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Prospero Burns

The Horus Heresy, Book 15
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

The Emperor is enraged. Primarch Magnus the Red of the Thousand Sons Legion has made a terrible mistake that endangers the very safety of Terra. With no other choice, the Emperor charges Leman Russ, Primarch of the Space Wolves, with the apprehension of his brother from the Thousand Sons home world of Prospero.

This planet of sorcerers will not be easy to overcome, but Russ and his Space Wolves are not easily deterred. With wrath in his heart, Russ is determined to bring Magnus to justice and bring about the fall of Prospero.

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2010 Games Workshop Limited

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good but...

Needs perseverance for the begining but well worth it for the revelations. Overall pretty good.

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A must for any warhammer 40k fans!

after completing the horus herecy books I looked to this to add more depth to the story and it didn't disappoint!. plot twists and several revelations building on what I've learned already make it a must read for anyone interested in the fall of horus and the creation of the imperium as we know it!. however, thousand sons players such as myself beware, it's not an easy final 3 chapters to listen to!

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a strong addition to the series

I wasn't sure about this one at the start, it took me a little to get into the swing of it, but once it gets going its absolutely fantastic.

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terrible

a story like broken glass. most of the book I haven't a clue what was going on. it's not about prospero at all. its not about magnusus censure.
just about some dude called howser.
very disorientating.
the performance of the narrator was excellent tho. wished this guy did thousand sons instead of the nose in a baked bean tin we got with martyn ellis.

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Narrated by Steven Hawking?

I'm really struggling with this. I'm liking the story but just don't know if I'll make it any further. I'm about halfway through but the narrator is killing this for me. Sorry but he sounds like an automated message just playing individually recorded words that have been arranged into sentences! It's almost unlistenable for me!

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Best explanation of the Wolves.<br />

Bear with the beginning, all makes sense at the end. An awesome story and a great play on history.

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great read

Love the books from the Horus Heresy series. Worth the wait to listen to this story.
Would recommend

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A good introduction to the Space Wolves Legion

Although the Burning of Prospero makes up only the last 10 percent of the novel, it is nevertheless a good introduction to the 6th Legion's culture and way of war. A must read for anyone interested in the Space Wolves before they turned into the cartoonish caricatures they are presented as in 40k.

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over hyped?

I feel that this was over hyped - while the fluff content was great, there wasn't enough detail during the route of prospero to dictate such a lofty reputation.

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Breathtaking

A brilliant entry to the series, a wonderful tale with great use of clever storytelling devices

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  • Aaron Dobmeier
  • 04-04-18

Great space wolves book. Terrible title.

The 12.5 he book or whatever spends about 1 hr on Prospero. it's a great book but terrible title

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  • arik
  • 28-09-18

Not about the burning of prospero

it was well performed but it was Not about a character or story I cared about. It's about a random human who joins the Rout as a skjald. he is not an interesting character and we don't spend more than an hour on prospero. When we do get to prospero the story focuses not on the tragedy of Magnus or on Russ' feelings but on the main character's back story. total waste of a good setting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-01-19

Good, but kind of misleading.

I am a huge fan of this series, but this was one that took me some time to enjoy. Around halfway in I finally began to enjoy the story as I felt it run parallel at moments with "A Thousand Sons" but then it changed. My want for this was to have accounts of Magnus and Russ fighting, the Custodes in action with the Sisters, the Wolves in combat with the Sons, but it never really did any of that. I am most disappointed with the lack of explanation as to the 3rd acts events (trying to stay spoiler free, but hard to do so and review something.) Was it good? Yes. Would I read it again? No. Do I recommend? Yes, but with the understanding that this is more of a ground laying story and less of a telling.

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  • The Concerned Rumbis
  • 08-01-19

FENRYS HJOLDA!!!

Great look into the Space Wolves, a slow start but a great story to hear

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  • Thomas E. Morley
  • 29-12-18

Another great Abnett book.

Great plot twist, strong themes, and engaging characters. I'd recommend this to any 40k fan.

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  • Lambert
  • 28-12-18

Not as good as Thousand Sons

Contrary to the outstanding Thousand Sons, which focussed heavily on the character of Ahriman to tell its story, Prospero Burns instead uses an unknown human, Kasper Hawser, that I personally did not feel a connection to. There are some very good moments in this book, and seeing the Trial of Magnus/Council of Nicaea from this perspective was refreshing, but overall I felt the pacing was a bit off, and I much preferred Thousand Sons to this book.

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  • evan montoya
  • 17-12-18

Worth getting through

It starts slow. however becomes very interesting. The mystery of the character's past drives the story.

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  • James S
  • 11-11-18

Devout anti-Space Wolf person here

it was good, I was shocked. never before have I been so empathetic, even liking of the Wolf King and his pups. this book shows an amazing depth to the and a likeable side. the true viking side that is almost likable. While their bluntness and *cough* mutations isn't shown here it is definitely worth the read and will help you understand more of their beliefs and hatred of sorcery.

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  • Chris B.
  • 17-10-18

abnett is tops

i haven't enjoyed a black library novel this much since the eisenhorn trilogy. Dan Abnett is tops.

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 27-09-18

Repetition with payoff

It was very cool to see the story of the fall of the Thousand Sons from the other side, and make no mistake that is mostly what the book is, although you get a good look into the Space Wolves too.

Now for story reasons there is a few sections that repeat again, and again, and while it gets a bit irritating, it has a pretty cool payoff so bear with it, Dan Abnett is one og GWs more clever writers