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Age of Darkness

The Horus Heresy, Book 16
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 16
Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
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Summary

After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one - seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. 

An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the darkest years of the Horus Heresy, and revelations will surface that will shake the Imperium to its very foundation.... 

This collection contains nine short stories: 

'Rules of Engagement' by Graham McNeill 

'Liar's Due' by James Swallow 

'Forgotten Sons' by Nick Kyme 

'The Last Remembrancer' by John French 

'Rebirth' by Chris Wraight 

'The Face of Treachery' by Gav Thorpe 

'Little Horus' by Dan Abnett 

'The Iron Within' by Rob Sanders 

'Savage Weapons' by Aaron Dembski-Bowden 

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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Some good some bad most not memorable

Some good some bad most not memorable although any book read by Keeble is a joy to listen to

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Great spread of story’s

Slowly going through the Horus heresy series and this was a cracking book full of stories from lesser known legions and yet to feature yet

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Questionable narration

There is a few decent stories in this collection but some I simply couldn’t finish. This wasn’t due to the quality of the story but the narration of Martyn Ellis, sadly he ruined Thousand Sons for me and I had to skip the stories that he did in this book.
The standout story for me was Liar’s Due, I’m particularly fond of stories form the point of view of the humans working in the imperium during the heresy.

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Not my Favourite

I think there was 2 stories in here that i enjoyed and that was the Rogal Dorn one the last one.

This was simply because these 2 stories didnt havr all the nonesence fighting and instead they had dialog and intrigue....

i know some people will really love the over the top battles but i find they are repetative and annoying.....

super soldiers fighting super soldiers is unbelievable and everyone is superb at everything until they are just bested by someone who is slightly better at being superb at everything......these are all space marines and when get they are all awesome to that end i would find it far more beleiveable if a civil war involving literally thousands of planets and what must be trillions of people beteen them all lasted longer than 3 years or however long it lasted.

The reason i liked the 2 stories i did was because it shows a relatable side to a fictional super soldier of the far future that otherwise would be impossible to relate to. I like to see humanity in characters......weather their human or not....

I think a good idea for heresy book would be of some gaurd unit where some of them wanted to rebel and some wanted to be loyal and they had to fight with their innerselves aswel as their comrades.......

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not bad

multiple short storys not bad listen but some story's don't lead no where and a little dull.

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  • Lambert2191
  • 28-12-18

Some great stories here, some less great.

As with any anthology, there will be some good books as well as some less good books, but on the whole I would say this is definitely worth the listen, even if only for The Iron Within by Rob Sanders. That short story alone is worth it. It is an incredibly well written piece with a very satisfying ending.
Other books in here that I really enjoyed are The Face of Treachery by Gav Thorpe, Savage Weapons by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Rules of Engagement by Graham McNeill.
There are a couple that I felt missed the mark, either being a bit too slow or too weird. Rebirth being the standout example of this.

Overall, well worth a listen.

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  • Peter M.
  • 16-10-19

Very good.

The Iron within is probably the best short story in the whole book. others are good but it's the best.

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  • Taylor
  • 19-09-19

Compiled Short Stories

Overall everything was great, I'm just not looking for short stories for my commute and I didn't realize it until after I started the book.

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  • Mateo
  • 06-07-19

my favorite anthology so far

give it a shot, and skip around if needed m some of the twist and turns are so amazing!

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  • Devin
  • 31-03-19

Solid Collection

Anwsers a few questions, but doesn't move the story forward. would recommend, but coukd be skipped if you're trying to power through the series

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-19

Great company of books.

I like that it’s many books compiled to make an entire book. Covers many aspects that I enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-18

very good for a short story collection

thought it was going to be bad because the book was just a bunch of short stories, but they were all actually really good and captivating. highly reccomend not skipping this book.

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  • Hedrick
  • 05-12-18

the voice actors are always amazing for warhammer.

great insight into the events and I love this series. left me wanting many more.

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  • Robert Lindner
  • 12-09-18

Short stories

It’s hard to provide an accurate review of the book as it’s a collection of short stories.
Some of the stories are written wonderfully and some poorly.