter half of the book, however, the Eisenhorn POV parts are few and far between. Even more annoying than this is the absence of Alright, but a quite sloppy and has a lot of unnecessary filler. You can tell this started out as a collection of short stories, but when the author changed it into a full novel he didn't bother formatting what he had already written. The first 40ish percent are these short stories which occur from many different viewpoints and from all over the timeline. Even in the latter half of the book, however, the Eisenhorn POV parts are few and far between. Even more annoying than this is the absence of Cherubael. You know, the daemonhost who was the focus of the original trilogy and is literally the reason Eisenhorn became a radical. For some reason Eisenhorn just leaves him at home, one of the most powerful beings he's ever encountered, which is convenient for making enemy encounters more dangerous and pad out the books story. I think Cherubael gets two lines of dialogue in a short story and a page of dialogue at the very end. Disappointing. Other than that it's an alright read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dylan

    It was amazing to finally get back to Eisenhorn and fill in some of the gaps in his story. I'd only read one of these previously, the short story "Backcloth for a Crown Additional" which appeared in the Omnibus edition of the Eisenhorn trilogy. But i had always meant to get to the others included in this anthology. When i started the book, i was under the impression that the only new story was the novel "The Magos", but that turned out to not be true at all. There are 3 short stories that haven't It was amazing to finally get back to Eisenhorn and fill in some of the gaps in his story. I'd only read one of these previously, the short story "Backcloth for a Crown Additional" which appeared in the Omnibus edition of the Eisenhorn trilogy. But i had always meant to get to the others included in this anthology. When i started the book, i was under the impression that the only new story was the novel "The Magos", but that turned out to not be true at all. There are 3 short stories that haven't been published previously, two of which feature Magos Biologis Valentin Drusher in his earlier career before he has his encounter with Eisenhorn. On top of that... Dan Abnett rather skillfully wove references and mentions from all of the featured short stories into The Magos novel, so it was well worth reading them all in order, even if you've read them previously. (his author's forward mentions this as well, but it's surprising how many people i've heard say they skipped that) Honestly, i think this is my favorite of the entire series so far. Drusher is an amazingly good "every man" character, who just comes out and says a lot of things ordinary folks might think about Eisenhorn and his Inquisitorial followers, sometimes "blurts them" is actually more appropriate. It's often hilariously awkward, but frequently very insightful. I've become so accustomed to the way Eisenhorn presents his first-person narrative, that i never really thought about how that conceit would appear to an ordinary citizen who's never really heard of or believed in "the great enemy". This has always been the greatest strength of the Eisenhorn/Ravenor books, in that it portrays a look at life in the 41st millennium away from the battlefields of Warhammer 40k. And this book turned that up to 11. There's also a particular chapter toward the climax of the story, where Eisenhorn has to face some incredibly difficult truths about himself and his mission. And more specifically, about the way he's been doing things his whole life. This chapter is where a lot of the references from earlier stories comes in, but it's by no means the only section to do so. This bit was the single best breakdown of his character i've ever seen. And Eisenhorn comes away from it, a profoundly changed man. I've been holding off on reading Pariah (the first in the Bequin trilogy) for several years, because i was concerned that the 2nd part wasn't forthcoming any time soon. But it's very tempting to dive into that book... The Magos sets up a lot of what i'm sure will be some fascinating character arcs there.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kdawg91

    Last Warhammer for a bit, I (kinda) promise. Eisenhorn is a bad man, an inquistor (for those not familiar with the universe) basically a cop. This is a collection of short stories and a new one that shows the world that most of Warhammer books don't cover, the dirty underside of an already dirty world, (yup..that bad) This is great stuff, if you are a scifi fan and crime noir type fan..this is a good read for you and it is spring break...you need something to read. Last Warhammer for a bit, I (kinda) promise. Eisenhorn is a bad man, an inquistor (for those not familiar with the universe) basically a cop. This is a collection of short stories and a new one that shows the world that most of Warhammer books don't cover, the dirty underside of an already dirty world, (yup..that bad) This is great stuff, if you are a scifi fan and crime noir type fan..this is a good read for you and it is spring break...you need something to read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ben Stimpson

    First ever written review and it deservers it. Dan Abnett is on perfect from without wanting to put in any spoilers all I will say is it sets up the two 'final' books in the third inquisition trilglogy perfectly and produces a mass of background to Pariarh. For the best experience DO NOT skip straight to Magos even if you have read many of the shorts before there is a pay off. now just to try and plug the wait till the next book ! First ever written review and it deservers it. Dan Abnett is on perfect from without wanting to put in any spoilers all I will say is it sets up the two 'final' books in the third inquisition trilglogy perfectly and produces a mass of background to Pariarh. For the best experience DO NOT skip straight to Magos even if you have read many of the shorts before there is a pay off. now just to try and plug the wait till the next book !

  10. 5 out of 5

    Loukios Nousios

    A really enjoyable read. I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn’t for some mediocre short stories. Most shorts were good with a couple being really good. Abnett always manages to teleport me to a vivid world filled with worlds, smells and sounds. Great writing and definitely a great reminder of good old Inquisitor Eisenhorn.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John Chidley-Hill

    The first Eisenhorn book I've read -- mainly because I can't get a hand on the first three anywhere -- and I don't think I really suffered for missing the originals. The first two thirds of the book are short stories featuring characters that would later feature prominently in the actual novel "the Magos." Those little glimpses into Eisenhorn's world were helpful to understanding the characters in the actual novel and were also very to read. At one point I read 90 pages in a day, which is very f The first Eisenhorn book I've read -- mainly because I can't get a hand on the first three anywhere -- and I don't think I really suffered for missing the originals. The first two thirds of the book are short stories featuring characters that would later feature prominently in the actual novel "the Magos." Those little glimpses into Eisenhorn's world were helpful to understanding the characters in the actual novel and were also very to read. At one point I read 90 pages in a day, which is very fast for me. I still prefer the Ciaphas Cain novels but if you're into Warhammer 40K and somehow haven't read an Eisenhorn book I'd strongly recommend this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    Excellent collection of Eisenhorn short stories that lead into Book 4 of the Eisenhorn Trilogy. Lots of action and intrigue, with some solid characters. The Magos novel is a bridge to the Bequin Trilogy. Check it out.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Hipsher

    This is absolutely fantastic. A series of stories all relating loosely to the main Magos story Dan Abnett writes another classic, my favorite of which was The Strange Demise of Titus Endor. An absolute classic.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Andy Sims

    It has been a long time since Pariah and I have sorely missed the world of Gregor Eisenhorn, Gideon Ravenor, and the rest of their circle. Magos, the main story and the added short stories, have certainly soothed the pain of waiting. I was unsure about the Eisenhorn in this book, the weight of years and the shadow of being hounded by the Ordos and the Archenemy have certainly taken their toll......well, you'll just have to read it yourself to see how things end up. Great book, and as always i ea It has been a long time since Pariah and I have sorely missed the world of Gregor Eisenhorn, Gideon Ravenor, and the rest of their circle. Magos, the main story and the added short stories, have certainly soothed the pain of waiting. I was unsure about the Eisenhorn in this book, the weight of years and the shadow of being hounded by the Ordos and the Archenemy have certainly taken their toll......well, you'll just have to read it yourself to see how things end up. Great book, and as always i eagerly await Dan Abnett's next novel!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    The Magos as a collection is fantastic. Following the author's recommended, chronological reading order, I read through the shorts and reread the relevant books before diving into The Magos itself and really enjoyed the experience as whole (I don't own a copy of Pariah, I think, and it's out of print so I'll need to track it down someday). Reading all of the Eisenhorn and Ravenor books with the stories sprinkled throughout and ending with the Magos is a journey I 100% recommend taking. The stori The Magos as a collection is fantastic. Following the author's recommended, chronological reading order, I read through the shorts and reread the relevant books before diving into The Magos itself and really enjoyed the experience as whole (I don't own a copy of Pariah, I think, and it's out of print so I'll need to track it down someday). Reading all of the Eisenhorn and Ravenor books with the stories sprinkled throughout and ending with the Magos is a journey I 100% recommend taking. The stories I scored as follows: Pestilence: 5 stars Master Imus' Transgression: 5 stars Regia Occulta: 4 stars Missing in Action: 5 stars Blackcloth for an Additional Crown: 4 stars The Strange Demise of Titus Endor: 5 stars The Curiosity: 4 stars Playing Patience: 5 stars Thorn Wishes Talon: 4 stars Gardens of Tycho: 5 stars Playing Keeler: 5 stars Perihelion: 4 stars All are quite solid, with my reasons logged in my progress as the book went on. I initially thought some of them were republished here simply because they were stories involving someone solving a mystery (I think it's explained that way maybe in the intro) and was not expecting many of them to eventually play a role in The Magos itself. While several bridge the gaps between earlier books and don't really reappear, those that did were used in a very exciting way. For The Magos itself, I easily rank it at 5 stars. I devoured this book and really loved it's turn from a moody, haunted house sort of piece into straight cosmic horror. Using the titular Magos as a way for us to experience where Eisenhorn is in life, with chapters from his point of view as well, worked extremely well at balancing the story. Nearly all of it seems to set up what I know about Pariah, but also easily works as it's own piece while continuing earlier plot threads from previous books. This book also felt much tighter than the sector spanning stories of the earlier Eisenhorn books, but still really ramps up the scale in the sort of encounters they end up experiencing. All in all, The Magos is well worth it and shows that Dan Abnett can still spin an excellent horror mystery set in the grim, dark future.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Brett Bricker

    Another masterpiece by Abnett. Hooray! After a headlong binge of the Eisenhorn trilogy I decided to dive into The Magos. At first I wasn't sure what to make of the book, but once I adjusted to the nature of the book (a collection of stories along a specific timeline) I found myself teleported back to the unforgettable Eisenhorn experience. Excellent writing coupled with intriguing and interconnected plots, while punctuated with gritty violence and raw character, The Magos is truly an excellent a Another masterpiece by Abnett. Hooray! After a headlong binge of the Eisenhorn trilogy I decided to dive into The Magos. At first I wasn't sure what to make of the book, but once I adjusted to the nature of the book (a collection of stories along a specific timeline) I found myself teleported back to the unforgettable Eisenhorn experience. Excellent writing coupled with intriguing and interconnected plots, while punctuated with gritty violence and raw character, The Magos is truly an excellent addition to the current stellar line up. Interesting new character populate the pages along with the solid and memorable support of old favorites. The stories are enlightening to the canon of Eisenhorn and intriguing. Realistic dialogue, immersive description and strong attention to "creating a world" are in full glorious display. If you have read the Eisenhorn trilogy treat yourself to this further exploration. 5/5. Highly recommend.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yiannis Nousios

    Once again and as expected Mr. Abnett gave us and amazing story. I'll try not to be biased since I am a big fan of all his previous work. One does not become a fan of any writer though without having read and loved his/hers work. My review does not concern the other stories since they were published in the past. Even though it is nice to have all short stories about Eisenhorn and Ravenor in one book, I was mainly interested in the novella ''The Magos''. What a story that was! I read the whole no Once again and as expected Mr. Abnett gave us and amazing story. I'll try not to be biased since I am a big fan of all his previous work. One does not become a fan of any writer though without having read and loved his/hers work. My review does not concern the other stories since they were published in the past. Even though it is nice to have all short stories about Eisenhorn and Ravenor in one book, I was mainly interested in the novella ''The Magos''. What a story that was! I read the whole novella in just 2 days. Captivating from the start! Great storyline, mystery, suspense, a pinch of horror, very good development of characters. It is amazing how much Mr. Abnett can do in only 400 pages. In conclusion and paraphrasing Oscar Wilde: “You must read the novella ''The Magos''. It is the perfect type of a perfect pleasure. It is exquisite, and it leaves one unsatisfied. What more can one want?”

  18. 5 out of 5

    GRAAK

    I like Abnett but I think he's really suboptimal in conveying interesting action scenes. And from a certain point on 60% of the book is pure, unfortunately boring, bolter porn with sparsed interesting bits. I've finished only for its main character and for the new magos character introduced in this book. I really hope better for the next novel... I like Abnett but I think he's really suboptimal in conveying interesting action scenes. And from a certain point on 60% of the book is pure, unfortunately boring, bolter porn with sparsed interesting bits. I've finished only for its main character and for the new magos character introduced in this book. I really hope better for the next novel...

  19. 4 out of 5

    Curtis Andersen

    TL;DR - This is yet another great story from Dan Abnett featuring one of my favorite characters. The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star read is that, in my humble opinion, it requires reading the previous 3 books and I struggled to remember some of those details. Still, highly recommended! ***Warning Possible Spoilers*** I remember when I first read the the short story The Curiosity and met Magos Biologis Valentin Drusher. It's a story that stuck with me because I felt like I was seeing f TL;DR - This is yet another great story from Dan Abnett featuring one of my favorite characters. The only thing keeping this from being a 5 star read is that, in my humble opinion, it requires reading the previous 3 books and I struggled to remember some of those details. Still, highly recommended! ***Warning Possible Spoilers*** I remember when I first read the the short story The Curiosity and met Magos Biologis Valentin Drusher. It's a story that stuck with me because I felt like I was seeing for the first time the life of a citizen of the Imperium without that person being a warrior or somehow directly involved in the ever churning wars that occupy so much of the 41st millenium. It helped make the universe feel more real. When I hit that story in this book again my face lit up and as the additional stories continued from Eisenhorn's casebook all the pieces of the puzzle started to fall into place. The story of The Magos feels like the payoff of a strong, well thought out, set-up. First of all, although I do strongly believe that this book hits home best if you are familiar with the first three Eisenhorn books, The Magos technically has all you need to know as part of the casebook. That section's short stories feel like a great recap, like on a TV show when they feature the important parts of a story so you can be dropped right into an episode. The inclusion, maybe better to say "focus on," Druser and Marshal Max offers a nice shift from the previous books. Usually Eisenhorn stories are from the Inquisitor's perspective and therefore we are given all the knowledge that he has. This book helped maintain it's mystery by seeing things from Drusher's POV, which was especially fitting as we got to the end of a specific journey that Gregor Eisenhorn has been on since his first appearance. The ending had me on the edge of my seat and the final conversation between Drusher and ++REDACTED BY THE INQUISITION++ felt well earned and has me ready for whatever comes next. Excellent work, Mr. Abnett! Keep them coming!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    A new addition to the Eisenhorn Saga, plus a collection of short stories about either Gregor himself or his associates. The short stories and the novel itself are in chronological order, and the table of contents also tells you where the Eisenhorn, Ravenor and Bequin novels occur in the timeline. At the very end, a more detailed timeline contains the stories, novels and specific events. The short stories range from a little boring to good. They do provide some context to things in the novels, suc A new addition to the Eisenhorn Saga, plus a collection of short stories about either Gregor himself or his associates. The short stories and the novel itself are in chronological order, and the table of contents also tells you where the Eisenhorn, Ravenor and Bequin novels occur in the timeline. At the very end, a more detailed timeline contains the stories, novels and specific events. The short stories range from a little boring to good. They do provide some context to things in the novels, such as how Eisenhorn lost his hand. Others, notably the stories following Magos Drusher, are there to set up the novel. The Magos novel is a departure from the previous Eisenhorn novels. It's not in first person, and the main POV character is Drusher from some of the short stories. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, the perspective of someone unbiased seeing the now radical Eisenhorn could make for interesting conflict. This conflict is there somewhat, though a bit odd at times. The meek biologist who is afraid of a wounded caged bird in his care also somehow has the confidence to stand up to Eisenhorn. (view spoiler)[ I also thought that Drusher and Macks should be more affected seeing the horrors of the Warp. Both initially believed all talk of daemons was only Imperial propaganda meant to scare its citizens into obedience. (hide spoiler)] The other point of contention is the absence of Cherubael. On one hand it adds some tension since Gregor can't have it solve all his problems. The downside is that the explanation for Cherubael's being elsewhere is only given a couple throwaway lines. Abnett's strengths still come through in the actions scenes, and in the character of Eisenhorn. Gregor's mission has taken it's toll on him, mentally and physically. Now even his targets refer to him as heretic. The characters don't really grow, but does showcase Eisenhorn's current mental state. The last paragraph hints that we'll see more of Drusher in the future.

  21. 5 out of 5

    stormin

    I started to listen to this book out of order, which ended up not really being a problem because the first ½ or so of the text is a collection of short-stories. I was really impressed by these. Abnett is a B-grade novelist but an A-grade short story writer. There was one story in particular about the origins of a highly lethal plague--a researcher had to go to a remote island hospice in search of a cure--that had that "Wow, you just read something awesome" feeling at the conclusion, and a few ot I started to listen to this book out of order, which ended up not really being a problem because the first ½ or so of the text is a collection of short-stories. I was really impressed by these. Abnett is a B-grade novelist but an A-grade short story writer. There was one story in particular about the origins of a highly lethal plague--a researcher had to go to a remote island hospice in search of a cure--that had that "Wow, you just read something awesome" feeling at the conclusion, and a few others had similar impacts. The short stories introduced a couple of new characters that I think Abnett clearly liked more than Eisenhorn at this point, Max (a tough lady cop) and Druciel (I have no idea on the spelling, a bookish, neurotic scientist). Drucial was hilarious and very empathetic. He disliked guns and had no bluster, making him a refreshing opposite from basically everyone else in the universe. So I was really happy when The Magos (the actual novel) started out with Drucial as the viewpoint. That chapter was hilarious, with more light and fun and energy than any of the other novels so far. Overall, The Magos was OK, but kind of a let-down. By this point Eisenhorn is grim, humorless, and emotionless. Guess that's why they call it grimdark. I also really appreciated that he started out as a puritan and not a radical--obviously radicals are more sympatico with the contemporary zeitgeist--and in The Magos he becomes a radical. It's… boring. There was also a really long section that was a kind of dream sequence that made no sense to me. I'll stick with it. The adventures are fun. But it's still just B-grade stuff. There are redeeming qualities, but it's not something I'd go out and recommend to friends.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gareth

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a very strong book, and caps off the overall collection well. Going into it I thought I knew who the Magos was, but reading it there is some potential ambiguity. I like how it weaves the various plot threads from the short stories together into this novel. It seems to be the first Eisenhorn novel not from his point of view, which was quite a change of pace. The primary viewpoint person, Magos Drusher, doesn't have the best opinion of Eisenhorn at times, but just seeing Eisenhorn from hi This was a very strong book, and caps off the overall collection well. Going into it I thought I knew who the Magos was, but reading it there is some potential ambiguity. I like how it weaves the various plot threads from the short stories together into this novel. It seems to be the first Eisenhorn novel not from his point of view, which was quite a change of pace. The primary viewpoint person, Magos Drusher, doesn't have the best opinion of Eisenhorn at times, but just seeing Eisenhorn from his viewpoint does make him more sympathetic I think. Eisenhorn does still seem to make some of his typical arrogant mistakes in this, but is perhaps learning from it. Does provide some clarity to the Pariah novel, with it clear here that Eisenhorn isn't the King in Yellow (at least at this stage, I guess with typical Warp shenanigans could still turn out otherwise), and gives some more details about the Grael and the like, so I think good to read this after Pariah to prevent some spoilers ruining the building mysteries. The 'dream' sequence for Eisenhorn was interesting, and foreshadows quite a bit, especially with Ravenor, so will be interesting to see how it plays out, though I suspect it will be sad. Now for Magos Drusher, Macks and co, it was nice reading about them again. After the optimistic ending of Gardens of Tycho, it seemed things didn't go so well, but built to another optimistic end here, where I hope things go better this time around. I do find Drusher quite an interesting character, and I think he grew quite a bit through the events of this novel. The other various characters, protagonists and antagonists, were all quite interesting as well and helped lead to a good story. All round though a great read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alexander Anderson

    It’s 3 in the morning and I’ve just finished listening the audiobook The Magos. It consists of an Intelligently wrought, deftly written collection of short tales crowned by a novella that falls just a little short of sparkling towards the end. Abnett has a master wordsmith’s command of the language of fantastical imaginings. The only thing that holds the world that he builds here back from being an entirely engrossing and submersive experience is a lack of playing by the rules of verisimilitude i It’s 3 in the morning and I’ve just finished listening the audiobook The Magos. It consists of an Intelligently wrought, deftly written collection of short tales crowned by a novella that falls just a little short of sparkling towards the end. Abnett has a master wordsmith’s command of the language of fantastical imaginings. The only thing that holds the world that he builds here back from being an entirely engrossing and submersive experience is a lack of playing by the rules of verisimilitude in the last quarter or so of the book. In order to enjoy fantasy seriously, there is a certain amount of suspension of disbelief required. And an adequate combination of grit, realism, consistency, lack of arbitrariness and adherence to the basic laws of whatever worlds that you’re out to build are the necessary requirements to get jaded and cynical readers like me to hop on board. If you’re going to start madly pulling rabbits out of hats that no one remembered seeing worn into the show in the first place, interest in sticking around for more sometimes will begin to wane. The narrator made a likable & energetic job of it. I believe that he’s done several other of Abnett’s books and his manner & style fits the genre well. Otherwise, on the whole, an outstanding job. I found most of it enjoyable, thought provoking and entertaining. Bravo!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michael Da Silva

    This was a very unusual entry into the Eisenhorn series, that nevertheless delivers a few good twists and thrills. Unlike the original trilogy, this book is not written from Eisenhorn's perspective. It follows a more typical third-person narrative, mainly centred around a new character introduced in the short-stories that precede this tome. It feels very... contained. The entire thing mostly happens within one location, and given the themes, it reads a lot like a Blumhouse Movie of an Eisenhorn This was a very unusual entry into the Eisenhorn series, that nevertheless delivers a few good twists and thrills. Unlike the original trilogy, this book is not written from Eisenhorn's perspective. It follows a more typical third-person narrative, mainly centred around a new character introduced in the short-stories that precede this tome. It feels very... contained. The entire thing mostly happens within one location, and given the themes, it reads a lot like a Blumhouse Movie of an Eisenhorn story. That's not a bad thing, but it did make the book's plot and cast of characters very small and intimate. A far cry from the star-spanning adventures of the original trilogy. Overall, I did like this one. I liked the characters, and the pacing, and all of that. I did feel like it took some very... bold liberties with the universe. It's one of those later additions to a series that has to go a bit far out to try and stay relevant, or introduce enough twists and additions to feel like a worthy part of the overall narrative. We learn a lot about Eisenhorn here, in a slightly contrived manner, and overall it didn't quite execute for me. Still enjoyable, for certain, but I don't think it really improves the overall arc. It's just more of the characters we like and the stories we crave.

  25. 5 out of 5

    IbnQamar

    Old Beloved Shorts and a New Novel The Magos connects Abnett's Eisenhorn short stories together with a few of his other 40k shorts, and adds a whole new novella into the process. I can't assess the old short stories properly -- I grew up with them and don't have the distance. But the new novella works VERY well. Structurally, the Magos provides connective tissue between Abnett's Ravenor and Pariah trilogies, providing additional details on the metaphysics behind the creation-language Enuncia and t Old Beloved Shorts and a New Novel The Magos connects Abnett's Eisenhorn short stories together with a few of his other 40k shorts, and adds a whole new novella into the process. I can't assess the old short stories properly -- I grew up with them and don't have the distance. But the new novella works VERY well. Structurally, the Magos provides connective tissue between Abnett's Ravenor and Pariah trilogies, providing additional details on the metaphysics behind the creation-language Enuncia and the investigative leads Eisenhorn follows in Pariah. But it's also a nice piece of writing in its own right. Abnett mixes in folklore concepts of fairy tales with extraplanar dimensions in a way that unites both under the cosmology of 40k. Characters both lead and trivial are written in a charming, compelling fashion, and Abnett plays with language in a fashion most surprising for a licensed tie-in novel. It's pretty dang good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Crispin

    Wild ride with Mr Drusher Well I’m not sure what I was expecting really. First off Dans writing style has changed, I’ve bee. Reading his books since First and Only, and this book along with WarMaster is different. It is hard to put my finger exactly why, if I had to say I wold say that his writing seems even more confident than before. There is almost more story.... more action. He gets to the point quicker. Please understand that this is not a criticism of his previous work at all, just an under Wild ride with Mr Drusher Well I’m not sure what I was expecting really. First off Dans writing style has changed, I’ve bee. Reading his books since First and Only, and this book along with WarMaster is different. It is hard to put my finger exactly why, if I had to say I wold say that his writing seems even more confident than before. There is almost more story.... more action. He gets to the point quicker. Please understand that this is not a criticism of his previous work at all, just an understanding. Things change, and this obviously applies to Dan. On the book itself, one thing I didn’t really get which I should have seeing as I read the foreword and it is clearly stated there, that half the book is a collection of short stories leading up to Magos in chronological order. I especially enjoyed the short story relating to Titus Endor.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    The main story of the book is proceeded by numerous short stories that act as a background to it and all of which tie up nicely in the main plot and stories set up by other book in Eisenhorn and Ravenor series. There is more of action and intrigue and descriptions of the Warhammer 40k universe from the eyes of mere humans that other books set in this universe did not cover. Reading other Eisenhorn and Ravenor books is a must, as details from them are referenced through the story and, without havin The main story of the book is proceeded by numerous short stories that act as a background to it and all of which tie up nicely in the main plot and stories set up by other book in Eisenhorn and Ravenor series. There is more of action and intrigue and descriptions of the Warhammer 40k universe from the eyes of mere humans that other books set in this universe did not cover. Reading other Eisenhorn and Ravenor books is a must, as details from them are referenced through the story and, without having read them before the context and importance of certain events and characters would be lost. This was a nice page-turner and I really, really enjoyed how everything, all the short stories and other Abnetts books tied in together towards the ending of this one.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rakie Keig

    If you're a fan of Eisenhorn or Ravenor (or just Dan Abnett in general) you probably don't need my encouragement to read this. It's a collection of short stories, some of which have appeared elsewhere, and then a brand spanking new full length Eisenhorn novel, set after the Ravenor trilogy but before PARIAH. The short stories are all separate yet are tied together really well by the end, which is impressive. It's great to revisit old characters, meet new ones, and be reminded of the enduring pai If you're a fan of Eisenhorn or Ravenor (or just Dan Abnett in general) you probably don't need my encouragement to read this. It's a collection of short stories, some of which have appeared elsewhere, and then a brand spanking new full length Eisenhorn novel, set after the Ravenor trilogy but before PARIAH. The short stories are all separate yet are tied together really well by the end, which is impressive. It's great to revisit old characters, meet new ones, and be reminded of the enduring pain of your favourites who've been MERCILESSLY KILLED OFF in previous books. If you've not read any of Dan's other Inquisitor books, this is possibly not the place to start, but for fans it's a very welcome addition and will hopefully keep us sated until the next book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Michael Earls

    First off the short story collection is excellent and shows the range of tales that can be told by the setting; from Titus Endor's Dostoevsky-esque tale to the Dickensian X-Men story of Playing Patience. Finding myself drawn to the Magos Drusher and Macks short stories (which while formulaic, Drusher is an amusingly unlikely hero unaware of how low stakes his 'insane adventures' are to the 40K universe) I was pleasantly surprised that the main novel was a Drusher story with Esinhorn in it! The si First off the short story collection is excellent and shows the range of tales that can be told by the setting; from Titus Endor's Dostoevsky-esque tale to the Dickensian X-Men story of Playing Patience. Finding myself drawn to the Magos Drusher and Macks short stories (which while formulaic, Drusher is an amusingly unlikely hero unaware of how low stakes his 'insane adventures' are to the 40K universe) I was pleasantly surprised that the main novel was a Drusher story with Esinhorn in it! The simplest description of The Magos is "a good weeping angels episode of Dr Who, where Esinhorn is a time lord"

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    This exclusive edition of The Magos is one of the most treasured books within my collection. I simply cannot describe what an exceptional work of art it is in every detail. Having followed the dramatic investigations of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn since his initial novel, this culmination of his and Gideon Ravenor's careers within the Inquisition of Holy Terra, has proven to be more rewarding than anticipated. I am anxiously awaiting for Dan Abnett to continue their rivalry in the following Bequ This exclusive edition of The Magos is one of the most treasured books within my collection. I simply cannot describe what an exceptional work of art it is in every detail. Having followed the dramatic investigations of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn since his initial novel, this culmination of his and Gideon Ravenor's careers within the Inquisition of Holy Terra, has proven to be more rewarding than anticipated. I am anxiously awaiting for Dan Abnett to continue their rivalry in the following Bequin trilogy novels. I highly recommend that you delve into the darkness of it's pages for yourself. Beware .. there be monsters here.

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