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Summary

A Horus Heresy Character series novel.

Sigismund—First Captain, Emperor's Champion, the Eternal Crusader! The founder of the Black Templars was many things, and this novel brings him to life as never before.

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Get a rare glimpse into the mortal life of one of the greatest champions of the Space Marines, before they were recruited. Sigismund’s beliefs would light a fire that still rages 10,000 years later.

The story:

The Great Crusade is ending. The Emperor has returned to Terra, while Horus remains among the stars to complete the unification of humanity.

As the Imperial armies fight the final battles of the age, Remembrancer Solomon Voss seeks the answer to one question—why does Sigismund, First Captain of the Imperial Fists and greatest champion of the Legions, believe that war will not end?

Granted a rare audience with the master of the Templars, the answer takes Voss on a revelatory journey to a time before Sigismund became a Space Marine, through his first battles and oaths to the bitterest duels between Legions.

Written by John French. Running time 6 hours 18 mins. Narrated by Timothy Watson.

©2022 Games Workshop Limited (P)2022 Games Workshop Limited

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A good look into the Legendary Black Templar

learning through the Remembrancer Voss is a good way to cover a lot of ground into what makes the eternal crusader tick.

we find out a lot behind the Emperor's champion that helps to display why he is a coveted character in the 30k setting.

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Short and Sweet

This isn't just good for a Warhammer book, this is simply a good book!
using an interview with a Remembrancer as a framing device to jump through events was great. Sigismund is written like a knight from Arthurian legend and it works here extremely well.
None of the short stories here lost my attention, especially so with great side characters like Fafnir and Kharn.

The voice actor did an amazing job, perfect for 40k.

Honestly this is one of the better 40k books I've read, it's a bit shorter but I enjoyed it start to finish. Give it a go.

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not bad at all. Actually pretty good.

A decent and well written dive into ol'stone face Sigi's life and personality. Some nice recollections from the early days of the Great crusade tingling a pleasant feeling of nostalgia with some insight into other legions workings as well. Good read. I would recommend and I am a Ultramarine fan boy so that should tell you something! :)

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Fascinating

A look at Sigismund giving him an origin and almost a career in the 8th Legion 😳 now that would be a book to read Timothy Watson is a great narrator and brings all the characters to life with aplomb

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Siggy4lyfe!

Sigismund, clearly the best character in 30k (other than mabye Ancient Rylanor). An actual dude, not just some plot armoured buffoon like Abbadon. Good story, voice acting is ok, even if ole' Siggy does sound a bit like Batman.

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The end is only a beginning

Excellent story and characters, but didn't sound as though Sigismund was the first founder of the Black Templars, as they already existed. But great to hear his background although I thought his background seemed a little sketchy. The narrator Timothy Watson was first class, I've enjoyed his work and will continue to look out for a French and Watson again. Totally recommend this title.

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Another character novel without character.

Some good fight scenes and an alternative look at events we know happened in the series but once again, we have what should be a character study of Sigismund’s motivations and drives but it’s more like a checklist of things that happened to him.

The problem is that so many of the Horus Heresy/Warhammer characters are meant to be stoic and unyielding, but this just means they’re not very interesting in this sort of context.

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if you like luthar youll love this also

really good get it read
very much like luther

check my other reviews to see do you like the same stuff as me

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Weak

Pretty disappointed with this. The story is just not strong enough to warrant its length. The growth and story arc of the titular protagonist felt inconsistent and shallow and whilst there are some solid set pieces the duels felt repetitive and unimaginative to my jaded ears.

The performance is solid but, like the story, rather uneven. The big Sig growls like batman with a sore throat but Lunar Wolves and even Horus sound like Dick Van Dyck channeling the offspring of Michael Caine and Danny Dyer; this really snapped me out of my immersion. Regardless of these slips the performer lifted the story overall and I would be happy to hear more of his work.

Overall, it's not terrible but there are likely a lot of other black library titles you would be better served by listening to.

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Not bad

was a good story. The way the narrator reads a line then pauses got to me in the end.

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  • snozek
  • 27-04-22

Dorn's sons, philosophical nominalists?

Sigismund, without a doubt, is one of the greatest astartes of the Heresy Era. How awesome is it that there is finally an origin story for him!?!

Awesome, except where it wasn't.

So as for the performance, I am unfamiliar with Timothy Watson, but he sounds a lot like John Banks. . . except that almost every astartes voice is a blue-collar, south London mode of speech.

Why?

Why is it also that Archaemus, who is only scantily older than Sigismund, and who this very book says is cold as stone, is voiced like a kindly, warm, old grandfather who needs a blanket and some warm cocoa?

Bad job!

Apart from those irritations, at least the narrator was consistent and did not suffer other technical errors.

Why is our hero searching for "his truth"? There's a big difference between the search for absolute truth and passing, subjective, adolescent, nonsense.

Dorn and his legion are the DEFINITION of Realism, stolid, disciplined, concerned with the natures of things.

There were a few occasions of pretty serious lurches in tempo. There were times where all momentum in the story just snapped to a halt, and it sucked.

John French can write a good book, but here he cuts and pastes "the message" over what is an otherwise pretty good story.

The Grim Dark is not the place for Gen Z Modernism, soft accomodation, and social justice warriors. Those people get stepped on, chewed up, spit out, and are soul fuel for the uncaring dark gods of the Warp!

Why is the hardest of the hard, Sigismund, going all "identifying my truth"?

Most of the book was pretty good. Narration was bad. Ham-handed messaging and an inability to grasp real human motivations and philosophy hurt John French in this book.

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  • Justin
  • 07-05-22

Suffers from modern 40k identity politics weirdness.

Behind every great violent space crusader is a legion of inexplicably virtuous and talented women and space marines of color.

Just the increasingly common 40k trend of having any competent human being be a woman of peerless virtue, from the noble orphan who taught Sigismund how to be brave, to the hyper competent commander who’s so stone cold she doesn’t even flinch at the personal command of Dorn despite even space marines reacting in awe.

Other stuff like the author not knowing about space marines having eidetic memory, and the author doesn’t really offer any insight into a reason why Sigismund is the best, he just is because of his “Truth” which somehow even the world eaters ramble about.

As usual with these books, performance is 10/10 writing is wildly varying.

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  • Cyndi
  • 25-04-22

Incredible

The format returns to that of the most successful 40k books wherein the post-human experiences of a space marine are filtered through a solid human character. The pacing is excellent. The motifs commonly wrapped around Sigismund - the stillness in a moment where the drops of rain slow to pause, the strength of the character in his refusal to stay down when he falls, the cold efficiency of his being - are expounded upon without feeling ham-fisted. Instead, they are deftly woven into the story and its structure. There is a great balance between pieces of lore we already know and new ones like his experience being chosen as a child for reforging into astartes. This book is now among my top 5 Horus Heresy novels at large. The narrator is also to Sigismund what Kevin Conroy is to the voice of Batman. It's so important to get right and Timothy Watson kills it. He also manages to voice distinct and well known characters like Kharn in the way we're used to hearing them - also important for immersion. 5/5, 10/10. Listen to this book if you like the Horus Heresy and if you like books in general.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-22

Love it

I always love to see the legions do their thing and get some interesting characters along the way. This book delivers on both of those. If you want to see the Imperial Fists and Sigismund do some cool stuff this one is a good choice.

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  • GentlemanBystander
  • 06-05-22

French fails to capitalize

This should have been a better story, lackluster writing is only exacerbated by a stilted performance with Watson succeeding to only add character to Sigismund by making him sound like a teenage edge-lord interpretation of bad-ass complete with the gravely voice and the perpetually irritated-sounding intonation of words...even when Sigismund was still a child.

This didn't feel like Sigismund, this felt more like a generic Astartes complete the cookie-cutter backstory of the orphan feral-boy growing up in the plot of a Death Wish movie, no hint was given as to what set him apart from his brothers and cousins beyond "being Sigismund" and that his success was "through the power of determination" which is too tired a battle-manga trope to dignify in what is supposed to be a serious work of the Grim Dark setting. He doesn't present as having better insight or deeper introspection than any of a panoply of Astartes as depicted throughout the myriad stories of both the Horus Heresy and 40K setting, less soulful than we've seen from Sigismund in previous writings, the stoic melancholy that has defined him in previous writings is absent here and he seems more like the recalcitrant child who hates his family and/or job versus the man who was willing to risk his life and honor to stand at the side of his Primarch-Father. If this was the first work in a series, it could be better excused.

The story isn't worth a stand-alone purchase, use a monthly credit then refund it after listening, it has no worth beyond that.

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  • Nickolas X. P. Sharps
  • 02-05-22

Another Meh Horus Heresy Novella

While I'm a fan of both Warhammer 40,000 and the Horus Heresy series I can't say any of these novellas have really impressed me and this one is no different. I don't usually even bother anymore but I'm a big fan of the Black Templars and Sigismund and I can usually count on John French to deliver. Sigismund: The Eternal Crusader starts off with a strong premise--why does Sigismund believe the Great Crusade will never end? The story is told as a series of vignettes from Sigismund's life, starting with his "recruitment" into the Legiones Astartes and then culminating in the Triumph of Ullanor. The framing device is an interview between Sigismund and Solomon Voss. The action is okay and there are a couple tasty morsels of lore but even at a brief 6 hours I was eager to finish the book so I could move on to something more satisfying. The brief insights we get into Sigismund's psyche feel rather pedestrian and surface level. We learn about his history but nothing to really justify a novella. Then again, most of these Horus Heresy novellas feel like padded-out short story cash grabs anyway. I'm disappointed I wasted a credit on this but I should have known better. Timothy Watson does a nice job narrating the story at least.

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  • Abram Ortega
  • 26-04-22

very good

great narration and author, John French really knocks it out of the park, sigismund is built up as a great complex character.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-22

A great glimpse into the Great Crusade.

This book, more than anything, makes me crave a book series set during unification and the Great Crusade.
My only gripe is that the narrator used the same voice for young human boy Sigismund and veteran astartes Sigismund, but it did not bother me too much.

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  • Sean E.
  • 02-06-22

Loved it, but wanted more.

I loved it but wanted more from it. Hoperiod hopefully they expand on his crusades later and give us more.

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  • Mark T.
  • 11-05-22

one of the best warhammer 40k books

I was very engaged with the story, I started thinking the it was going to be a "ok" story but it blow my mind. I'm not even a fan of the imperial fist but this really grew on me