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Far out on the Eastern Fringe, the realm of Ultramar stands alone. Having weathered the Word Bearers' attack on Calth and the subsequent Shadow Crusade against the Five Hundred Worlds, the Ultramarines primarch Roboute Guilliman now draws all loyalist forces to Macragge as he contemplates a new future for mankind.

With the arrival of more and more fugitives from the war that has engulfed the rest of the galaxy, all distinction between friend and foe is lost - isolated from Terra by fearsome warp storms, is Guilliman making a bid for power to rival even the renegade Warmaster Horus?

©2013 Games Workshop Limited (P)2013 Games Workshop Limited

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Paced like an action movie (or several)

There is a lot that happens in this book and it seems strange that so many storylines could progress simultaneously without messing up the pacing, but somehow it works! It's greatest achievement must be making Rowboat Girlyman a genuinely likable and "non-marysue" character. A great read if you are a fan of Conrad Curze, The Lion, Vulkan, Space Wolves or the 30k Universe's version of James Bond!

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One of the best books in the series so far

Excellent story delving into the character of multiple primarchs. Gripping from start to finish. We'll worth a read

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Best heresy book for a while!

A definite highlight of the series so far! Abnett writes Guilliman and the ultramarines brilliantly

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A step forward

It’s always refreshing when the series returns to driving the narrative toward and these always make for the better books

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The culmination of the last 15 books. Brilliant!

This book as a stand alone I imagine is very good. To truly get the most out of it you must read all the previous books that come after the massacre on Istvan V.

This is the culmination of every character from every major novel and short story, their journeys all leading them to this point. For this reason I think if you read it stand alone you would not understand who some of the characters are, their motives, or the nuances of their motivations.

With that said, this book is one of the best HH books I have read so far. It is up there with books like Fulgrim. it was an action packed, gripping story of twists and turns. It has all the characteristics of an epic finale to an action drama TV season.

The writing is bang on, Dan really putting his best work into this. The performance was also spot on, and really fit the setting, with character voices being distinct enough to know who was talking in what dialogue, which can be tricky in a book with so many characters and supporting cast.

The only, and I mean singular critique, isn't of the book istself, but of the editing. There are one or two moments where a line is repeated, clearly which should have been edited out in post production. Posibbly 5 seconds worth of error in a 13 hour long book is no reason to be turned away from this book, a very minor critique to say the least.

Really, really worth the read. I couldn't put it down.

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One of the best

Fantastic story, excellent narration.
A real treat for loyalist fans, even if like me you’re not a fan of perpetuals.

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the best 40k audiobook. no competition

many primarks
lots of action
all characters are interesting and markedly different from one another.
the main thing that sets it apart from other 40k books is that it dosent feel full of filler. there's plenty of surprises that are actually significant. it will take an awful lot to beat this. if you are fairly well versed in the 40k world or are here to have your interest in the lore kindled this is a treat.

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amazing

one of my favorite horus heresy books so far. kurze is an Absolute beast. loved it.

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Surprisingly good

Timson does the impossible and makes an Ultramarine & Guilidork heavy story enjoyable. Dan Abnett is often a mixed bag for me with him being the writer of the 2 of the worst books in the series so far in my opinion but this one is surprisingly decent and enhanced 10 fold by the best narrator in the series David Timson

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You do NOT want to miss this!

This book had me gripped from the beginning and I finished it so quickl, I was kinda sad that it ended but wow. amazing narration too by David Timson!

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  • 10-07-19

Great book, but read others first

This book is great. It ties several existing storylines together very well. The voice actor does a fantastic job. But before you listen to this one, listen to, at the very least, Vulkan Lives, Prince of Crows, The Crimson Fist, The Iron Within (found in Age of Darkness).

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  • 21-03-21

Disappointing Abnett and 40k novel

This novel should have been an Oceans 11 convergence a star studded cadre of Loyalist Primarchs. You have the Lion, Roboute, Konrad Curze, and Sanguinious all converging in Ultramar thanks to a pretty ridiculous Mcguffin plot device revolving around the all too convenient genius of Iron Warrior turncoat, Dantioch. Reminds me of Belisarius Cawl, ugh. Of course develops an "unlikely friendship with rival legionary, Pollux, of the Imperial fists. It smacked of an all too easily arrived at trope.

I had this gut feeling that it was either going to be the best 40k novel or just fall completely flat due to the overambitious nature of the endeavor. From my point of view, it is the latter and is such a disappointment.

Abnett has a pretty good track record as the premiere 40k writer and has delivered the some of my favorite works of sci fi in Horus Rising, Legion, and Know No Fear. So what went wrong with this book? How do I put this? It's written in the format of a Hollywood slasher flick. *Spoiler alert* The plot essentially revolves around the Lion showing up to Mccragge with Konrad Curze as an unironic stowaway. Unwilling to confide to Roboute that the Night Haunter is loose aboard his ship, Curze inevitably escapes to wreak absolute havoc on Mccragge city just creating a deluge of awkward situations between the brothers and wreaks absolute HAVOC on homebase of the Ultramarines. Basically the Night Haunter is Jason and all the primarchs and their legions might as well be inept teenagers who are utterly incapable of doing anything to stop him or even slow him down. They are cannon fodder, Curze rips them all to shreds. It's sad and not very interesting. Especially demoralizing if you're an Ultramarines or Dark Angels fan, none of them look very good.

Curze just makes everyone look so incompetent, pretty much single handedly conquers the entire planet. Only slightly exaggerating, not by much. Makes my favorite primarch and his legion looks like absolute fools. Which I'm a little bitter with Abnett's handling of the Dark Angels. If you don't know how the Heresy ends it leaves you wondering how any of these bumbling idiots could hope to challenge the likes Horus and Abaddon. The Night Haunter is a ridiculous character, not really a fan of the whole 9 foot tall post human in power armor conveniently disappearing in every shadow.

I wish that wasn't the premise of the novel but there it is. I hated it. Maybe if the Night Haunter's fleet arrived with the world Eaters it just would have made so much more sense. The rest is kind of just melodramatic fluff dealing with Roboute's pedantic insecurities and the chiding candor of his surrogate mother figure, Tarasha Euten in an effort to squeeze in a "strong willed female voice". We have the continuation of John Grammaticus' arch which is probably the most enjoyable aspect of the novel.

Finally we the premise of the Imperium Secundus, which is ironically kind of an after thought, after the climax of Grammaticus' arc the Blood Angels arrive out of nowhere and the acknowledgement of Sanguinious is given about 15 minutes at the end of the book. It's very abrupt and jarring. The Lion and Roboute basically sit Sanguinious down and say, you're going to be our emperor and he's basically like: "ok, if you say so." It's so awkward and feels so vacuous. It should have been such a profound moment but it's delivered horribly.

This novel could have been so much more and is just a sadly missed opportunity on nearly all fronts. I wanted to like this book and by all respects I should have. I wonder what went wrong, it's such a qualitative deviation from Abnett's previous work it leaves me scratching my head.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-20

Robot Girlyman's Worst case scenario.

A brilliant edition to the Horus Heresy detailing the Imperium Secundus, Guilliman's attempts to keep the Imperium alive in the event that the original should perish. A well read novel with a total of 5 primarchs interacting and multiple interesting sub plots which tie together nicely with the coming of Curze. Definitely worth a read if you like Ultramarines or John Grammaticus. I was thoroughly entertained by Abnett's writing. Also worth a read if you are interested in Vulkan's fate and the Pharos.

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  • Jacob Raun
  • 16-04-20

Great book, definitely read the next book! "AOC"

Great book, I really enjoyed it! Unfortunately I read Angels of Caliban first so I kinda knew where this book was heading. Don't make the same mistake I did!

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  • William Barry Ellerbee
  • 23-06-21

Primarch-Palooza Presents Perfectly Postured Politician-Kings

Probably one of the best stories so far in the Horus Heresy series and fabulously narrated. The subplot of John Grammaticus ever deepens and the Avenging Son must summon all of his strength and courage to keep the idea of an Imperium of Man from becoming just a faded memory.

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  • Kjetil Moen
  • 04-02-20

good, but...

why oh why does the space wolves talk with an Italian accent?
I'm Norwegian, and to me it just sounds silly. like monty python Spanish inquisition silly.

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  • camilo a parada
  • 23-01-20

what a great book, do no skip this one

another great book with many primarchs, and vital pieces for the whole storyline. konrad curze a beast, guiliman, the lion, vulkan, sanguinius, and john grammaticus

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  • Jason Heady
  • 21-12-18

A nice Horus Heresy novel

I enjoyed the story and the Perpetuals and Cabal storyline is something I like reading. I am generally not a fan of the narrators for Black Library novels. That remains my primary sticking point with the novels.

This novel covers the Ultramarines and what is happening during the Ruinstorm. The Ultramarines are the focus along with representatives of several other Legions. It is a direct sequel to both Vulkan Lives and the short stories and novellas detailing the fight between the Dark Angels and Night Lords. It also picks up the thread following Angel Exterminatus so, yes, Sanguinius makes an appearance but a small one.

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  • Sitpaintandplay
  • 09-10-18

Defiantly a favorite

Well written, suspenseful, and defiantly had me on edge several times. I think this is one of the best in the series and I really would like to read it again.

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  • Brian Walters
  • 22-08-21

the characters sold this story

I enjoyed the drama and apprehensive behavior as a result of the horse heresy. I love the way the lion and the avenging son play on each other. the highlighting of distinctive characteristics. this is probably one of my favorites depictions of the Lion and Gilliman.
Conrad was a treat and I'm always down for a story about the cabal. I would recommend