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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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brilliant and awesome

Great story and well narrated. suspense and intriguing plot through out! gripped through out until the end.

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jarring changes in character voices.

the 1st legion story arc is shaping up to be one of my favourites
this narrator though.
I just cant get in to the dialogue flows, trans-human super soldiers, of which all of his voices are distinctly deeper and rougher than humans.
except the 2 main protagonists, who sound like prebubescent lads whose voices will never break.
irritating to say the least.
I'm on the verge of just buying any further books in the series, that he narrates, in physical copy, so I can just read and not have to listen to this performance again.

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Great follow up to the short story

Good narration och characters that bring the book to life. interesting to hear how the angels fell.

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Some of the astartes have really high voices

Like they are giants, none of them should sounds “fair” it doesn’t match with the physics of being giant.

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Just couldn't get into it

Couldn't focus on this one and the moving from one sitting to another constantly didn't work for me...

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Good book, some odd voice choices

A solid middle of the road Horus Heresy book. Slightly odd voice choices for some of the astartes. One of the lead characters Nemiel has a high little boy voice which gives it an Einid Blighton vibe. I get having tens of deep voices must be tricky but some did come across a little squeaky for 8ft hulking supersoldiers.

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Great book

Dark Angel fanboy review: this book is amazing!

Serious review: this is a very interesting book that revolves around 2 parallel plots following characters from the previous DA dedicated book. The best thing about it is how it is able to explain everything very simply yet leaving with a difficult choice: who's right?
As for the first one it doesn't move the macro plot massively, but it is now properly embedded in the Heresy, and it definitely leaves you wanting more.

I really like the narration from Gareth Armstrong, but I can see why for someone might sound "a bit much".

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Good

Gareth Armstrong delivers a good story impressively with his powerful voice.
when I think of what a Primarch or Astartes should sound like, it's through his voice i hear it.

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interesting lore let down

the interesting lore is what allowed me to finish this book, it is otherwise mundane in its storytelling and narration. to sum it up in a word, meh.

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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

Underdog of a Heresy novel.

Full disclosure: Dark Angels are my legion. However this is the novel that begins the fall of an incredible fogure and I feel it's just incredibly well done. While could be overlooked in the scheme of the greater "Heresy". I say you shouldn't

Mike Lee is in my opinion underrated among the likes of Abnett and Dembski Bowden and I'm just going to say it: He cuts straight through the perspective fluff of the obnoxious remembrancers and gives me exactly what I want, space marine focus narrative. Don't like them, never did. This is exactly what I want from a heresy novel and is told mainly from the perspectives of exiled Librarian Zahariel in Caliban and Chaplain Nemiel embarking on a trademark Dark Angel's special operation to undermine the Horus heresy.

Things go all wrong on Caliban when a hidden rebellion that had been festering underneath the surface begins to emerge to the fore and certain players seem to have turned all to blind an eye.

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  • Andres Veliz
  • 18-09-19

Wow

History is written by the victors... But what stories could tell the defeated? Great book

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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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  • NickelToe
  • 18-10-19

More Primarch Stories neede

Another good Dark Angel HH novel. Half the book about Lion El Johnson and half about Luther.

Needs more Horus in these novels but still good.

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  • Jimmy Dockery
  • 01-09-19

read after Decent of Angels it carries on right

read after Decent of Angels it carries on right afterwards and keeps the story going

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  • Peter M.
  • 31-07-19

well then

talk about a massive plot twist in the epilogue, holy shit. always read the epilogue people.

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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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  • M Goulet
  • 14-10-21

Interesting Rift in the Dark Angels Legion

I'd have liked it more if I liked the Dark Angels more but Zahariel and Nemiel just grate on me for some reason I haven't determined yet. Even still, I enjoyed this book.

It took me a little bit to get into the story but some of the Black Library books are like that. There's a lot of setup but it always pays off.

I hope there is a third part to the Dark Angels' story later on because a lot of this was left open for continuation and by the end I actually was wanting to know what's going to happen with Caliban, with Luthor and Zahariel, and with Lion El Johnson and Nemiel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-21

WOW

Holy smokes what an amazing story and story telling
only 20 more books to go