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Since the earliest days of the Great Crusade, Sanguinius - angelic primarch of the IXth Legion - was ever among the closest and most loyal of Horus' brothers. But the Blood Angels have long kept their true nature hidden from the rest of the Imperium, and when the Warmaster hints that the key to their salvation may lie in the ruins of a conquered world, the sons of Sanguinius race to claim it.

Now, as the revelation of their betrayal dawns and the traitors' hand is revealed, the Blood Angels must face all the warp-spawned armies of Chaos, as well their own personal daemons, upon the blasted plains of Signus Prime....

©2012 Games Workshop Limited (P)2012 Games Workshop Limited

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Not the best

Definitely one of the least interesting of the Horus Heresy titles I've read. The narrator's silly voices are a bit too much, especially the voice he gives Sanguinius. The story is fine, but flatly good vs evil. Blood angels stumble around beleaguered by demons invoked by Horus. Horus only appears as a psychic ghost twirling his mustache and channeling Palpatine from Star Wars. This is the only book I've read about Sanguinius and it makes him seem incredibly inept and impotent.

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Skip this one.

I love 40k and have listened to dozens of these audiobooks. At its best the lore is gripping, at its worst it’s a slog. This was painful to get through. This and Devastation of Baal have altogether ruined the Blood Angels for me. Normally a book that centers so much on a Primarch is bound to be interesting, but this depiction of Sanguinius is us being told how great and noble he is, without giving giving us material to inspire that opinion within us. Authors like ADB have made previously derpy Primarchs like Lorgar and Angron really compelling characters. This was just eminently forgettable, I was waiting for it to be over. And while I normally respect Gareth Armstrong’s level of vocal acting very much, this was perhaps the work of his I’ve enjoyed the least. His Slaaneshi demon was cringeworthy, and not in the good way. Again he’s a great talent, if you do listen to this please don’t judge him by this work.

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perdy good

not a bad book or story. better than some others i've read. pretty enjoyable and a good chunk of lore.

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Horus heresy era and 40K blood angel the same?

this book is ridiculous. Sanguineous apparently can command a ship not to break apart when it crashes imto a planet. I get that blood angels have rage issues. but come on. this is the first blood angels book I've listened to, and it kind of makes me not like them.

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a piece of work

finally a book about the ángel and his beloved legión, amazing reading and excecution and voice acting 10/10 would recommend

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Turned the wolves into doggy treats 🤣

Holy hell where to begin... story was pretty good but dragged at the beginning of the chaos shenanigans. Wolves get nommed and Erebus gets a face lift! what a ride! 🤣

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Very little substance

At this point we are over 20 books into the Horus Heresy. "Oh man, other space marines are traitors" isn't going to cut it any more for the premise of an entire book. I get it, the Blood Angels are surprised by demons existing and other Astartes being traitors. But come on. We do not need another fluff piece about how a legion finds out about the heresy. I have read a lot of these books, not all in order and this is one of the few I decided I wouldn't finish. I was 10 hours in and quite frankly bored. Skip this one. There are so many better and more important books to read in the Heresy. Don't settle for this.

If you really want to read a Horus Heresy book about someone finding out about the Heresy, read Scars. Despite it being similar, the Kahn and his group are incredibly interesting and have some actual soul searching to do to find out what side of the war they will end up on.

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A Love Letter to the Abhuman

This story is a fantastic telling of fraternity, shackled emotions, and the mind-numbing scale of what an uncaring universe looks like within the 40K universe.

The only gripe I have at *all* with this tale of how the Blood Angels of Baal are all at once the best and worst of the Emperor’s Angels is that the author often breaks the stride of the story to double-down on just how fragile unmodulated humans are. In the midst of battles between Eldritch horrors and Titans of Justice, we really don’t need a seventeenth reminder that “human bodies are so frail and vulnerable to internal injuries.”

The raw emotions, the struggle of demigods to remember oaths made under duress, and the matchless skill of the 9th Legion in the midst of pitched battle are all displayed peerlessly. The narrator’s choice of voice for The Angel in particular was a perfect fit, equal parts soothing, sanguine, and calm, while also lowering into near-feral growls and bellows of rage in moments when the Emperor’s Angel finds himself in the darkest points of his life thus far. The Sons of the Angel are also represented nearly flawlessly, conjuring images in the mind of these warrior-lords with noble visages and patrician features that dance their deadly blade dance along the mind’s eye.

TL;DR - 10/10, one of the best Audio books I’ve heard narrated thus far.

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Amazing!

I was almost brought to tears by this book, and the readers voice was perfect.

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go for it

a few interesting lore points, great epilogue let the hate of the algorithm flow in you

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  • S. Triandafillidis
  • 01-17-19

My favourite legion but disappointing

I read the paperback version of this some time ago. At the time I felt that my passion for the Blood Angels Legion probably carried me through the book more than the story itself. I wanted to revisit the book and decided on downloading the audio version.

However, not only did I find that a second read didn’t improve things, but the book was even more disappointing due to the bizarre voice choices on some of the lead characters, notably Sanguinius. Put simply, none of the voices conveyed the blend that these guys have between being artists, who are compassionate for humans, contrasted with being phenomemal warriors whose martial expertise is respected and feared by the other legions.

To elaborate further on the story telling: this is possibly the first Horus Heresy book that’s supposed to define what the Blood Angels are really like. Sadly I found the depiction of who they are and how they fight to be generally underwhelming. The descriptions of the early battles, which are supposed to portray the shock and awe of the army, are flat and perfunctionary and language used fails to generate enough sense of a legion that is beautiful and artful in how it wages war and how it operates when not fighting, it’s compassion for the humans it’s supposed to protect nor for Its deep and terrible secret that threatens to destroy the entire legion.

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  • D. Payne
  • 06-07-18

Great story let down by the narrator.

If like me you're a big fan of the Blood Angels then this is a great book, giving insight into Sanguinius and the origins of the flaw they are well known for. Strong characters, and plenty of action.
However the audio format let's it down somewhat as, although the narrator is generally good at narrating, his decisions regarding the voices of the characters make it feel less grimdark and more like a children's book at times, and is occasionally inconsistent.
That said, I still enjoyed the book a great deal and would recommend it.

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  • Mr T.
  • 12-08-20

Enjoyed this one.

Pretty decent, enjoyed the story although the narration was occasionally a bit hammy. Overall would recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-20

Great book

Just love how badass Sanguinius is.
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I want daddy Sanguinius to choke me like he choked Ka'Bandha.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-18

Epic story worth reading

A great book of the series. True plot along the main line finally featuring the angel.

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  • CRAIG DORMAND
  • 11-03-21

Good lord

Interesting look into how the blood angels come to be as they are. Very good.

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  • Kevin O.
  • 10-29-21

another great novel

yet another masterful installment of the horus heresy series novels. fantastic narration and griping storyline.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-21

skip it.

Weak story, badly put together. More a series of events than a coherent narrative. Doesn't do much to advance the story or make the characters sympathetic. Very vanilla. Shame, because the voice acting is excellent.

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  • Harley-Ray Hillman
  • 07-31-21

Fantastic

Very engaging, well written book. It's awesome to see the more disturbed side of the Blood Angels and how some of the ancient characters in the days of the Legions are fleshed out.

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  • Magic Inc.
  • 02-25-21

cool book.

good to hear about the start of the blood Angel's curses before the heresy endgame.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-20

A great listen

For the main part, this is an excellent audio book and narration. A number of times I got disinterested, however pushing through until the better parts was definitely worth it. I'd recommend this audio book.