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Summary

From the battlefields of Phall and Isstvan to the haunted shadows of Terra itself - the greatest war in the history of mankind rages on.

While the traitor Legions continue their campaign of terror across the galaxy, preparations are made for the defence of the Imperial Palace and the final, inevitable reckoning that must yet come between Horus and the Emperor....

©2012 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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Great

I cannot express strongly enough that having the short stories relate to one another makes for a much a better listen than a serious of disjointed and disconnected tales

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Bits and pieces

As usual, not a great fan of the shorter stories, since they usually open up more questions than they answer, but of all the short novels so far in the series, this one is the best of them. Some are very short, so if you struggle with these collections, save them for last.

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Some essential HH reading

The Crimsom Fist is the only depiction of the Battle of Phall, and The Prince of Crows is the closest you'll get to a depiction of the Thramas Crusade. And they are both good, good enough alone to give this a listen. And then you get a few short stories on top of that.

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John Banks is awful as a narrator.

Which is a shame, his uninspired, droning voice ruins some great stories. Seeing his name will always make me refrain from purchasing an audio book from now on.

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Some great stories

Worth it for the Prince of Crows alone. Fantastic anthology. The Raven guard one was a little weak but that could by my lack of interest in them.

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1st. the crimson fist. meh
2nd. the dark King. OK ish. short. kurze kills nostromo
3rd. the lightning tower. short. dorn. meh.
4. the kaban project. hour. OK. ad mech.
5. Ravens flight
6. death of a silver Smith
7. Prince of crows. amazing. sevatar. kurze. epic.

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Excellent

After slogginng through Fear to Thread, this anthology was amazing and got me excited again to continue my journey through the Horus Heresy. Each short story was fun and contained exciting revelations or fun sidelines, I wished durinn each that they would go on but was well compensated by the next. Sevatar’s personality was especially unexpected and refreshing, I found myself sympathizing with this antihero and his ‘charm’ made me smile :) one of my absolute favorite new characters, I never would have thought.

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Allmost skipped the part where John Banks was the narrator. He just sounds dull.

Keeble is the king of narrators wish all of this series was narrated by him.

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Ave Dominus Nox

if you buy this collection for one reason, buy it for the Night Lords story!!! Servatar must be the most caustically funny space marine to date!!! And what an arc!!!!

Abaddon who?????

The Prince of Crows is a real War Master!!!

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Mixed bunch.

Two excellent nightlords shorts but the rest are mostly forgettable.
Narration pretty good as usual.

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A Horus Heresy series anthology

There were a couple of short stories in this collection that I enjoyed very much, a couple of good stories, and a couple that just seemed to miss the mark for me.

Prince of Crows was my favorite story in the anthology. It was also nice to have The Lightning Tower and The Dark King collected here. There are some elements in the stories that seem at times ambiguous and at other times to contradict or confuse the overall timeline of the series. Overall, the stories are still enjoyable.

This anthology does seem to have a heavy leaning toward the Imperial Fists and Night Lords but the Raven Guard and Iron Warriors make respectable contributions in the stories. Most of these stories tie into other events and are almost background information for arcs appearing in many of the full novels.

My least liked story was The Kaban Project which is an Adeptus Mechanicus story which ties into the novel Mechanicum.

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  • Hedrick
  • 10-08-19

another great addition

just like all the other books, this one is amazing. hail the warmaster you scum

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  • Nathan
  • 19-05-22

Almost Perfect

This anthology collection is a standout among its peers, though not without is issues. The opening story , "The Crimson Fist" by John French is a bit of a chore to get through. The wooden dialogue and bizarre decision to flip between first and third-person perspectives make for a slow and jarring experience, but still manages to have its moments of quality during the more focused action sequences.

Coming off the heels of a rocky start, Graham McNeil sets the pace for the rest of the collection with "Dark King", a window into the fractured mind of Konrad Kurze and the enmity between the Night Lords and the Imperial Fists, a theme that serves as a through-line for the rest of the collection (with some Raven Guard to taste).

Dan Abnett and Gav Thorpe give a good showing with "The Lightning Tower" and "Raven's Flight" respectively. The former details Rogal Dorn's fortification of the Imperial Palace and further examines the rift between him and the Night Haunter, while the Latter sheds further light on the Plight of Corax and the Raven Guard on Istvaan V. After these, McNeil returns with a short prequel to his previous masterwork "Mechanicum" providing more on the origins of the Kaban Project for which it is named.

Shadows of Treachery goes out with two absolute bangers by Graham McNeil and the legend himself, Aaron Dembski-Bowden. The first, "Death of a Silversmith" is an intimate and tragic tale told from the perspective of a dying Remembrancer recalling the life that led to his end. The main event however, is ADB's triumph of a novella "Prince of Crows".

Bowden is well known for his fantastic work on the Night Lords and this is no exception. His portrayals of Sevatar and Kurze are positively dripping with personality and menace from start to finish. The use of dry and sinister humor to juxtapose the twisted brutality of the 8th Legion is brilliant and I cannot wait to continue their story in his later titles.

Overall this entry into the Heresy is a wonderful pallette cleanser after the disappointment that was "Fear to Tread" and shows off some of the best talents in the Black Library arsenal.

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  • OValleyIT
  • 01-07-22

The Prince of Crows

The last story would be worth it alone, overall it had some pretty good stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-05-22

Amazing

For the most part... short story compilation’s have 1-3 worthwhile stories in this genre, in this book, EVERY stories will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, PLEASE DO NOT SKIP THIS BOOK

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  • CD
  • 27-03-22

Some hits, mostly misses

I am happy to see more of the night lords in here, particularly sevatar. Beyond that there are some full Imperial Fist stories. If you've read Deliverance Lost, you get to see the lead up to the rescue of the Raven guard so that was pretty neat and then there's a kind of precursor to the founding of the lodge.

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  • Ogre
  • 08-12-21

this book is worth it just for Sevatar

the rest of these stories are fine. but ADB rendition of the prince of crows is worth the money

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  • Tex
  • 21-11-21

Struggle Bus

Man...This has been a struggle to finish. First Book in the series I just can't get into. The narrator is horrendous. Did he even read the book before recording?
The stories are no better. Characters act differently then they had in previous books. Everything feels so rushed and unfinished.

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  • Casa
  • 09-11-21

Great set of stories

I like all of the stories, though I felt like a few of the middle ones were to short. Until I realized how they all sort of meshed together and gave Illumination to previous books in the series. I specifically loved the last story with Sevatar, after listening to the Talos trilogy im so happy I got to hear something from his unique perspective

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  • So Jung, Yoon
  • 04-10-21

In no particular order

2 novellas and 5 short stories. The Night Lord stories are very good (the Dark King and Prince of Crows). The Silversmith (Graham McNeill) is very intriguing. And the Lightning Tower by Dan Abnett can't be missed neither.