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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Good, but Mary Sue moments are a bit silly

Over all, good story; but it gets tiring to read about a rank and file astartes magically being able to out fight an entire city sized ship full of other astartes.
Maybe it is just because my loyalties lie with Chaos...

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Audio issues

The volume level was lower than other audio books I have listened to, even in this series.

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Good story.

Exciting story for the most part. It was good....not quite as good as some of the others in the series but it kept me engaged and interested.

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Great Book!

This book was really good. Don't know why it has so many bad reviews.Cool space battles, awesome fights. Really got to know the Word Bearers as a legion. Also cool interactions with several other legions. Expanded my understanding of the 40K universe.

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  • Devin
  • North Carolina
  • 09-04-18

great book

great book, enjoyed the story and the multi chapter dynamic. would suggest reading " The First Heretic" next as a build up to Betrayal at Calth

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Let down

Such a let down after the last book. It's OK, but it's a serious drop off from the last one.

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not the biggest fan of this narrator

overall the narrator did a fantastic job but the constant rolling of r's of Zadkiel and the disgusting voice he used for fat people and warp spawn was nauseatingly overacted, essentially overshadowing everything else. i rather enjoyed this narrators other work on other horus heresy novels but this one REALLY bugged.

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Don't listen to the reviews!

This book has it all spaceship battles close quarter combat and most of all you getting into the psyche of the ultramarines and the word bearers.

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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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  • 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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • andrew
  • 11-09-18

solid story but offers little to the series

A good solid book that has the first real introductions to several chapters of astarties but ultimately offers little to the series as a whole. if you do skip this book you won't be missing anything but a good book.

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  • David Walker
  • 11-07-18

Just skip this one - massive disappointment

Really isn't worth the cost of the credit. Badly written villians, flat characters and generally just one to avoid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-18

one to miss

performed well, but not one of Ben counters best. a grind to get through. not very gripping

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  • David C.
  • 02-26-18

Everywhere and Nowhere

As always so far with this series the performance is to a high standard. Unfortunatley the story here was abit lacking. This is the 1st story to focus on the Ultramarines and as such I was looking forward to it very much. I was dissapointed because this story focuses allot in space and although that has potential to be very interesting I just found it to be very generic combat. I suppose to explain further I mean that there is no explanation as to the details and the particulars of the various elements involved with space battles i.e. i have no idea as to whether a battle barge is 500m long or 2 miles long so then you dont have the foundations needed to really visualise the scene that the writer tries to describe. Other elements of the story however were good like the conflict between the Wolf and the 1000 son. Although another thing I am noticing is that the traitor legions are all bad and the loyal legions are all good, other than the first books about the lunar wolves there is not really any internal conflicts which seems possible but just less enjoyable. I think that if ther were for instance some 1000 sons and Ultramrine traitors vs 1000 sons and Ultramarine Loyalists then the drama would be so much more.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-18

Best in the series so far!

Grim but full of great subterfuge. A fair few interesting character streams to keep you gripped.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • stephen
  • 04-13-18

all the stars great looking forward too the next

Great the reader was great too, looking forward next one thanks love it cheers alive

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ben
  • 02-22-18

Predictable

Predictable story not a very gripping introduction to the ultra marines with only one stand out character

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  • Connor
  • 01-22-18

Another Brilliant Addition to the Horus Heresy

Other reviews claiming this was action packed were certainly not overstating. A very good listen.

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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
  • 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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful