1 Horus Rising 8/10 A great start to the series, we meet characters who we immediately warm to, who we know are going to go terribly wrong, but that doesn't stop us loving them.
2 False Gods 7/10, the setup book, expanding on the 1st book and getting us ready for the 3rd in the trilogy, my only gripe was Horus was turned nearly as quickly as Anakin Skywalker
3 Galaxy in Flames 7.5/10, had this actually been the original draft by Ben and not the re-write by other authors, it would have scored low, but with the re-write, it's a much better novel, and although we know where the ending is headed, it doesn't stop us enjoying the journey.
4 Flight of the Eisenstein 8/10 I really enjoyed the introduction to the Death Guard and it finally answered a big question about what happened to the loyalists who broke away.
5 Fulgrim 7.5/10 I liked the execution of the novel, but the corruption of Fulgrim was a bit too easy, I did like the story of the bondship between Fulgrim and Ferrus
6 Descent of Angels 6/10 The main problem with this book was one of expectation, people expected it to cover the rebellion and be in lines with events elsewhere, the fact it was set pre Heresy and at times looked like a WFB book, disappointed many people, and showed Mr Scanlon to be a good scriptwriter, but not a good author
7 Legion 9/10, lots of insights into a Legion few knew anything about, a nice big reveal, and lots of questions by the end of the book, well written characters and plotline and also well paced
8 Battle for the Abyss 2/10 moving on, only redeeming feature was the niggles between the Thousand Sons and Wolves
9 Mechanicum 7.5/10 Good novel, gave us insight into the Mechanicum factions even before the Heresy kicked off, and also gave us insight into how various Titan crews work and also a glance into the age of the Emperor
10 Tales of Heresy 7/10 overall
10a Blood Games 8/10, loved this, just a shame all Custodies after this have been **********
10b Wolf at the Door 4/10 not a fan of this, even if it does include the 13th company
10c Scions of the Storm 7/10, nice intro to Lorgar, aaron has got him down to a tee though
10d The Voice 8/10 lovely horror story, very atmospheric
10e Call of the Lion 5/10 not a great story, if it was meant to give us an idea about how the schism formed i feel it failed
10f The last Church 9/10 2 characters, not a single shot fired, but a brilliant piece, one of the best shorts that has been put into print by BL
10g After Desh’ea 7.5/10 1st readthrough i hated this, and couldn't see the point, but after a second readthrough i enjoyed this immensely, it really does set up the reasons behind angron being the way he is and what he becomes.
11 Fallen Angels 6.5/10 a better story about the Dark Angels and maybe if this had been the 1st DA story, then people may have been a lot happier
12 A Thousand Sons 9/10 Graham's best work in the HH series, the majesty and tragedy of the Thousand Sons is there for all to see, and shows that even the mightiest minds can fall to their own hubris.
13 Nemesis 7/10 i know this has divided a lot of people, but i felt that it was a good story, in some ways, it it like BftA in that the outcome bears nothing to the grander story of the Heresy, but it does open up the debate on Malcador and Valdor, as in they aren't as straight as Dorn is when fighting the war.
14 The First Heretic 9.5/10, you should hate Lorgar, you really should, and yet, Aaron makes you like him somewhat (until the second half of the book), same with Argel Tal, good characters, good story, good action.
15 Prospero Burns 8/10, another book that divides opinion, the title is a misnomer, but i believe it was always meant to be, it's main problem was the fact Dan fell ill, so it wasn't realeased in close proximity to ATS as was planned, but the fact we see an outsiders perspective of the Wolves, then the Wolves themselves being nothing like their perception, and actively playing up that perception was great reading, plus Dan's historical research to further remove the Wolves from their 40k archetype was brilliant imho.
16 Age of Darkness 7/10 overall
16a Rules of Engagement 7.5/10, another bone of contention here, i enjoyed it, it introduced us to Ventanus, and also the idea of Imperium Secundus
16b Liar’s Due 5/10, wasn't a big fan of this, took too long to get to the point of the novel
16c Forgotten Son’s 3/10 forgotten story more like, until i listened to the audio a few weeks ago, i had totally forgotten this story and when i listened to it, it felt like a 40k short (also it should be read after Promethean Sun)
16d The Last Remembrancer 7/10, nice short, shows Dorn is still feeling insecure about what he has done, and the fact there are enemies all around, also nice interplay between Dorn and Qruze
16e Rebirth 7/10, good 2 man story, gives us insights into the Thousand Sons post Prospero and..............well the other person would be a spoiler
16f The Face of Treachery 4/10, this is a bit meh, but serves as a lead in to Deliverence Lost.
16g Little Horus 8/10, I enjoyed this introspective story about Horus Aximand, it still shows his doubts about their actions on Isstvan, up to a point.
16h The Iron Within 8/10 another great story, we've had obvious loyalists within the traitor legions, now we find some in unexpected places, i enjoyed the action scenes and the scale of the carnage was suitably epic.
16i Savage Weapons 9/10 ADB introduces us to Sevetar, possibly the Han Solo of 1st Captains, brilliant interplay between Curze and Jonson, similarly between the Night Lords and Dark Angels accompanying them.
17 The Outcast Dead 6.5/10, timeline discrepancies aside, an interesting book, introducing us to parts of Terra not explored, and also some 'loyalist traitors' and also the re-emergence of...............spoilers.
18 Deliverance Lost 6.5/10, decent pacing, decent characters, more Alpha Legion skullduggery, better than average.
19 Know no Fear 8/10, I enjoyed this, despite having to continually look at the cast list, it showed the Guilliman and his sons were able to turn their hand tactically even when the chips were down, and also sets up a very important person's introduction.
20 The Primarchs 6/10 overall.
20a The Reflection Crack’d 7/10, is very disturbing, as you would expect now they have started to go all Slaaneshi, the torture scene was a bit much, and we're left still wondering who/what exhibits the bosy of Fulgrim (yes, he says he's back, but as we know Daemons do lie).
20b Feat of Iron 3/10, really didn't like this, the ending could be seen a mile off, and the fact that this story is set before Isstvan means we know that no matter what happens in the middle of the book, Ferrus is a goner, this story is out of place being written so late in the series, also it has some foreshadowing with regards to future events post Fulgrim.
20c The Lion 6/10, another decent story, a follow on from Savage weapons, also the return of Typhon, this is a semi link to the Reflection Crack'd and also the forthcoming Angel Exterminatus.
20d The Serpent Beneath 8/10, the best story in the anthology, you never quite know what's happening, and who's a 'good guy' and who's a 'bad' guy' and the final pages opens up so much debate over the ultimate intentions of the Twin Primarchs.
21 Fear to Tread 6.5/10, although i enjoyed it in a broad sense, i felt a lot of the characterisation was poorly handled and Sanguinius/Ka Band'ha final encounter went the wrong way, i did enjoy the backstory of the Red Angel and felt that certain aspects of the Legion were characterised well (the Sanguinary Guard and the Wardens, even if their chief characters were douches).
22 Shadows of Treachery 7/10, note, i am only covering the 4 stories that haven't already been given the audio treatment
22a The Crimson Fist 7/10, a tale of 2 Fists, one proving his mettle the other having his faith in himself tested, the downside to me in this story was Pertarabo, he's everything I expected him to be, sans the moustache.
22b The Kaban Project 6/10, a sort of tie in to Mechanicum, maybe even a prequel, adds to the Dark Mechanicum side of things
22c Death of a Silversmith 5/10 this is essentially an ebook in terms of length, this is set before the Heresy and doesn't give much away
22d Prince of Crows 10/10, hands down my favourite story, Sevetar shines from the moment he appears, to the moment the story ends, he's a douche of monumental proportions, but he does douchbaggery in such style you can't help but like him, i feel he's destined for big things.
The next are the next confirmed names of HH novels, i'll come back to them as i read them.
23 Angel Exterminatus .../10
24 Betrayer .../10
25 The Unremembered Empire .../10
26 Mark of Calth .../10
27 Scorched Earth .../10
Kryptos 6.5/10 nice little Commando based story that could fit in post Deliverence Lost and Fulgrim.
Promethean Sun 6/10, Silly in places, but gives us an insight into Vulkan's mindset and also how that filters down into his legion, would like to possibly see a bit more of him in Scorched Earth (pre Isstvan presumably).
Aurelian 8/10, so THIS is what Lorgar got up to in the Eye, a well written novella, and allows us to see why Lorgar changed so much in the second half of The First Heretic, also his talks with Magnus are enlightening and his confrontation with Fulgrim is brilliant.
Brotherhood of the Storm .../10 will fill this out when i've read it.
The Dark King 7.5/10 Good introduction to Curze and Dorn, and shows how the Night Lords functioned pre Heresy, they were unhinged even back then.
The Lightning Tower 7.5/10, What is Dorn afraid of? well this story should help answer that for you.
Ravens Flight 6/10, not a huge fan of this, but it does give us an insight into Corax's psychic power (which is very similar to Curze).
Garro: Oath of Moment 7/10 So Garro is the Knight Errant, and he's on his quest, I won't say anymore than that.
Garro: Legion of One 6.5/10, although I guessed where this was going, i sort of wished that it had turned out to be someone else thought dead on Isstvan.
Butchers Nails 8/10, a very good lead in to Betrayer, we find out what the Butcher's Nails are and how they affect the World Eaters, we also find another character we should hate, but actually like in Kharn (Aaron is supremely good at doing that).
Garro: Sword of Truth 5/10 I really wanted to like this story, but ultimately i couldn't bring myself to like it, it felt too generic and the antagonists were far too obvious.
Grey Angel/Burden of Duty .../10
The Sigilite .../10