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Summary

As the Horus Heresy rages and the death toll rises, one more will be added to the numberless dead: Sibel Niasta, personal astropath to the First Lord of the Imperium, Malcador the Sigillite. As her end approaches, Malcador sits vigil by her bedside, and the pair discuss their friendship and what it means - how the past and present have shaped Malcador and the Imperium, and what the future holds.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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Brilliant and vital

Bought this after listening to Luetin commenting on it in YouTube. This really is an essential story to listen to if you want to understand the relationships between Malcador, the Emperor and his Primarchs. So much information and so many great performances crammed into 24 minutes. Highly recommended!

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Outstanding

We need more of the Heresy series narrated like a play. It made the story so much better.

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wow just wow

hands down the best performance/story in the HH series. To hear plots confirmed that had long been speculative is amazing

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well spoiler alert!

Great piece of audio drama with some great spoilers and information behind the imperium. its end goals and the such.

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Extremely well done!

Although short in length compared to the main Horus Heresy series. The voice acting is fantastic, the characters are well portrayed and the sound effects add a lot of depth to this story. Anything with Malcador is great but I wish the rest of the heresy series had this kind of feel to it.

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Well worth buying even though it’s less than 30minutes long!

It is very difficult to write a review without spoilers. All I can say is, that whilst this audio drama is quite short and you may be hesitant to spend a credit or £3.50 on it, it is extraordinarily well voice acted, has one of the most dynamic and appropriate sound tracks of any audio book that I have encountered, and the story (even for a person like myself with only a passing interest in the Warhammer 40k universe), is incredibly engaging with a startling revelation.
You won’t regret your purchase.

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Absolutely epic!

This is by far my favourite short story in the heresy. Impossible to stop listening!

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great insight to the primarks creation

short story. more dialog and more reveals/expansion would of been welcomed, but the story gives great insight to the primarks creation and rebellion.
in fact it has a massive reveal that changes the outlook of the entire imperium and the primarks role in it. I'm actually surprised the reveal has been sort of relegated to a short story tbh.

worth a read for it.

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Things to come

Hints at things to come. The voice acting is brilliant as always. I wish the background music was available.

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revelation

if you want to find out secrets of the war and the emperor this is a must listen.

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  • 05-07-20

Scalpel Perfection

Short but worth every scarce minute. Definitely prefer this over the other Malcador story and it probably has more to offer even at a third the length.

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  • Wanderer
  • 24-11-20

Woah

This not only dropped some major lore implications but also humanizes Malcador in alot of ways.

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  • 25-06-18

Intriguing, and revealing...

Malcador's insight on the primarchs is very telling for just why the heresy happened... Interesting.

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  • ethian
  • 02-09-21

must have

must have for any fan. the story is... enlightening. It gives a new context to everything.

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  • Lot Miranda Ramirez
  • 14-05-22

You promised me it wouldn't be like this.

Malcador speaks with one of his closest friends on her deathbed. As the conversation continues it is clear Malcador is opening up to her and instead of comforting her in her last moments he tries to convince himself it will all work out. A view into one of the most important characters in the imperium Malcador shows it all has not gone according to plan, yet he is ready for what awaits him.

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  • Reclaimer
  • 15-03-22

Amazing audio drama!

The voice actors did an outstanding job! Highly recommend for Warhammer 40K lore fans! Just amazing!

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  • Elisus
  • 27-10-21

Interesting but short

I found the story to be very interesting as it featured Malcador speaking very candidly about topics that are considered controversial. Unfortunately, because of the length of the book, these topics were not well fleshed out. We really only got a glimpse. This means I can't give it anything higher than 3 stars.

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  • Jeff Pettit
  • 07-06-21

Forever the loyal

An all too brief look into the mind of the first lord. Well played and performed.

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  • Dave Cullen
  • 27-05-21

Wow!

Anyone who has ever read or listened to a 40k novel, showed an inkling of interest in the 40k Universe needs to hear this story.
Great voice acting, Jonathan Keeble's narration is second to none as always.
A must buy!

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  • Mtn Cop
  • 26-05-21

They did it on purpose?!

Wow. An essential listen for any fan of 40k lore. I highly recommend--you won't be disappointed.