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Now that news of Horus' treachery is in the open, a time of testing has come. Some Legions have already declared their allegiance to the Warmaster while the loyalty of others lies firmly with the Emperor. As Horus deploys his forces, loyalist Astartes learn that a massive Wordbearers fleet is heading to Ultramar, home of the Ultramarines.

Unless they can intercept the fleet and destroy the mighty battleship that has been sent to reinforce it, the Ultramarines may suffer a blow from which they will never recover.

©2008 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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Just Okay, cant recommend

Took me forever to finish, long periods of uneventful spacey stuff, then ship battle, long period of spacey stuff, warpy stuff, long period of spacey stuff, spacemarine fighting proto heretics. it was just okay.

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Disappointing. You can skip this one.

I was disappointed in this book in the series. Disposable characters, grandiose language, little advancement of the overall Heresy storyline. One could skip this book and lose nothing.

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the consensus is true

I charged into this book thinking that most of the reviews were overly critical, not really warranted.

I was wrong. I found it to be boring. there was never a strong sense of tension, most of the characters were unlikable, apparently Ultramarines mostly speak in one liners. there was a lot present that could have made for an interesting story but being unable to connect with any of the characters kept me from appreciating the book.

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Overall

The accents were nice. But often times there was no inflection change from narrative next to character spoken text. So I wasn’t sure when it was that a character was speaking compared to narration.

I felt the second half of the books writing and voice acting were different than the first half. It would have been a greater experience if the whole book was written like the second half and voice acted in a similar fashion.

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What a slog

After completing legion I was really excited to see where a title called "Battle for the Abyss" may lead, but was sorely dissapointed by the lack of interesting characters or substantial content. Oftentimes, I found myself rooting for Motep, the Thousand Son representative in this loathesome mob of various armies to defect to the side of chaos just to spice up the story, but unfortunately, he decided to side with the people who chastised him for HELPING THEM. The world eater representative (whos name is as memorable as he is) has few emotions or thoughts beside "Me angry! But will be angrier later!". The space wolf character was closer to being fleshed out, but was dogged (ha) incessantly by memories of fenris, often the same memory of him standing on an icy glacial beach that has no real meaning or any metaphorical weight. The ultramaries- all of them- in this story are boring and their dogmatic adherence to duty makes them even duller to listen to. The word bearers are all essentially Saturday morning cartoon villains and that subtracts a great deal from the meaningfulness of their betrayal, as they twist their moustaches and cackle into the ether and make some of the most questionable military decisions tactically and functionally; since they essentially throw their brothers into the enemy (WHOM THEY GREATLY OUTNUMBER) squad by squad to be defeated by the oh so righteous and super cool loyalists. it was tiring, and the ending sucked as much as the accents.

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Another one

Only seventy audios books and dramas to go. Black library never disappoints.
I recommend it undoubtedly.

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Least Favorite so far

I felt something lacking in this book. I can't put my finger on it but so far this is my least favorite book.

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frustrating and tedious

brilliant performance with excellent voices can't save this plodding military procedural from being entirely forgotten

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A Decent Read.

As an Ultramarine fan who is going through the whole Horus Heresy Series. I was very happy to get to this book because it featured my beloved Legion at the forefront.

This book isn't terrible as some reviews are saying, but it isn't a groundbreaking or super exciting novel like Legion, Horus Rising or even Flight of the Eisenstien.

Truthfully it did have in my opinion some really good characters, Mhotep and Brynngar were among my favorites, Skraal too. I quite liked his story and it was nice to see a loyalist World Eater just goong around ravaging enemy forces.

Unfortunately I felt like the Ultramarine characters were a bit boring and overall the story itself failed to full capture me. When I would start to get pulled in by something I quickly lost interest. Which really bummed me out.

I will say that I did enjoy Gareth Armstrong's read on this book though, he did a great job. I saw some reviews that said they had a difficult time keeping track of dialogue verse his actual reading, but I personally never had that issue.

TL;DR Decent book, but very much skippable in the grand scheme of the Horus Heresy.

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Best characters so far, imo.

Some folks won't like the space travel and naval battles, but I ate it all up! I enjoyed the dynamic between the various Legions' players, the development of HH and the warp. I couldn't get enough of the characters' voices.

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  • Jordon Myers
  • 10-27-19

Okay.

couldn't really finish it. It was more boring than the rest of the series. not the worst book though.

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  • R Fletcher
  • 07-10-18

One only for die-hard Ultramarine fans

This story is a peculiar entry into the Horus Heresy series dealing with a bit of a non-event in the epic storyline which means it must work harder than the main timeline plots to become something distinct, which as I outline below it didn't for me.

This is the novel's first problem and the second is that the cast of characters are entirely contained within the tale, and disposable (I draw a parallel with the Star Wars film Rogue One).

The third is that unlike the proceeding books the protagonists and antagonists seem some what cardboard cut out good guys and villains, with the possible exception of Skral of the World Eaters.

These factors combined for a lack emotional investment in the characters which conspired to sap my enjoyment as I listened to the linear, predictable story. The other detraction here was the ponderous narrative style which continually over-explained details and went into gratuitous detail where not required... making action scenes slow and distracting from the plot and character engagement elsewhere.

The one strong positive in this story was the audio performance of the narrator which was well delivered and of excellent quality. I would normally of rated it 5 stars but necessity to make the Word Bearers overly villainous as written took away from my enjoyment.

In conclusion I can't recommend this book and don't see any reason to invest time and money in it - as a stand alone adventure it can be left without missing anything relevant to the main plot threads. Only a die-hard Ultramarine fan might find any enjoyment in this book and fans of the Word Bearers will be disappointed by the cartoonish portrayal of the legion.

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  • JGS
  • 11-28-19

An interesting background story, but not the best

A bit slow, but interesting as a background story regarding the Word Bearers and their plan to wipe out the Ultramarines.

I have to say, the Word Bearers are intensely annoying and pompous, my least favourite legion so far, proper get on your nerves...

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  • Victoria Eacott
  • 05-17-19

Weak HH story

A rather weak story, unnecessarily protracted and rather dull. After introducing all the various characters, the conclusion ends with little if any closure for the main characters. This was chore to listen to.

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  • DTD-HXC
  • 05-05-20

Great Book!

Really did enjoy this one. some great scenes which get brought to life so well by Gareth Armstrong.

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  • Matthew
  • 03-12-20

it's an ok read

took me a while to get into this story, and although well narrated I found the story left me feeling a little disappointed. some what anti-climatic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-17-19

Kind of meh

People suggest avoiding this one. Having just gone through it I can kinda see why. Previous volumes manage to keep you invested but it's hard to care about anything that happens in this particular story. Its far less grandiose. The space combat aspect of it is ok but limiting. If this was a movie it would mainly shift between the bridge of ship A vs the bridge of ship B. I felt like there were a lot of opportunities to mix it up but the most traditional road was taken to tell a classic story of good, evil and personal sacrifice . Great performance from the narrator though. Pick it up if you want some more insight on ultramarines and word bearers chapters.

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  • K F brown
  • 03-02-18

not for me

brilliant performance but just a bit too much loyalist super men for me. a handful loyalist vs a whole word bearer chapter.... but if you love is ultramarines then this is the book for you

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  • CRAIG DORMAND
  • 06-09-21

Dialogue and voices bit cheesy

Great battle scenes and good overall, despite certain accents and inconsistencies. More action than nuance.

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  • jessica ryan
  • 05-19-21

amazing title

honestly, just wow.
so much happens in this amazing addition to the series. it also has some of the most badass characters in the warhammer 40k universe in some truly amazing scenes. bravo.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-18

Not bad at all

It's not as bad as some reviewers say it is :)

I enjoyed it but its definitely not one of the greatest.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-20

Loyalists vs word bearers

This book is epic, action all way through.
The best part it involves traitor legion loyalists which have an awesome story line. Well done

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  • Stephen McLeod
  • 10-30-19

life is better in the 20K

My life always feels better when I hear the snafu's in 40K awful time to live but great to listen to

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  • SpasticGremlin
  • 07-01-19

Engaging from start to finish

Every character felt unique and each their own real individual, gripping tightly as each intense moment could have been anyone's last.
The reading was outstanding, bringing each character to life, not one moment did I think the tone was off.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-08-18

meh.

it was kinda boring tbh. there were just no good characters. it's not like previous books in the series that had at least 1 or 2 interesting characters.