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Fear to Tread

The Horus Heresy, Book 21
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 21
Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
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Since the earliest days of the Great Crusade, Sanguinius - angelic primarch of the IXth Legion - was ever among the closest and most loyal of Horus' brothers. But the Blood Angels have long kept their true nature hidden from the rest of the Imperium, and when the Warmaster hints that the key to their salvation may lie in the ruins of a conquered world, the sons of Sanguinius race to claim it.

Now, as the revelation of their betrayal dawns and the traitors' hand is revealed, the Blood Angels must face all the warp-spawned armies of Chaos, as well their own personal daemons, upon the blasted plains of Signus Prime....

©2012 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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A great listen

For the main part, this is an excellent audio book and narration. A number of times I got disinterested, however pushing through until the better parts was definitely worth it. I'd recommend this audio book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-12-2018

Not the best

Definitely one of the least interesting of the Horus Heresy titles I've read. The narrator's silly voices are a bit too much, especially the voice he gives Sanguinius. The story is fine, but flatly good vs evil. Blood angels stumble around beleaguered by demons invoked by Horus. Horus only appears as a psychic ghost twirling his mustache and channeling Palpatine from Star Wars. This is the only book I've read about Sanguinius and it makes him seem incredibly inept and impotent.

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  • Adrian Lopez
  • 03-06-2020

Skip this one.

I love 40k and have listened to dozens of these audiobooks. At its best the lore is gripping, at its worst it’s a slog. This was painful to get through. This and Devastation of Baal have altogether ruined the Blood Angels for me. Normally a book that centers so much on a Primarch is bound to be interesting, but this depiction of Sanguinius is us being told how great and noble he is, without giving giving us material to inspire that opinion within us. Authors like ADB have made previously derpy Primarchs like Lorgar and Angron really compelling characters. This was just eminently forgettable, I was waiting for it to be over. And while I normally respect Gareth Armstrong’s level of vocal acting very much, this was perhaps the work of his I’ve enjoyed the least. His Slaaneshi demon was cringeworthy, and not in the good way. Again he’s a great talent, if you do listen to this please don’t judge him by this work.

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  • Megan Milroy
  • 30-09-2020

The red angel

A fun and entertaining story of the. blood angels and their primarch. The ending is a bit of a cliff hanger that will leave you scrambling for the next book.

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  • Cole Conner
  • 02-09-2020

Interesting premise let down by narrative

Can be summed up as a story with an interesting premise that sets the stage for a mysterious conflict against an unknown supernatural enemy that is ultimately let down by the the author revealing all the cards to the reader, then inexplicably discarding the aspects of the story that built the mysterious and ethereal setting in favor of just slamming 2 armies into each other and shifting to a reliance on contrived plot points which felt very arbitrary to me. Most of the characters are pretty 1-dimensional (arguably this changes for a few at the very end, but its kinda too late by then) and several plot holes become apparent as you progress. For example, how tough the bad guys are at different points in the narrative seems to be largely based on how the author needed to use them as plot devices at that point rather than there actually being a logical reason in the narrative. Or there is a certain tool/capability employed by the antagonists that is super effective, but after its first use we inexplicably never see it again, as if its existence wasnt considered holistically in the narrative, but rather purely as a way to achieve a certain plot point. Its not all bad. If you are interested in the blood angels this book does give you a good understanding of their general backstory particularly relating to their genetic flaw, the red thirst. Sanguinius, though not brilliantly written, is at least the most interesting blood angels character here, having a few specific good moments that highlight his noble aspects as well as his flaws. If you just want to delve into the Blood Angels and learn more about them and their culture, this could be worth reading. just dont expect to be emotionally hooked by the plot or characters.

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  • JaredC
  • 11-07-2020

Best so far.

Best story of the heresy so far. Action packed and filled with the minions of chaos.

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  • Christian Hejesen
  • 09-07-2020

Decent story, silly narrator

The story was decent, but not as great as some of the other books. The narrator has a good normal voice, but acting as the primarch and the demons sound so silly.

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  • Benjamin Anderson
  • 20-04-2020

Bad Ass!

Loved every bit of it. Great narrative. Epic battle imagery. Ruthlessness all around. Would recommend hands-down

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  • Peter M.
  • 19-02-2020

Great!

Another fantastic book by black library, and a fantastic portrayal of sanguinius and his legion.

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  • Max Hogshead
  • 16-12-2019

Essential HH Reading

This book is THE blood angels book of the series, and is a deep dive into the 9th legion and Sanguineous. Swallow captures vivid imagery and a deep sense of unease that makes you want to keep listening. Be warned, you WILL find yourself unable to stop listening as the characters captivate you. One of my favorite books in the series and delivered with a wonderful performance by Gareth Armstrong.

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  • Lambert2191
  • 15-12-2019

Up there with the best of the Horus Heresy

This one is thrilling. It's the first time we really get a deep look at the Blood Angels and really doesn't disappoint. Fear to Tread starts off teasing you about what is coming, and the ending is a wild ride.

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  • D. Payne
  • 07-06-2018

Great story let down by the narrator.

If like me you're a big fan of the Blood Angels then this is a great book, giving insight into Sanguinius and the origins of the flaw they are well known for. Strong characters, and plenty of action. However the audio format let's it down somewhat as, although the narrator is generally good at narrating, his decisions regarding the voices of the characters make it feel less grimdark and more like a children's book at times, and is occasionally inconsistent. That said, I still enjoyed the book a great deal and would recommend it.

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  • S. Triandafillidis
  • 17-01-2019

My favourite legion but disappointing

I read the paperback version of this some time ago. At the time I felt that my passion for the Blood Angels Legion probably carried me through the book more than the story itself. I wanted to revisit the book and decided on downloading the audio version. However, not only did I find that a second read didn’t improve things, but the book was even more disappointing due to the bizarre voice choices on some of the lead characters, notably Sanguinius. Put simply, none of the voices conveyed the blend that these guys have between being artists, who are compassionate for humans, contrasted with being phenomemal warriors whose martial expertise is respected and feared by the other legions. To elaborate further on the story telling: this is possibly the first Horus Heresy book that’s supposed to define what the Blood Angels are really like. Sadly I found the depiction of who they are and how they fight to be generally underwhelming. The descriptions of the early battles, which are supposed to portray the shock and awe of the army, are flat and perfunctionary and language used fails to generate enough sense of a legion that is beautiful and artful in how it wages war and how it operates when not fighting, it’s compassion for the humans it’s supposed to protect nor for Its deep and terrible secret that threatens to destroy the entire legion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-2018

Epic story worth reading

A great book of the series. True plot along the main line finally featuring the angel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-10-2020

Great book

Just love how badass Sanguinius is. also I want daddy Sanguinius to choke me like he choked Ka'Bandha.

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  • James
  • 11-09-2020

best one yet

Blood angels are now my favourite chapter after this book. best book by far in the series.

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  • Moriarty
  • 24-08-2020

excellent

Another great book and insight in to 40k lore. recommend it to everyone even newcomers

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  • gregor
  • 11-06-2020

A very nice listen.

Well read by someone who seems to really get into the story and characters. I enjoyed this immensely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-05-2020

Sanguinuis issues

Brilliant story, loved it over all. My only issue was the voice given to Sanguinuis, it was like listening to pantomime Princess. For too sing song like.

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  • Peter Glenn Bridges
  • 04-12-2019

Overflowery repetition of emo-heroism

In any book, you only need to establish a description once. In this, it's constantly being reinforced about how noble, impressive, extraordinary etc everything is that it becomes pedestrian, and I found myself just wanting to know what happens, not what variety of wardrobe anyone is wearing, how scared the humans are or how dramatic the Blood Angels are being. The best part was the end, and not because the ordeal was over, but the drama actually suited those involved and I hadn't heard a hundred times before how dramatic they were. When I say end, I mean the epilogue. The story had potential, but rather than it be a horrifying ordeal and the Blood Angels fighting for survival, it just seemed very much just holding the moral line. It lacked horror, as it was all about their hand on forehead drama of being flawed.

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  • Matthew Queree
  • 22-10-2019

Great Story, what happened to the voices?!

If you're a fan of the Horus Heresy books or the wider 40,000K universe, this is a great story that has a mix of action, lore and storytelling. If you're a Blood Angels fan, this book is audible gold, however, there are some very questionable choices when it comes to assigning "voices" to certain key characters, most notably Sanguinius, who sounds like a pre-pubescent choir boy and other characters who speak similarly to Tiny Tim from a Christmas Carol. If this is your image of super-human demi-god warriors battling it out across the universe, then perhaps this is the perfect book for you.