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Siege of Terra, Book 2

The Solar War is over. The Siege of Terra has begun. As the Traitors unleash their deadliest weapons, the defenders of the Throneworld face nightmare and plague - but Terra must stand.

Listen to it because: discover the lengths to which Horus will go to claim Terra as his own - and the horrors he is willing to set upon its defenders.

The story: on the 13th day of Secundus, the bombardment of Terra began. With the solar defences overcome through the devastating strength of the Traitor armada and the power of the warp, Horus launches his assault on the Throneworld in earnest. After withstanding a ferocious barrage of ordnance, an immense ground war commences outside the Palace, with every inch gained paid for in the lives of billions. The front lines are beyond horrific, and the very air is reduced to poison and blood. Bodies are thrown into the meat grinder, but the outer redoubts cannot possibly hold for long, even with the loyal primarchs to reinforce them.

For Horus has his own generals to call upon. Between the plague weapons of Mortarion and the fury of Angron, the defenders face a losing battle.

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Great second chapter to the siege!

For people who thought Solar war didn't have enough bolter porn action have no worries here with Lost and the Damned, it goes through great lengths to give you a picture of just how monumental the scale of the fight is and at the same time it's still very clearly just the start with many characters and threads being left for the future books.

I knocked off a star because fo some reason there's a technical glitch with chapter 17 being repeated and thus the book not being as long as my app says it is. Should probably get that looked at.

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Brilliant.

As ever J.Keeble delivers an amazing story with incredible talent.
One issue, it misses chapter 16 and gives us 17 twice! WTH?

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they stretched it again

i guess there will be a couple of more books till Sanquinius makes a dent in Horusis armor... a total skipp. You dont learn anything new and revealing. The most intrresting story is the one of Skraivok... its starting to turn into a disney star wars. i dont get how anyone can give it 5 stars.

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Live, love, laugh

What I learned from this is that Jagatai Khan has a live, love, laugh sign on his wall. Yes, he's one of those people. He even inspires it in others, according to Guy Haley's prose. I quote:

"The Warhawk was a restless wind that filled Katsuhiro with the need to rush forwards, to charge through the enemy, to ride them down and never stop moving, to doubt all, to know all, to laugh and live fully through best of times and the worst of times."

This continues throughout the book, as the master of "tell, don't show," Guy Haley goes to any length to let us know exactly what we should be thinking and feeling at any moment in verbose detail. This, sadly, also brings the pace to a crawl, where not much happens as we are entombed in a labyrinth of emotional descriptions. This style also comes across as heavy handed, and cause quite a bit of dissonance. What he writes and what the reader is supposed to feel crashes fairly often.

One example is that Sanguinius comes across as an emo kid who just discovered Fallout Boy, but we're supposed to feel some sort of grandiose sadness rather than eyerolling as he dyes his fringe. The Primarchs act like children, which is rather tedious. I understand Horus is struggling to keep them together, but the Traitor Primarchs are utterly useless, with Angron and Fulgrim topping the scale of idiocy, followed by Perturabo. These are supposed to be flawed, yet highly competent characters, but their incompetence is on par with Alpharius losing to Dorn at asymmetric warfare in Praetorian of Dorn. The Loyalists are all hyper-competent, Traitors are, to a man, SPECTRE goons, with Abaddon being an exception as the only baddie coming across as somewhat competent.

The book also suffers from a lack of focus. It rapidly spills into too many inconsequential characters. The editor should've stopped a few of the chapters, but there you go. The editor should also have put his foot down on some of the cameos - they're shoehorned in with no real purpose.

The performance is up to Black Library standards, thus excellent. A plethora of accents, but I gave it 4/5 as Fulgrim's "voice" annoys me and seems more buffoon-like than sibilant.

In the end, the Lost and the Damned winds up a filler book. It has no real purpose, it has no significant plot to speak of, and seems to be cobbled together from a bunch of half-born ideas, padded with descriptions to bring the page count up to something Tolkien would write.

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Lost and the damned

Fantastic naration as usual from Keeble but what the help happened to chapter 16?we get 17 repeated twice!!!!stars dropped because Audible can't get their act together

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Pretty boring

I've been waiting for the final battle books for so long, these first 2 seem to go off and bring into them characters I really couldn't give a turd about. I wanna hear of my favourite characters going balls deep into battle. Not some boring ones I couldn't care less about.

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the best audio book i have listened to this year

loved it and gave a good insight to sanguinius and khans relationship. absolutely gteat

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a beautifully read story by a beautiful word smith

the Horus heresy series as a whole is filled with a grand mixture of writers and story tellers of various capability. but guy Haley is perhaps the best of them, and I am yet to find a story of his that disappoints, for example my favorate book in the Warhammer verse is without a doubt "Dante" depicting the erly and pre 9th edition life of the lord of the blood angles chapter master Dante. and as for the famed jonathan Keeble his work and voice speak for themselves. he is a truly talented speaker and I swear his parents most be either angels or giant blocks of caramel, because his voice gets me every time. my only reason for giving this book less than 5 stars was because I cant describe the experience as ground shattering, but yet again that has more to do with my own mental state than the book itself. im going to be reading the 3rd book in this series on paper back, and I can only hope that it reaches the same heights as this magnificent piece, if not better.

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  • 18-09-21

Excellent

So I had only listened to one previous Guy Haley book (Dark Imperium and I didn't like it) and I've avoided his stuff ever since... but this is great and I think I've missed something. Back on the reading / listening list with a vengeance. Bravo.

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glorious!

would recommend reading Titandeath before this one if you like the lore of the Titanicus

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  • 18-10-19

Missing chapter 16

Chapter 17 is repeated? It’s missing chapter 16, story is great but I say fire the guy in charge of proof listening this audio book.

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  • 27-10-19

One star for a missing chapter

Seriously, is it that hard to check and make sure it’s done right? I’ll change the rating when it’s fixed.

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  • Ivan
  • 23-10-19

Missing chapter 16

The story and performance are great, but it's missing chapter 16. In its place, it just plays chapter 17 twice. I've submitted a support ticket, but you should probably skip it until it's fixed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-19

Ongoing war

The second book of the siege of Terra was better than the last in my opinion. Action with no flashbacks to possibly confuse readers, I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions of Horus and his brothers as well as the POV of primarchs, space marines, normal humans, etc. Once I heard Angron talking, I was reminded of the Decepticons and I couldn't un-hear it. It brought a touch of humor to his parts which were macabre (understandable because you know...Angron.) I'd recommend this book for sure.

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best HH book so far imo

I saw a bunch of reviews saying chapter 16 was repeated, that wasn't the case for me. so it's fixed I guess.

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  • 09-12-19

Typical Black Library

You’d never know that space marines were superhuman amazing warriors with how badly written they are.
Black library writers need some understanding of war, small unit tactics and both armed and unarmed combat before they try and write about it

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  • LegitMelonhead
  • 22-02-20

Why three stories?

Not sure why BL is trying to turn every novel into the last 15 minutes of Phantom Menace with 3+ stories going and none of them done well, but it's a trend and it's time to stop.

There are interesting parts, but besides the Primarchs no one gets developed properly. It's not that they're not distinct or they're not developed enough, it's just that every scene is separated with the next scene from a different story and it's almost entirely unnecessary to do it.

Just present a book with three shorter stories. If the timelines need to coincide, use a chronological landmark.

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  • Matthew D.
  • 19-10-19

awesomesauce

chapter 16 is repeated in 17? dunno what's up with that. FREAKEN AMAZING BOOK 2 IN THE SOLAR WAR!!

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  • SirGlenn
  • 24-05-20

excellent in every way

excellently written. many interesting intersecting plots. well paced. a breath of fresh air after the disaster of the first book of the series

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  • Harrylouis
  • 17-11-21

great listen

love this book in the series. the reader did a fantastic job. I can't wait for the next one