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A Horus Heresy: Primarchs novel

Few among the legendary primarchs are as feared as Konrad Curze, the Night Haunter. Even before his fall to darkness, he was a sinister legend, a remorseless killer. This is his story.

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The Night Haunter is a fascinating character, a man who could have been a hero, but for the daemons that plague him, the result of his nightmarish visions of a future he helps to create. Guy Haley delves into this lord of the night, in a story you'll never forget…

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Of all the Emperor’s immortal sons, the primarchs, it is Konrad Curze whose legend is the darkest. Born in the shadows of Nostramo, a world of murderers, thieves and worse, is it any surprise that he became the figure of dread known only as the Night Haunter? Heed now the tragic story of the creature Konrad Curze, master of the Night Lords Legion, of how he became a monster and a weapon of terror. He who once served the Imperium saw the truth in a maddening universe and the hypocrisy of a loveless father, and embraced the only thing that made any sense - darkness. From the blood-soaked gutters of his hiveworld upbringing, to the last days of his ill-fated existence, Curze is a primarch like no other and his tale is one to chill the very bone....

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Shut it Kurze!

Finally, Harley has fleshed out the Night Haunter and given him the epic he deserves. Here, Kurze is a tragic, complex figure who deserves understanding and yet there's no misguided attempt to evoke pity. It's a difficult needle to thread but Haley does it with finesse. Various threads of Kurze's life are examined and woven into a fabulous tale, and there is indeed one hell of ending. Credit also to Jonathan Keeble who is the only voice that does the Heresy series justice.

Buy with a credit or at full price. Its one of those rare books you'll never regret the asking price

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Great book and really needed.

It is a fantastic book. Written well and presented amazingly.

It gives so much context to Curze and let’s you really see him in his last moments alongside flashbacks to his younger self.

No spoilers here but it’s worth a listen/read and very much a listen that may have you coming back again.

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Pity the monster in the dark

Pity the monster in the dark, for it dose not see the light, or the shadows on the walls.

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I was genuinely sad when it ended....

Honestly.... it's been a long time coming. (Spoilers Ahead)

As an avid 40k reader/listener I've chewed through hundreds of hours of Audiobooks, As i was checking the ones I'd listened to off my list the other day i realised that there was an inordinate amount of books regarding Pre-Heresy Sons of Horus, Emperors Children, even Death Guard... Several other legions having a couple of Novels dedicated to them. So it got me thinking about the Night Lords, Easily one of the most fascinating Legions by far... A horde of macabre Transhumans who Originally embody Justice and a peculiar sense of Honour, This however is the catalyst of the Legions downfall when there is a Uprising on the Primarchs homeworld. This is further compounded when the new Governor begins forging aptitude tests (A measure of an aspirants mental condition) And sending the 8th Legion the dregs of Nostroman society. This Begins a slow but corrupting effect on the Legion, as it's ranks, Naturally depleted by compliance campaigns begin to fill with what i can only imagine to be, Thieves, Murderers and Rapists.. whom are now Full Astartes.
The Novella takes us through several different eras of the Primarchs life, From his days as the Night Haunter on Nostromo to his Interaction with Sevetar and to his fortress where he has assembled an effigy of bodies whom he believes to be his Father . My personal favourite though is when he spends 20 months on a captured freighter where he kills all but one of the crew whom he keeps alive for.. Ahem.. Company. It's a look at a Primarch who we get so little about and an insight into how his mind works and how those around him perceive him.

All in All this is a no brainer, it's a must have for all 40k fans.

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very good

really puts you in the mind of konrad curze which is about as bat**** as you would expect, the last 15 minutes especially very good listen.

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insight into my favourite character in the series

Curze is my favourite character in the warhammer 40k setting and this book sheds so much light on his motivations and mindset which is not really found anywhere else to my knowledge. The essence of the NightHaunter is captured perfectly within the chapters of this novel

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A Descent into Darkness

One of the more interesting and conflicted Primarchs, Curze is at war with himself. This book addresses his descent into insanity. It ranges across the whole span of his life on Nostramo, The Great Crusade, The Heresy and his final moments.

Unlike the Guilliman book, we get a full exploration of his character and that of his legion and its slow decline. Curze is a psychopath but at the end, it's hard to feel anything but pity and a sense of "What if..."

Like his legion in the Nightlords trilogy, he throws away any chance of redemption time and time again.

The narration is superb and the story is engaging until the end. Best of all, Talos makes a small appearance.

One of the best Warhammer books so far.

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One of the best Primarch novels

An excellent insight into Curze and remains focused on him throughout, only using other characters as a framing reference for him and not getting totally sidetracked as other Primarch novels have. Thoroughly recommend

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Finally a primarchs book about a primarch.

Not my favourite Primarch or story but it was interesting and was actually about the titled primarch. i have been very disappointed with the rest of the series which seem to be a milking exercise padded with lots of irrelevant wars that hardly feature the primarchs and take place pre heresy.

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OK but poor writing holds it back.

Not bad but uses of phrases like piles of shit, paydirt and farts? In 40k? It screams lazy writing. I'd suggest it only if your running out of better Horus Heresy options only. It doesn't feel up to the better standards of mainline Black Library work. It's adequate at best.

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  • Tracey
  • 08-09-19

Chilling! An Amazing Listen

Jonathan Keeble has been nothing short of awesome in other books but how he brings the Night Haunter to life is just 'makes your blood run cold' chilling. Guy Haley really deilvered too.

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  • Agent Filthy
  • 14-08-19

Everything I wanted it to be...

I stood and clapped at the end. I reserve that for really great writing and equally impressive voice acting. I'm giving it a second listen tomorrow. Well worth the meager fee or credit as this is sincerely a few hours of quality mind vacation.

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  • Wanderer
  • 03-09-19

Words fail me

I cannot begin to describe how much I enjoyed this book. This adds so much depth to one of the most complex and truly interesting characters of 40K lore. Konrad is by far one of the best characters.

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  • jordan pantalone
  • 22-08-19

keeble's best choice acting

he perfectly portrays the madness with curze so well and truly takes this book to a point that it feels like you're going down the rabbit hole along side the night haunter yourself

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  • Kyle Pacsai
  • 21-09-19

Excellent!

As usual, Keeble was phenomenal. As usual, Haley conducted a well connected and epic story. Very much enjoyed.

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  • Holt Jenkins
  • 23-08-19

Couldn't put it down. Outstanding narration.

A mortifying but brilliant take on Curze's final hours, narrated to perfection by Jonathan Keeble.

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  • MBU
  • 20-11-20

WOW! Best one yet.

As title implies, this is the best book out of the Primarchs series. It gives you such a good glimpse into a dark and twisty primarch. Amazing.

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  • SRx
  • 04-09-20

Disappointment

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Jonathan Keeble himself is great, but he was the wrong choice for this book. I also thought his take on Konrad Curze was all wrong. He voiced Curze as though he were an alternately sniveling or whimsical fancy-lad, and not the “Velociraptor reading poetry in Romanian” that he should be. That may be due to the way this Primarch was written by this specific author.

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Guy Hailey took the flawless story bones of a god and carelessly covered it with the spoiled meat of a biased author. The following may contain slight *spoilers*. I have to in order to convey my point.

The facts of Night Haunter are solid canon, and remained mostly un-warped by the biased liberties the author carelessly took filling out the flesh of the story.

Why would you have someone author such an important character that doesn’t really care for the protagonist?

It is clear that Guy Hailey loves Corax and that is a Primarch book he was born to write. I am sure Corax/ Raven Guard fans could not be more happy with what they got. But Hailey couldn’t contain his fawning favoritism as he portrayed Curze’s thoughts of Corax. This point is made clear by how much near erotica praise he crammed into the scene featuring the Raven Guard and Corax. A hard contrast to his portrayal of Curze.

This book should have been written by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and read by Andrew Wincott. They “get it”.

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  • axcl99stang
  • 03-01-20

Finally a good story for Curze

This was a great book to listen to as it offered a lot of insight into events hinted at and left alone. Contains a couple visits from some of my long time favorites in the Night Lords Chapter.

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  • Sam Breitenbauch
  • 19-08-19

Dark. Sickly sad and just a good read

This one was of course short Much like the other primarchs books. So that aside. I dearly enjoyed the madness. I fear I now shall have to seek out more nightlife books. lol
But this one was a great story. And was wonderfully performed. I got goosebumps at the end.

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