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Publisher's Summary

Now that news of Horus' treachery is in the open, a time of testing has come. Some Legions have already declared their allegiance to the Warmaster while the loyalty of others lies firmly with the Emperor. As Horus deploys his forces, loyalist Astartes learn that a massive Wordbearers fleet is heading to Ultramar, home of the Ultramarines.

Unless they can intercept the fleet and destroy the mighty battleship that has been sent to reinforce it, the Ultramarines may suffer a blow from which they will never recover.

©2008 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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meh.

it was kinda boring tbh. there were just no good characters. it's not like previous books in the series that had at least 1 or 2 interesting characters.

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  • Robert Lindner
  • 14-11-2017

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The accents were nice. But often times there was no inflection change from narrative next to character spoken text. So I wasn’t sure when it was that a character was speaking compared to narration.

I felt the second half of the books writing and voice acting were different than the first half. It would have been a greater experience if the whole book was written like the second half and voice acted in a similar fashion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-2018

boring grind

The kind of book where your mind stops paying attention. Too many characters. Stuff just kind of happens. Not even a neccessary read to move the HH plot forward.

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  • Coder50
  • 04-06-2018

Good story

Like the story very much. Had the beginning I was looking for before the battle on Calph. Go Ultra Marines.

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  • Korben Dallas
  • 17-04-2018

I never wanted a Space Wolf to die than in this book.

Liked the story in regards to how it felt like a session of a role playing game with multiple diverse characters. In this case World Bearers, Ultramarines, Space Wolves, World Eaters, and Thousand Sons.

Disliked the narrator’s voices. Many were very stereotypical with no uniqueness. For some reason Word Bearers sounded like they wore braces...

The storyline is a great idea, a Word Bearer secret weapon on the Ultramarine’s Home System, Ultramar. But it doesn’t amount to anything important to the overall plot as far as I can tell. Stuff happens but it is so small in the scheme of the rest of the books that have come before it.

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  • Lambert
  • 12-04-2018

Thrilling from start to finish

What made the experience of listening to Battle for the Abyss the most enjoyable?

Not knowing what was around the next corner, and not know how exactly the protagonists would be able to stop the Furious Abyss

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mhotep, for sure. Pre-Heresy Thousand Sons are always interesting, and Mhotep was no different.

What does Gareth Armstrong bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The sense of gravitas that Gareth brings is irreplaceable. There are some characters that I wasn't too keep on his accent for, specifically Bryngar, but overall his accents were on point.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Skrall's lonely subterfuge mission on the Furious Abyss was great. The fact that he was having to play completely out of his nature was thrilling.

Any additional comments?

So, Space Wolves are basically Space Marine vikings, so you would imagine them to have a vaguely scandinavian accent. That is well and good, but I would suggest Gareth listens to some Scandinavians speak. Bryngar did not sound at all scandinavian imo, and every time he spoke it sort of broke me away from the story just a tad.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-2017

So very boring.

Went on and on. Just straight killing. No real character development . waste of time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-05-2018

Best in the series so far!

Grim but full of great subterfuge. A fair few interesting character streams to keep you gripped.

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  • stephen
  • 13-04-2018

all the stars great looking forward too the next

Great the reader was great too, looking forward next one thanks love it cheers alive

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  • K F brown
  • 02-03-2018

not for me

brilliant performance but just a bit too much loyalist super men for me. a handful loyalist vs a whole word bearer chapter.... but if you love is ultramarines then this is the book for you

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  • David C.
  • 26-02-2018

Everywhere and Nowhere

As always so far with this series the performance is to a high standard. Unfortunatley the story here was abit lacking. This is the 1st story to focus on the Ultramarines and as such I was looking forward to it very much. I was dissapointed because this story focuses allot in space and although that has potential to be very interesting I just found it to be very generic combat. I suppose to explain further I mean that there is no explanation as to the details and the particulars of the various elements involved with space battles i.e. i have no idea as to whether a battle barge is 500m long or 2 miles long so then you dont have the foundations needed to really visualise the scene that the writer tries to describe. Other elements of the story however were good like the conflict between the Wolf and the 1000 son. Although another thing I am noticing is that the traitor legions are all bad and the loyal legions are all good, other than the first books about the lunar wolves there is not really any internal conflicts which seems possible but just less enjoyable. I think that if ther were for instance some 1000 sons and Ultramrine traitors vs 1000 sons and Ultramarine Loyalists then the drama would be so much more.

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  • Ben
  • 22-02-2018

Predictable

Predictable story not a very gripping introduction to the ultra marines with only one stand out character

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  • Connor
  • 22-01-2018

Another Brilliant Addition to the Horus Heresy

Other reviews claiming this was action packed were certainly not overstating. A very good listen.

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