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After a long and gruelling conflict, the traitors at last close upon Terra. But time is dwindling for an attack.

Both Guilliman and the Lion are returning with all haste, and their armies could turn the tide. The hosts of the Warmaster must unite, for only then can they attack the Throneworld itself. While Mortarion is sent on ahead as the fleet’s vanguard, it falls to Lorgar and Perturabo to marshal Fulgrim and Angron, both now elevated to daemonhood and perhaps beyond even the will of the Warmaster to command. But Horus lies wounded, and, as the greatest battle the galaxy has ever know looms, it is up to Maloghurst to hold his fractious Legion together and to wrench Horus himself from the edge of oblivion.

©2018 Games Workshop Limited (P)2018 Games Workshop Limited

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I want to like it

As per one of my previous reviews, French is quiet clearly a talented author. But, it’s just so hard to embrace his writing style. It’s always like he’s telling a story, without actually telling ‘the’ story. His writing is like the equivalent of Bolter Porn, there’s so much descriptive exposition that the story gets lost. Keeble is of course, as always... the man.

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Fantastic !!!! Yes

From start to finish was hooked .
Great novel of Horus Hersey series .
Looking word to the next

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Brilliant

One of the very best. Always enjoy the imagination when these authors speak of the warp and it’s deity’s! Worth a listen or read!

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A sense of movement, finally!

This was a pretty good listen, the book is split into three stories which follow three sets of characters. Some cool new lore for Chaos fans, good characters, id probably have given it a 5 but the story arcs felt a little dragged out in places.

Sets the scene for the invasion of Terra, finally. Enjoyed this book.

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  • Daniel
  • 23-01-2020

All over the place

While the performance is amazing, nothing of substance is really contained within. I have been reading through many of the Horus heresy books and this has been completely forgettable.

There were a few moments that captured my attention with Lorgar and Fulgrim but ultimately not needed lore wise for fans of either in the grand scheme of things.

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  • snozek
  • 19-05-2019

we get the point, but the book lags a bit.

John French has a number of good Horus heresy books. Fear To Tread is a very good horse heresy book that I enjoyed a great deal. This book is not that good.

Jonathan Keeble reading of the book was excellent, is his work always is. I don't think that there has been an audio production featuring John Keeble that has not been excellent. the range of acted voices which he can provide is impressive.

the challenge that John French faced with this book is to take a lot of characters which are not very likeable and make a story with them that makes a person want to actually follow it.

by the end of the story, the tempo and events certainly roll to an impressive climax, but in the meantime there are serious legs and massive interest displacement when the different threads of the story are picked up and put down.

each story thread in and of itself is pretty compelling and interesting, despite characters that are generally unlikable normally.

my chief criticism is the complete disconnect between different story threads.

It is very difficult to make characters such as Angron or Perturabo interesting or likable, but French succeeds.

French succeeds in making the most unagreeable Primark in do a hero that you pull for throughout the story. for veterans of Warhammer 40K, that is a massive achievement.

the real main success of the book is the Gathering of the traitor Legions on Ullanor.

how did it happen? by what means were these disparate forces brought together and galvanized?

this really is what the book achieves.

I felt that the tempo could have used help.

the ranking of four out of five stars is because of the challenge of the task.

French made all of the disparate threads a single novel and all of the unlovable, irritating villains interesting and compelling characters.

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  • Agent Filthy
  • 29-04-2019

Loved It

Fantastic from the beginning to end. I had high expectations and they were well met.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-06-2021

A must buy

If you like the horus heresy and need to urderstand the full plot, buy it.

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  • Xander
  • 02-06-2021

Interesting if a little boring

kinda felt like I was listening to a documentary. Lots of nice world building but very few exciting moments. I usually don't mind it too much when stories jump around but this one did it entirely too much. I'd get to a part where something cool is happening and then WHAM, more low thrill exposition from someone across the galaxy. It was very jarring and disappointing at times. Overall I liked the book but I didn't love it.

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  • Nick
  • 29-05-2021

Read other HH books before coming to this one but it’s worth the wait

This is one of my absolute favorite Horus heresy novels. The writing and narration come together for a listen that flies by. Also some primarch vs primarch action (“Gg Ez” -Perturabo)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-05-2021

Pushing towards Terra!

It’s a good read. Shows the traitors as they muster to begin their push into terra.

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  • Joe Amundsen
  • 14-05-2021

Too much jumping

The performance as all ways from Jonathan keeble is spectacular but the story is “eh”, it’s the least favorite heresy book I’ve read thus far all due to that fact that the pacing is so odd, and to be honest the ending is quite unremarkable, I can tell the ending was rushed all due to the fact that there where characters everywhere and he had to tie it together.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-04-2021

To Terra

Pretty good overall. Jumps around a lot but that is to be expected considering all of the story lines. Great narration as always. Full if traitor filth, deffinate prelude to the end.

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  • David Mckinney
  • 13-03-2021

The Die is cast

This is a must for the background in lore for the siege of Terra.
The author and narrator do an amazing job I cannot stress this enough it’s very enjoyable to listen to.

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  • mr m a french
  • 11-08-2018

Not sure about this one.

it progressed the story well enough but it wasn't one if those that I couldn't put away until it was finished. there are some bits that we're very good but overall I was left feeling "meh".

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  • Chris Hutchcroft
  • 08-06-2020

Decent

Too many interminable evil daemon voice monologues, rasping, frothing and slightly cartoonish evil abounds. Poor narrator needed a lozenge. As with many novels set primarily amongst Chaos you reach a certain point of saturation with superlative adjectives about dripping, feasting darkness and yet more indescribable terror. A good setup for how the Warmaster finally gets the traitor primarchs to play ball.

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  • Craig D
  • 03-03-2019

Not the best

Pretty dull to be honest, but I suppose it is as advertised, just a book about the traitor primarchs gathering before the final push. But wow some of the voices the narrator put on almost made me switch off! Yes I appreciate his gusto trying to bring to life the voices of Chaos marines and daemons, but most of them just sounded like if you asked a kid to make a silly voice!

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  • Sam Sargent
  • 22-07-2021

can i have my credit back please?

another snorfest by John French, i wont be wasting my credits on his novels anymore..

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  • Olli
  • 06-07-2021

Quite meh

This was deffo not really worth listening to.
Traitors doing what traitors do, betraying each other. Don't worry about this one.
The Voice acting as per other reviews hard to get on with in this one...so much demon in the room it was getting a bit much.
gave you a feel for how twisted they were all getting by this point in the time line.

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  • miss s Lichfield
  • 09-02-2021

Terrible book

Had to see it through till the end, waste of a book, the last 2 hours it got interesting should of been a short story.

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  • TheSignal
  • 28-12-2020

Difficult to follow.

found it hard to follow. so many charecters and cutting between different arch's. normally not a problem bit all the characters all sound the same and I have no attachment to any of them at this point.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-2020

ways good, John French on usual form

A must read in the HH series, some yiu can kiss, this one you can't.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-2020

Another excellent milestone on the journey. But...

Another excellent milestone on the journey. But are our beloved Narrators becoming a little too comfortable? Keeble has always been a stalwart of the HH audio series, and is often an inspiration to us all, fleshing out and 'humanising' some of our favourite characters. But by the beginning of chapter 2 I was already wincing at some of the rasping, blubbering voices of the traitor legion commanders and their daemonic cohorts, at other times, squinting and leaning in closer to my device trying to actually hear what words were being said.
This is a real shame, I think the pudding, on this occasion, was just a little over-egged, definitely needs to be reeled back in. If it's going to be dramatized to such an extent then it needs much better and much more advanced editing and producing with atmospheric sounds effects, music, and a full cast of voice performers.
As it is though, it just seems bloated.
This does nothing to detract from the actual story and the writing by French, stellar work on that front as always.

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  • Tipperbodda
  • 17-09-2020

epic

fantastic listen, great storytelling and a wonderful performance by keeble once again. can't wait for the next book

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