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Slaves to Darkness

The Horus Heresy
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 51
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (191 ratings)

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Summary

After a long and gruelling conflict, the traitors at last close upon Terra. But time is dwindling for an attack.

Both Guilliman and the Lion are returning with all haste, and their armies could turn the tide. The hosts of the Warmaster must unite, for only then can they attack the Throneworld itself. While Mortarion is sent on ahead as the fleet’s vanguard, it falls to Lorgar and Perturabo to marshal Fulgrim and Angron, both now elevated to daemonhood and perhaps beyond even the will of the Warmaster to command. But Horus lies wounded, and, as the greatest battle the galaxy has ever know looms, it is up to Maloghurst to hold his fractious Legion together and to wrench Horus himself from the edge of oblivion.

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Not sure about this one.

it progressed the story well enough but it wasn't one if those that I couldn't put away until it was finished. there are some bits that we're very good but overall I was left feeling "meh".

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Bringing the band back together

A good in-depth look on how Horus prepped the siege and gathering his brothers for the final battle in spite of their differences. Although reliant on a tad many deus-ex-machinas to achieve it.

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amazing performance by Jonathan Keeble

well written journey to the other side as darkness and chaos envelop the traitors and truly chaos

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Slaves after all

A well narrated book, the story gives an idea as to what is the status of the traitor legions before they move to attack the solar system.

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Not the best

Pretty dull to be honest, but I suppose it is as advertised, just a book about the traitor primarchs gathering before the final push. But wow some of the voices the narrator put on almost made me switch off! Yes I appreciate his gusto trying to bring to life the voices of Chaos marines and daemons, but most of them just sounded like if you asked a kid to make a silly voice!

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loved the dark side

great to see the bad guys assemble to make there final move. we have been waiting 25 years to hear this story!

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Amazing story slightly tarnished but voice acting

I just don’t know what they were thinking when they gave the direction for some of these characters they are awful but the story is solid and a real romp with lots of Bolter porn

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Good but weird twists.

A good book but not sure on a few of the plot points. Why did Lorgar randomly turn against Horus? Seamed a bit forced. And why did the Word Bearers join after the plot was reviled? This is a Legion that had loyalty bred into them and they just bow to the Warmaster like that? Strange.

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A fantastic insight into the traitor Primarchs

A book that shows the fragility of the sons of Horus wirhout the warmaster and the traitor alliances as a whole. Also gives a great insight into the differences between the ascended and non-daemon Primarchs and their allegiances. A story that shows just how much of a knife edge the traitors were on just prior to the final assault on Terra. A must reas for heresy fans.

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Fantastic driving listen

Really enjoyed the way the book was written through the eyes of characters untill now not fleshed too much in the series. The story of horus equerry was my particular favourite, someone so close to horus, and showing the legions begin to shatter and change from the standard we'll worth a listen.

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  • snozek
  • 19-05-19

we get the point, but the book lags a bit.

John French has a number of good Horus heresy books. Fear To Tread is a very good horse heresy book that I enjoyed a great deal. This book is not that good.

Jonathan Keeble reading of the book was excellent, is his work always is. I don't think that there has been an audio production featuring John Keeble that has not been excellent. the range of acted voices which he can provide is impressive.

the challenge that John French faced with this book is to take a lot of characters which are not very likeable and make a story with them that makes a person want to actually follow it.

by the end of the story, the tempo and events certainly roll to an impressive climax, but in the meantime there are serious legs and massive interest displacement when the different threads of the story are picked up and put down.

each story thread in and of itself is pretty compelling and interesting, despite characters that are generally unlikable normally.

my chief criticism is the complete disconnect between different story threads.

It is very difficult to make characters such as Angron or Perturabo interesting or likable, but French succeeds.

French succeeds in making the most unagreeable Primark in do a hero that you pull for throughout the story. for veterans of Warhammer 40K, that is a massive achievement.

the real main success of the book is the Gathering of the traitor Legions on Ullanor.

how did it happen? by what means were these disparate forces brought together and galvanized?

this really is what the book achieves.

I felt that the tempo could have used help.

the ranking of four out of five stars is because of the challenge of the task.

French made all of the disparate threads a single novel and all of the unlovable, irritating villains interesting and compelling characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-19

Good with the bad.

I loved the story on bringing back Angron and Fulgrim, but didn’t like how the told it. The book jumps between characters... too much, and it was quite a few characters. Also I couldn’t get past some of the voices; the voice actor used the same voice for quite a few. Idk maybe I’m nit picking on that one. Solid story but a little all over on telling it.

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  • Agent Filthy
  • 29-04-19

Loved It

Fantastic from the beginning to end. I had high expectations and they were well met.

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  • Kerri Andress
  • 09-03-19

poor Lorgar

I really don't like what they did to Lorgar's character. they made him out to be a scheming fool.

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  • Samuel Brody-Boyd
  • 13-11-18

John French Does It Again

A masterful look at the traitor legions on the eve of the Battle of Terra!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-18

One of my new favorite books

It's really hard to write this review because this book was so fantastic. I can't cover just one subject but I will try I think the character development with some of lead best I've ever heard or read or listen to any type of literature the author really goes above and beyond showing who these characters are what their motivations are and how they stand and where they stand it's beautifully done.

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  • Charles Nevill
  • 04-10-18

Chaotically Good!

powerful entry to the series that takes a deep look at Chaos and it's legions. Perturabo vindicated!

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  • Jonathan M Trdan-Schmidt
  • 02-10-18

chaos is boring

i tried a few timea now, but I just cant relate to asexual, gene enhanced, 8 ft tall, immortal, chaos worshipping space marines. They may make good villians but they are terrible characters. This was a well performed, well word played book, but I think I'll stick with Ciaphas Cain

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-09-18

excellent

enjoyed the corralling of the demon primarch in preparation for the push on terra. good listen

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  • Blake M Francis
  • 14-09-18

Legion Chaos Revealed

Wonderful. So many players, no bolter porn (I like bolter prom when done well) to speak of, characterization, depth, sorrow. Par excellence.