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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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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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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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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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highly recommended

Great characters, engaging plot line, many of the Imperiums enigmas revealed.
another highlight of the Heresy series

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Absolutely fantastic!

Another amazing story full of action, suspense and tons of lore, I highly recommend giving this a listen.
There are many questions still unanswered, but hopefully the following books will shine some light on them.

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It's good, but...

Probably not one for newer readers not already well familiarised with the 30/40k universe. It sits in an odd place on the timeline, does little to advance the plot and draws heavily on some more granular pieces of lore.

Jon Keeble excellent as always.

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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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  • Alpharius77
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 17-10-18

Grimdark before true Grimdark

A look into just how horrible the Imperium was before the fall of the Emperor, as seem through the eyes of an astopath.
A sad broken world, shaped by paranoia and hatred.... And to think it only goes down hill from here *shudder*

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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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  • 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"