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Having recovered from his grievous injuries, Warmaster Horus leads the triumphant Imperial forces against the rebel world of Isstvan III.

Though the rebels are swiftly crushed, Horus' treachery is finally revealed when the planet is razed by virus bombs and Space Marines turn on their battle brothers in the most bitter struggle imaginable.

©2006 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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great story. great performance

what can I say? epic part 3 of the most epic story of all time.

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Slow start but solid drama at end

After listening to an excellent book 1 and a very decent book 2, I initially struggled with the third book as the author's power of description was less compelling for me, little dialogue or drama. This was a shame as I had gotten to like the central characters and the dilemmas they had been facing but the book significantly improves after the first half dozen chapters.

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great book but it's going to cost me a fortune

great book but It made me start a Horus Heresy army for Warhammer so it's going to cost me a small fortune

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immersive, captivating, excellent delivery

The delivery of these books blow me away time after time.thank you black library

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Such an awesome story. Loved every minute of it

Such an awesome story. Loved every minute of it. Bring on the next one! !

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Top-notch

Equally as good as the previous books in the story. Longworth is incredible as always.

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Gripped by heresy

I was truly gripped by this book. many times I had to pull myself away, yet wanted to know how the new chapter finished.
I listened to hours at time, lost within the unfolding of the heresy.

Toby Longworth did a superb job narrating, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I now look forward to the next book into the series.

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Another month to find out more, really?

Lacks for some meaningful dialogue; perhaps some "where did it all go wrong?" philosophising between the loyalists, something that would make the protagonists - into whom we have invested over twenty-four hours - more human, and thus their murders more tragic.

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A superb book

This book is so well written and narrated that it stirred emotions of anger and sorrow I rarely feel in books. Top class addition to The Horus Heresy.

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Slower start but a rousing end

I'll be honest, the first 2 books in this series really resonated with me, so I was initially disappointed with this third in the series, and whilst Longworth did an excellent job overall, I'd say this is probably the weakest first half of a book I've heard from him. I'm not sure if it was the story or the narration that gave me negative feelings but the two definitely went hand in hand.

Horus's voice always had that calm but firm and influential tone, and I felt that was lacking somewhat with the Toby's narration, but then I feel the book has been written in such a way that Horus felt far less composed throughout too, perhaps all part of his journey so far... but given his age and experience, I'd be surprised at such a seismic shift.

There were other moments when either the incorrect accent was given to a character (from the first two books narration at least) or times when the wrong accent would bleed into the two different characters speaking back and forth which gave some muddled and confused conversations until I sorted that out again in my head.

Anyways, (lots of) little niggles aside the second half of the book, and the overarching story progression, was brilliant and I was desperate to get through the final third to see how everything played out. Can see this being an expensive series to enjoy completely mind you!

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  • 10-11-17

Fantastic

Great Book, narrated masterfully. As a science fiction lover I have high standards, this has met them in most areas and surpassed them in a few others.

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  • eric emerson
  • 09-11-18

only a bazillion more horus heresy books to read.

i am loving the story. been a 40k junky since the beginning but never took time to read the novels.

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  • CombatMuffin
  • 01-08-19

The Music in-between parts of the book is way too

The Music in-between parts of the book is way too loud, had to take off head phones at parts of the audio book because of this.

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  • Nick
  • 08-10-20

Beautiful and heartbreaking

My only real experience with warhammer and the HH came from this trilogy so I had no idea of what was to come. Phenomenal writing with characters you actually care for and narration that brings it all to life. This as with Horus Rising and False Gods was one of my favorite audio books.

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  • El Bruno tal
  • 31-10-21

A trilogy of sorts

Difficult to give a review without spoilers. Long story short: you probably won't regret listening to it.
Many books in this series, but to me this book felt like a closure for a trilogy of sorts.
The final battle really seems that way, and there were really fun ideas here and there that would have made for an interesting movie.
Overall it was an entertaining listen and some of the scenes were really fun.

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  • Jorden shelton
  • 23-10-20

Great book

I highly recommend this series. The heresy is one of the best books I have ever read/listened to.

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  • Derrek H.
  • 28-07-19

the emperor protects

Heretics, loyalists, planetary bombardments, collosal warriors wielding chain axes. what more do you need to know?

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 06-03-18

My ears bleed!

The music between segments in the story are soooo much louder then the storyteller, and comes so suddenly that it almoste blew my eradrums, it might only be 4 times it plays but someone in soundmixing fucked up

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-22

So

First off I really did enjoy it overall. It’s nuts the istvaan 3 atrocity is insane we get lots of Angron and Horus. But also lots of eidolon, loken, abandon, little Horus and Saul. Plus we see rylanor the ancient. Not important in this story but later on when he trolls demon fulgrim. That all being said of the first five books the five istvaan books of the series is probably the weakest written overall. Before the atrocity it’s quite weak and uninteresting which sucks because I rather enjoy all the major players. The narrator Carrie’s the first part. But then the istvaan atrocity the galaxy in flames. The virus bombing, the fire storm, saul’s warning, Tarik, Lucius(who’s actually a real treat this book. He gets so offended that he gets assumed to be a loyalist that he kills a super important traitor then betrays the remaining loyalists.)

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  • Stephen Orf
  • 18-01-22

BETRAYAL

The story in this title was a bit shorter then the one before, but it contains so much more gritty, heart pounding action that you just can’t put it down. The decision to be loyalist or traitor really comes to a new light in this title. It is fantastic all the way through. Never at any point was I disappointed that I wasn’t given enough details. This was the best one yet. I have one complaint, but will keep it to myself because it’s a spoiler. I don’t hand these out often 10/10. Spectacular read.