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Summary

The galaxy is burning. The Emperor's loyal primarchs prepare to do battle with Warmaster Horus and his turncoat Legions on the black sand of Isstvan.

Such dark times herald new and yet more terrible things still to come, and when Astropath Kai Zulane unwittingly learns a secret that threatens to tip the balance of the war, he is forced to flee for his life. Alongside a mysterious band of renegades, he plunges into the deadly underworld of Terra itself, hunted like a criminal by those he once trusted. In the face of betrayal, Kai must decide where his own loyalties lie and whether some truths should be buried forever.

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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A decent story taken to exceptionalism by the performance

The story is mediocre and as far as I can tell doesn’t have too much to add to the main storyline however it goes into an unprecedented amount of detail about the astropathica and gives that mysterious part of the Imperium’s infrastructure some character.

This book also gives a great look at life on Terra right at the peak of the Imperium’s might which is as you’d imagine, sufficiently Grimdark.

All in all, a good story with some interesting characters with dimension and people you really want to succeed even if the “big reveal” that is built up is something that we already know.

The real quality of this story is the Narration of Jonathan Keeble. From the off his voice brings this book to life in a way no one else has quite managed in the Heresy Books so far. I’d recommend the listen just for him.

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Surprisingly enjoyable

I always favored the books that focused more on the adventures and tribulations of mortals versus those that focus on space marines. And this is one such book, expertly written and narrated. Sure, the timeline of the Horus Heresy does not advance in this story, but we get to see another perspective of how the Heresy affects this universe.

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Walk in the footsteps of the heretics

As usual, Keeble tells a deep thrilling story among the brothers of the heretical and the doomed. But what does it entail, and can you really fault a man because of his origin?

Find out yourself, in this dark tale of brotherhood and honor.

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Worth The Listen!

Alot of the reviews were negative over this book but honestly it is great and a must listen for anyone who is enjoying the HH series. The extra insight added makes it worth while.

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Well performed but a poor climax.

This story had a lot of potential but ended up being rather confused, empty and unsatisfying. Technically the performance was good although the editing (presumably of the original text) made some sentences rather than clumsy. All-in-all fine for background noise but it definitely felt like it had more potential than substance.

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Easily the worst Horus Heresy book so far

Greatly struggled to finish this book. The marration was fine but the story itself was boring.

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Timeline!?

The narrator is exceptional. That’s the only redeeming feature of this book. It doesn’t fit in the timeline and jarringly so which takes you out of the experience trying to figure it out. The details that are given such as background of the astrotelepathicus etc could have been delivered in a short story or novella. That way it wouldn’t feel like a chore just to pick up these few details that are only important for fleshing out the universe rather than being pertinent to the continuing story. If it wasn’t for the narrators stellar performance I would have given Just one star.

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Enjoyable but maybe not mandatory

I liked it, the performance and story were good and you get to hear more about the wider universe and how telepaths are trained and treated as well as a bit about the state of Terra at this point. But, if all you want is the core Horus Heresy storyline, this is a but of a detour so not needed, but still good

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A return to top quality

I needed this book. I was about to lose faith in the whole saga. Much better story line and narration will see me moving on to the next.

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Weak writing but great Narrator

The witter had great material for making an interesting book but chose to solve too many difficulties by nothing short of 'cuz magic' rather than thinking a bit on a more feasible solution. Very disappointing.
Mr Keeble probably has back pains from carrying the book cuz he saves the day and delivers a great performance as usual. Sadly he is limited by the quality of text he was provided.

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  • 20-03-18

Wow!

Easily one of the best in the Horus Heresy series. The author does a great job of making the listener (reader) develop an attachment to the tragic characters. You won't be disappointed in this book.

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  • Andrew vanderwilt
  • 09-12-18

hard to get into.

the book turned out to be really good, but i found it hard to get into because of the story and how long it took to build up, it did however get very interesting and enjoyable. narration is very good.

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  • Mitchell
  • 25-04-20

worst 40K book I've ever wasted time on. SKIP IT

this book has convinced me that Graham McNiell uses ghostwriters. what a shit show. mild spoiler ahead.
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the book gets Magnus' spirit visit to Terra wrong by 2 years and makes it make no sense then later tops itself in ridiculousness by having a fully armed and armored custodian lose in a 1 on 1 fight to a naked World Eater. This is C.S. Groto level writing. skip this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-06-21

amazingly well written

this book had everything in it. you cant even pick a side because you dont know who are the good and the bad. Just like the warhammer 40k dark fantasy.
I loved it. the story was amazing. without a doubt 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-21

worth the whole experience for just one scene

Karon and Gythua best bros til death😭
"He made me miss, I never miss."
"Don't worry I won't tell"

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  • Val
  • 05-11-19

Lacking but not bad.

I think Graham was consulting CS Goto when he wrote this cause you have to suspend a ton of belief in order to swallow this pill. That's saying something when it all takes place in a fictional universe. Diehard lore fans will not appreciate the inconsistencies but might find comfort in some of the interesting tidbits throughout.

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  • JGG
  • 26-11-18

Move on to the next book in the series!

Very slow start, and the overall story was a waste of time. I recommend you skip this one and move onto the next in the series!

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  • Krazykatguy
  • 16-06-21

skip this if you can

story isnt bad, just filler, absolutely skippable. sets up for future filler but has more to do with the setting than the story of the heresy.

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  • Sight47
  • 04-05-20

Good read.

Albeit slow to start, given time this became a great read! the narration was excellent and characters pretty well developed. The ending itself leaves open questions and continuity whilst still finding it's own end in a good twist.

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  • Chris
  • 11-02-19

One of the great reads of the series.

Fascinating story of the Empire on the brink and the terrible future that awaits. Full of complex characters sent spinning by the momentous tides of fate. One of the great reads of the series.

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