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Pharos

The Horus Heresy, Book 34
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: John Banks
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 34
Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

With the noble Emperor Sanguinius ruling from Macragge, Imperium Secundus stands as a lone beacon of hope even as the Warmaster's forces continue to ravage the rest of the galaxy.

Roboute Guilliman, still Master of Ultramar, has convinced his brother that Terra has fallen and that the mysterious Mount Pharos on Sotha now holds the key to mankind's future. But the Night Lords, those cruel and pitiless sons of Konrad Curze, have been watching from the shadows and make ready to launch their long-planned attack on the Pharos itself....

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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WOW

Honestly one of the best (top 4 Horus Heresy Books upto this point). The ending is epic and the relationship between Dantioch and Pollux is one of the best in 30k/40k.

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Too damn quite.

While the story and performance are good the recording seems about a 1/3 of how loud it should be.

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great book

love the Horus heresy series and this book is an awesome continuation of that. highly recommend.

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Fantastic

A truly gripping story in the Horus Heresy, beautifully narrated by John Banks, each chapter draws you in and every step of the way was just as immense as the last, with an intense start followed by a nail biting build up and perfectly finished with an epic battle, full with gore and stunning detail that puts you there in the thick of it.

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Great book, only for fans of Unremembered Empire

I enjoyed this book. Particularly how will fleshed out the night lords were. Curzes philosophy about the warp, the emperor and his own role was fascinating and the action is all well and good. However, it fails to move the main story forward and can be skipped if your more interested in what Horus is up to.
If you enjoyed Unremembered Empire and Fear to Tread, then I recommend this to you.

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ominous ending

The ending was great, really revealed some background to the nightlords, made me want to collect them

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Ok Story well read

Overall I enjoyed the story, not the best but good none the less. four out of five.

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A diverse and compelling story

This book has been one of my favourite in the series so far, the reader brings a different take on a lot of the voices but once I’d got used to it I was thoroughly immersed. The story deals with human, scout, space marine and primarch threads , and weaves them wonderfully. It actually manages to build a sense of foreboding and tension, something not as common as it should be in the Heresy series.

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outstanding

A gripping well written and narrated book in the series. one of the best so far.

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one of the better books in the HH series

one of the better books in the HH series, but not he best.
Decent character development, not to slow, actual revelations to the overall story of the universe of 30 and 40k

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  • A.J
  • 07-07-19

In Memoria

At the end , i cried
im the epilouge, i was shaken by the dread to come

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  • Evan Keller
  • 03-05-19

pretty good, nothing special

The title says it all. This isn't a literary masterpiece, but it was fun to listen to for a few hours.

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  • Per
  • 20-04-19

Boring.

There is a lot going on in this book, but events are mostly just described. Character interaction is without surprises and tension, and dialogue is often infantile. In sum, a lot of relevant information but way too boring to be readable.

The performance is a tad too inspired. With every marine sounding gruff, every adult human sounding like a child and every villain sounding like a... muahaha villain, the performance really did not help the story.

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  • chris
  • 22-09-19

not practical

for a legion that boast on having sound tactics. the leave a ship docked, even though they know it's their goal.

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  • Omar
  • 14-08-19

imperium secundus.

imperium secundus part 3. What has become of the nightlords without sevetar and the nighthaunter. the fragility of the alliance and ultramar exposed. clear narration for the most part. some part he whispers when acting so pay close attention.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-19

One of my Favs in the series

Lengthy and meaningful conversations between characters (Primarchs, SM, humans) are the highlight of this book

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  • Coder50
  • 07-07-19

Pharos a book I will always remember as the most graphic

Very gripping and heart pounding. The team up of mortal soldiers and Space Marines in this book was memorable and the Night Lords actions deeply disturbing. Guy Haley has done a great job.

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  • Jason Heady
  • 21-06-19

An enjoyable story tying up some previous arcs

The story of Sotha and the Pharos. This story introduces characters who will have significance to the future following the Horus Heresy. It also concludes the story of a character I really liked.

The novel features several Night Lord's characters introduced in previous short stories and fleshes out the character of that Legion well. These are not heroes and they make good villains; I did not feel any sympathy for them, they are not misunderstood anti-heroes which is a nice change.

The Dark Angels have a minor appearance in the novel but fulfill a crucial role in the final act. The Blood Angels also have a minor role with the focus being on Sanguinius. The brotherly chats he has with two other Primarchs were fun.

The largest part of the action involved new characters from Ultramar. The Sothan people were terrific and rather sympathetic. The first Chapter Masters of future Ultramarine successor Chapters are introduced and show traits for which their Chapters come to be known.

In the end, somes epics come to a close, some begin, and a few are told completely. Yet, in the very end, the seed for a story that will not begin for 10,000 years is planted, planted in... Hunger.

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 18-06-19

The best of the Horus Heresy since A Thousand Sons

The Drama, the Tension, and the Lore significans!
This is a masterpiece well worth the Horus Heresy

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  • PunchieCWG
  • 11-05-19

One of the best books in the series.

This was one of the best books in the series. The performance was good, a lot of pivotal events were set in motion and some excellent new characters were introduced to spar with established characters in an excellent drama.