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Summary

With news of Horus' treachery spreading across the galaxy, the Great Crusade grinds to a halt as the primarchs and their Legions decide where their loyalty lies - with the Emperor or with the rebel Warmaster.

The Dark Angels, too, face a time of testing, both among the stars and on their home world, Caliban. Luther, once Lion El'Jonson's trusted second-in-command, now languishes as an exile in all but name while his master struggles to thwart the traitors' advance upon the forge world Diamat. But an ancient evil gathers its strength beneath the surface of Caliban, and the First Legion will soon be thrust into a deadly conflict where all that they know will be cast into doubt.

©2009 Games Workshop Limited (P)2013 Games Workshop Limited

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i liked the dual stories running in parallel , enjoyable though not as heart pounding as some earlier books

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Really not very good.

Firstly: the voices that the narrator chooses for the main characters is infuriating. secondly, the astartes make numerous stupid mistakes and oversights that I simply cannot believe that warriors who have fought in hundreds of wars could ever make. the primary example of this being where they totally miss that a battle has not happened ina place where they thought that it had. beyond this the plot is simply OK.

I personally wish that I hadnt used a credit on this.

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voice acting

was good great even just the guy reading it gave the characters quite high soft voices, bothered me a bit kind of stopped my immersion in the story he read it brilliantly just the voices were a bit weird

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Enjoyable story marred by poor character voices

Unlike some, I enjoyed the continuation of the tale told in Descent of Angels and felt this added a lot of depth to the period.

Unfortunately however, the voices for several characters, most notably Nemiel, seriously detracted from the overall experience. This was a real shame, as they made the characters in question seem feeble and childlike despite being Astartes.

Overall enjoyable, however perhaps one you could read to preserve the characters image

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  • N A
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  • 20-05-18

a bit boring

the main problem with this book is the main character. he is completely perfect and there is no flaw whatsoever. story is also not cohesive and there are no overall motivations or agendas for the characters. It's just a series of set pieces to tell the history of the dark angels. Avoid if you can, it does not add anything to the heresy

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Not the worst book in the series

I found the charachters in this story and infact the previous Dark Angel story to be abit whiney.
The timeline also seems off as they have been in the crusade for only 50 years yet they talk about countless battles like chapters that have been fighting for 200 years. This probably isnt going to be a story I wilm listen to a second time. One good bit about the book was abit or narrative about discovering the Lion and his early days.

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  • Lambert
  • 23-06-18

A lot better than I had expected.

So, before I started reading this one, I had heard a lot of people saying it was one of the weaker horus heresy books, and so I went in with it with some strong reservations... I have to say though, it really was not one of the weaker ones.
There are multiple parts in the book that are completely fresh, ideas and themes and action that had previously not been seen in the heresy, and quite simply, I really enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-03-18

Its good

This was a better Dark Angels book than the Decent of Angels. Unfortunately it leaves you hanging but in a good spot to help build suspense.

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  • Alpharius77
  • 01-03-18

Great book

Surprising twist at the end. This one doesn't disappoint. Performance is very good as always.

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  • Page C.
  • 08-01-18

A definite good read but...

A definite good book but not so good narrator. Childish voices, and odd vocalisations overall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-18

Damn Dark Angels

It’s a ok book in the series. It fills a need but overall it’s a slow book till the last few chapters.

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  • James S
  • 21-10-18

Love the Dark Angels lore!!!

This gem shows off what make the Dark Angels unique. Their secrets, intrigue, oaths, and honor guide this amazing tale on two fronts. showing the growing schism between the various factions, the pain brought by good intentions and the neglect born of apathy. There are great twists and an epic set up for their next book. I can't wait to learn more. For the Lion, Luther, Horus, or the Emperor? I'm starting to think only the watchers in the dark know for sure.

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  • Jack
  • 28-07-18

Overall the probably in the top three so far

Narrative wise I think this was one of the best written books. I was starting to think the series was getting a little too predictable. There are really some great revelations in the epilogue and the action isn't bad. Narration is mostly fault less except for some reason one of the main characters, a space marine, sound like a kid. Hard to take him seriously when he sounds like his next sentence is going start with "gee willikers, Lion El'Johnson, sir..." Small complaint though.

Make sure you read decent of angels first.