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Battle for the Abyss

The Horus Heresy, Book 8
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (390 ratings)
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Summary

Now that news of Horus' treachery is in the open, a time of testing has come. Some Legions have already declared their allegiance to the Warmaster while the loyalty of others lies firmly with the Emperor. As Horus deploys his forces, loyalist Astartes learn that a massive Wordbearers fleet is heading to Ultramar, home of the Ultramarines.

Unless they can intercept the fleet and destroy the mighty battleship that has been sent to reinforce it, the Ultramarines may suffer a blow from which they will never recover.

©2008 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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not for me

brilliant performance but just a bit too much loyalist super men for me. a handful loyalist vs a whole word bearer chapter.... but if you love is ultramarines then this is the book for you

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One only for die-hard Ultramarine fans

This story is a peculiar entry into the Horus Heresy series dealing with a bit of a non-event in the epic storyline which means it must work harder than the main timeline plots to become something distinct, which as I outline below it didn't for me.

This is the novel's first problem and the second is that the cast of characters are entirely contained within the tale, and disposable (I draw a parallel with the Star Wars film Rogue One).

The third is that unlike the proceeding books the protagonists and antagonists seem some what cardboard cut out good guys and villains, with the possible exception of Skral of the World Eaters.

These factors combined for a lack emotional investment in the characters which conspired to sap my enjoyment as I listened to the linear, predictable story. The other detraction here was the ponderous narrative style which continually over-explained details and went into gratuitous detail where not required... making action scenes slow and distracting from the plot and character engagement elsewhere.

The one strong positive in this story was the audio performance of the narrator which was well delivered and of excellent quality. I would normally of rated it 5 stars but necessity to make the Word Bearers overly villainous as written took away from my enjoyment.

In conclusion I can't recommend this book and don't see any reason to invest time and money in it - as a stand alone adventure it can be left without missing anything relevant to the main plot threads. Only a die-hard Ultramarine fan might find any enjoyment in this book and fans of the Word Bearers will be disappointed by the cartoonish portrayal of the legion.

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Kind of meh

People suggest avoiding this one. Having just gone through it I can kinda see why. Previous volumes manage to keep you invested but it's hard to care about anything that happens in this particular story. Its far less grandiose. The space combat aspect of it is ok but limiting. If this was a movie it would mainly shift between the bridge of ship A vs the bridge of ship B. I felt like there were a lot of opportunities to mix it up but the most traditional road was taken to tell a classic story of good, evil and personal sacrifice . Great performance from the narrator though. Pick it up if you want some more insight on ultramarines and word bearers chapters.

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So it is writen

Great book, well writen and read.
Nice to see the over legions coming into the story

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weee

all quiet good if you're into thing type of story blah blah blah blah come on I want a. brew

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Bad story - mediocre performance

The story is possibly one of the worst in the series with overly dramatic bad guys and one dimensional hero’s (possible exception being the thousand son).
This combined with the timeline inaccuracies (mk5 plate before outbreak of Heresy and ultramarines in Corvus armour?) really made me dislike the story - and I generally like Bens work
The dramatisation only added to this with for example the over arching rolling R’s in the bad guys pronunciations really detracted from an already pretty weak story

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It takes some time to get started but the payoff

Good not the best one. Narrator was brilliant he does a very good wolf of them fenris.

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gripping

awesome characters through out the story, all though the voice of the space wolf is almost comedic

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Conflict of Legion Ideals and Void Warfare

An enjoyable book. We get to see some conflict between members of different chapters (not just traitor loyalist) as their ideals clash. What happens when an Ultramarine, a Space Wolf and a World Eater confront a Thousand Son? Read to find out!

This book also has more naval warfare than any other book up to this point. So I enjoyed that as something different.
The first half of the book is stronger than the second, but overall an enjoyable read

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For the Emperor!

Another amazing chapter in the Herasy, a really interesting variety of Legions! For the Emperor!

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  • Robert Lindner
  • 14-11-17

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The accents were nice. But often times there was no inflection change from narrative next to character spoken text. So I wasn’t sure when it was that a character was speaking compared to narration.

I felt the second half of the books writing and voice acting were different than the first half. It would have been a greater experience if the whole book was written like the second half and voice acted in a similar fashion.

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  • Christopher Laginja
  • 25-06-18

the consensus is true

I charged into this book thinking that most of the reviews were overly critical, not really warranted.

I was wrong. I found it to be boring. there was never a strong sense of tension, most of the characters were unlikable, apparently Ultramarines mostly speak in one liners. there was a lot present that could have made for an interesting story but being unable to connect with any of the characters kept me from appreciating the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-04-19

Worst of the lot

Worst of all the Horus Heresy books so far, the story is bland, the characters are cardboard cut-out stereotypes of their respective legions with barely a single personality to share between them. The only good thing I can seem to find about it is that it is largely unconnected to the story at large and you can skip it easily.

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  • sam breitenbauch
  • 22-01-19

Better than I'd figured it would be. <br />

I enjoyed the book right up until the end. with out spoilage. it just seemed to rush the last chapter and a half or so. and end abruptly. As a warhammer fan. I understood why. But for mainstrwam readers I fear it might be outputting for this. Narrator however was top-notch and had a great range and voice. The word Beares leader was a huge douche imo. A really fun to hate villian.

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  • Wanderer
  • 10-01-19

Amazing

This book is non-stop action with only small moments of development to break it up. The characters are distinct and interesting. This book will make you a 40k fan.

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  • Frater tn
  • 20-12-18

frustrating and tedious

brilliant performance with excellent voices can't save this plodding military procedural from being entirely forgotten

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  • Nick
  • 13-12-18

Meh

The narrator was pretty good. The story wasn't the best so I think that took away from the narrators performance a bit. The story jumped around to much which prevented any real connection to any characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-12-18

Critical Analysis

Overall, the story was good, voice acting excellent, character building was thought out very carefully.
I am very new to the Warhammer universe, having only heard of it for the first time about mid 2018. Yes, I know, I'm desperately behind, but I am doing my best to catch up with the lore.

Considering the info GW has given us this far, It would almost seem impossible for this whole plot to destroy the Abyss with a single cruiser ( I believe that is what the loyalist had) and a couple of boarding craft and with what the info the book provided no more than 4-5 squads of Marines. Now, they say several times in the book that "this is the biggest ship that they've ever seen". Hear are some things we do know the. The Fist of Macragge is a 26k long battleship.... that's freaking huge, twice the length of the Super Star Destroyer in Star Wars. so let's say the Abyss was 30k long, I think that's fare.
Now look at the story now now the ships rough size, compared to the loyalist fleet, which only consisted of a few cruisers and light cruisers. And you are BOARDING IT! what! you need a armada to even think about getting close. any Ships getting with boarding range would be blown out of the void within seconds, with no hope surviving. We know that with a ship that size has a butt ton of fire power, heck they were going to use it destroy the UltraMarines homeworld.
I may be missing something from the book, but, it doesn't seem feasible for the Marines to board it and then take on an entire chapters worth or more of Word Bearers.

That is the only part "thing" that annoyed me. Everything else was great, story, characters, plot ect.

I would recommend this book to any Warhammer fan.

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  • Stephen Schreader
  • 22-11-18

Epic space battle over one ship, Loved it!!

loved it, narration is great, kept me enthralled the entire time!!! an epic space battle over a single ship, betrayal, conflict, all the attributes of a great book.

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  • James
  • 19-11-18

Good Stuff

Another well done story in the Horus Heresy line. One of my favorites thus far.