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Summary

Amidst the galaxy-wide war of the Great Crusade, the Emperor castigates the Word Bearers for their worship.

Distraught at this judgement, Lorgar and his Legion seek another path while devastating world after world, venting their fury and fervour on the battlefield. Their search for a new purpose leads them to the edge of the material universe, where they meet ancient forces far more powerful than they could have imagined.

Having set out to illuminate the Imperium, the corruption of Chaos takes hold, and their path to damnation begins. Unbeknownst to the Word Bearers, their quest for truth contains the very roots of heresy.

©2010 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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good read

loved it, Aaron Dembski-Boweden knows how to make you both hate and love a character, As well as deliver some of the best exposition and context to a character previously lacking depth and complexity.

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Horus heresy at its best

I'm so happy to have finally sat down and listened to this incredable book!! A must buy!!

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  • Ritch
  • United Kingdom
  • 16-04-18

Shows the roots of the Horus Heresy ..... Almost

Excellent account of the origin of the Heresy, unfortunately the account of the real first heretic hasn't been written...... Erebus. Shame it doesn't expand on his corruption earlier still than that of his legion but the book is otherwise brilliant and will have your shouting "why didn't the Emperor do this or that and he'd have avoided the whole affair?!"

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Disappointed

I’ve read the hard copy book before and loved it. I decided to pick up the Audio Book to refresh on what happens, I was really disappointed by the reading and voices. I was unable to listen for any longer than an hour....

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very good

Very well written and well narrated from start to finish. Easy to become involved and emerged

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Awesome

This book is everything i enjoy with Horus Heresy books. It leaves out allot of boring, overdone combat scenes and instead just ploughs forward the lore with great dialogue between charachter and advancing the story in detail. The voice acting was very done and made for easy listening....This will be a book i will definitely listen to again.

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awesome book

This book is so far the best one of the heresy series. Brilliant story telling and a brilliant reading performance.

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Excellent form, shallow content.

This book, like a lot of Heresy books, has trouble giving its characters believable motivations. Too often does the author tell rather than show. Too often do they ask you to pity characters rather than sympathise with them. Too often do they defer to Deus Ex Machina than engage with interesting themes and dilemmas. At one point, the characters make compelling arguments against the Heresy, but then go through with it anyway because of "gene-bred loyalty."

That being said, this book really feeds the imagination, the prose is fluid, rich, and immersing.

Also, how do Geller Fields work? I don't think the author cares, as is evident in the glaring plot contrivance herein.

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  • Christian Ross
  • 10-07-18

Very good look at the Word Bearers

It's a very good look at how Lorgar and the Word Bearers became corrupted by Chaos. It also does a good job at making you sympathize with then.