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Vengeful Spirit

The Horus Heresy, Book 29
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 29
Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

Once the brightest star in the Imperium and always first among his primarch brothers, Horus has dragged the Space Marine Legions into the bloodiest conflict that the galaxy has ever seen. While their allies wage war on a thousand different fronts, the XVIth Legion descend upon the Knight world of Molech - home to the ruling House Devine, and a principle stronghold of the Imperial Army.

The forces loyal to the Emperor stand ready to defy the Warmaster, but just what could have drawn Horus to attack such a well defended planet, and what might he be willing to sacrifice to fulfill his own dark destiny?

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disappointing

One of my favourite authors and his previous work is gold, but I feel hes let this one down and concentrates more on theatrics and over the top dramatic gimmicks to explain situation rather than getting teeth into the story.

I also didnt enjoy the narrator.

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Astartes beginnings!

Lots of great lore and mystery unlocked by the war master, I have to say the more I read of the heresy the more I sympathise with the so called traitors

Great narration and superb tale

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Great book

As i think some of the other reviews mention, there is almost constant fighting in this book. But i thought it was great all the way through as it holds some great characters and also brings a lot of heavy story revelations for the bigger picture. The fighting isn’t just mindless slaughter either and brings a great focus on to tactics and such. All and all, great book!

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I was looking forward to the ending.

Another miss from Graham. How did he write such a great book with the thousand sons but this bloated mess and some other meagre offerings in this series?
Too many events and ideas with pointless characters who are not built up in any way that inspires the listener to care for them pass through from chapter to chapter.
Great characters from previous books are not done justice in this one. Loken is by far the worst treated character. He comes across not as PTSD victim who has lost everything he has ever known and loved, on the verge of a breakdown. But as an idiot who's dialogue does not make sense.
There much more I could go on to complain about but I will finish with: was looking forward to the book ending to see what the crescendo would be like. It was pointless, this book can be skipped and if absolutely necessary, read the synopsis online.

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Disappointing.

Not a fan of Gareth Armstrong, sorry. Pronunciations of established characters aren't great, and action scenes don't seem particularly engaging. Seem to enjoy the stories more after reading the novels directly.

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Fitting follow-on for Galaxy in Flames.

Few HH books leave such a lasting impact as the first 3. Vengeful Spirit is a good carry on for characters you know and love with just enough fresh faces to work. It starts off feeling a little disjointed as it builds the big picture but once all the pieces are layed out everything fits.

My only critique is that it feels like 2 different stories, one with the battle for Molech and a second following the Pathfinder team. How the two stories interject makes the timeline skew slightly as one minute a character is on Moloch the next they are aboard the Vengeful Spirit with very little happening between.

To fully appreciate this novel, a little prior reading is recommended. The first 3 HH novels are a given aswell as Flight of the Eisenstein and some of the Garro novels (Oath of Moment and Legion of One) to properly understand each character and where they have come from up to now. Despite the pre reading it is definitely a good journey for each chacter from across several novels.

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Good story with plot progression

Ok, please agree on How to pronounce the names of the primarchs at least. Russ... really. Good story despite

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Masterful!

A tour de force by McNeill and Armstrong both; one of the most epic and riveting descriptions of legion warfare in the series and a captivating description of heroes & villains, tragic and noble in their own ways. It made me question the motives for rebellion among the lower cadres, why follow Horus instead of the Emperor. It made me realise the bravery among the traitors, the insurmountable odds that they knowingly face and the willingness to face them head on, regardless. The martial pride of the Sons of Horus and their desire to master their own fate, even if it means facing oblivion, is inspiring!

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One of the best yet!

Solid story, continues on Loken's story and how Horus gains his god powers, A must listen!!!

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Awesome! Expands so much background

Great story invokes so much imagery and ideas for gaming and a sons of horus army. Fantastic to see Lokens story expanded along with his old mournivel brothers. will listen to again

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-11-18

Like Father like Son

Great look into the journey of Horus going from manipulated rebel to full on Chaos Primarch.

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  • Randal Whitsitt II
  • 19-12-19

Splendid story.

Really great book, and a core to the plotline of the heresy. Must read for sure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-19

wow what a story!

absolutely loved this book! Garviel Loken is back in this story! so good! read now!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-19

All encompassing story.

This book gives a lot of details about how the war is going. With essential 3-4 separate stories it really helps to fill in the storyline.

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  • Tanner Johnson
  • 12-05-19

All over the place but major grand scheme reveals.

All over the place but major grand scheme reveals. i was hooked early. but there were a looot of characters.

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  • Chase
  • 10-04-19

Not my favorite HH Book

The book is neither good nor bad it's just alright. You have a lot of information/factions/characters who play larger roles in the HH series and this book does explain some of the missing links in the HH... however, compared to other books I felt that this one was just overshadowed by them. Still a good book to read/listen to but not up there with the first 4 in the series.

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  • Michael
  • 27-03-19

Awesome!

This is my favorite book out of the whole series. It sheds some light on certain topics and it has its own twists 10/10 would recommend especially if you like Horus

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 16-03-19

A pretty good book, but I might be biased😉

A damn good addition to the heresy series, full of feelz.
Only thing that is bothering me is how Garviel Loken is alive, i remember that we dont see a dead body back in the 3rd book, but maybe i missed something or they dont really explane how they found him?

On a side note, as a Dane having the stories of H.C. Andersen be shown in 40k, and explisedly written in danish filled me with a national pride that i rarely feel,
Fuck yeah the things that denmark is most famous for is Vikings, one if the best poets/story writer in history AKA H. C. Andersen, a important Philosopher AKA Søren Kierkegaard, and we have one of the most socially equal countries in the world, FUCK YEAH WE RULE!
XD erhm its a good book😋

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  • Benjamin Garwood
  • 15-02-19

Yet another great book

The narration really brings the characters to life and the story is excellent. I am amazed at how all these novels tie together. Well done.

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  • justamom
  • 18-12-18

Good story

filled in the gap I missed by hearing wolfsbane first. always liked Loken and his straight and narrow