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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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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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Pretty good as far as anthologies go

by that I mean it's unlikely every story will be perfect, not by merit alone but by disparative individual taste. Having said that all the stories were enjoyable but I much prefer one of the voice actors as opposed to the other,(I'll leave that vague intentionally)

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It is terrible

It is terrible just like the last one. It has nothing to do with the Heresy

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Bad narration for some stories

There is one narrator they use, with a nasal tone and one voice for all characters. Martyn Ellis I think. I'm sure he's a nice guy, he just needs a new job.

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multiple stories

the book is broken into multiple smaller books which keeps the listening easy though it feels you jump around a lot.

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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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could not finish it

for some reason I could not get into the short stories. found them boring and too inconsequential to the major plot.

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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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  • Daniel
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-21

no main story progresion

The storys are good no doubt there,
but they are just side storys.
so if main story progresion is what you look for, you csn skip age of darkness

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  • Luke T.
  • 05-16-21

Easy listening though not essential

I found these short stories to be nice and easy going to turn to when you're in the mood for an audiobook but don't want to get sucked down the rabbit hole of a lengthy plot within the Horus Heresy setting.

In my opinion, these more managable bite-sized audiobooks with several short stories in are great at fleshing out the background of the setting and allow some focus on some extra characters without having to commit to them as much as a novel would have to.

All in all, definitely worth a listen if you're wanting to cover all bases of the Horus Heresy though if you're looking for key parts of the setting or big action scenes, this won't be for you and can easily be skipped.

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  • Benny
  • 03-21-21

50/50

half the stories are great and very enjoyable. The other half however are quite boring and don't add much to to heresy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-21

great book

There are alot of mixed reviews on this book. I think it was great for any 30k fan who wants a bit more insight to the lesser known legions. the Last two books are great!

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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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  • 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.