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  • The Horus Heresy
  • By: Gav Thorpe
  • Narrated by: Andrew James Spooner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (587 ratings)

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Luther: First of the Fallen

By: Gav Thorpe
Narrated by: Andrew James Spooner
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Summary

A Horus Heresy novel

Hero. Villain. Protector. Destroyer. Loyal. Fallen. Luther embodies the duality at the heart of the Dark Angels – but what is his story? Prepare to find out....

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Get new insights into one of the key figures of the Horus Heresy, who shaped the destiny of the Dark Angels for 10 millennia, in a new novel by the master of First Legion fiction, Gav Thorpe.

The Story

Knight of the Angelicasta. Saviour of the Lion. Grand Master of the Order. Lord of the Dark Angels. Protector of Caliban. Chaos Heretic. Destroyer of Caliban. Sorcerer of the Abyss. Arch-traitor. Dark Oracle. First of the Fallen.

Can one man be all of these things?

Kept alive and imprisoned for 10,000 years, Luther is the curse and the salvation of the Dark Angels made manifest. None are so close to the heart and history of the Chapter as the man that embodies all that was great about the First Legion and all that is shameful about the Dark Angels. In his story is writ the tale of the Horus Heresy and the fall from Enlightenment in a single long life. Glory, honour, pride, shame and betrayal weave a tapestry of truth and lies that the Supreme Grand Masters of the Dark Angels have sought to understand and unbind across 10 bloody millennia. Luther claims repentance for his past deeds, but was it his sins that condemned the Chapter to its secretive fate, or should warnings from history have been more closely heeded?

Written by Gav Thorpe. Narrated by Andrew James Spooner.

©2021 Games Workshop Limited (P)2021 Games Workshop Limited

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At last a Dark Angels novel for grown ups

I've found that Black Library's W40k novels largely fall into two camps: The first is thought provoking stories which skirt round the sillier aspects of the W40k universe by focussing instead on interesting characters, plots and situations (Gaunts Ghosts, Eisenhorn/Ravenor, Helsreach, Fabius Bile ) The second category is by far the larger and features superficial tripe written for an audience with a reading age of 8 (e.g. most books about Space Marines – most recently, The Blades of Calth and Indomitus)

I have to admit that nearly every Dark Angels book I've read falls into the second category. Plus, there's something about 'The First' that always got my goat. Maybe it was the way they are all named after fallen angels from Hebrew literature and it just so happens that they become a legion called the Dark Angels. And some of those that turned traitor are the 'Fallen'. What a coincidence! What are the chances? Oh yeah and they have a big secret. It just so happens they were always a secretive bunch, before they got their big secret… what are the chances? And so it goes on.

All that being said, 'Luther' is absolutely top quality. Gav Thorpe veers between the two camps more than most BL authors, but I shall happily concede that he delivers the goods here. Andrew James Spooner does a sterling job on the narration, there's been some dodgy contributions by newbie readers in recent BL audiobooks, but I can report one feels no disconnect here, all the voices 'felt' right and consistent with past productions.

On plot, I refuse to give away anything (who knows what small detail might be a spoiler to a First Legion fanatic?) but needless to say, this is a thoughtful and nuanced story about a complex character who Thorpe endows with real depth. Luther is neither a square-jawed hero, nor an evil, mustachio-twirling villain. The narrative structure – partially told in present, partially told in flashback, might annoy some but it worked perfectly for me.

What we get is a really careful examination of many of the contradictions about the Dark Angels and the Fallen that really should have made them perfect subjects for novels for years. Fans of bolter-porn might find it disappointingly light on loving descriptions of 'gen-hanced musculature' , evisceration by chainsword and mortals wetting their pants at the general awesomeness of space marines - but that's because 'Luther' is a proper book for grown-ups. At the same time, it still manages to be a fun read – there are a lot of bones thrown in for the average w40k lore-junkie. In short, this is the book on The Dark Angels that I didn't know I'd always been waiting for.

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Deluded ravings of a heretic

Yet another heretic attempting to justify his disloyalty to the emperor (pardon my heresy there I meant God Emperor obviously)

This is a really enjoyable and intriguing book, I am no fan of the 1st legion and knew next to nothing of their history and lore, sadly there are many in the grim dark future who also are unable to bow down to the master of mankind and Luther meets these shady characters, Erebus and Thyphon, great story and great narration

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Well well well....not such a Traitor after all....

That definitely puts another prospective on the Dark Angels.
You cannot help finding sympathy and reasoning behind Luther's decisions, a very, very good listen and I highly recommend it. I will always be a Blood Angel fanboy but I like Dark Angels lore and this is definitely worth it.

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Not your normal 40k novel

I really enjoyed the way this book differs so much from the usual bolter-fest of the 40k universe. Strangely it could almost be described as Warhammer with a smattering of 40k thrown in. It's well paced and thought provoking, I had also not heard this narrator before and would definitely listen to more of his work. 5 star review all around.

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dark angels

love it hate it the dark angels. great story, please more....hope to see a continuation of this story. great 👌

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Great DA background history

loved the story and reading was great. would recommend to any one with interest

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Dark Angels doing what they do best!

Such a good story. Listened to it in one. Great to hear how they have changed over the Millenia.

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Very good

Terrific story and wonderful narration. Each chapter a gripping tale. I much prefer these types of Warhammer books, I can't abide all the boring space marine battles that feel so insignificant. This book tells you of Luther and his adventures. Worth it!

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Fantastic

Awesome book read it in one sitting truly stunning. More please😀😀 an avid 40k fan.

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excellent

I read it in Kindle first and then listened in audible. a true fire side story book told so well.

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