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Slaves to Darkness

The Horus Heresy, Book 51
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 51
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
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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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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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  • 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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  • Adrian Lopez
  • 25-03-2020

Fantastic.

This is some of the most in-depth and intriguing writing I’ve come across on the nature of chaos and the character of those in its service. Excellent writing and superb voice work. Multiple storylines involving traitor Primarchs and some unforgettable and unique Astartes.
I go through a lot of 40K books and as often as not the space Marines it starts to blend together – it can become difficult to remember who is who. That’s not the case here. There’s so much going on I may actually listen to this again. Couldn’t recommend higher!

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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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  • Ralph R Hernandez
  • 13-09-2019

Excellent Novel and Audio Presentation

Excellent character development...great said to understanding the prelude to the final Solar War. Very enjoyable novel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-2019

One of the Heresy's best.

One of The Heresy's best.

Filling in the word count to thr fifteen word minimum.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-2019

Good with the bad.

I loved the story on bringing back Angron and Fulgrim, but didn’t like how the told it. The book jumps between characters... too much, and it was quite a few characters. Also I couldn’t get past some of the voices; the voice actor used the same voice for quite a few. Idk maybe I’m nit picking on that one. Solid story but a little all over on telling it.

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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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  • Kerri Andress
  • 09-03-2019

poor Lorgar

I really don't like what they did to Lorgar's character. they made him out to be a scheming fool.

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  • Samuel Brody-Boyd
  • 13-11-2018

John French Does It Again

A masterful look at the traitor legions on the eve of the Battle of Terra!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-2018

One of my new favorite books

It's really hard to write this review because this book was so fantastic. I can't cover just one subject but I will try I think the character development with some of lead best I've ever heard or read or listen to any type of literature the author really goes above and beyond showing who these characters are what their motivations are and how they stand and where they stand it's beautifully done.

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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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  • paul sparks
  • 14-06-2020

Horus fall and rise

This book advances the siege on terra and explains a lot about Horus fall to chaos and the choice he made, the side story is the petty Primarchs being even more petty than usual, I really find Angron just plain annoying, I have zero interest in the character and wish BL would banish him to the warp forevermore, as always great narration

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  • Mr. C. M. 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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  • Zahariel
  • 25-12-2019

The March to Terra finally begins

Good story, title fits the narrative and great insight into the future of the primarchs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-11-2019

Finally on the main story Line !

Finally true progresssion and a compelling story with the fate of multiple primarchs decided. Perfectly narrated by Keeble the one and only master

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-09-2019

Excellent

having read many of the preceding books I thoroughly enjoyed this continuation of the storyline. Although it was weird to hear the voices of so many characters come to life. Fulgrims was my favourite as it fitted the chaos prince so well.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-2019

Bringing the band back together

A good in-depth look on how Horus prepped the siege and gathering his brothers for the final battle in spite of their differences. Although reliant on a tad many deus-ex-machinas to achieve it.

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  • Peter Davies
  • 21-06-2019

amazing performance by Jonathan Keeble

well written journey to the other side as darkness and chaos envelop the traitors and truly chaos

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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 26-03-2019

Slaves after all

A well narrated book, the story gives an idea as to what is the status of the traitor legions before they move to attack the solar system.

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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!