Listen free for 30 days

The Solar War

The Horus Heresy
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 55
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (312 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

The Siege of Terra Book 1

After years of devastating war, Horus and his forces have arrived at Terra. But before they can set foot on the Throneworld, they must first break the defences of the Sol System. 

Powerful fleets and cunning defences bar their path - but can anything hope to halt the advance of the Traitor armada?  

Listen to it because:

The final act of the long-running, best-selling series starts here, with a brutal and uncompromising look at the first stage of the Siege of Terra, the war to conquer the solar system. Armies will fall, heroes will rise and legends will be written....

The Story

After seven years of bitter war, the end has come at last for the conflict known infamously as the Horus Heresy. Terra now lies within the Warmaster’s sights, the Throneworld and the seat of his father’s rule. Horus’ desire is nothing less than the death of the Emperor of Mankind and the utter subjugation of the Imperium. He has become the ascendant vessel of Chaos and amassed a terrible army with which to enact his will and vengeance. 

But the way to the Throne will be hard as the primarch Rogal Dorn, the Praetorian and protector of Terra, marshals the defences. First and foremost, Horus must challenge the might of the Sol System itself and the many fleets and bulwarks arrayed there. 

To gain even a foothold on Terran soil, he must first contend the Solar War. Thus the first stage of the greatest conflict in the history of all mankind begins. 

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

More from the same

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    245
  • 4 Stars
    52
  • 3 Stars
    10
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    252
  • 4 Stars
    35
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    219
  • 4 Stars
    54
  • 3 Stars
    11
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    2
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Worth The Wait!

Been looking forward to this book since it's release was first announced and I was not disappointed. Look forward to the next part of this epic tale.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A great start to the climax of the Horus Heresy

An engaging story, well read. The fighting was not the strongest in the Black Library but the epic fleet combat was easy to follow for me at least!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Immersion spoiled by production

I’m enjoying the story, as with most WH30/40, but the sound artifacts which seem to result from echoes within the recording studio are driving me up the wall. There is a hissy background noise which makes it sound like either the narrator is in a small, hard walled, room; or that the treble filtering needs playing with. I’m about a third of the way through and going to stick with it but it really puts my teeth on edge and rather spoils my immersion in the story!

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

Way too much repitition

I'll keep this short. The author repeats the same passage from one character's memories literally dozens and dozens of times, chapter after chapter, and multiple times within the same chapter. It's unbearable. Every beat of the story is punctuated by this same scene like a commercial ad-break. The worst part is that these are scenes from an earlier book in the series. It's overdone to the point that it totally ruins the book. There's good stuff in here, and the voice performance of Jonathan Keeble is excellent, but an editor really needed to tell the author to tone it down. Due to this point alone I cannot recommend this book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very strong opening.

The Horus Heresy series has meandered for a few years now dragging events out with a few good novels and an increasing number of bad ones - but this is a strong opening revitalizing a much-beloved series with new energy

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

This is one of the best in the series .

could not stop listening to this one . story and performance both excellent . was not disappointed at all

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Magnificent<br />

A complete gift from the mind of a true patron of science fiction. wonderful.
and compelling

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great story with hidden surprises for HH veterans

Absolutely great start to the siege. Was a little worried it was just going to be a big void battle book, but the story is fantastic. Definitely worth a listen

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Epic and truly beautiful

This book lives in my dreams. A true masterpiece of writing. I can't wait for the next instalment.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Incredible

This story itself is an amazing start to the series. Full of notable characters and the details bring t to life.

The voice acting is incredible will look out for more of Jonathan Keebles work.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Hector Marquez
  • 30-06-19

Setting the Stage

This book sets the stage for a truly epic battle. With traitor forces entering the solar system, you see how bad the imperium really was for the invasion.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-07-19

Too Much of Too Much

This is a deep, thorough, and breathtaking book and Keeble does his usual superb job. That says, the narration contains many more mistakes than I usually expect from Keeble and the whole book feels rushed. It has three serious narrative problems and one significant flavor problem.

***minor spoilers***

First, it feels like two books in one. There are two very clear halves to the narrative and it would have been more effective to cut it in half and give each equal weight. Since there are already going to be 8 books in the series, one more would not have killed it. As this book stands, the second half, which is really the money half, feels very rushed. It’s power is hamstrung because it happens too fast.

Second, this book is the set-up for the siege of Terra, and we all know how that ends. The problem with this is the second half of Solar War is so rushed and the whole book is so one-sided that I can’t believe that this will even be a close fight. Instead of a close fight that leads to a final, desperate gambit, this looks like an absolute runaway. I want to see how the siege grinds on, but there’s a significant part of me that will have a very hard time believing that the sort of armada described can actually be stopped.

That leads to the third issue: there is no sense of scale. The Heresy has struggled with this throughout and most (most) of the time it hasn’t been too problematic. Horus sends four fleets, each of which seems to be thousands of ships strong. This is a scale the Imperium cannot match, even with Guilleman coming - earlier books don’t give the sense his fleet is *that* large. After all these years of war, with the set up this has, I find it hard to suspend my disbelief that there are just that many ships intact and astartes alive. Perhaps the one exception to this in the opposite direct is the number of Imperial Fists librarians. In a legion of c. 100,000 at the time of Nicea, how are there only 3 librarians? The only post-Heresy chapter I can think of that has a lower absolute number is the Black Templars because they will not suffer any librarians in their ranks. French needs to look at his numbers again.

Finally, the flavor problem. We know some things and people will survive. The Phalanx makes it through, as do Abbadon, Sigismund, etc. That said, there are still a lot of bodies left to hit the floor. For all the significant Imperial characters we had to say goodby to in this book (Jubal Khan in particular deserved a better death), Horus’s side lost no significant characters. This has been a running issue for me since early in the series. Imperial named characters die at a much higher rate than their opposite numbers. This tendency leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth and makes a lot of the set piece fights that are meant to ramp up the tension instead predictable and boring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 04-06-19

Book jumps around

The action is good but the overall story jumps back and forth and does not flow very well

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Calvin Lippert
  • 03-06-19

meh

too back and forth. it breaks interest when it starts too tell a story then stops to tell another story for a hundred pages.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • matthew
  • 21-05-19

a good start to the end it could have been better.

it jumps around a bit and is hard to follow sometimes. the characters you want to see you dont get to see.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Alpharius77
  • 18-07-19

I Hate Horus

Great book and as always the narration is THE BEST! You will not be disappointed with this one.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Andrew
  • 06-07-19

outstanding

'm about to listen to this last chapter, it's The Solar War. The beginning of the end of the Horus Heresy. Reading these books hasn't just been entertaining and educating- that is to say, it's given me A New Perspective on the possibilities of our reality. I must have read and listen to at least 200 Warhammer 40,000 books at this point, maybe more. Horus heresy and expanded universe . If there's one series or universe that I appreciate on a philosophical, literary, audio and just general appreciation it's Warhammer 40,000. Black library has kept to what works and I love it.

I almost never comment my opinions where the entire world can see, not because I'm afraid but because one should know themselves completely before they tell other's how to think. I believe in the Mastery of self before you should teach, presuming anyone doesn't take it as totally hubris and arrogance to tell them absolutely anything they don't already agree with. A problem with our current time- that I think acquisition of knowledge can remedy. Just like almost any problem. But I digress.

The point is this last chapter is a one-to-one meeting with the Emperor of Mankind and his fratricidal son Horus. A story I've spent years enjoying, nah experiencing; anxiously anticipating this cataclysmic confrontation. Also dreading the lack of Horus heresy novels in my life, Mondieu my God.. But all things must end, & appearances can be deceiving, because an end is inexorably a beginning. I believe in the Imperium of Man- the golden path, timeless American patriotism, my family-friends & myself. I must hold onto hope, never give up and laugh in the face of death- with contempt to The Laughing (slave) gods

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 29-06-19

A perfect beginning to the end

If it's your first time through the book, my recommendation would be to have a pencil and some paper handy so you can keep track of what the location is. There is a lot of hopping around and it can become a bit confusing. But as long as keep notes for the first couple of chapters everything will fall in line very well.

It is a tough job giving the reader a sense of scale for how large the space battles were, but French does well at giving life to them, and not getting drug down in them either. For lack of a better expression, he picked his battles wisely!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 26-06-19

An Excellent Start to the Siege

After something like 13 years and 54 books in the Horus Heresy series that have brought us to this point, it would have been so easy to get it wrong. However, The Solar War manages to deliver on all fronts; perfectly capturing not only the massive scale of this final conflict of the Heresy, but also doing an excellent job portraying the human cost of the war. At times transitioning from massive fleet engagements to the point of view of a civilian caught in the middle of the storm. French weaves a compelling and believable depiction of conflict on a scale hard to imagine.

This audiobook is made undeniably better by the excellent voice performance of Jonathan Keeble. His rich and commanding voice is able to lend the events of the story an amazing degree of gravity. Listening to this audiobook it is clear that Keeble put his heart into narrating this tale.

The Siege of Terra is perhaps the most significant single event in Warhammer 40,000 lore. This epic final battle pulls together the fates of so many important characters both Demi-god and mortal alike; and it’s outcome echoes through the history of the Imperium and shapes the grim dark future of the 41st millennium. I can only hope that the rest of the entries in this series can meet the high bar set for them by The Solar War.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ariel Taylor
  • 18-06-19

Great

I loved the book the narration is excellent and leaves you wanting more! this is another gem in the Horus Heresy series.