Corax: Lord of Shadows

Primarchs: The Horus Heresy, Book 10
By: Guy Haley
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: Primarchs: The Horus Heresy, Book 10
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (199 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A Primarchs novel

When a dread bio-weapon is unleashed in battle, turning allies upon one another, it falls to Corax and his Raven Guard to save the day - if he can balance his thirst for vengeance against the need for swift victory.

Read it because:

We've seen Corax consumed with revenge throughout the Horus Heresy - now is our opportunity to see him before his brush with Chaos, heroically saving a campaign during the Great Crusade.

The story:

During the Great Crusade, it falls to the primarch Corax of the Raven Guard to humble the immense void-cities of the Carinae. Determined to bring these worlds into compliance, he unleashes the might of his Legion and a massive war host of the Imperial Army. But the lords of Carinae are well defended and without remorse. 

At the height of the conflict, at the void-city of Zenith, a dread bio-weapon from an ancient time is unleashed. At once, the Imperial force is brought to its knees, as allies are turned against each other and the Raven Guard left to face almost insurmountable odds. As the campaign teeters on the brink of failure, Corax’s desire for vengeance is severely tested against the need for a swift and certain resolution to the war.

Written by Guy Haley.

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

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Out Of Darkness

Too long has The Raven Guard mired beneath poor writing. Hayley amends; avenges thus. Nevermore.

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Weak storyline for the Ravenguards

I thought the story as a whole was weak and nothing truly about their Primarch. I had wished it was more in depth. As I feel he has an interesting story.

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Bit of a let down

Has a sub plot that detracts from the main mission Corax undertakes, and has little to do with the book. I thought it lacked quite a bit of attention to the protagonist Corax, and only spends one chapter in the entire book with him in action. Even then he only showcases his abilities against nobody guards. I think it speaks volumes that for most of this book you could replace the name Corax with a random Admiral/General name and there would only be a few places in the book that it wouldn't work. For a book that is supposed to be centered on and expand a Primarchs story/character, this was a big disappointment.

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Great Book!

Jumps around a bit, but very good story telling, and has a nice build up.

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good book & listen. some parts unnecessary tho.

More could have been done to discuss the Moritats and the Sable-brand. The stuff going on with Khiavar was unnecessary.

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Great Insight.

This story really illuminates how hard it is for some of the Primarchs to assimilate into the Emperor’s vision. Well written (just a bit formulaic) and well performed.

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Quoth the Primarch

Incredible insight into a complex primarch. His pain, his sense of purpose after his time before the coming of the Emperor laid bare in this story.

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  • Dr Ian Clement
  • 09-18-19

Good addition to the lore of the Raven Guard

I would definitely recommend this book if your a fan of the Raven Guard, as I feel like it does justice to their legion unlike some of the Horus heresy novels, *cough cough* the corax anthology. I also feel it gives a good insight into the legions troubles and the introspective nature of their primarch, foreshadowing the legions eventual fate. Keeble's performance is as always great as well, helping to Bruce the characters to life However that being said the book didn't grab in the same way some of the HH books have. Overall, a solid book but not best in the HH and primarch series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-27-20

Has one of the best chapters in all of HH

Like all Primarch novels it gave good insight into the mind of the Primarch in question. However, one of the chapters (the chapter starting with an Imperial Gaurd officer addressing a large crowd of civilians) is one of the chapters in this series, maybe even the whole heresy, for me. I'll come back to this book for that chapter alone.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-19

Mid tier in the Primarchs series

I most enjoyed the Primarchs books that she'd light on the lives of the primarchs before they met the Emperor, like Lorgar's and Perturabo's books. This book is set during the Great Crusade, but was still enjoyable and reveals new things about the Raven Guard and Corax. I would rate this mid tier in the series, not a must read unless you really like the Ravem Guard, but still a good listen.

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  • 03-08-19

Another primarchs with little insight

again an expertly read book by Keeble, but with limited primarch insight. Sure corax is rigtheous but yeah could be much more compelling.

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  • Dominic Gibson
  • 03-05-19

Do author's listen or read other authors work?

Good story and the bio weapon gave a great twist which forces Corax into hard decisions. The only real nitpick I have is the Therion Prefector's name as Raven's Flight by Gav Thorpe gives a different character so I was expecting a continuation of that character not a new Prefector

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  • Kezwick
  • 06-22-19

A VERY GOOD LISTEN.

A Brilliant look into the mind of Corax before he turned against his father. It is also one of the saddest books I have listened too if not the the saddest ever. To listen and hear about such a Primarch and know of his eventual Doom ! I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did, it has now become one of my favourites besides those of Rogal Dorn's and the Imperial Fists. The Emperor Protects. Regards .... Keswick.

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  • Benjamin
  • 03-05-19

a little short and mildly fast paced for my liking

the overall narrative felt a little short and rushed but over all it made a good introduction to Corax and the wider 30k lore as opposed to the more recent 40k novels I've been reading of late.