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Book 54: The Buried Dagger

The Horus Heresy
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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The Horus Heresy Book 54

For long years, the Horus Heresy has ground on. Now, the Death Guard have been sent to begin the final battle. But Mortarion and his sons must face their gravest challenge first - for Nurgle has claimed them as his own, and he will not be denied....

After 54 books, the best-selling series is finally drawing to a close with a long-awaited story - the fall of the Death Guard into Nurgle's embrace as they make their way to start the Siege of Terra.

The skies darken over Terra as the final battle for the Throne looms ever closer.... As the Traitor primarchs muster to the Warmaster’s banner, it is Mortarion who is sent ahead as the vanguard of the Traitor forces. But as he and his warriors make way, they become lost in the warp and stricken by a terrible plague. Once thought of as unbreakable, the legendary Death Guard are brought to their knees. To save his Legion, Mortarion must strike a most terrible bargain that will damn his sons for eternity. Meanwhile, in the cloisters of Holy Terra, a plot is afoot to create sedition and carnage in advance of the Horus’ armies. Taking matters into his own hands, Malcador the Sigillite seeks to put a stop to any insurrection but discovers a plot that he will need all of his cunning and battle-craft to overcome.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Loved it

Wish it focused a bit more on the carnage the Chimeric plague inflicted on the death guard but other than that it's a fantastic book!

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Conflicted in a good way.

I honestly am conflicted. the first 3 books of the entire serious are and always will be amazing. But I almost want to say this one was better then all others thus far.

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Great book

It was everything that I hoped it would. be, and more. Great book. Loved it!

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Buy this book; Grandfather Nurgle compels you!

A brilliant balance of noble knights and gross, smelly booger-people getting ready to kick each other's bums.

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a crescendo of character development!

I never expected to be so intrigued by and engages with Mortarion. There truly are no flat characters in the HH. 3 intertwined story lines shoe interesting parallels throughout. Very worth the read.

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Not a fan of Mortarion's story arch, but OMG

Try not to start running like a crazy person on chapter 14. I mean it. The book goes from good to spectacular in one chapter and half. Totally worth it.

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Good story( sad- heartrending)

wow. I enjoyed this very much. Bern following the death guard since the Eisenstein took flight. And now its nearly at end. This tragedy within tragedies. An excellent performance. And a satsifying story.

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Amazing! Bring on the siege!

This was wonderful. Swallow and Keeble blew it out of the water on this one.

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never thought I'd come to like Morty

I'm getting tires of these "the Battle for Terra is about to begin" novels. I'd really like it if BL just finally got to it because it's getting to the point of being filler.

even still this take is rather insightful. I got to see aspects of Mortarian I never thought I'd see and it was a pleasant surprise. I've always found Mortarian and the Death Guard to be flat and uninteresting and this book added some nice texture and wrinkles.

meanwhile we also get to see Malcador in action with the Knights Errant as they embark upon what is to be their true purpose which is meaningful and powerful. it's well worth it and Keeble again delivers fantastic narration.

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Dumpster fire

I would rather have no fall of the Death Guard story at all than this atrocity. I wish I could burn my copy but unfortunately it's on audible.

If you're a fan of the old Index Astartes DG or the DG section in Book 1 Betrayal, avoid this at all costs. You'll be as pissed as I am. If you want the Garro story, fine, I guess. Jonathan Keeble does a fantastic job as usual.

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  • G B Forrest
  • 03-13-19

simply amazing

The story , the narration , the pace everything is perfectly aligned for the final book of the hours heresy, the story revolves around Mortarion and Typhus along side a great side plot of malcador and his knights errant, we learn about the reapers past and why he hates the emperor and the complex relationship between him Typhus before the emperor came to barbarus and how the whole legion falls to chaos, worth the token and any serious GW fan or reader of HH needs this book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-19

great, swallow's best book.

really great read, it's the best HH book James has written. Jonathan Keeble narrating the book make's it even better, he is the best HH narrator there is. he puts so much emotion and acting into the reading.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-18-19

Mr Keeble plus Heavy Entertainment is needed

Excellently and expertly narrated by Mr Keeble. SFX, would make this novel superlative. Thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-17-19

One of the best

Really enjoyed this one , highly recommend. The book was well paced and very entertaining. Narrator was exellent again.

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  • Chris Dann
  • 04-08-19

Best Horus Heresy book for a while

As the Horus Heresy series draws to a close, it is safe to say there have been some great books throughout. It is also safe to say there have been some good books, some mediocre books, and some which would have been better left out (I'm looking at you, Damnation of Pythos!)

The Buried Dagger is definitely one of the best in the series. The three interwoven storylines compliment each other perfectly, and end, for now, at least, some ongoing story arcs from through the series as a whole.

Keeble's performance is, as ever, spot on. The inclusion of Daemons of Nurgle give him a chance to really explore his vocal range and show off his talent. You are left in no doubt when a minion of the Lord of Decay is speaking.

I would recommend Buried Dagger not just to Horus Heresy or 40K fans, but to anyone who likes a great book and a great performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-19

probably the best

was 100% worth it, the story is amazing and the reading keeps you interested all the way through, plus no word nasal voices were given to any of the characters so yeah, get this one

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  • Benzo
  • 04-03-19

Great listen

Great narration, good story but I felt a bit let down at the ending sadly.

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  • Mr. S. Howers
  • 03-27-19

Great stuff if you love the Death Guard

Fast moving Mortarion/Death Guard Origin story tied into the calm before the storm hits Terra. As usual Jonathan Keeble does a great job of narrating and it is a solid if not spectacular job by James Swallow.

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  • ryan
  • 03-26-19

brilliant

brilliant! really brought a depth to Mortarion. great story and well performed. hopefully get some more of the Death Lord in the Heresy finale

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  • Matt
  • 03-25-19

best heresy book yet

really enjoyable ,best one of the Heresy. great look into Mortarians backstory and his relationship with Typhon

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  • Joel
  • 04-17-19

Awsome

Loved it. If you want to know where all the knights errant are and what they are up to this is for you.

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  • Joshua
  • 04-04-19

Swallow returns at his best

Seamlessly sliding between two of the best story lines in the Horus Heresy, Swallow and Keeble unite to provide a disgustingly resilient chapter in the final stages of this epic genre!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-19

Against death!

Phenomenal performance as always by Johnathan Keeble who brings to life many difficult characters. Expertly paced by John French, this story is inately human and a wonderful conclusion to several threads started many years ago!