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Summary

The Shadow Crusade has begun. While the Ultramarines reel from Kor Phaeron's surprise attack on Calth, Lorgar and the rest of the Word Bearers strike deep into the realm of Ultramar.

Their unlikely allies, Angron and the World Eaters, continue to ravage each new system they come across - upon the garrison planet of Armatura, this relentless savagery may finally prove to be their undoing. Worlds will burn, Legions will clash and a primarch will fall.

©2012 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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Absolutely brilliant

A fantastic addition to the horus heresy series. follwing kharn and argel tal during the shadow crusade a must read after First Heretic and know no fear.
ADB at his finest

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Get up.

The best book in the whole horus heresy collection, gives an excellent look into the Primarchs interactions with each other and the astartes are relatable. Also Kharn.

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Perfect

Keeble is THE narrator. Perfect intonation etc. Aaron writes a truly epic tale. Must read

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Great story, superb performance.

I was absolutely sold on the performance of this book when one of the characters utters "a laugh like a mudslide". The reader then went on to do just that.

Also book good. The world eaters are easy to do as a very one dimensional group, and this actually manages to add depth to the berzerkers.

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Get up

Brilliant story and lots of insight into interesting characters, almost makes you forget they're the "bad guys"

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just get this one. don't scroll past.

utterly superb. one of the best. great characterisation and very well written. not to be missed.

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boring

the weakest book in the series so far, never could get into it, as it never really gets intresting. Angron is a mindless killing machine, and the side plot is never that intresting. feels like it could have been cut way down, then it could keep my intrest

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best book

best book on the series by far. 10/10 would always recommend this one to anyone

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The best ending.

Honestly the best ending of any book so far. Extremely satisfying and somehow they make angron, A character who is superficially so shallow that it's a joke: Angron the angry, into a genuinely likable, fun and somewhat sympathetic character? I loved it.
Kharn and argel tal also have a nice relationship even if they more or less just chill and chat for most of the book which is odd for a word bearer let alone a world eater.

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The Word Bearers are sick

I hate Eribus, Lorgar is more powerful than I thought, Argal Tal is a Chad, Kharne is nuts but also turns out he's a total bro and Angron should still have been aborted but I can see now why he hates the Big E.
Have a listen it's quality

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  • 02-11-17

Excellent

The story stands up there with the best in the series. narration is good. Would have loved some auto tune or something on the dreadnought voices though. I really am developing a bad habit of listening to these too quickly though.

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  • Ivan Drieter D. Eusebio
  • 10-10-18

A deep and insightful look at two traitor legions

"Get up." - Kharn, 8th captain of the World Eaters to Erebus, Dark Apostle of the World Bearers

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  • Devin
  • 08-12-18

Eye Opening

This book was the 1st I read that priced into the heart of the World Eater's Primarch, and what a eye opening insight it gave. I never thought I'd agree with Angron.

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  • charles craft
  • 21-04-18

Angron the Oathbreaker, Angron the Betrayer!

Cannot recommend this Horus Heresy novel enough, ADB is fantastic in his writings as always and the amped up level of comedy alone makes this a great novel in its own right not just one of the best in the series. Jonathan Keeble also really sells the characters to a point of near realism. Like First Heretic Lorgar is a greatly interesting character usually keeping his machinations close to the chest, his obsession with truth(however ugly) leaves him a semi relatable demigod in good contrast to Angrons depravity from The Butchers Nails. Angron is simply amazing, wont even describe because everything about him is central to the plot and Lorgars plans of both brotherly love and supreme conquest. This is an absolute must for those plowing through the series and easily rivals ADBs near perfectly executed Night Lords trilogy.

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  • NikEliJoe
  • 03-03-20

"BUTCHER'S NAILS"

Wanna Know About The Nails?
Wanna Know About Angron?
Wanna Hear About Blood For The Blood God?
Wanna Hear About Skulls For The Skull Throne?
Than U Found The Book U Been Looking For.

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  • Spencer
  • 10-10-19

The Final Duel is Catharsis of the Best Kind

ADB again does a magnificent job of making the traitors nuanced and complex. Argel Tal and Kharn have a true friendship.

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  • Sitpaintandplay
  • 22-08-18

Incredible that’s all I can say

The relationships and the character building in this book was amazing. I would actually like to go back for another listen soon simply to catch everything I could of possibly missed.

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  • Mitchell
  • 13-06-20

ADB is a master

it is a pleasure to listen to the nearly poetic prose of Aaron Dembski-Bowden, particularly following even a good effort by Graham McNeil. A world where ADB wrote all the W40K books would be a much better one but, since we live in this reality, every book we are blessed to have him write should be enjoyed like wine in a world full of grape juice and vinegar.

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  • Shawn
  • 15-01-20

Amazing book

If I could give 10 stars for performance I would! Excellent work! Word word word

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-20

The Betrayer - best of the Horus Heresy so far

This is probably the best in the Horus Heresy so far, A beautifully written story where every part is tied together. This book shows the rebellion side when it really fell to chaos.

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