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Siege of Terra, Book 2

The Solar War is over. The Siege of Terra has begun. As the Traitors unleash their deadliest weapons, the defenders of the Throneworld face nightmare and plague - but Terra must stand.   

Read it because: discover the lengths to which Horus will go to claim Terra as his own - and the horrors he is willing to set upon its defenders.  

The story: on the 13th day of Secundus, the bombardment of Terra began. With the solar defences overcome through the devastating strength of the Traitor armada and the power of the warp, Horus launches his assault on the Throneworld in earnest. After withstanding a ferocious barrage of ordnance, an immense ground war commences outside the Palace, with every inch gained paid for in the lives of billions. The front lines are beyond horrific, and the very air is reduced to poison and blood. Bodies are thrown into the meat grinder, but the outer redoubts cannot possibly hold for long, even with the loyal primarchs to reinforce them. 

For Horus has his own generals to call upon. Between the plague weapons of Mortarion and the fury of Angron, the defenders face a losing battle.  

Written by Guy Haley. Narrated by Jonathan Keeble.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Not quite enough.

While this story follows interesting characters that hook me in well enough, it seems to meander around mysteriously without actually doing anything. I'm intrigued, but through the whole novel I feel like I'm waiting for something that happen that never does. It feels like Guy Haley was writing one big book and an editor cut it in half and gave us this little one.

The ending is unsatisfying in that it is clearly setting up a sequel that we all knew was coming but I feel that that's no reason to leave every question unresolved in -this- book.

That said, it's got good characters to follow and does a decent job of describing the boring parts of a siege in an interesting way that includes the science fiction elements without breaking immersion. As an audio medium, Jonathan Keeble does an admirable job putting a different nuance on each character.

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Primarchs ,primarchs, primarchs!!!!!

Went threw a range of emotions with this story and a truly great (as always) narration by Johnathan Keeble.

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No cracks in this wall

written well and another grand performance. Guy Haley defiantly captured to essence of the legions and Primarchs with his writing style. Jonathan Keeble continues to bring his artistry to bringing the characters and setting to life. a true one man show of voices.
a great audiobook.

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Highly Entertaining!

So much better than the first book of the series! I highly enjoyed this book from start to finish, unlike solar war which I found to be an exercise in tedium!
Wonderfully engaging story, and an outstanding performance

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Excellent Listen

This is definitely worth a purchase.

Having recently finished The Solar War, I was a drained from that experience. While French is undoubtedly a superlative 40k author, I found it hard to stay engaged with his poetic exposition style of writing used in The Solar War.

Haley’s approach used for The Lost and the Damned, has me hanging on to every utterance from Keeble. It’s a great story with great characters, with some old favourites popping up, and It’s told in a matter of fact manner.

Can’t go wrong with Keebles delivery either, GW need to just licence him and Longworth to read all future stories.

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Great book and narration but not quite perfect.

I thought the performance of the narrator was really good, he had the ability to use several voices and sometimes back and forth during conversations between characters. but having said that, there were sometimes where the quality slipped a bit. And also unfortunately the difference of voice/narrator (perturabo) between books was a bit disappointing due to inconsistency of the sound of Perturabo’s personality and accent/voice. But I did thoroughly enjoy the book, the narration and stage of the story

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Brilliant book, did not dissapoint

The narrator and writing deserving of applause from the Emperor himself! After reading through the Horus Heresey, the Siege on Terra series has not disappointing.

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Fantastic

Great Voice work and the story itself was fast paced and kept me very invested

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best HH novel yet

loved it, easily one of the best HH
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amazing best one yet

one of my favourite ones so far. can't wait for the next one. great listen

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  • Calghar
  • 18-10-2019

Missing chapter 16

Chapter 17 is repeated? It’s missing chapter 16, story is great but I say fire the guy in charge of proof listening this audio book.

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  • Zero
  • 27-10-2019

One star for a missing chapter

Seriously, is it that hard to check and make sure it’s done right? I’ll change the rating when it’s fixed.

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  • Ivan
  • 23-10-2019

Missing chapter 16

The story and performance are great, but it's missing chapter 16. In its place, it just plays chapter 17 twice. I've submitted a support ticket, but you should probably skip it until it's fixed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-2019

Ongoing war

The second book of the siege of Terra was better than the last in my opinion. Action with no flashbacks to possibly confuse readers, I thoroughly enjoyed the interactions of Horus and his brothers as well as the POV of primarchs, space marines, normal humans, etc. Once I heard Angron talking, I was reminded of the Decepticons and I couldn't un-hear it. It brought a touch of humor to his parts which were macabre (understandable because you know...Angron.) I'd recommend this book for sure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-2019

Typical Black Library

You’d never know that space marines were superhuman amazing warriors with how badly written they are.
Black library writers need some understanding of war, small unit tactics and both armed and unarmed combat before they try and write about it

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  • LegitMelonhead
  • 22-02-2020

Why three stories?

Not sure why BL is trying to turn every novel into the last 15 minutes of Phantom Menace with 3+ stories going and none of them done well, but it's a trend and it's time to stop.

There are interesting parts, but besides the Primarchs no one gets developed properly. It's not that they're not distinct or they're not developed enough, it's just that every scene is separated with the next scene from a different story and it's almost entirely unnecessary to do it.

Just present a book with three shorter stories. If the timelines need to coincide, use a chronological landmark.

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  • Matthew D.
  • 19-10-2019

awesomesauce

chapter 16 is repeated in 17? dunno what's up with that. FREAKEN AMAZING BOOK 2 IN THE SOLAR WAR!!

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  • SirGlenn
  • 24-05-2020

excellent in every way

excellently written. many interesting intersecting plots. well paced. a breath of fresh air after the disaster of the first book of the series

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  • J. Conway
  • 08-07-2021

Expertly constructed narrative on multiple levels

It's refreshing to get the perspective of this struggle from the lowest ranks to the most powerful Primarch, and on both sides as well. This is definitely part of a larger narrative, of course, but the stand alone story is well-constructed. The vocal performance is unsurprisingly superb.

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  • John Dazey
  • 06-05-2021

best HH book so far imo

I saw a bunch of reviews saying chapter 16 was repeated, that wasn't the case for me. so it's fixed I guess.

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  • Alex
  • 18-10-2019

Great second chapter to the siege!

For people who thought Solar war didn't have enough bolter porn action have no worries here with Lost and the Damned, it goes through great lengths to give you a picture of just how monumental the scale of the fight is and at the same time it's still very clearly just the start with many characters and threads being left for the future books.

I knocked off a star because fo some reason there's a technical glitch with chapter 17 being repeated and thus the book not being as long as my app says it is. Should probably get that looked at.

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  • Anthony Scott
  • 15-10-2019

Brilliant.

As ever J.Keeble delivers an amazing story with incredible talent.
One issue, it misses chapter 16 and gives us 17 twice! WTH?

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  • Juraj M.
  • 25-10-2019

they stretched it again

i guess there will be a couple of more books till Sanquinius makes a dent in Horusis armor... a total skipp. You dont learn anything new and revealing. The most intrresting story is the one of Skraivok... its starting to turn into a disney star wars. i dont get how anyone can give it 5 stars.

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  • Charles Fredrik Webb
  • 24-02-2021

Live, love, laugh

What I learned from this is that Jagatai Khan has a live, love, laugh sign on his wall. Yes, he's one of those people. He even inspires it in others, according to Guy Haley's prose. I quote:

"The Warhawk was a restless wind that filled Katsuhiro with the need to rush forwards, to charge through the enemy, to ride them down and never stop moving, to doubt all, to know all, to laugh and live fully through best of times and the worst of times."

This continues throughout the book, as the master of "tell, don't show," Guy Haley goes to any length to let us know exactly what we should be thinking and feeling at any moment in verbose detail. This, sadly, also brings the pace to a crawl, where not much happens as we are entombed in a labyrinth of emotional descriptions. This style also comes across as heavy handed, and cause quite a bit of dissonance. What he writes and what the reader is supposed to feel crashes fairly often.

One example is that Sanguinius comes across as an emo kid who just discovered Fallout Boy, but we're supposed to feel some sort of grandiose sadness rather than eyerolling as he dyes his fringe. The Primarchs act like children, which is rather tedious. I understand Horus is struggling to keep them together, but the Traitor Primarchs are utterly useless, with Angron and Fulgrim topping the scale of idiocy, followed by Perturabo. These are supposed to be flawed, yet highly competent characters, but their incompetence is on par with Alpharius losing to Dorn at asymmetric warfare in Praetorian of Dorn. The Loyalists are all hyper-competent, Traitors are, to a man, SPECTRE goons, with Abaddon being an exception as the only baddie coming across as somewhat competent.

The book also suffers from a lack of focus. It rapidly spills into too many inconsequential characters. The editor should've stopped a few of the chapters, but there you go. The editor should also have put his foot down on some of the cameos - they're shoehorned in with no real purpose.

The performance is up to Black Library standards, thus excellent. A plethora of accents, but I gave it 4/5 as Fulgrim's "voice" annoys me and seems more buffoon-like than sibilant.

In the end, the Lost and the Damned winds up a filler book. It has no real purpose, it has no significant plot to speak of, and seems to be cobbled together from a bunch of half-born ideas, padded with descriptions to bring the page count up to something Tolkien would write.

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  • james johnson
  • 17-11-2019

Lost and the damned

Fantastic naration as usual from Keeble but what the help happened to chapter 16?we get 17 repeated twice!!!!stars dropped because Audible can't get their act together

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  • Alessio Gallo
  • 25-01-2021

Pretty boring

I've been waiting for the final battle books for so long, these first 2 seem to go off and bring into them characters I really couldn't give a turd about. I wanna hear of my favourite characters going balls deep into battle. Not some boring ones I couldn't care less about.

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  • Mike Burns
  • 20-07-2021

Great 2nd book of the Siege

Excellent 2nd book, with the loyal Primach’s The Khan, Sanguinius and Dorn all having the opportunity to share and show throughout. This is setting the stage for following books, which i hope live up to the start.

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  • Gary Jones
  • 29-06-2021

Horus Heresy back on form

After a string of dull and disappointing books (the exception being Wolfsbane) the Horus Heresy is back on form.

Fingers crossed it continues like this.

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  • Guy Quanstrom
  • 24-06-2021

Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book.

excellent narrator as always, story fills in a lot of gaps in the Horus heresy, my only complaint is the accent of sanguineous, it feels more like fulgrim pre demonhood, and yes I know the world eaters are blood crazed nutters but I feel angron could have had better dialogue, his character needs a bit more depth in general as he's generally seen as a bit of a Muppet that is outshone by all of his primarch brother's.

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  • Tim
  • 09-06-2021

Excellent!

I have not enjoyed a HH book this much since the first 5 books! It has a great mix of action, description and dialogue. We get to see from all sides, even from a normal human citizen. I really enjoyed this and struggled to stop listening. I really hope the rest of the 'Siege' books are this good! Nice one Guy Haley!

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