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After the betrayal at Isstvan, Horus begins his campaign against the Emperor, a galaxy-wide war that can lead only to Terra. But the road to the final confrontation between father and son is a long one - seven years filled with secrecy and silence, plans and foundations being formed across distant stars. 

An unknown history is about to be unveiled as light is shed on the darkest years of the Horus Heresy, and revelations will surface that will shake the Imperium to its very foundation.... 

This collection contains nine short stories: 

'Rules of Engagement' by Graham McNeill 

'Liar's Due' by James Swallow 

'Forgotten Sons' by Nick Kyme 

'The Last Remembrancer' by John French 

'Rebirth' by Chris Wraight 

'The Face of Treachery' by Gav Thorpe 

'Little Horus' by Dan Abnett 

'The Iron Within' by Rob Sanders 

'Savage Weapons' by Aaron Dembski-Bowden 

©2011 Games Workshop Limited (P)2011 Games Workshop Limited

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good book some narration is not

All of the stories are good. The narration by Martyn Ellis is terrible. he does not have a voice for 40K. I will never listen to a book again that is narrated by Martyn Ellis. Armstrong and Keeble you have great performances as usual. listeners can probably skip over the stories narrated by Martin Ellis, and not miss much. The stories he reads are either irrelevant or covered in other books.

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Previous story collection better.

I found the majority of the short stories lacking compared to the previous collection earlier in the Horus Heresy series expect for the final 2. Worth a listen if on sale but I wouldn't pay full price.

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Some great stories here, some less great.

As with any anthology, there will be some good books as well as some less good books, but on the whole I would say this is definitely worth the listen, even if only for The Iron Within by Rob Sanders. That short story alone is worth it. It is an incredibly well written piece with a very satisfying ending.
Other books in here that I really enjoyed are The Face of Treachery by Gav Thorpe, Savage Weapons by Aaron Dembski-Bowden and Rules of Engagement by Graham McNeill.
There are a couple that I felt missed the mark, either being a bit too slow or too weird. Rebirth being the standout example of this.

Overall, well worth a listen.

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Audio mistake

There is a mistake in the audio of the final story Savage Weapons, with a few seconds of silence and "chapter 6" cutting in right in the middle of the word "teleportation". This is when there is 55 minutes and 42 seconds left on the recording. I hope this can be identified and rectified by the book's curators.

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Age of Darkness

What a great book and of course the story line is fantastic. This is a must listen for any 40K fan.

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Sells the scope of a Galactic War

From battles between Primarchs to the fears of backwater farmers, this collection of short stories gives the reader a great sense of just how all consuming the war is.

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Decent enough

not as enthralling as some of the other books, but it's still covered some important stuff and is worth a listen

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it's worth the $3.00

some of the stories bend belief, even for 40K. The narrator's continue their odd pronunciations, Martin Ellis continues being Martin Ellis.

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Okay

Short stories in the Horus Heresy are very hit or miss. Also I'm not a fan of Martyn Ellis' narrations because any time he reads a character who is getting excited, he sounds like Mermaid Man.

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Great Stuff!!!

Rules of Engagement is my favorite non-lovecraft short story! what a great collection. money very well spent.

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  • 09-30-19

Questionable narration

There is a few decent stories in this collection but some I simply couldn’t finish. This wasn’t due to the quality of the story but the narration of Martyn Ellis, sadly he ruined Thousand Sons for me and I had to skip the stories that he did in this book.
The standout story for me was Liar’s Due, I’m particularly fond of stories form the point of view of the humans working in the imperium during the heresy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-18

Some good some bad most not memorable

Some good some bad most not memorable although any book read by Keeble is a joy to listen to

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  • Tony
  • 11-05-19

Bit of a mixed bag really

Some of the stories where a bit bland to be honest. Mr Keeble's performance was stellar as always but the other chap's performance made me giggle at times. Not what you want when listening to a story about the grim darkness of the 31st millennium.

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  • lewis taylor
  • 12-04-18

Great spread of story’s

Slowly going through the Horus heresy series and this was a cracking book full of stories from lesser known legions and yet to feature yet

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-22

I should have skipped this one.

Not all stories were good. i can only remember 2 that i like. the rest feels like i dont even need to know about them. The audios are good. Halfway through this anthology I just kept thinking to myself, "come on, lets just get this over with so i can move on to the next book".

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  • Daniel Cloherty
  • 12-11-20

Incomplete and poorly edited. Skips and cuts out

Thought my headphones were the issue but several times the narration cut out mid sentence and moved on

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  • David C.
  • 05-10-18

Not my Favourite

I think there was 2 stories in here that i enjoyed and that was the Rogal Dorn one the last one.

This was simply because these 2 stories didnt havr all the nonesence fighting and instead they had dialog and intrigue....

i know some people will really love the over the top battles but i find they are repetative and annoying.....

super soldiers fighting super soldiers is unbelievable and everyone is superb at everything until they are just bested by someone who is slightly better at being superb at everything......these are all space marines and when get they are all awesome to that end i would find it far more beleiveable if a civil war involving literally thousands of planets and what must be trillions of people beteen them all lasted longer than 3 years or however long it lasted.

The reason i liked the 2 stories i did was because it shows a relatable side to a fictional super soldier of the far future that otherwise would be impossible to relate to. I like to see humanity in characters......weather their human or not....

I think a good idea for heresy book would be of some gaurd unit where some of them wanted to rebel and some wanted to be loyal and they had to fight with their innerselves aswel as their comrades.......

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  • Luke Cooper
  • 07-14-22

great

a great set of stories showing the termoil of the herecy. and the great chatters within

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  • owain riseborough
  • 07-12-22

Good stuff

I did enjoy this one, some better than others. definitely worth a listen.
can't say I'm a massive fan of Gareth Armstrong but the storys hold up

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  • A young man
  • 06-08-22

A good mix

A collection of stories that are easy enough for people with a general knowledge of the 40k universe to follow. The stories all happen in the starting years of Horus officially turning against the emperor and the impact that has. Other then that they are not tied together in any solid way.
Probably not a "must read", but I am glad I did.

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  • nick
  • 07-08-19

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It was alright, some stories were good, others almost made me want to give up on the series.

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  • Anthony H
  • 06-06-22

Awesome Collection

some really great stories here most of them we solid loved it!! my favorite was the iron warriors one

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  • Adam Wallace
  • 06-04-19

Spoilt by one narrator but otherwise great.

I just cannot listen to one of the narrators his cadence and breathing style put my teeth on edge. The rest are fabulous and the stories are great. It is just a shame that I found that one so unpleasant to listen to that I could not even finish the novellas he read.