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Saturnine

The Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra
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As the traitors tighten their grip on Terra, Rogal Dorn must marshal the Imperial hosts to weather the storm. But not all of the defenders will survive the onslaught....

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Dan Abnett returns to the Horus Heresy! Experience one of the crucial stages of the Siege, as Rogal Dorn and Horus match wits in a game of Regicide where the board is the Throneworld itself, and one wrong move could lead to utter devastation....

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The Traitor Host of Horus Lupercal tightens its iron grip on the Palace of Terra, and one by one the walls and bastions begin to crumple and collapse. Rogal Dorn, Praetorian of Terra, redoubles his efforts to keep the relentless enemy at bay, but his forces are vastly outnumbered and hopelessly outgunned. Dorn simply cannot defend everything. Any chance of survival now requires sacrifice, but what battles dare he lose so that others can be won? Is there one tactical stroke, one crucial combat, that could turn the tide forever and win the war outright? 

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brilliant

Amazing best Horus Heresy book yet. The Siege of Terra series gets better and better.

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Saturnine

Great book highly recommend this .The story is Epic .sooo much action and I love the characters arcs in this .

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Good as the rest

The story continues to build. You have listen to all the books in this series for it to make sense over all the bigger the guns the better.

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Superb!

Best book of series so far! Superb! Abnett is a genius! Well Done and can't wait for more!

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Phenomenal book

This is a book that tells the tale of the great and glorious but also tells of the life and death of the common folk in the imperium, by far the best in the siege of terra books and also one of the best warhammer books so far

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Brilliant

Brilliant story as always with Dan's work. One of my favourite so far. A must read.

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made me believe in man !

great build up and uplifting moments !
great character building to! new favourite characters!! 😁

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outstanding!

the finest book released by GW. Great, story, well performed. had me hooked from start to finish. would highly reccomend.

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Holly terra!

has to be one of if not the best books in the series. so many great and funny moments. DAB has really out done himself.

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Absolutely Brilliant!

Absolutely loved this book from Start to end. The tension and cliff hangers are outstanding. The Action was superb

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-20

Saturnine AKA The Weakest Entry Thus Far

TL;DR: Poor dialogue, incongruent characterization, and overly high-minded writing make Saturnine the weakest entry in the series. Unfortunately some big reveals might make this neccesary reading.

As the series is written by multiple authors, inevitably there will be variance in the character portrayal and dialogue. However the prior entries in the series have done a commendable job in ensuring the characters feel similar in both action and manner of speech. Saturnine is a major departure from this trend and really detracts from immersion. This is the only novel in the series I actually had to ask myself if I should see if I could return it.


To begin, I'm no prude to be put off by coarse language, but part of what breathes life into the setting is the way the characters speak. The relatively little cursing makes the setting feel as if it's in a time long past while in truth being in the far future. When I hear Horus Aximand say "I love teasing the s#!% out of you.", it takes me out of the setting, not to mention just being weak dialogue and out of character. It feels too much like something I'd hear in our own time, not from the mouth of a 200 year old Astartes officer. It's a pervasive issue throughout the novel and it makes me wonder if the author bothered reading any of the previous entries to grasp the feel that had been previously established. Previous novels attempted to establish Abbadon as beginning to develop into the future warmaster of chaos, but it seems completely absent in this novel. Abbadon seems nearly an entirely different character. None of the proud disdain for the traitor primarchs, none of the decisive nature. He becomes a joke by the end, and while this may be enjoyable for those in the failbaddon camp, I prefer the more recent portrayals of Abbadon that Gamesworkshop has been going for. He's the future warmaster of chaos, he should be a strong, threatening figure. Certainly not throwing temper tantrums.

I could go on and on about instances of bad dialogue and out of character moments such as these. However I hope this at least gives you a vague picture of what you'll find in this book. If I loved 40k any less than I do, I'd have skipped the book. That said, there are some decent big reveals that I'd say make it neccesary to soldier through reading this novel. Hope the next one is a return to form. Should honestly just give the series to Guy Hayley lol.

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  • Frank
  • 13-07-20

Very much disliked

I've read/listened to a lot of Abnetts books and liked them but this one is not one of them at all.

Got about 5 hours in before giving up. Some sections are well done (Dorn, Sanguinius, Perturabo), but others just made me cringe (The sister of silence seemed to exist only to think about how strong certain characters are or fuel a side story that got on my nerves quickly.) Dissappointing since how much I liked the Sisters in the War on the Webway books and the 40k book Watchers of the Throne.

Also, the word "shit" is used A LOT in this piece when I've only ever heard it used in many other books maybe once. it's super glaring when characters who have never said it in past novels talk about the shit hitting the fan and such.

Disappointing entry in the Siege of Terra series and disappointing entry in Abnett's bibliography.

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  • Matthew
  • 15-07-20

One plot problem

Loved it, my only problem is with a glaring plot issue...

Falkus Kybre didn't die in the Siege (Talon of Horus)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-07-20

just wow, one of the best 40k books

incredibly good. emperor back story, primarch actions, scattering of primarch. must read book. cant waith for the next one

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  • Linda
  • 20-07-20

Fantastic performances but bad history!

Falcus Kibre didn't die on Terra. He initiated finding Abaddon and the Vengeful Spirit 10,000 years AFTER the siege, (now this has become a conflicting lore. Thanks , Dan ) and the 3rd with Telemachon Lyras did not take part in the siege; instead they raided the planet for slaves and supplies. (Black Legion book). I just wish the errors were not there, otherwise, I liked the book. Dan Abnet has been writing Warhammer lore for years and this has egregious mistakes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-07-20

Finally!

No spoilers here for anyone reading but Abnett you clever bastage thank you for this book!

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  • anusan
  • 29-07-20

woow!!

Amazing! so far the best.
really good read. cant say more due to spoilers!
worth every penny

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-20

best horus heresy book to date!!!

this was by far the best horus heresy book yet. From me that says a lot because they have already had some very splended books already. The narration is splended and they really out did themselves on this one. I felt as if I was there.

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  • RickyP
  • 30-07-20

Ok but showing some flaws.

This one has some issues. It came down to three things. The first is it felt like the author was borderline inserting modern politics into it. With alot of weird talk about truth not being important and some real red flag words like "gender fluid." The second issue is that having a second narrator was very jarring and really shattered both the pace and story. Honestly I'm not sure why the choice was really made at all. I guess it was to show that the Sister of Silence was special. But it's a poor way to convey that. The third was the use of very modern terminology and curse words. Those thing can be ok, but in the series so far those things have been absent. This also makes it pretty jarring. So I guess it's an ok story, but the aide issues really get in the way.

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  • Coral
  • 19-07-20

Battle and Battle Strategy

I enjoy a battle or 3 but I want characters I can feel for - motivation and direction. 3 chapters in and want I understand is basically the immortals are fighting and spending mortal lives for the past 3 generations - without care of humanity - to win but - they seem to have forgotten about all else. Which leads me to the view that someone should have given these immortals a video game and let the poor humans get on with living. I am returning this one.

There isn't really any attempt by author to even detail the battles - he saves time by tell you that only the best of the immortals can follow the details of the battle.

Jonathan's performance is great. I didn't get to Emma but that fine.

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