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The Heresy came to Calth without warning. In just a few hours of betrayal and bloodshed, the proud warriors of the XIIIth Legion - Guilliman's own Ultramarines - were laid low by the treachery of their erstwhile brothers of the XVIIth.

Now, as the planet is scoured by solar flares from the wounded Veridian star, the survivors must take the fight to the remaining Word Bearers and their foul allies or face damnation in the gloomy arcology shelters beneath the planet's surface.

In the novella-length Calth That Was, Graham McNeill highlights the fateful encounter that will alter the destiny of Captain Ventanus and shape the face of the Ultramarines Chapter for 10,000 years to come. The battle for Calth is far from over.

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

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Great but not the greatest

I genuinely love all of the Horus Heresy books but this one, although interesting, didn’t quite hit the mark for me. I saw some other reviews that said this collection was worth skipping but I don’t think that’s true. It fills in some of the gaps for the aftermath of Calth and it expanded on the story one of my favourite perpetuals.

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Boring

Particularly uninteresting despite the subject matter - not reflective of the series or shorter anthology stories

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HH shorts at their best

A strong and diverse selection of stories, told from a range of different perspectives. Exploring the aftermath of the events on Calth, the survivors on both sides and their desperate plight to survive underground.

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Gary Stu and his Ultrasmurfs

“Field Artillery guns are no use against Power Armour.” Word Bearers walking into traps blindly. They act like scared children. No evidence of the True Believers Legion Rule here, then. “The Word Bearers can’t fire back because they have low ammunition.”
THEY HAVE CHAINSWORDS! THEY WOULD USE THEM! I expected Chess Master-level Zone Mortalis tactics from both sides, but it was not to be found. There is no tension because there is no threat. At least for the most part. The last two separate short stories are very good.

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Very confusing

Not that the stories are badly wtitten, quite the opposite actually. However, choppikg them up like this feels like a wasted oportunity sadly.

This collection was a bit confusing, but worth a listen nontheless.

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A mixed bag...

If you're working your way through all the books, you can give this one a miss. Doubly so if you've not read any of the others... the only saving grace is the last two short stories, and even then, you can probably skip this book.

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Enjoyable but not the best

Id say only 1 story contributes to the overall timeline, enjoyable but not amazing, get it if you have a spare token.

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Calth!

great book, great narrators and the betrayal at calth. what more could you ask for!

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Anthologies are always a mixed bag.

There were some really exciting and interesting stories. A couple dragged, but the betrayal at Calth is one of the aspects of the horus heresy that I really enjoy reading about, so I do recommend it to fans. Newbies to the Horus heresy are better off starting at the beginning of the series.

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This book is a strange one...

This book is a strange one... several short stories some epic other totally life sucking. Last story was a curve ball that redeemed it a little.

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  • 01-10-18

Excellent Stories

i was put off by the other reviews but took the risk and was not disappointed. these stories fill in some gaps in between know no fear and other books in the series and the last 2 stories involving the athem and Ol Pierson give more human color and depth to the multi millennium conflict that is going "just as planned"

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-04-21

a book to skip

this book didn't draw me in at all and really didn't add anything to the overall 40k universe

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-01-21

nice antology

these antologies are a big hard sometimes and the first time around i didnt enjoy it very much but second time around it was much Better

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  • Peter M.
  • 09-07-20

Lovely

all of the short stories and novellas composed inside of this book were fantastic, with the last being the best.

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  • amazon customer
  • 13-05-20

awesome

really good book I really like the battle for Calth. Anyone who likes the ultramarines will like this book. As for narrations I think J.K. hits it out of the park with his narrations he's the best.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-08-19

Weaker of the series

There was one or two good stories but overall that could not save the book all together. Just a weak book.

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  • Devin
  • 18-03-19

Amazing Collection of Stories

An amazing collection of stories, some better than others, but none a disappointment. wonderful. don't skip

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  • Benjamin Garwood
  • 15-01-19

GREAT

Another excellent story with narration. it h as been sometime since I found a book series as well exrcuted. ty

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  • dave
  • 08-01-19

solid but not great

some strong stories but some weak as well. nice to see some returning characters worked back into the story.

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  • JasperJSA
  • 04-01-19

So so at best

Not the best in the series by a long shot! Not the worst either. Couple early short stories are decent, most of the middle can be skipped, and the last two are the best!