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Far out on the Eastern Fringe, the realm of Ultramar stands alone. Having weathered the Word Bearers' attack on Calth and the subsequent Shadow Crusade against the Five Hundred Worlds, the Ultramarines primarch Roboute Guilliman now draws all loyalist forces to Macragge as he contemplates a new future for mankind.

With the arrival of more and more fugitives from the war that has engulfed the rest of the galaxy, all distinction between friend and foe is lost - isolated from Terra by fearsome warp storms, is Guilliman making a bid for power to rival even the renegade Warmaster Horus?

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Paced like an action movie (or several)

There is a lot that happens in this book and it seems strange that so many storylines could progress simultaneously without messing up the pacing, but somehow it works! It's greatest achievement must be making Rowboat Girlyman a genuinely likable and "non-marysue" character. A great read if you are a fan of Conrad Curze, The Lion, Vulkan, Space Wolves or the 30k Universe's version of James Bond!

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One of the best books in the series so far

Excellent story delving into the character of multiple primarchs. Gripping from start to finish. We'll worth a read

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Best heresy book for a while!

A definite highlight of the series so far! Abnett writes Guilliman and the ultramarines brilliantly

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An Enjoyable listen

Engaging throughout, offers some great insight into the motivations of both Guilliman and the Lion. My only complaint is that Sanguinius barely features despite being so prominent on the cover.

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One of the best so far

Action packed and full of interesting insights! One of my favourites. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Masterful

A magnificent story, filled to the brim with intence combat, hunts, betrayal and tension. Of all my Heresy books from the first to this, i am finding myself praising it in a top 3 list. This is a real story, best listened to after Vulkan lives, so make it a 2 part listen. Do not read reviews, check info...just go in blind... trust me.

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Loved Guilliman in this

A great read for fans of the Big G. A very human, flawed and tragic figure, the Primarch of the Ultramarines alone can be the salvation of Mankind.

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Fighting Primarks

Fun to listen to and gives great insights into the raw power some of the primarks can physically both indure and dish out.

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Conrad... beast mode

Awesome... from start to finish... Kurze ... haaaa brilliant ... Conrad Kurze takes on a planet and 4 primarchs

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High intensity Primarch action!

This was intense from the start to finish, Dan Abnett at his best! If you are after Primarch action then this is a must have book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-19

Great book, but read others first

This book is great. It ties several existing storylines together very well. The voice actor does a fantastic job. But before you listen to this one, listen to, at the very least, Vulkan Lives, Prince of Crows, The Crimson Fist, The Iron Within (found in Age of Darkness).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-20

Robot Girlyman's Worst case scenario.

A brilliant edition to the Horus Heresy detailing the Imperium Secundus, Guilliman's attempts to keep the Imperium alive in the event that the original should perish. A well read novel with a total of 5 primarchs interacting and multiple interesting sub plots which tie together nicely with the coming of Curze. Definitely worth a read if you like Ultramarines or John Grammaticus. I was thoroughly entertained by Abnett's writing. Also worth a read if you are interested in Vulkan's fate and the Pharos.

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  • Jacob Raun
  • 16-04-20

Great book, definitely read the next book! "AOC"

Great book, I really enjoyed it! Unfortunately I read Angels of Caliban first so I kinda knew where this book was heading. Don't make the same mistake I did!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-03-21

Disappointing Abnett and 40k novel

This novel should have been an Oceans 11 convergence a star studded cadre of Loyalist Primarchs. You have the Lion, Roboute, Konrad Curze, and Sanguinious all converging in Ultramar thanks to a pretty ridiculous Mcguffin plot device revolving around the all too convenient genius of Iron Warrior turncoat, Dantioch. Reminds me of Belisarius Cawl, ugh. Of course develops an "unlikely friendship with rival legionary, Pollux, of the Imperial fists. It smacked of an all too easily arrived at trope.

I had this gut feeling that it was either going to be the best 40k novel or just fall completely flat due to the overambitious nature of the endeavor. From my point of view, it is the latter and is such a disappointment.

Abnett has a pretty good track record as the premiere 40k writer and has delivered the some of my favorite works of sci fi in Horus Rising, Legion, and Know No Fear. So what went wrong with this book? How do I put this? It's written in the format of a Hollywood slasher flick. *Spoiler alert* The plot essentially revolves around the Lion showing up to Mccragge with Konrad Curze as an unironic stowaway. Unwilling to confide to Roboute that the Night Haunter is loose aboard his ship, Curze inevitably escapes to wreak absolute havoc on Mccragge city just creating a deluge of awkward situations between the brothers and wreaks absolute HAVOC on homebase of the Ultramarines. Basically the Night Haunter is Jason and all the primarchs and their legions might as well be inept teenagers who are utterly incapable of doing anything to stop him or even slow him down. They are cannon fodder, Curze rips them all to shreds. It's sad and not very interesting. Especially demoralizing if you're an Ultramarines or Dark Angels fan, none of them look very good.

Curze just makes everyone look so incompetent, pretty much single handedly conquers the entire planet. Only slightly exaggerating, not by much. Makes my favorite primarch and his legion looks like absolute fools. Which I'm a little bitter with Abnett's handling of the Dark Angels. If you don't know how the Heresy ends it leaves you wondering how any of these bumbling idiots could hope to challenge the likes Horus and Abaddon. The Night Haunter is a ridiculous character, not really a fan of the whole 9 foot tall post human in power armor conveniently disappearing in every shadow.

I wish that wasn't the premise of the novel but there it is. I hated it. Maybe if the Night Haunter's fleet arrived with the world Eaters it just would have made so much more sense. The rest is kind of just melodramatic fluff dealing with Roboute's pedantic insecurities and the chiding candor of his surrogate mother figure, Tarasha Euten in an effort to squeeze in a "strong willed female voice". We have the continuation of John Grammaticus' arch which is probably the most enjoyable aspect of the novel.

Finally we the premise of the Imperium Secundus, which is ironically kind of an after thought, after the climax of Grammaticus' arc the Blood Angels arrive out of nowhere and the acknowledgement of Sanguinious is given about 15 minutes at the end of the book. It's very abrupt and jarring. The Lion and Roboute basically sit Sanguinious down and say, you're going to be our emperor and he's basically like: "ok, if you say so." It's so awkward and feels so vacuous. It should have been such a profound moment but it's delivered horribly.

This novel could have been so much more and is just a sadly missed opportunity on nearly all fronts. I wanted to like this book and by all respects I should have. I wonder what went wrong, it's such a qualitative deviation from Abnett's previous work it leaves me scratching my head.

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  • Kjetil Moen
  • 04-02-20

good, but...

why oh why does the space wolves talk with an Italian accent?
I'm Norwegian, and to me it just sounds silly. like monty python Spanish inquisition silly.

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  • camilo a parada
  • 23-01-20

what a great book, do no skip this one

another great book with many primarchs, and vital pieces for the whole storyline. konrad curze a beast, guiliman, the lion, vulkan, sanguinius, and john grammaticus

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  • Jason Heady
  • 21-12-18

A nice Horus Heresy novel

I enjoyed the story and the Perpetuals and Cabal storyline is something I like reading. I am generally not a fan of the narrators for Black Library novels. That remains my primary sticking point with the novels.

This novel covers the Ultramarines and what is happening during the Ruinstorm. The Ultramarines are the focus along with representatives of several other Legions. It is a direct sequel to both Vulkan Lives and the short stories and novellas detailing the fight between the Dark Angels and Night Lords. It also picks up the thread following Angel Exterminatus so, yes, Sanguinius makes an appearance but a small one.

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  • Sitpaintandplay
  • 09-10-18

Defiantly a favorite

Well written, suspenseful, and defiantly had me on edge several times. I think this is one of the best in the series and I really would like to read it again.

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  • William Barry Ellerbee
  • 23-06-21

Primarch-Palooza Presents Perfectly Postured Politician-Kings

Probably one of the best stories so far in the Horus Heresy series and fabulously narrated. The subplot of John Grammaticus ever deepens and the Avenging Son must summon all of his strength and courage to keep the idea of an Imperium of Man from becoming just a faded memory.

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  • Nerd_Dad2017
  • 11-06-21

Abnett delivers again!!!! Fantastic!!!

This is one of the best I have read so far. the story is well written and thought out. If you like Primarchs then this is the book for you!