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Summary

Once the brightest star in the Imperium and always first among his primarch brothers, Horus has dragged the Space Marine Legions into the bloodiest conflict that the galaxy has ever seen. While their allies wage war on a thousand different fronts, the XVIth Legion descend upon the Knight world of Molech - home to the ruling House Devine, and a principle stronghold of the Imperial Army.

The forces loyal to the Emperor stand ready to defy the Warmaster, but just what could have drawn Horus to attack such a well defended planet, and what might he be willing to sacrifice to fulfill his own dark destiny?

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

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Poor narration

Honestly I wish Black Library would stop getting Gareth Armstrong to narrate their books, he's the worst part of every audio book he narrates and it's honestly disappointing.

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This book is rated far too highly for shorts

Another one of the MANY books that are falsely advertised as the horus heresy. This is just another book of shorts that is labelled as the heresy series so they can justify trying to sell you an extra 15+ books that dont actually matter

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Feminism creeps in

The author is, in general, good.

High points here include the Molluch assault and Horus elements.

However, every unnamed character who is not a space marine is a female - and more often than not a Lucy Lui charateur. I would have expected better from Black Library, I come here to escape that nonsense.

Indicating men and women are no different is the height of feminist theory, and its obvious the author has swallowed it whole. Male characters are often killed off quickly or seen to be inept (excluding Space Marines). Luckily, due to the Universe, the author is limited in spreading his heinous, inaccurate ideology. Then again, perhaps 40k writers, shut out from the wider world, would be expected to spout this stuff?

Anyway, decent enough to listen through. Too many story archs for one book. Logon is portrayed to be an overly emotional white knight, which is annoying. Other than that, okay, but GM is on blacklist.

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disappointing

One of my favourite authors and his previous work is gold, but I feel hes let this one down and concentrates more on theatrics and over the top dramatic gimmicks to explain situation rather than getting teeth into the story.

I also didnt enjoy the narrator.

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Progress

Moves the main story arc along nicely rather than just another pointof view or side story. well narrated.

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Not bad, but nothing amazing.

I never got into this one, until the end. I felt there were too many names, events and complicated situations to make sense of. Not a bad one, but you really need to relisten som parts to puzzle it together.

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boring

could not finish this book. I found every minute a struggle to get past for me

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Not bad but not great

While advancing the Hours Heresy story, this book feels like it was rushed, or it was meant as a trilogy like the first three books. There are so many characters and character arcs that I had a hard time caring for any one of them. And by the time the story returned to an arc I was previously interested in, I had already lost interest in that arc (like for example Horus's journey to the endgame). Also I feel that too much attention was given to the description of warfare and battles, so much so that by the time any battles finish I had a hard time remembering what was the battle fought for. This also means less time for character dialogue and development. One last gripe I have with this book is that it's climax was a bit disappointing in the way it was constructed, despite its major significance to the Heresy. It felt as if it was glanced over and then the story moved on.
All in all it's a good Heresy story but with a mediocre execution.

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Just fine

Perfectly palatable however nothing special despite the relative significance of the events to the overall story

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Very enjoyable, but you need to have read some of the earlier books

Fantastic story and great performance from the reader!
It is important to have read some of the earlier books in the Horus Heresy series, if not it will get confusing with all the characters.
It progresses the overall heresy story well and gives some great lore insight

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-11-18

Like Father like Son

Great look into the journey of Horus going from manipulated rebel to full on Chaos Primarch.

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  • K. Winter
  • 11-09-20

Repeative battles, does not advance timeline

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This book is a repeat of all the prior books no new content aside from Horus got God like powers. They don't explain anything about what he did to get it.

He just went to the planet went through the portal and got like God like powers literally the most important part of this book is a few minutes. The rest is just the same tired battles and surprise surprise something terrible happens to the Good guys which makes Horus defeat overwhelming odds again.

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  • Peter M.
  • 11-12-20

great!

Loved hearing Loken come back from the first couple of books and seeing how his character has been changed by what happened.

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 16-03-19

A pretty good book, but I might be biased😉

A damn good addition to the heresy series, full of feelz.
Only thing that is bothering me is how Garviel Loken is alive, i remember that we dont see a dead body back in the 3rd book, but maybe i missed something or they dont really explane how they found him?

On a side note, as a Dane having the stories of H.C. Andersen be shown in 40k, and explisedly written in danish filled me with a national pride that i rarely feel,
Fuck yeah the things that denmark is most famous for is Vikings, one if the best poets/story writer in history AKA H. C. Andersen, a important Philosopher AKA Søren Kierkegaard, and we have one of the most socially equal countries in the world, FUCK YEAH WE RULE!
XD erhm its a good book😋

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  • Michael C.
  • 08-11-21

Unfortunately mixed

The parts with the Sons of Horus and the actual battle are the highlights of the book. Unfortunately there are a bunch of side plots (one in particular about an incestuous family) that really don't add much to the overall story. It helps if you listen to the short stories "Little Horus" and "The Either" as they both deal with the Dwell campaign which is mentioned heavily here as a prequel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-10-21

Weird choice on voice portrayal

Same dudes voiced these characters before and broke away from how he'd done it originally. Not a big deal really, but combined with the fact that not only were they not consistent with their previous portrayals but too many sounded exactly the same. IE just listen to the fight between Lokan and Little Horus. Story was pretty good with the small exception of house divines pretty much unnecessary game of thrones episode that essentially went nowhere except for "chaos corrupts shit", go figure. Worth buying but only for one read I think.

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  • Cody
  • 04-10-21

TEAR JERKER

what an incredible story. the knights errant made tears fall. REQUIRED reading for the horus heresy

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  • Richard
  • 25-06-21

Not perfect, but good enough

I usually don´t write reviews, but I have to share my thoughts on this one.
First - overall story is nice, I liked it. But I have really rooted for the "good guys" and was sad to see so many desperate moments ruining their day and I really wished the "bad guys" just die, how can they survive so much. Even when I know, that Horus will survive, I wished so much many times that he just dies... partly because it felt almost like "cheating" the way how they overcame obstacles... strange magic here, huge ton of luck there, coincidence over there, it happened so many times, that I just felt like "aaaagh, die already!". Especially when Imperator titen fell, that felt quite cheap the way it happened and why... but well, I guess that is the point of "Choass" and their ways...
And second - the narator did really good job, but I just wish they have used the same narrator as for the first three Horus Heresy books, specifialy because of Garviel Locan character - he so much deserved the rough, tough voice he had in the first three book and he deserved it so much more with what he had to face in this book, it was very strange to hear him speak in "school-boy" like soft voice, the comparison of that voice difference was quite breaking the immertion for me many times.
But overall, I have enjoyed the book :)

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  • Jason
  • 22-12-20

Narrator

Love the story but the narrator lacked enthusiasm during fights and didn’t quite capture emotions in characters.

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  • Wanderer
  • 25-09-20

Definitely a favorite

I loved this book and all the characters in it. It does a good job of showing how far the Sons of Horus have fallen and how far some will go to achieve their goals. Also, awesome ending.