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  • The End and the Death: Volume III

  • The Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra, Book 8, Part 3
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (750 ratings)

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The End and the Death: Volume III

By: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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Summary

Siege of Terra Book 8, Part 3

It all comes down to this final confrontation – the Emperor versus the Warmaster. The father versus the son. After 63 novels and a slew of short stories, omnibuses, audio dramas, and more – this is the End and the Death.

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The Horus Heresy series reaches its dramatic climax. After years of civil war, the Emperor and Horus clash aboard the Vengeful Spirit in an epic battle of blades, wits, and wills. See how the greatest conflict of the age plays out, and follow fan-favourite characters from across the saga as they desperately try to influence the outcome.

THE STORY

The Great Angel, Sanguinius, lies slain at his brother's hand. Terra burns as reality itself unravels, and the greatest bastion of civilisation teeters on the brink of annihilation.

Desperate defenders gather, banding against the rabid traitor hordes. The Hollow Mountain, host to the pilgrims of Euphrati Keeler, is one of the last redoubts held by the Dark Angels while the unclean host of Typhus lays siege. Malcador the Sigillite sits ablaze on the Golden Throne, trying to buy his master more time. But time is running out...

Guilliman races across the stars to reinforce the Throneworld. Will he return to ashes, where a Warmaster of Chaos has ascended to godhood, or will the Emperor have triumphed? And at what cost?

©2023 Games Workshop Limited (P)2023 Games Workshop Limited

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difficult...

I have over 20 40k books, 242 books on here and a geek for over 2 decades. I gave the first 2 the time, now this one. As lore goes, it's full of new tidbits as all the others have been. BUT these are some of the most convoluted, badly written stories I have read in a VERY long time, son of the forest was a clearer, precise and less, sorry stupid way of threading the narrative. you can rarely get a feel for whats going on because its jumping from left, right,up,down. starting to think weve idolised bad writing or story planning because of the new lore it brings 😕 It just seems so unbalanced...

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it's an ending

probably a bit too hopefully an ending but not really disappointment.
it's an end of a brutal siege so there no energy for a big finish from anyone, will probably need another go to fully absorb it all.

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Disappointed

Honestly was left feeling very disappointed by this finale. A lot of characters are just straight up ignored and their arcs come to practically nothing. The ending is so rushed, that I feel Dan Abnett just wanted to be done with it.

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Not a whole book but a fitting end to one

If you aren’t an older 40k fan from the second edition era who has grown up on the various different stories of this event you will probably love it. If you do happen to be steeped in the previous lore you may find that some of the things that you liked most about this story are now not true. But like all good authors this is acknowledged and Abnett does a good job of hitting the spirit of these old tales whilst crafting his own new one. Just a shame that it was one large book as listening to it as it was released left the whole story feeling bloated and slow. You could sum the whole thing up with the phrase ‘it’s the hope that kills’

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Stretched and somehow incomplete.

Like all the Siege of Terra books it carries a lot of water. If it was less drawn out it would have been a Masterpiece of Sci-fi literature.

So much left unanswered, I was hoping for more of the aftermath, I had a theory of Valdor using the spear on the emperor, Secrets revealed that would set him on a new path that leads to where he is at today. The conversation between the emperor and Sanguinius in EAD vol1 about a chance of him cheating fate seems to be quashed or I missed something.

The final confrontation was as epic as you would expect, yet somehow that was a little too long too,

Those were my grievances.

I and like many other older fans, we have our own head cannon, we discuss and take figurative bets on certain outcomes coming to pass. It's not DAs fault but it leaves us feeling unfulfilled. This ending will feel good to most fans. If you're thinking this ending hints at the ending of DAs other great work however, you'll be dissatisfied.

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Overstretched

I wanted to love this book more than anything but it just wasn't needed. 2 parts to The End and The Death would have been more than enough. The 3rd is painfully drawn out with only one or two moments adding anything to the story. Part one was great. Part two was good. Part 3 is very average. It's certainly not bad. But it's definitely disappointing.

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very dry.

Bit of a disappointing book in all honesty. Not one of Dan's best novels... Not many twists and turns in the the book and seemed over complicated

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A bit rushed and stretched?

Has it's moments and certainly held my attention but sometimes had me wincing for where it didn't meet my expectations and with irrelevant parts it strung out... the number of times the title is written into the story to me speaks to how hard it was to fill the pages.

Perhaps Dan did the best he could with his requirements? But it probably should have been just one book and when 30 year old prophecy doesn't land it feels a bit flat rather than shocking. Shades of the final season of Game of Thrones.

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Held me from start to finish

The grand finale of the Horus Heresy, while there is a lot of things I would have liked to hear, confrontations I wonder how would go, this is regardless a fulfilling ending to the epic tale.

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The Emperor Must Live

Dragged on quite a bit. Too many cuts between povs. We don't ever stay with one character long enough to get into whatever they're doing.
But it was pretty good. The Emperor vs Horus, at least the first and middle part of it, was incredible. The Emperor getting a second wind four consecutive times was pretty stupid. I would have preferred if Abnett made The Emperor stronger and perform better in the fight, and be beaten down before getting back up only once. As it is, the battle feels quite one-sided in Horus' favour and like The Emperor gets by on luck as His son continuously spares him and makes stupid mistakes.

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