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The First Heretic

The Horus Heresy, Book 14
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 14
Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
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Amidst the galaxy-wide war of the Great Crusade, the Emperor castigates the Word Bearers for their worship.

Distraught at this judgement, Lorgar and his Legion seek another path while devastating world after world, venting their fury and fervour on the battlefield. Their search for a new purpose leads them to the edge of the material universe, where they meet ancient forces far more powerful than they could have imagined.

Having set out to illuminate the Imperium, the corruption of Chaos takes hold, and their path to damnation begins. Unbeknownst to the Word Bearers, their quest for truth contains the very roots of heresy.

©2010 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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Not bad but not great.

There were some times in this novel where I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately there were not many. Quite often I felt as though I was just forcing myself to get through the story. Overall it does an ok job of showing the Word Bearers fall from grace and the reasons why.

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  • Chase
  • 03-11-2018

The Word Bearers are actually likeable!

I've read about 10 books and the Word Bearers are always painted in a fanatical chaos light. However, I was surprised that the characters in this book were the funniest and most likable of all the legions thus far. That's what makes their fall all that much sadder. Like the Thousand Sons their fall to chaos is a tragedy.

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 18-09-2018

Oh Lorgar....

Loved the book, a very cool look into a legions fall and their gene loyalty

But oh Lorgar you loathsome piece of piss, you who think of yourself as compassionet, yet sacrifice your own Sons in your desperat quest, you who betray your Sons, just as you feel betrayed by the Emperor (although he, as always, does seems like a grade A arse)... And worst of all, You a Primarch let yourself be manipulated by your own Son and a Mortal... Oh Lorgar you weakest of Primarchs... I Body , Mind and Soul....

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  • Sean M
  • 02-12-2018

Critical piece of lore

Great story, great narration. One tiny gripe is the narrators portrayal of the femal voice. It's kind of... Silly. Still, a very good story overall

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  • Allanson
  • 28-09-2018

An Excellent Intro to the Word Bearers

This is one arc of the Horus Heresy that I knew very little about. Now, I am hooked and can't wait to start Know No Fear. I personally didn't like how it jumps around at times, but once is I finished I see now that it needed to complete the story. Overall, this is a great book, and another awesome reading by Gareth Armstrong.

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  • Wanderer
  • 08-11-2019

Best Horus Heresy Book Yet

Deep characters and amazing story telling. I loved this book from start to finish. I can't wait for the series to pick these characters back up.

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  • NickelToe
  • 07-11-2019

One of best books in Series so far

Aghal Tar is the character that brought life to the Word Bearers legion.

The last moments of this book are a perfect cap on the events showing the legion has more depth than just being fanatics.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-10-2019

Essential piece of the series. Wonderful narration

This book tells one of the most essential tales about the Horus Heresy. The culture, philosophy, and mission of the Imperium are pushed to their breaking point, and then broken. Dembski-Bowden's The First Heretic has become one of my favorites in the series with wonderfully artistic writing and a strong set of fully rounded characters. Gareth Armstrong does an outstanding job narrating and he give texture to every character's voice. It's almost as if they're right there next to you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-2019

clipping issues big issue<br />

there seemed to be a big clipping issue during chapter 18 to 24 skips around and at 24 it says it's chapter 19

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  • Peter M.
  • 28-08-2019

pretty good

honestly wasn't very excited for a word bearers book but I liked the origin story of the Gal Vorbek

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  • A. E. Kypriotis
  • 28-07-2019

A Great Novel

What has for years kept me away from Black Library books is that, although they are fun enough for average warhammer and warhammer 40k fan, they are sub par if considered on their own right. This one however just ticks all the boxes to be considered a great read in its own right. Great drama, great characters. Definitely worth a read.

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  • nob1993
  • 17-06-2019

Brilliant

Utterly enthralling story from start to end.
Jumps around a little but explains itself as it does it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-2019

Loved it!

The books is excellent, i’ve always hated the bearers of the word. I still do lol but less so now, and not all of them. The story is jumping back and forth a lot at first but it’s not worse than any other HH book.

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  • James
  • 19-09-2019

Genuinely Fantastic

Probably my favourite book so far in the series! It gives such an air of grace, but becomes so savage and deep at just the right times!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-2019

Compliment

Great book, compliments the first three books of the series in an enchanting way. The fall to chaos i subtle jet very clear.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-2019

Bad ass

Awesome amazing great enjoyment sweet cool worthy of my time. Will get more hell yes

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  • James Standard
  • 05-07-2019

audio way to quiet

the audio for this book is way way way to quiet, great book none the less

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-06-2019

Brilliant!

Utterly amazing! I couldn't of been happier to start on this book, even if it isn't in order it is still one of my all time favourites! In this edition of the Horus Heresy you follow Logar and his sons as they go from loyal servents to chaotic traitors, and it is done perfectly, every chapter leaves you wanting more, the details never ceasing to fill your head with perfect images, the connection you get with the stories main protagonist Argel Tal is phenomenal, allowing you to get a real look into the build up of the first heretic and the utter awesomeness of the chaos corruption inflicted onto the space marines.

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  • William I.
  • 01-06-2019

great book

brilliant book, well read and just rich in lore, great background to a story well known

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  • The Bearded Bookworm
  • 21-03-2019

Slow starting but not a bad story.

While this book can be a little slow to get going it isnt that bad. it is very interesting to have a book from thw other side to start with.

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  • Adam
  • 01-03-2019

lorgar you weakling

finally answers some of the questions I've had for ages sets the groundwork for all the conflicts. to come