Battle for the Abyss by Ben Counter

Battle for the Abyss

The Horus Heresy #8

Ben Counter

416 pages first pub 2008 (editions)

fiction science fiction adventurous challenging slow-paced


A Horus Heresy novel As Horus deploys his forces, a small band of loyal Space Marines from disparate Legions learn that a massive enemy armada is heading to Ultramar, home of the Ultramarines, headed by the most destructive starship ever construc...

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Community Reviews Summary of 187 reviews


tense 83%
adventurous 66%
dark 66%
challenging 33%
sad 33%
emotional 16%
funny 16%
mysterious 16%


slow 42%
medium 28%
fast 28%

Plot- or character-driven?

Plot: 80% | A mix: 20%

Strong character development?

No: 80% | Yes: 20%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 50% | No: 33% | Yes: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 66% | It's complicated: 16% | Yes: 16%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 50% | No: 33% | It's complicated: 16%

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