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While Horus' rebellion burns across the galaxy, a very different kind of war rages beneath the Imperial Palace.

The 'Ten Thousand' Custodian Guard, along with the Sisters of Silence and the Mechanicum forces of Fabricator General Kane, fight to control the nexus points of the ancient eldar webway that lie closest to Terra, infested by daemonic entities after Magnus the Red's intrusion. But with traitor legionaries and corrupted Battle Titans now counted among the forces of Chaos, the noose around the Throneworld is tightening, and none but the Emperor Himself can hope to prevail.

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2016 Games Workshop Limited

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A fantastic listen

Every minute of this novel was awesome. It was read supremely well and kept me hooked.

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fantastic in all senses

great book and well performed by the reader. definitely a must read for 40k fans

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  • Michael Jones Jr
  • 13-08-2018

amazing intoxicating

there are not many audio books that really hold my interest over the course of the story. They have an obvious story plot that pans out in the end that it's foreseeable. This one by itself have me questioning every aspect through the chapters. And made me really think about what will happen next. The franchise itself is a very lore rich

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-08-2018

Imperator Fidelitas

Fantastic book, ADB manages to make every character interesting and relatable. some great plot reveals and battles in this book too, we see a previously unexplored part of the 40k story. The Emperor Protects!

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  • gc
  • 02-08-2018

The emperor is not so nice

This story explores the last days of the war in the webway. Unfortunately, there is not more exploration of how the webway project was initiated.

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  • Christopher H. Fritz
  • 22-07-2018

Let down

Well voice acted, but pretty big let down for the subject matter. I expected a lot more than an arrogant tryant from the Emperor at this point. His perspective and justifications were at odds with what we saw from nearly every other book in the series thus far.

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  • JT
  • 09-07-2018

great book

really happy woth how this went and glad it didn't ruin the sense of awe expected when hearing about the emperor of mankind

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  • Off_the_Chainz
  • 04-07-2018

It's Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Best author, wonderful book. Perfectly narrated. Love it so much. Amazing. Your words are the emperor's poetry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-05-2018

Amazing!

Aaron Dembski-Bowden never disappoints. He is quickly becoming my favorite Black Library Author! Must Read!

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  • Acerock
  • 16-04-2018

building to an epic finale

this story is fantastic. as HH grows closer to the end the novels become more epic in scale and dire of consequences. there's a lot of payoff from early threads and everyone has a purpose. I imagine Demski-Bowden must have felt a tremendous amount of pressure when given this mission but he pulls it off with elan. fun from beginning to end. Keeble remains my favorite narrator of all the HH narrators. bombastic and nuanced at the same time. he makes it possible to distinguish the variety of characters.

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  • John M. Borrini
  • 06-04-2018

Amazing 40K story

This novel is amazingly written and beautifully voiced. It truly showed the depth of the Emperor's ambition, also shown, if how far removed from humanity he truly is. I highly recommend this for any fan of Warhammer 40k, it really does drive home The Emperor and his dream, before his son destroys it forever.

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  • E. M. Weisberg
  • 02-04-2018

Ties many loose ends in the series.

I have read all the books up through this point, and when I saw that Keeble narrated this I had to get it. This book stands in the Required Reading part of the heresy books.

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  • Craigie
  • 14-01-2018

Superb Insight into the Custodies & The Emperor!

Riveting and insightful. Here we learn of the exact nature of the catastrophe that Magnus the Red wrought upon the work the Emperor was attempting to carry out on a human webway.
Told from several viewpoints, a Custodian Guard, an augmented Blood Angel whom could no longer fight as his bionics are glitchy and more including a tech priest from mars who was responsible for the creation of one of warhammer 4000's most iconic vehicles, the mighty Land Raider ( bet you thought it was called that because it could raid over land! ? Not the case at all.
Master of Mankind is amongst my top five in the Horus Heresy series.
Jonathan Keeble performamce is as always at the top of his game.
Highly entertaining from start to finish.

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  • Gabriel Saether
  • 10-11-2017

The Emperor of all mankind! gets some screen time.

finally we get some insight in to the man that forged the imperium, and his custodians. a must listen for any fans, Don't recommend starting here. One of the best in the series.

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  • G B Forrest
  • 20-07-2018

simply amazing, must read for custodes fans

the story focuses on the officers of the custodes and and the emperor and the fight for the webway, amazing characters, well put together action brings alive the legio custodes and gives insight into the use of the emperor mind and use of golden throne, a must have for any legio custodes fan

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  • MR C EARL
  • 18-07-2018

A good book for fans interested in 30/40k

If you are a fan of the setting I would heartily recommend this book, the story and information contained within is a gold mine for those interested in what was happening on terra during the horus heresy. The characters/story are interesting enough and the narration is of the high standard I would expect from Black Library.

One of the few gripes I have is that most of the fights in the book are the typical hordes and hordes of folk on both side just fighting apocalyptic battles that are present in most black library novels. For those that like bland-ish heroic romps of violence with little real feeling of being in a battle and not just a massive vague brawl then I don't think this will bother you, I didn't until recently but the more black library books I read the more I notice this is a reoccurring theme.

Overall, a good listen that will appeal to fans of the setting but one that newbies to black library or those who like their battles to be a bit more gritty should avoid.

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  • H J COOMBES
  • 06-07-2018

Top notch

Loved it, narrator does excellent voices throughout and a gripping story that covers every aspect of the war in the web way

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  • Jamie Lewis
  • 08-06-2018

The Master of Literature

A fantastic book that not only made me love Titans even more, but made me start liking the Custodes, which is a total turn around.

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  • Matthew
  • 19-05-2018

good background to the emperor

good background to the emperor and the war in the web way. would recommend to anyone who likes 40k.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-2018

Beautiful

This is by far one of my favourite heresy novels I have read so far!!

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  • myfanwy s.
  • 28-03-2018

Outstanding

Really good read, enjoyed every Chapter. Best book I've read in ages. I'm going to read it straight again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-2018

great book

nice insight into the emperor and his imaginings with some very dark subtext for the 40k universe which i loved