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Vengeful Spirit

The Horus Heresy, Book 29
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 29
Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
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Once the brightest star in the Imperium and always first among his primarch brothers, Horus has dragged the Space Marine Legions into the bloodiest conflict that the galaxy has ever seen. While their allies wage war on a thousand different fronts, the XVIth Legion descend upon the Knight world of Molech - home to the ruling House Devine, and a principle stronghold of the Imperial Army.

The forces loyal to the Emperor stand ready to defy the Warmaster, but just what could have drawn Horus to attack such a well defended planet, and what might he be willing to sacrifice to fulfill his own dark destiny?

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  • Todd
  • Orange, Australia
  • 28-06-2018

An awesome story and a return of fan favourites

The XVI legion is back and in prime focus for this story that centres on Horus and his Sons attacking Molech; a Knight World that guards a secret so powerful that the Emperor erased the memory of it from his Primarchs. It is this gap in his memory that motivates Horus to descend upon Molech. He believes that the Emperor gained his godly powers from the planet and plans to reap the same power for himself. At the same time, Malcador dispatches an elite squad of Knights-Errant to infiltrate the Vengeful Spirit in a potentially suicidal attempt to subvert Horus' march towards Terra.

Anyone who loved the first three books in the Heresy series because of the focus on Horus and his legion will love this book. Old characters return: Abaddon, Aximand, Loken, Qruze. And more, including a Death Guard warrior thought to be dead. There is plenty of dialogue between Horus and Mortarion, who has joined Horus' attack on the planet. But the best part is that we see the inner workings of the Sons of Horus now that a number of years have passed since the Heresy began. They have changed, but still retain similar personalities to what we remember, although they're far more uncaged. The interaction between Horus and his Mournival is also a welcome return.

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  • Sean
  • 10-11-2018

Like Father like Son

Great look into the journey of Horus going from manipulated rebel to full on Chaos Primarch.

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  • Tanner Johnson
  • 12-05-2019

All over the place but major grand scheme reveals.

All over the place but major grand scheme reveals. i was hooked early. but there were a looot of characters.

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  • Chase
  • 10-04-2019

Not my favorite HH Book

The book is neither good nor bad it's just alright. You have a lot of information/factions/characters who play larger roles in the HH series and this book does explain some of the missing links in the HH... however, compared to other books I felt that this one was just overshadowed by them. Still a good book to read/listen to but not up there with the first 4 in the series.

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  • Michael
  • 27-03-2019

Awesome!

This is my favorite book out of the whole series. It sheds some light on certain topics and it has its own twists 10/10 would recommend especially if you like Horus

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  • Ronnie Komstedt
  • 16-03-2019

A pretty good book, but I might be biased😉

A damn good addition to the heresy series, full of feelz.
Only thing that is bothering me is how Garviel Loken is alive, i remember that we dont see a dead body back in the 3rd book, but maybe i missed something or they dont really explane how they found him?

On a side note, as a Dane having the stories of H.C. Andersen be shown in 40k, and explisedly written in danish filled me with a national pride that i rarely feel,
Fuck yeah the things that denmark is most famous for is Vikings, one if the best poets/story writer in history AKA H. C. Andersen, a important Philosopher AKA Søren Kierkegaard, and we have one of the most socially equal countries in the world, FUCK YEAH WE RULE!
XD erhm its a good book😋

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  • Benjamin Garwood
  • 15-02-2019

Yet another great book

The narration really brings the characters to life and the story is excellent. I am amazed at how all these novels tie together. Well done.

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  • justamom
  • 18-12-2018

Good story

filled in the gap I missed by hearing wolfsbane first. always liked Loken and his straight and narrow

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  • Omar
  • 01-12-2018

good performance

I wish the characters were more likeable. but I didn't like most of them. Horus, the phoenician and mortarion were ok. so was Locken Rubio and the spacewolf. But most of the imperial regiment were very very forgetable. The story or objective first both horus and the grey knights should've been more meaningful. the way it was explained , that is the execution of the narration should have been more dire or elevated a little more.

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  • Alpharius77
  • 22-09-2018

Good story.

To hell with Horus and his little dog Abbadon. Will make his death all the greater at the Siege of Terra.

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  • JT
  • 29-06-2018

Seamus is here

Gareth is my favorite of the horus Jersey narrators his voices sound gritty and hard how I imagine the voice of a warrior bound to a life of eternal war should sound

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-2019

I was looking forward to the ending.

Another miss from Graham. How did he write such a great book with the thousand sons but this bloated mess and some other meagre offerings in this series?
Too many events and ideas with pointless characters who are not built up in any way that inspires the listener to care for them pass through from chapter to chapter.
Great characters from previous books are not done justice in this one. Loken is by far the worst treated character. He comes across not as PTSD victim who has lost everything he has ever known and loved, on the verge of a breakdown. But as an idiot who's dialogue does not make sense.
There much more I could go on to complain about but I will finish with: was looking forward to the book ending to see what the crescendo would be like. It was pointless, this book can be skipped and if absolutely necessary, read the synopsis online.

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  • Rohan S.
  • 18-04-2019

Disappointing.

Not a fan of Gareth Armstrong, sorry. Pronunciations of established characters aren't great, and action scenes don't seem particularly engaging. Seem to enjoy the stories more after reading the novels directly.

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  • James Hewitt
  • 01-03-2019

Fitting follow-on for Galaxy in Flames.

Few HH books leave such a lasting impact as the first 3. Vengeful Spirit is a good carry on for characters you know and love with just enough fresh faces to work. It starts off feeling a little disjointed as it builds the big picture but once all the pieces are layed out everything fits.

My only critique is that it feels like 2 different stories, one with the battle for Molech and a second following the Pathfinder team. How the two stories interject makes the timeline skew slightly as one minute a character is on Moloch the next they are aboard the Vengeful Spirit with very little happening between.

To fully appreciate this novel, a little prior reading is recommended. The first 3 HH novels are a given aswell as Flight of the Eisenstein and some of the Garro novels (Oath of Moment and Legion of One) to properly understand each character and where they have come from up to now. Despite the pre reading it is definitely a good journey for each chacter from across several novels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-11-2018

Good story with plot progression

Ok, please agree on How to pronounce the names of the primarchs at least. Russ... really. Good story despite

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-2018

Masterful!

A tour de force by McNeill and Armstrong both; one of the most epic and riveting descriptions of legion warfare in the series and a captivating description of heroes & villains, tragic and noble in their own ways. It made me question the motives for rebellion among the lower cadres, why follow Horus instead of the Emperor. It made me realise the bravery among the traitors, the insurmountable odds that they knowingly face and the willingness to face them head on, regardless. The martial pride of the Sons of Horus and their desire to master their own fate, even if it means facing oblivion, is inspiring!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-2018

One of the best yet!

Solid story, continues on Loken's story and how Horus gains his god powers, A must listen!!!

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  • Matt
  • 03-03-2018

Awesome! Expands so much background

Great story invokes so much imagery and ideas for gaming and a sons of horus army. Fantastic to see Lokens story expanded along with his old mournivel brothers. will listen to again

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