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  • The End and the Death: Volume III

  • The Horus Heresy: Siege of Terra, Book 8, Part 3
  • By: Dan Abnett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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The End and the Death: Volume III

By: Dan Abnett
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
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Siege of Terra Book 8, Part 3

It all comes down to this final confrontation – the Emperor versus the Warmaster. The father versus the son. After 63 novels and a slew of short stories, omnibuses, audio dramas, and more – this is the End and the Death.

LISTEN TO IT BECAUSE

The Horus Heresy series reaches its dramatic climax. After years of civil war, the Emperor and Horus clash aboard the Vengeful Spirit in an epic battle of blades, wits, and wills. See how the greatest conflict of the age plays out, and follow fan-favourite characters from across the saga as they desperately try to influence the outcome.

THE STORY

The Great Angel, Sanguinius, lies slain at his brother's hand. Terra burns as reality itself unravels, and the greatest bastion of civilisation teeters on the brink of annihilation.

Desperate defenders gather, banding against the rabid traitor hordes. The Hollow Mountain, host to the pilgrims of Euphrati Keeler, is one of the last redoubts held by the Dark Angels while the unclean host of Typhus lays siege. Malcador the Sigillite sits ablaze on the Golden Throne, trying to buy his master more time. But time is running out...

Guilliman races across the stars to reinforce the Throneworld. Will he return to ashes, where a Warmaster of Chaos has ascended to godhood, or will the Emperor have triumphed? And at what cost?

©2023 Games Workshop Limited (P)2023 Games Workshop Limited

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Absolutely Awful

An absolute travesty of a book and a complete debacle of irrelevant character's and muddled plot lines. After all these years to have this this uninspired travesty of a book, which ultimately summises the veritable uninspired end and the death novels is a complete let down.

Totally predictable, basic and boring, with such minor charactera having such pivotal roles in such a climatic event in the lore is an insult to the fan base.

Totally bewildered and disappointed beyond ensure.

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Bloody awesome

Whole story, start to finish was incredible, outstanding performance again by johnathan keeble, he's the narrator GOAT, and of course f**k Erebus.

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THE EMPEROR MUST LIVE!

His name was Ollanius!
If you’ve gotten this far into the series you know what to expect. Sweeping, brutal and grand.

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Disappointing and confused

I don't think a single gun was fired. At times I thought I was listening to Yu-Gi-Oh.

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great book

80% of the book was the fight, and it lived upto the hype.
loved it

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Sad ending

A disappointing end to a great series, tons of stuff left out. still enjoyed it in some parts.

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good, but not as good as it could've been

honestly the emperor v horus went on too long. a few characters and story notes touched on in earlier books in the series seem to have just been forgotten.

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perfect finish

Great end to an amazing series of books!
I highly recommend this trilogy.
For the Emperor.

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Epic… Wow!

A listen I would often hit the rewind button to listen to chapters over again it was that good! To be at the very end of the series after so long the journey was well worth it, epic book and to hear the history of warhammer being fleshed out so well… full credit to the author & the narrator .. so many times I felt like I was in the middle of the emperor vs Horus battle it was so worth the wait!

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what and ending

that ending wew such a good way to end the series. shame erabus is still alive though can't wait to see if Dan dose the scouring next im keen to see that.

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  • Acerock
  • 01-02-2024

it's finally done...

I have mixed feelings. while it's finally done and the hours heresy now told, it was a story told with so much stalling and bloating. but I cannot envy the task left to Abnett as he has to tie all the loose ends of a 50+ long series with legions of rabbid fans who are waiting with knives drawn looking for validation for their favorite 30k/40k characters. I do love so many of the references and deep cuts. they're fun. it's good for fan service. but as a well told story? it just takes too long to unfold. there's so much time spent on arcs and narratives that aren't really that important. and while we were hoping for some truly lore subverting stuff...I didn't see much of anything that truly changed anything. sure there's clarity about certain points but largely is anything really changed? no. I don't think so. it's just an unwieldy and cumbersome ending to a series that took too much time to develop, a victim of its own success and profitability. but Abnett does better managing every spinning plate better than anyone else could.

and of cours, Johnathan Keeble is outstanding. he is the one true voice of the Heresy. he makes the story come to life so effectively.

if you're into this stuff, you've already bought the book and listening to it a second time. if you're not into 40k and Warhammer, this is NOT the place to start.

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  • C&K
  • 01-02-2024

Ending The Horus Heresy

i didn't think they'd be able to land this dump truck of a story, but they did it. This is unexpected but expected and very well done. Keeble's narration is fantastic, Abnett's writing is good with some lore high points. This is a satisfying ending and well worth a listen for 40k fans. Non-40k fans, what are you doing here? Go start with "Horus Rising", then the next 8 books, and then skip to Siege of Terra series. Everything else is optional and there's like 60 books.

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  • Justin Anderson
  • 31-01-2024

Stunning Finale

Dan Abnett clearly brought his flare for writing solid arcs over from Marvel comics.

Stunning conclusion to the Solar War series, and helped in a great way to firm up the lore regarding the end days of the Heresy.

if you're a fan of bolter porn, this isn't for you. This is a real piece of science fiction.

Bravo.

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  • andrewlb
  • 29-01-2024

Wrapping up so many stories

Two years and too many audible credits later, I’m finally free.

I accidentally got hooked on 40k (well, 30k) while looking for an easy scifi series and snagged the earliest Horus heresy books.

The travelers from Calth, the rise and fall of Johnny Space, and the saga of the one space Marine with critical thinking skills — Lokan.

Thank you to Dan and all the HH authors. I loved it.

Now please just do something about that menace Erabus.

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  • Mikebraun54
  • 28-01-2024

The Emperor Must Live!

An absolutely perfect conclusion to THE MOST EPIC sci-fi series to date and a faithful expanding on the original myth that sparked our favorite grim dark universe.

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  • Simone Chiesi
  • 11-02-2024

An unfitting end

Let me get the two parts I've wholeheartedly love out of the way: the reading performance was absolutely stunning, and the writing style was good too.

"So, what's wrong?", you might ask: the story itself, sadly.
I of course want to keep this review spoiler free, but: there is hardly any new lore introduced in this book, and some parts openly contradict what was established in the last two books.

Accounts in the world of Warhammer 40K are unreliable and often non-linear, but that cannot mean the Horus Heresy is concluded with a chapter that simply doesn't make sense with it's immediate predecessors. The warp may subvert all sense of logic, but we readers are not in the Empyrean.

The saddest part is that this gets to be the *definitive* account of what went down at the end of the Heresy, and the wasted potential is just unbearable.

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  • Lowlight
  • 10-02-2024

More than does justice to this epic story

This is Dan Abnett’s magnum opus. He more than rose to the challenge of finally telling a story sketched out in fragments over the last 35+ years and closes out a journey in this series started some 18 years ago. Another master at the top of his game is Jonathan Keeble, who ruined me for ever actually READING a HH novel again. A fitting end, and (many) a death. But also a beginning. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-2024

Worth the Wait

Great end to the Siege of Terra series with lots of lore implications and additions.

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  • Stf
  • 05-02-2024

Long and deserved

So a culmination of decades, multiple plotlines and mysteries have come to an end. All the while maintaining and progressing the current states of affairs within current warhammer. I enjoyed the disparity between legends of old and the sources of these claims. It does stray but leaves you feeling both satisfied with the end and the death, and curious for what may come next.

And it might probably not appeal to all, and to some, that might also be a good thing.

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  • Aren
  • 05-02-2024

The epic and sad conclusion 😢

What can I say besides Wow so much death and loss for both sides and for the imperium but as proven time and time again humanity shall unite and over come the dark with his guidance and light, loved everything about this series Jonathan keeble is the GOAT so much life brought to the characters which is a mountain of a task so sad it's over and I miss my Angel LONG LIVE THE EMPEROR

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-01-2024

difficult...

I have over 20 40k books, 242 books on here and a geek for over 2 decades. I gave the first 2 the time, now this one. As lore goes, it's full of new tidbits as all the others have been. BUT these are some of the most convoluted, badly written stories I have read in a VERY long time, son of the forest was a clearer, precise and less, sorry stupid way of threading the narrative. you can rarely get a feel for whats going on because its jumping from left, right,up,down. starting to think weve idolised bad writing or story planning because of the new lore it brings 😕 It just seems so unbalanced...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-2024

it's an ending

probably a bit too hopefully an ending but not really disappointment.
it's an end of a brutal siege so there no energy for a big finish from anyone, will probably need another go to fully absorb it all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-01-2024

Disappointed

Honestly was left feeling very disappointed by this finale. A lot of characters are just straight up ignored and their arcs come to practically nothing. The ending is so rushed, that I feel Dan Abnett just wanted to be done with it.

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  • Dave Pike
  • 30-01-2024

Not a whole book but a fitting end to one

If you aren’t an older 40k fan from the second edition era who has grown up on the various different stories of this event you will probably love it. If you do happen to be steeped in the previous lore you may find that some of the things that you liked most about this story are now not true. But like all good authors this is acknowledged and Abnett does a good job of hitting the spirit of these old tales whilst crafting his own new one. Just a shame that it was one large book as listening to it as it was released left the whole story feeling bloated and slow. You could sum the whole thing up with the phrase ‘it’s the hope that kills’

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  • Gareth L.
  • 29-01-2024

Stretched and somehow incomplete.

Like all the Siege of Terra books it carries a lot of water. If it was less drawn out it would have been a Masterpiece of Sci-fi literature.

So much left unanswered, I was hoping for more of the aftermath, I had a theory of Valdor using the spear on the emperor, Secrets revealed that would set him on a new path that leads to where he is at today. The conversation between the emperor and Sanguinius in EAD vol1 about a chance of him cheating fate seems to be quashed or I missed something.

The final confrontation was as epic as you would expect, yet somehow that was a little too long too,

Those were my grievances.

I and like many other older fans, we have our own head cannon, we discuss and take figurative bets on certain outcomes coming to pass. It's not DAs fault but it leaves us feeling unfulfilled. This ending will feel good to most fans. If you're thinking this ending hints at the ending of DAs other great work however, you'll be dissatisfied.

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  • Harry
  • 07-02-2024

Overstretched

I wanted to love this book more than anything but it just wasn't needed. 2 parts to The End and The Death would have been more than enough. The 3rd is painfully drawn out with only one or two moments adding anything to the story. Part one was great. Part two was good. Part 3 is very average. It's certainly not bad. But it's definitely disappointing.

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  • AudioCrook
  • 05-02-2024

very dry.

Bit of a disappointing book in all honesty. Not one of Dan's best novels... Not many twists and turns in the the book and seemed over complicated

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-2024

A bit rushed and stretched?

Has it's moments and certainly held my attention but sometimes had me wincing for where it didn't meet my expectations and with irrelevant parts it strung out... the number of times the title is written into the story to me speaks to how hard it was to fill the pages.

Perhaps Dan did the best he could with his requirements? But it probably should have been just one book and when 30 year old prophecy doesn't land it feels a bit flat rather than shocking. Shades of the final season of Game of Thrones.

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  • Devastator06
  • 03-02-2024

Held me from start to finish

The grand finale of the Horus Heresy, while there is a lot of things I would have liked to hear, confrontations I wonder how would go, this is regardless a fulfilling ending to the epic tale.

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  • Ms S. J. Ward
  • 31-01-2024

The Emperor Must Live

Dragged on quite a bit. Too many cuts between povs. We don't ever stay with one character long enough to get into whatever they're doing.
But it was pretty good. The Emperor vs Horus, at least the first and middle part of it, was incredible. The Emperor getting a second wind four consecutive times was pretty stupid. I would have preferred if Abnett made The Emperor stronger and perform better in the fight, and be beaten down before getting back up only once. As it is, the battle feels quite one-sided in Horus' favour and like The Emperor gets by on luck as His son continuously spares him and makes stupid mistakes.

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