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Summary

As the darkness of the war slowly consumes the galaxy, those who still serve the Throne are faced with a struggle for their survival and the continued existence of everything they hold dear. With the threat of the Warmaster's fleet looming ever closer to Terra, it will fall to such heroes to halt the tide, but the enemies arrayed against them are powerful, and the burden of loyalty is great....

This Horus Heresy anthology contains six short stories, some of which are originally released as audio dramas, and by authors such as Dan Abnett, Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Gav Thorpe and John French. Also included are the novellas The Wolf King, by Chris Wraight, and Cybernetica, by Rob Sanders.

Contents:
Perpetual by Dan Abnett
The Binary Succession by David Annandale
Into Exile by Aaron Dembski-Bowden
Ordo Sinister by John French
The Heart of the Pharos by L J Goulding
Cybernetica by Rob Sanders
The Thirteenth Wolf by Gav Thorpe
The Wolf King by Chris Wraight

©2018 Games Workshop Limited (P)2018 Games Workshop Limited

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Worth the time

One of the better short story collections. Essential listening for space wolves fans as it goes Russ' backstory and motivations. Nice finisher from Abnett too.

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Good compilation

doesn't add much to the setting, many of the stories don't develop any plot lines and so I'd say this collection is skippable if you want

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good selection of short stories. worth a read as

good selection of short stories. worth a read as covers some gaps in other books

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A decent enough listen

This book is OK although I really am not overly fond of the books made up of multiple short stories. As in most you don't have enough time with the characters to become invested or even care about them.

The better stories tended to be the longer ones, focusing on already established characters such as Leman Russ but even these felt like they didn't have enough depth.

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  • Jason Heady
  • 14-08-20

Another good anthology from the Horus Heresy

Most stories were enjoyable. Russ, Mechanicum, Knights Errant, fun stories all around. And best of all, in my opinion, Oll Person has a short story to catch us up on where he and the other Calth survivors have been spending the past few years.

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  • Christian Ross
  • 02-04-19

Slow start, but worth listening to

The first two stories are ok, but the third one, Cybernetica, was bad. It states off good, but went on for too long and was very predictable and boring by the end of it. However, the stories after that were much better.

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  • Per
  • 18-02-21

Sub-par

The Horus Hersy short story collections have usually delighted me, they always contain some trash writing but almost always enough good stories to make them worth it on average. This one got me quite excited due to the many good writers listed. Unfortunately, as always, it is the poor writers who produce the most material and this book is an awful example. There are a few, short, bright sparks by the capable authors, while the majority of the book is absolute garbage. Worth it if you like dull, irrelevant stories and unending bolter porn, I guess. Also, the reader not only becomes very, very, veeery wound up when an action scene occurs, which is, eh, tolerable. The problem is that at the same time he also STARTS SHOUTING, so the action sequences hurt my ears until I get to the volume controls. The only recommendation I can give for this book is to stay far, far away.

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  • Richard
  • 18-12-19

Over the top.

Please stop having one marine take on Titans it’s really hard to believe even in a SF setting.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-03-22

not impressed

Another series of fluff cannon. Techmarines willy nilly throwing tanks, simultaneously blocking 5 shots while killing 6 people and also reprogramming all evil to be non heresy

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  • Drew W.
  • 22-02-22

Parts are great.

The Binary Succession is awesome. Overall okay but not all anthologies are great. Some are slow.

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  • axcl99stang
  • 21-10-21

Good mash-up of stories

This is a good compilation of several stories that offers some great insight and past history that has always been glossed over.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-21

pretty good

most stories in here are 100% worth a listen! there was only one I skipped.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-21

Unique Collection

The collection of short stories is good, not great. The mechanicus one is best. Plus some stories are already independent stories one can read without this book.

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  • Jonathan M Trdan-Schmidt
  • 29-10-18

its warhammer 40k

Its warhammer 40k, need I say more. its better than a star wars novel, but not an epoch of fiction. Get this one if you like Jonathan Keebles amazing voice and you like nice short stories. I wish we could have spent more time with Ol Perssons, especially since as a perpetual he has all the time in the worlds.