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Since the earliest days of the Great Crusade, Sanguinius - angelic primarch of the IXth Legion - was ever among the closest and most loyal of Horus' brothers. But the Blood Angels have long kept their true nature hidden from the rest of the Imperium, and when the Warmaster hints that the key to their salvation may lie in the ruins of a conquered world, the sons of Sanguinius race to claim it.

Now, as the revelation of their betrayal dawns and the traitors' hand is revealed, the Blood Angels must face all the warp-spawned armies of Chaos, as well their own personal daemons, upon the blasted plains of Signus Prime....

©2012 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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My favourite legion but disappointing

I read the paperback version of this some time ago. At the time I felt that my passion for the Blood Angels Legion probably carried me through the book more than the story itself. I wanted to revisit the book and decided on downloading the audio version.

However, not only did I find that a second read didn’t improve things, but the book was even more disappointing due to the bizarre voice choices on some of the lead characters, notably Sanguinius. Put simply, none of the voices conveyed the blend that these guys have between being artists, who are compassionate for humans, contrasted with being phenomemal warriors whose martial expertise is respected and feared by the other legions.

To elaborate further on the story telling: this is possibly the first Horus Heresy book that’s supposed to define what the Blood Angels are really like. Sadly I found the depiction of who they are and how they fight to be generally underwhelming. The descriptions of the early battles, which are supposed to portray the shock and awe of the army, are flat and perfunctionary and language used fails to generate enough sense of a legion that is beautiful and artful in how it wages war and how it operates when not fighting, it’s compassion for the humans it’s supposed to protect nor for Its deep and terrible secret that threatens to destroy the entire legion.

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Great story let down by the narrator.

If like me you're a big fan of the Blood Angels then this is a great book, giving insight into Sanguinius and the origins of the flaw they are well known for. Strong characters, and plenty of action.
However the audio format let's it down somewhat as, although the narrator is generally good at narrating, his decisions regarding the voices of the characters make it feel less grimdark and more like a children's book at times, and is occasionally inconsistent.
That said, I still enjoyed the book a great deal and would recommend it.

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Enjoyed this one.

Pretty decent, enjoyed the story although the narration was occasionally a bit hammy. Overall would recommend.

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Great book

Just love how badass Sanguinius is.
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I want daddy Sanguinius to choke me like he choked Ka'Bandha.

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Epic story worth reading

A great book of the series. True plot along the main line finally featuring the angel.

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Love the Horus Heresy, but this one dragged

Struggled to finish this one. All good, but I had to rate it lower than the others. It dragged on a bit too much, battles at the end were ok, but the descriptions and the conceptualization of the deamonic forces of chaos were not very exciting. This could have been condensed to half the length in my opinion as I read this and conveyed the same message and been more of a page turner. Looking forward to the next book in the series, feeling like I can finally move on *as I did not want to skip anything on my journey to read through the entire Horus Heresy

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very good

great listen as have most of the heresy. with its share 0f bolter porn .

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Another Great Entry in the Series!

Highly recommend, you will enjoy :). More excited for the next entries now after the conclusion of that

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brilliant

brilliant blood angels book, Gareth is amazing at catching the voices, what an ending for the sons of Baal

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Sanguin

Fear to Tread is another good HH novel with much to enjoye the only downer would be more aggressive vioice work could have been done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-18

Not the best

Definitely one of the least interesting of the Horus Heresy titles I've read. The narrator's silly voices are a bit too much, especially the voice he gives Sanguinius. The story is fine, but flatly good vs evil. Blood angels stumble around beleaguered by demons invoked by Horus. Horus only appears as a psychic ghost twirling his mustache and channeling Palpatine from Star Wars. This is the only book I've read about Sanguinius and it makes him seem incredibly inept and impotent.

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  • Adrian Lopez
  • 03-06-20

Skip this one.

I love 40k and have listened to dozens of these audiobooks. At its best the lore is gripping, at its worst it’s a slog. This was painful to get through. This and Devastation of Baal have altogether ruined the Blood Angels for me. Normally a book that centers so much on a Primarch is bound to be interesting, but this depiction of Sanguinius is us being told how great and noble he is, without giving giving us material to inspire that opinion within us. Authors like ADB have made previously derpy Primarchs like Lorgar and Angron really compelling characters. This was just eminently forgettable, I was waiting for it to be over. And while I normally respect Gareth Armstrong’s level of vocal acting very much, this was perhaps the work of his I’ve enjoyed the least. His Slaaneshi demon was cringeworthy, and not in the good way. Again he’s a great talent, if you do listen to this please don’t judge him by this work.

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  • Ogre
  • 02-12-21

Horus heresy era and 40K blood angel the same?

this book is ridiculous. Sanguineous apparently can command a ship not to break apart when it crashes imto a planet. I get that blood angels have rage issues. but come on. this is the first blood angels book I've listened to, and it kind of makes me not like them.

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  • Chris Vavra
  • 08-06-21

Very little substance

At this point we are over 20 books into the Horus Heresy. "Oh man, other space marines are traitors" isn't going to cut it any more for the premise of an entire book. I get it, the Blood Angels are surprised by demons existing and other Astartes being traitors. But come on. We do not need another fluff piece about how a legion finds out about the heresy. I have read a lot of these books, not all in order and this is one of the few I decided I wouldn't finish. I was 10 hours in and quite frankly bored. Skip this one. There are so many better and more important books to read in the Heresy. Don't settle for this.

If you really want to read a Horus Heresy book about someone finding out about the Heresy, read Scars. Despite it being similar, the Kahn and his group are incredibly interesting and have some actual soul searching to do to find out what side of the war they will end up on.

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  • Louis M. Gruber
  • 22-05-21

perdy good

not a bad book or story. better than some others i've read. pretty enjoyable and a good chunk of lore.

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  • Ron
  • 21-05-22

Tied for worst 40k book I've listened to.

I've listened to a few dozen 40k novels and this is probably tied for the worst along with nemesis. I actually finished nemesis though. this is the first book I've ever been lost as to what was happening, or why.

I'm not the biggest fan of Gareth's readings, but for the most part he's oaky. This was his worst performance yet in my opinion. I know he can do better, and to be fair there was nothing to work with.

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  • Nathan
  • 16-05-22

A Weak Entry for the Heresy

A fairly mediocre showing by James Swallow is compounded by an uncharacteristically laughable performance by Gareth Armstrong. The premise of Sanguinis and his Blood Angels trapped in the Ruinstorm against the forces of Chaos is clumsily fumbled through by an author who didn't fully grasp the themes at play in the Heresy.

This book builds itself on the most basic understanding of the 40k era Blood Angels, providing little in the way of nuance for any of the characters involved. The most egregious example being this cartoonishly evil misinterpretation of Horus.

While it does have its moments of quality, Fear to Tread is a big disappointment for anyone excited for the 9th Legion's time in the spotlight.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-04-22

ok

soild black library book story kinda drags but makes up with action and fights

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  • Sam de Jesus
  • 10-03-22

Fear to Tread isn't mind blowing but not bad

Fear to Tread has a few issues but is a decent listen for Blood Angels fans.

CONS - The mystery that takes up most of the book doesn't leave the necessary nuggets of intrigue to keep you on the edge of your seat. The Antagonist's portrayal and voice acting doesn't give the character the deserved gravitas. most of the characters are forgettable save a few of the protagonists. Combat is okay but not the best in the series.

PROS - Sanguineous is awesome and done pretty well. The book gives great insight into the effects of the edict of Nikea. The Red Thirst is explained well and given good context.

*****TLDR, Read if you like the Blood Angels and Sanguineous but it's not necessary for the Horus Heresy to be fleshed out. A synopsis will do just fine.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-22

4 star

Great story. I wouldve rated higher but there are some truly epic books that raised the bar.