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Summary

For too long had the Vth Legion ranged out beyond the sight of the wider Imperium, remaining ignorant of the Warmaster's rebellion and the war that inevitably followed.

Only once their primarch, Jaghatai Khan, had satisfied himself that the path before them was just and true did the White Scars choose a side, taking the fight to the traitors on every front. But, four years later, the Legion's unfettered spirit has been broken by relentless attritional warfare against the Death Guard and the Emperor's Children - the Khan's Stormseers must find a clear route to Terra if they are to take part in the final, apocalyptic battle.

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

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unmissable entry in the series

wow I enjoyed listening to this so much.
There are some vague spoilers below!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is one of the first horus heresy books that hasn't left me feeling depressed in a long time
and we are treated to an awesome example of how a primarch fares against a greater daemon.
Epic fleet battles and astartes warfare. Dont skip this one.

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Great story, even better voice acting

Love the story. Another excellent chapter in the 30k story. John Banks is superb and really gives the performance 100%.

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not enough

Good story just not enough death guard for my liking

can't wait to listen to the next story though

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One of the best

The Path of Heaven is one of the very best Horus Heresy books. It grips you from the start and keeps up the pace and the tension in a way many of the other books fail. I think it’s important that the other Scars novels are read first, to understand the significance of some of the story lines, but it’s a fitting conclusion to many of those storylines. The performance is great too. Not over the top and at the same time the characters come to life. Also worth saying the “bad guys” are great too. Fantastic variety and complex motivation.

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for the Khan!!

not a scars fan, but this has completely changed my perspective of them. Long live Jagatai

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Decent enough

Decent enough story, far better and more relevant to what I expected, however, there are parts of the book I found irritating due to the narrators accents. He tends to elongate literally every word spoken by a White Scar, and it grinds on you in certain sections of long dialogue.

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Boring

The final chapters and epilogue are good. Everything else was a struggle. It advances the HH so listen if you want full completion of this series. I wish I'd skipped this one.

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hold onto your butts

This was one of the best in the series in a while, after book after book of short stories or an underwhelming book time and time again it was very refreshing to listen to this one. This sells me on the idea that if the white scars are the protagonists of the story then black library does a good job. The Khan and his white scars went from a practically unheard of legion with a small or non existent fan base to one of the largest fan bases due to a handful of books. Before reading the series I did not care at all about the khan and his legion, now? Hes in the top 3 primarchs and top 6 legions. Any book that has the white scars as the lead wont steer you wrong

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John Banks smashes it!

Great story, made greater by the the narration! Any time Emperors Children die is fine by me!

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Best One Yet!

Considering the First Heretic and Fear to Tread are my top favs out of the horus heresy, the Path of Heaven is immense, it describes beautifully what happens to the White Scars and leads you on a constant battle for survival, wonderful narration as per and an outstanding story, definitely worth your time!

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  • 05-04-18

Great Story, Distracting Narrator

I loved Scars. Path to Heaven follows up very well. The tale is a great addition to the overall arc of the HH series and I love how distinct the 5th Legion is compared to their peers.

My only real criticism is the use of accents by the narrator. The accents for the Chogoran Scars is something of a stereotypical Asian accent which is silly and annoying and makes each of the characters sound the same so their individual voices and characters get muted. the narrator also pronounces Yesugei laughably incorrectly. In an audiobook you need distinct voices for each character so you can organize who is who and who is speaking and the narrator's reliance on a silly accent makes each of the Scars sound the same, except for the one Terran born Scar, which is dissapointing.

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 31-07-19

A very good book, but narrator didn't make it easy

The story was gripping, and was a great continuation of the White Scars story, but the book has a lot of shifting perspectives and while John Banks generally is a good narrator, he gave zero sign when the perspectives changed, not so much as an extra breath between lines, which made some part hard to follow

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  • Bret Noel
  • 24-08-21

fantastic

This book answers many questions. If you are a fan of the white scars you need to hear it.

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  • John Rood
  • 20-07-21

Decent

Voice acting isn’t as bad as other reviews say. Narrator is not Asian, big deal. I thought the first part was a bit slow but it actually turned out to be a pretty good story. Not in in my top 5 HH novels but still worth the listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-21

Insanely fun

The characters are beautiful, odd description for a heresy book but they really were. I usually listen to these books while I work. This one though, I stared at a wall for the last 3 hours it was that engaging.

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  • Richard
  • 07-07-21

Gooood

Actually much better then I have expected :) Good characters, good story, action, redemption and plot twists and resolution. I have enjoyed it much!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-06-21

Would recommend

There are many memorable moments in this book that honestly brought me back to how good the first few in this series were. The author did a great job in most situations painting a wonderful picture in my minds eye. Void war seems notoriously hard to properly capture but that’s my one dislike. That and the voice acting for a Kahn and his legion could have been done better but not so bad I couldn’t enjoy the book. Would highly recommend and will be adding this one to my favorites as it is an important piece of the plot as well.

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  • 08-06-21

great narrator

loved it! the action was nonstop. narration was on point. different voices for great effects!

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  • 24-02-21

A must for anyone new to the 5th legion! Awesome!

This is book two of a story that is a masterful depiction of who the 5th Legion, the White Scars, is just before the Warmaster, Horus Lupercal, plunges everything into chaos. The White Scars must determine for themselves the truth of things. This book continues with two key characters from the first book; Shivan Khan and Torgun Khan, and the author did a great job bringing both characters to life. I'm expecting more 5th legion stories in the future!

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  • Wanderer
  • 26-01-21

This made me love the White Scars

I originally thought the White Scars were the most boring legion but this book not only made me like them but made me identify with and love them.