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After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one - seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. 

An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the darkest years of the Horus Heresy, and revelations will surface that will shake the Imperium to its very foundation.... 

This collection contains nine short stories: 

'Rules of Engagement' by Graham McNeill 

'Liar's Due' by James Swallow 

'Forgotten Sons' by Nick Kyme 

'The Last Remembrancer' by John French 

'Rebirth' by Chris Wraight 

'The Face of Treachery' by Gav Thorpe 

'Little Horus' by Dan Abnett 

'The Iron Within' by Rob Sanders 

'Savage Weapons' by Aaron Dembski-Bowden 

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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It was alright, some stories were good, others almost made me want to give up on the series.

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Spoilt by one narrator but otherwise great.

I just cannot listen to one of the narrators his cadence and breathing style put my teeth on edge. The rest are fabulous and the stories are great. It is just a shame that I found that one so unpleasant to listen to that I could not even finish the novellas he read.

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  • Krelnath
  • 18-12-2019

Previous story collection better.

I found the majority of the short stories lacking compared to the previous collection earlier in the Horus Heresy series expect for the final 2. Worth a listen if on sale but I wouldn't pay full price.

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  • Travis H.
  • 19-08-2020

good book some narration is not

All of the stories are good. The narration by Martyn Ellis is terrible. he does not have a voice for 40K. I will never listen to a book again that is narrated by Martyn Ellis. Armstrong and Keeble you have great performances as usual. listeners can probably skip over the stories narrated by Martin Ellis, and not miss much. The stories he reads are either irrelevant or covered in other books.

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  • Lambert2191
  • 28-12-2018

Some great stories here, some less great.

As with any anthology, there will be some good books as well as some less good books, but on the whole I would say this is definitely worth the listen, even if only for The Iron Within by Rob Sanders. That short story alone is worth it. It is an incredibly well written piece with a very satisfying ending.
Other books in here that I really enjoyed are The Face of Treachery by Gav Thorpe, Savage Weapons by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Rules of Engagement by Graham McNeill.
There are a couple that I felt missed the mark, either being a bit too slow or too weird. Rebirth being the standout example of this.

Overall, well worth a listen.

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  • David Ingersoll
  • 18-02-2021

It is terrible

It is terrible just like the last one. It has nothing to do with the Heresy

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  • Areyouin44
  • 06-09-2020

Bad narration for some stories

There is one narrator they use, with a nasal tone and one voice for all characters. Martyn Ellis I think. I'm sure he's a nice guy, he just needs a new job.

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  • Megan Milroy
  • 20-07-2020

multiple stories

the book is broken into multiple smaller books which keeps the listening easy though it feels you jump around a lot.

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  • Mitchell
  • 19-04-2020

it's worth the $3.00

some of the stories bend belief, even for 40K. The narrator's continue their odd pronunciations, Martin Ellis continues being Martin Ellis.

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  • Hector Torres
  • 29-01-2020

could not finish it

for some reason I could not get into the short stories. found them boring and too inconsequential to the major plot.

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  • Gill Jr.
  • 14-11-2019

Short Stories, short love

Mashed into this novel are some relatively listenable short stories. Personally, around 3 or 4 of the stories were my absolute favorite while the others were not bad, yet, they weren't what I was captivated by compared to the few I did enjoy. All the authors wrote excellent stories, but with my biased toward certain space marine legions I found myself more or less drawn to a select few authors and tales.
The narrators, however, are exactly what you already know and love. Out of the 3 'eavy hitters though, I always thoroughly enjoy Martyn Ellis's renditions of the stories he reads, he's got a very distinct voice and tends to portray his story's characters in a distinct way without sounding too far fetched in their nuances.

overall: good filler for the bigger heavier fluff

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  • Peter M.
  • 16-10-2019

Very good.

The Iron within is probably the best short story in the whole book. others are good but it's the best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-2018

Some good some bad most not memorable

Some good some bad most not memorable although any book read by Keeble is a joy to listen to

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  • Tony
  • 05-11-2019

Bit of a mixed bag really

Some of the stories where a bit bland to be honest. Mr Keeble's performance was stellar as always but the other chap's performance made me giggle at times. Not what you want when listening to a story about the grim darkness of the 31st millennium.

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  • Daniel
  • 30-09-2019

Questionable narration

There is a few decent stories in this collection but some I simply couldn’t finish. This wasn’t due to the quality of the story but the narration of Martyn Ellis, sadly he ruined Thousand Sons for me and I had to skip the stories that he did in this book.
The standout story for me was Liar’s Due, I’m particularly fond of stories form the point of view of the humans working in the imperium during the heresy.

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  • lewis taylor
  • 04-12-2018

Great spread of story’s

Slowly going through the Horus heresy series and this was a cracking book full of stories from lesser known legions and yet to feature yet

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  • David C.
  • 10-05-2018

Not my Favourite

I think there was 2 stories in here that i enjoyed and that was the Rogal Dorn one the last one.

This was simply because these 2 stories didnt havr all the nonesence fighting and instead they had dialog and intrigue....

i know some people will really love the over the top battles but i find they are repetative and annoying.....

super soldiers fighting super soldiers is unbelievable and everyone is superb at everything until they are just bested by someone who is slightly better at being superb at everything......these are all space marines and when get they are all awesome to that end i would find it far more beleiveable if a civil war involving literally thousands of planets and what must be trillions of people beteen them all lasted longer than 3 years or however long it lasted.

The reason i liked the 2 stories i did was because it shows a relatable side to a fictional super soldier of the far future that otherwise would be impossible to relate to. I like to see humanity in characters......weather their human or not....

I think a good idea for heresy book would be of some gaurd unit where some of them wanted to rebel and some wanted to be loyal and they had to fight with their innerselves aswel as their comrades.......

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  • Benny
  • 21-03-2021

50/50

half the stories are great and very enjoyable. The other half however are quite boring and don't add much to to heresy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-03-2021

great book

There are alot of mixed reviews on this book. I think it was great for any 30k fan who wants a bit more insight to the lesser known legions. the Last two books are great!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-2021

Mini Stories of varied length covering many legion

I enjoyed it and listening to the whole Horus heresy. this is a selection of mini Stories compiled together.

a nice addition even covering some primachs duals

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  • Daniel Cloherty
  • 11-12-2020

Incomplete and poorly edited. Skips and cuts out

Thought my headphones were the issue but several times the narration cut out mid sentence and moved on

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-2020

A collection of tales

As all of these shorter stories, my rating is not lowered by their quality, but by their span. You find you long for knowing characters and plots to a deeper extent, but such are the tales of heresy..thst some need to be shortened.

Forgotten sons left a great mark for me, and i know it will for you as well.

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