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Summary

Of all the Legiones Astartes, the White Scars of Jaghatai Khan remain the most enigmatic and elusive. Born of a civilisation that prizes honour, speed and fearsome loyalty, their allegiance has yet remained unclear even as the galaxy is torn apart by Horus' treachery, and both sides have apparently counted them among their potential allies in the war to come.

But when the Alpha Legion launch an unexplained and simultaneous attack against the White Scars and Space Wolves, the Khan must decide once and for all whether he will stand with the Emperor or the Warmaster...or neither.

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

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Among the Ordu

What makes some of the vastly different Horus Heresy books one of my favourites? Let's start with my list: Horus Trilogy, Thousand Sons, Prospero Burns, Fear to Tread, Betrayer, Unremembered Empire and now Scars.

All of these delve into tragedy. The shattering of brotherhod in Horus, the deep unnecesary tragedy of Prospero or the pain of broken Angron.

All of these take a peek behind the curtain of a vastly different culture and makes you inhabit their world.Especially walking witgh the wolves in Prospero burns made me experience a vastly different culture and understand them.

Then there is the cadence of tension and suspense, especially noticable when unfortunately absent like in Vulkan Lives.

Scars takes all these parts into one cohesive, understandable story that hasn't bored me for a moment. I loved the interesting thought patterns of the Khans, vastly different from other legions but still logical. The unleashing of the power of this misunderstood underdog legion is a powerfull experience. Ride with the Khans in their persuit to understand what has happened in the universe while they have been blind at the edge of it.

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As someone who’s heard clips of this novel from Wolf Lord Rho’s channel on YouTube - getting the full audiobook has been nothing short of amazing. Been enjoying going for multiple walks during lockdown just to listen to this book! My only gripe is I’m not a fan of the voice acting for Sanguinius in this - but it’s only a short appearance. And imo some of the Space Wolves sound more Asian/White Scar, than Norse/Space Wolves. But not a big deal.

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boring slow filler I would skip it

I would say this is the second worst in the series after Nemesis

I would just skip, I give a four line summary below at the bottom of this review ... no major spoliers

instead of seeing lightning fast jetbike combat and master swordsmen fighting their enemies we receive a slow boring filler of a book that adds almost nothing to the overall story line of the H H.

there are a lots of flash backs to conversations and exposition through a lot of the book


I skipped ahead from Angel Exterminatus because I thought this would be good AE bangs with action all the way through with a fast pace and interesting characters this does not

I expected the book to start with the scars fighting the orks so we could see how the Scars fight which would have been great, but instead it's just slow, followed by a lackluster ending

for what should have been one of the more interesting legions we see almost nothing of them as a whole or their fighting style as there is so little action in the book

none of the characters seem to have any personality at all

in the way that the book nemesis literally doesn't even need to exist this the most nothing of all the books the events of this book aren't important

I will summarise the book bellow to save you 12 hours of your life

minor spoliers below

the white scars hear different reports of who are the traitors, Jagatai doesn't know who to believe, they have a brief space battle with the Alpha legion, they go to Prospero to find out the truth, stuff happens they side with the Emperor (which we already know they do)

done

I do like like Jonathan Keeble as a narrator but I do think giving the Scars an accent was a mistake all the non Terran characters sound the same

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Best so far

I wasn't too sure about this one as I don't know much about the scars but it was easily the one I've enjoyed the most in the series so far. Story and performance are fantastic, definitely worth a listen.

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Scars

A very insightful and interesting look into the White Scars. I went into this blank, knowing nothing about them. The story tells of old ways and a legion hurting by the coming storm. Good characters, very detailed events and a good set of thrill. I look forward to knowing the scars more.

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Terrific

I never thought I would enjoy a book about the white scars (led by Genghis khan in space) but this book surprised me in more ways than one. Great story and narration. At times I was gripped by the drama and unique insights of the scars into the heresy and at others howling with laughter.

If you have a need for speed, an anarchistic bent, a sage mysticism, a love of grand strategy, and have ever wanted to ask fulgrim if he has sex with his legionaries, then you too may be ready to join the horde of the great khan and become one with the urdu

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Deceit and betrays abound

I am always thrilled by a Chris Wraight and this was no except although I seem to be reading them in reverse order 🤔

This is a superb tale narrated excellently and I highly recommend it

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Another great listen from the horus heresy

I enjoyed this novel due to the story and the performance and the novel has set up the stage of the horus heresy perfectly.

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Still better than some

The accent work of the narrator here is extremely questionable and has not aged well at all, however the story still remains better than several others in the series

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The white Scars and there Primarch have a special spot in my heart so i was really looking forward to this book and glad to say im not disappointed.

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  • 14-04-20

One of the Best

As a Thosand Sons player this book shows the sode of Magnus I wish I could explain to my peers. Magnus's story is a tragic tale of doing good the wrong way. Being outcast by his father. Great book, now Im a fan of the white scars too.

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  • Ross Brandon Glickman
  • 28-09-20

I wanted to like it

Amazing performance as always, but it was just another “what’s the primarch of the white scars doing during the beginning of the heresy” book. There could’ve been 4 beers all with quick, short stories about the background instead of 25 titles around it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-20

The Khan

Didn’t think I would enjoy this as much as I did. Never been interested in this Legion, only until after looking at reviews and all the Khan hype on YouTube did I decide to pick this up. I was not disappointed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-21

strong entry by Wraight

only docking one star for story as the Space Wolves, prominent at the beginning, disappear halfway through and felt a bit shoehorned into the book for no real reason. Otherwise this is a great HH novel and excellent depiction of the Khan and his legion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-21

Speeeeeeeeedyyyybooooy

Jaghatai getting fleshed outs always a win, plus having a pretty happy ending game for a warhammer novel is a little refreshing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-06-21

Amazing story for the 5th Legion

This story has plenty of great moments and background for the White Scars. Jaghatai Khan is amazing and a straight up beast while also being civil in his own way which makes him just flat out amazing.

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  • Nate
  • 14-03-19

FOR THE KHAN !

Really enjoyed this book, About time we got some white scars in the lore. Really enjoyed getting a peak at their lifestyles and their tactics. Book kept me in the entire story.

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  • Dan
  • 08-02-19

Worth it!

Skillful writing, fantastic narration. The author does a great job conveying just how tense and confusing it was at this point in the Heresy. The White Scars Legion has heard whispers of treachery and the time has come to decide who’s side they’re on.

Tensions run high as they uncover frightening truths about the state of the Great Crusade.

This book is a winner, I would recommend this to any Heresy fan.

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  • XCSkier
  • 24-06-22

Book is racist

I love Games Workshop. The White Scars are my favorite space marine chapter. Warhammer is my absolute jam. But this book is predicated on two colonial era concepts: the inscrutable oriental, and the noble savage. The book portrays the White Scars in a positive light, but ultimately within the concept of racist historical archetypes that are frankly grating in this day and age. I can assure you that this book was written reviewed and produced by white men without a diverse perspective.

I’ll give you one example. The chief librarian of the White Scars is centuries old, and he’s the master of the psychic arts, sword play, poetry, reading his comrades, but he talks with a stereotypical “Asian” accent because he can’t “master the Gothic tongue” notwithstanding literally hundreds of years of practice. It’s fine to have an accent. But it’s not fine to have the only Asian characters be unable to do punctuation and articles just because they’re “inscrutable.”

The book isn’t fundamentally flawed. Games Workshop should revise this book and re publish it. Racism aside, it’s a kickass deep dive into the zeitgeist of the coolest chapter of outer space super warrior gods in the 30th millennium.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-22

Must read for white scars fans for those who aren’t

In short scars is very good I read this very quickly by my standards easily over an a hour a day on most days. The astartes characters are very human and don’t require much in the way of regular human characters. Lots of culture building for the legion. Lots of action. The Jaghatai is great. Yeseugei is a super badass. Shiban Khan, and Torghun Khan are all interesting. Actually all the characters are interesting. Even Xayven and Henricas or however you spell it the iron hands character are really good. I don’t normally like the characters in those legions I find them boring. Also lots of primarchs that make good appearances that humanize them a great deal.