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Publisher's Summary

The Great Crusade has swept across half the galaxy, a million human worlds now embracing the truth and reason that comes with allegiance to the rule of Terra. But even such unparalleled success comes at a cost. 

Rumours abound that the Emperor plans to step back from the Crusade and raise one of his primarch sons to lead in his stead. Faced with the bitterly noncompliant human empire of Gardinaal and a leaderless host of Ultramarines, Thousand Sons and Emperor’s Children at his Legion’s command, the Iron Hands primarch Ferrus Manus decides to make an example that even the Emperor cannot ignore.

©2017 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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Where’s Ferrus ?

Ok so Ferrus is in this but not as much as you would expect from a primarch book it’s more about his surrounding troops with a sprinkling of him not in depth at about the Gorgon , like how he came to Medusa? (Nope not in there ) What was his life like growing up on Medusa ? (Nope not there)How did he get his metallic arms and silver eyes ? (Nope not there) I feel after listening to this book that you just don’t feel anything towards the iron hands and there primarch other than pity as they seem the most boring legion and primarch

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  • 08-05-2018

Not as good as the other Primarch books

The other books in this series give a solid look into the history that shaped a Primarch. This does not. It was a solid Iron Hands story but a poor Ferrus Manus story.

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  • AH
  • 09-04-2020

Iron Hands gone mad. Run away.

“Spoilers” I really did not like the story/portrayal of Ferrus. His whole motivation throughout the story is he wants to be first among his brothers and declared war master by quickly conquering a noncompliant world with heavy industry. The world won’t surrender and bloodies his forces. So what does he do? He bombs the entire planet except for where the leadership is rendering the planet uninhabitable and wrecking the industry he was ordered to secure. Then he goes and kills off the planetary leadership. Really??

This is beyond stupid. ANY primarch could have just shown up and done the exact same thing. Was I reading about the night haunter by mistake?

At least in Fulgrim’s novel he tries to stand out by conquering a planet with only himself and a handful of warriors. A far more impressive feat than this idiocy.

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  • Jonathan Lopez
  • 24-05-2019

Missed opportunities

The book barely had any ferrus in it and it focused entirely too much on the side characters. I learned. Nothing new or interesting on either the ironhands or their primarch. I am a huge ironhands fan and going through this in a primarch focused book is beyond disappointing.

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  • Vincent
  • 11-01-2019

A good story.

This is the story of Ferrus Manus and his Legion, the Iron Hands.

Unlike Lorgar, Bearer of the Word (and presumably the other Primarchs books) this book does not center around Ferrus Manus and his upbringing: instead what we have is a tale of how the surrounding world reacts to him and how he interacts with it.

This story is told from a couple different perspectives, and is set during a compliance campaign which is perfect for a story centered around a Primarch. While some might feel that this book is missing the point, I have a theory that Ferrus is supposed to be a mystery - even to his own sons.

Take from it what you will, but ultimately it is a good story set during the days before the Heresy - before Horus set the skies on fire and dragged the Imperium into a brutal civil war. Give it a try; you can always return it and spend the credit on a different title if the style is not to your satisfaction.

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  • Liban K.
  • 24-08-2021

This book is weak.

Ferrus is barely in it, and when he is it's meh. The book meandered around characters but they don't intertwine much. If you're an iron hands fan listen to Shattered Legion instead. Better than Damnation of Pythos but what isn't.

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  • Michael C Redl
  • 12-04-2021

Great story

A look into the mind of ferrus manus. Even though at times it felt like an Emperor Children book, still very well done, and show as to why the Loyal primarchs stayed loyal. They all had challenges that truly humbled them.

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  • Mat Brown
  • 07-04-2021

One of the best of the primarch series

Several of the characters in this book could go on to have their own books. Awesome work!

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  • jeremy sanders
  • 29-11-2020

ferrus manus is a di*k head

was good. probably wouldn't listen more than once. there was alot going on near the end.

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  • Christopher Bruner
  • 19-05-2020

good window into the 30th millennium.

One of the better Primarch stories it's easy to see how the Sons that did turn traitor slid onto that track. The Great crusade was horrific.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-12-2019

Worth listening to

It was hard for me to get over the use of thunder warriors. I always read that they were culled after unification. The book was good once I got around that. Really enjoyed how Ferrus Manus was portrayed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-02-2019

Waste of time

A complete sidetrack offering No new insight Into ferrus. Only reedeeming feature is the narration by Keeble.

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  • giuseppe
  • 18-05-2021

Nice performance but...

It's called Ferrus Manus part of the collection of the primarcs but the supposed main character take 1/5 of the book, and barely mentioned in the rest of the book... they should called the book The Iron Hands...

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  • Boris Headache
  • 17-02-2021

a bit difficult to follow at times

narration great, story a bit confusing was there thunder warriors in this ? or did the adeptus astartes kill all the thunder warriors or what ?

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