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In the aftermath of the Dropsite Massacre at Isstvan V, a battered and bloodied force of Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders regroups on a seemingly insignificant death world.

Fending off attacks from all manner of monstrous creatures, the fractious allies find hope in the form of human refugees fleeing from the growing war and cast adrift upon the tides of the warp. But even as the Space Marines carve out a sanctuary for them in the jungles of Pythos, a darkness gathers that threatens to consume them all.

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

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An optional listen

Whilst I enjoyed this audiobook it left me feeling perplexed. Other than having some survivors from Istvan 5 it has little to do with the Heresy series so far. Without an ending spoiler of what happens I feel a book written in this way was not needed. A short story would've sufficed. In any case it is fairly well written and narrated though it all felt pointless. I feel that some important parts were glazed over whilst other mundane parts given too much time. I wanted to like this book and feel its value; but I just didn't. I'm listening to the entire series in chronological order and this is one of my least favorite to date unfortunately. Even the amazing Jonathan Keeble couldn't save this one.
Maybe I'm being over critical as some of the other books are just so good.

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  • Joe
  • 23-08-2020

Emo Space arines vs Dinosaurs

There's a big gap between interpersonal drama and conflict between well-formed characters, and emo-poetry grade teen angst. This novel falls far too much towards the latter. Several chapters in, I found myself just not caring about what happens to any character. The continued reference to self-loathing and shame and closing regrets in pits of despair... you get the idea... had me disengaged from the story.
By the time dinosaurs started showing up, I was rooting for the lizards. I actually took a little glee in that scene, but after, lost interest.
This is far from Keeble at his finest. Given his writing on an average day is spectacular, the book still stands up against some of what passes for sci-fi action-adventure on Amazon. But it is a miss for me.
The performance is up to the regular Black Library stanard; world-class.
Fans of the HH will still a kick from the book.

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read the summary save your time.

well enough written if your into Iron Hands go for it. otherwise really does not add to the series... skip to another of the +50 books of the series

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Could be better

One of the weaker books in the series. Keeble does a great job as always.

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  • Aiden Klee
  • 09-01-2020

A pointless waste

This is a pointless side story that ignores the rules of the universe and speeds along to pointless ending that renders then entire story pointless. This is made worse by the fact that the story starts off well with an exception into the mindset of the Iron hands after the Drop Site Massacre of Isstvan 5, with them moving closer to the machine and a simple logic that reject interpretation of orders. After all interpretation is the realm of the Emperors children. After the point where the civilians show up however it loses all of that in favor of a story about daemons and how they mess with everyone and everything on the planet.

Plot lines and threads just start and stop with no real pay off to any of them, even the main plot thread of the book feels under cooked and could have done with several re-drafts. the end takes the cake though as it's not really clear how their 'plan', if you could even call it that could work as daemons require constant warp energy to survive and they can't get that if they leave the planet. the ending also ruins any sense of progression as it's unclear if this mentality that was so fascinating in the early book in bound to a single chapter or the legion at large.

TLDR: all in a shit book that goes nowhere that's undermined by inconsistency in the writing. You miss nothing if you skip it

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  • Wanderer
  • 20-11-2020

It was alright.

I'm not a big fan of the Iron Hands but the book is enjoyable. I felt like there is a massive tone shift however given the events of the previous book. It feels almost irrelevant and self contained in the grand scheme of the narrative.

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  • Randal Whitsitt II
  • 24-12-2019

Iron hands represent!

Really great story! Really loved Atticus's character development throughout and it ended in an unexpected way

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  • charles craft
  • 21-04-2018

A decent Lovecraftian horror in the 40k universe

This is a pretty poor Horus Heresy book, because its entirely a setup for The Pilgrim and some backstory on Pandorax and focuses almost nothing on the main plot at large. What Damnation of Pythos does do well though is offer a very pessimistic and hardlined eldritch horror story. Characters are flat but serve their purpose, the actual planet is the best character in the book as Chaos influences warp this death world into something far worse. The authors angles of description for the creatures and daemons is very well done and vivid. The ending was particularly satisfying in its grimdark setup.

Good book if your looking for a horror novel, if you want more Horus Heresy intrigues you will be found wanting despite some of the bigger connections to the future and Ruinstorm.

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  • Michael D. Marinacci
  • 08-12-2017

Just skip this one

You could take every GW license out of this story and you have a horror/thriller set during wartime. It has no bearing on the overall narrative, the characters are gullible and bland seemingly just to advance the story to it obvious conclusion. Sry. Just skip it, I wish I did.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-02-2021

not bad.

A filler book that set up something hopefully more interesting down the line. The iron hands being stubborn was covered at length in previous books, but the characters were interesting enough to account for that.

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  • christian
  • 29-01-2021

I thought space marines were smart.

First off skip this one, i mean it skip this one.

Well if u want to torture yourself with blonde and naive superhumans being easily fooled by lesser beings, talking about nothing, acting as children, this is for you

Nothing is related to the main plot of hh, all characters are pretty flat and bland.

Just dont buy it.

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  • Peter M.
  • 27-01-2021

Great!

a very good book protraying the iron hands and how their legion deals with things after the fall of Ferrus Manus.

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  • Colin Reynen
  • 25-01-2021

Least enjoyable book of the series thus far

glad to see the entire book was pointless... waste of time and good credits.

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  • malcolm
  • 23-01-2021

the flesh is weak

i like the legions of the drop site massacre. u get that here. you get the view point of the iron hands. there are salamanders and raven guard. it's nice to see 🙈 some different view points.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-01-2019

Irrelevant and uniteresting

A complete sideshow, uninspiring. However beautifully read by Keeble. I Wish i had Skipped this book

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  • Aðalsteinn
  • 12-06-2019

My least favorite so far!

Trying to get through the massive collection that is the Horus Heresy, I find that this is one of those books that would have not mattered if I read/listened to it at all.

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  • c tucker
  • 24-12-2019

never listening to it again

JK is always a great narrator, this was just a bad book, worst in HH series, adds nothing, skip it and enjoy not wasting hours on it

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  • Stephen Wood
  • 26-10-2019

What a disposable book

I’m at a lose to where this book actually fits into the HH. It doesn’t further the plot, or bring any new ideas.

Pacing was sloppy and i finished this book because I paid for it, certainly not to enjoy it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-2018

Get brilliantly lost in this

Jonathan Keeble is the best narrator of the series. everyone else pales in comparison.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2021

Solitude at Pythos

A good story for what it is, especially since it is played out in a single location more or less. I would have wished for more in some parts, and less in others, but overall, a good listen. Story feels a bit short, but it has it's special moments of real tension.

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  • owain riseborough
  • 29-03-2021

No main plot,

Enjoyed this one even though there is no heresy plot story in it... Great final battle.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-02-2021

Horror themes and feels bleak

I enjoyed listening to this book and the performance was great as always.

The horror themes made for a welcome change to the usual black library books and at times I genuinely felt slightly unnerved whilst tucked up in bed. Definitely a great selling point of the book.

I enjoyed the story however it felt like the set up of the first portion of the book culminated in a rushed finish which was somewhat disappointing.

The characters must have appealed to me as I felt myself invested in their journey throughout. That said, some of the decisions made seemed a bit out of place and glaringly dubious.

Overall, I enjoyed listening but the plot is a bit bleak and sometimes hard to get through.

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  • Julian Mollmann
  • 01-01-2021

If you're only looking for the HH storyline...

skip this one. It literally has no impact on the greater story and the only reason I can think of why you should read it is because it's linked to a 40k book called "Warzone: Pandorax".

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-2020

I was expecting a lot more from this book

Over the series whenever it follows the left overs from the drop site massacre it tends to be an enjoyable listen or read. The salamanders, iron hands and ravenguard on their own are pretty boring or poorly written legions along with their primarchs making them very forgettable or hard to care about, prime example is the iron hands, the first two times they appear in the novels they come off as fool hardy idiots that deserve what they got. The salamanders character is pretty much "Vulcan lives" which after hearing for the thousandth time from the same novel let alone several makes them unbearable to follow and lastly the raven guard. They are so good at hiding in the shadows that they hardly have any impact at all for a legion of space marines with a still living primarch which is disappointing. That being said normally when you put the 3 together it's quite an enjoyable story..... this was not one of those stories. I'll sum the whole book up in a sentence so spoiler warning. Land on a hostile jungle world oh wait its chaos tainted.

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