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After the horrors of Istvaan V, Horus declares outright war against the Imperium. In the shadows of the Emperor's Palace, powerful figures convene.

Their plan is to send a team of assassins to execute the arch-traitor Horus and end the war for the galaxy of mankind before it's even begun. But what they cannot know is that another assassin is abroad already, with his sights firmly set on killing the Emperor.

©2010 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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Skip this:Fluffy filler that amounts to nothing

As an audiobook this is fine. Perhaps an overuse of Russian accents but the read is fine. The story itself is not worth your time. There are two plotlines about assassins from both sides of the conflict that are completely unrelated. In the book, these stories constantly interrupt each other and mess up the pacing before coming together to neutralize each other. And it's not that these assassins must inevitably meet, just as Horus must inevitably and purposefully face the Emperor, they meet by pure luck *cough*Emperor'sWill*cough*. If this book was never written, nothing you know about 40k would be different and it does nothing to further the events of the Horus Heresy. It adds little to pre-existing lore outside of some vague ideas about life on Terra or the origins of the Assassinorum. The characters are one dimensional. The action lacks stakes and therefore turns into descriptive filler of nothing we haven't seen before in 40k. Fights exist only to make the assassins seem powerful but don't further the plot. Any personal conflict is bland and ultimately pointless as it too is never resolved or adds to character depth.
What's good: The beginning is good. Differences of philosophy of waging war of Dorn v. the Assassinorum. The intrigue of the Assassinorum. The initial mystery until the killer is immediately revealed too soon and lacks any plot impact. The initial getting the team together (as an idea). In terms of execution of this part, it just drags and in the end, the assassins lack any form of team dynamic other than mutual dislike (which doesn't change) so it becomes just filler. This would have been better as a short story that was just about the assassins.

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not the strongest story at all

many characters and I could follow some of what was happening midway I got lost. where was the action happening?

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It was ok

As the Praetorian of Terra has said of Guillimans Codex Astarti. "3 out of 5. It was ok."

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Great Book

Yes it may be fluff and not necessary to the main overarching story, but if you enjoy learning about some of the galaxy's politics and the Assassinorum, this is a good book. and Jonathan Keeble did an outstanding job narrating. With the multitude of characters, he made each one unique and easy to follow who was talking.

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Incredible

Here’s a story that really stands out among the Horus Heresy books. Since it’s not focused on space marines, it really gives a sense of tension because failure is right around the corner. Also has unusually satisfying character development for this series.

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a lot to process

a lot to process must pay close attention there are many threads to follow but a definite payoff.

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  • TJ
  • 10-18-20

Good, but don't write home

'Non essential' hits the nail on the head for a story that still serves to flesh out the setting of the Horus Heresy. We revisit themes from previous books and get some thought provoking loose ends, but nothing here adds up to much in the grand scheme. The characters with depth aren't often in the spotlight, but everyone plays neatly into their roles.

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Some Vigilance Required

Interesting story, but hard to get through. only book in the Heresy I have struggled to get through.

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worst of the series

Does not follow the rest of the series big diversion from the rest of the books. This is definitely one you can skip.

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View of assassins

It’s a good look at all the different houses of assassins which is great. However the story itself is not great by itself.

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  • Jamie Forrest
  • 03-16-18

Another brilliant book in the series

Very good story telling, well placed and full of detail. Another great book in the series.

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  • Magic Inc.
  • 07-10-20

it's ok.

it's ok. found it a bit dull. its had action and all but never really hooked me.

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  • John Taylor
  • 06-22-18

One of the best books on the series

This is one of the best books in the Horus Heresy series (so far) great character developments and so many plot twists kept me guessing a lot

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-20

Excellent insight to the Assasinorum

Interestung to see the shadow world of terras assaninorum. well performed and easy to follow.

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  • alasdair robert ian revie
  • 02-04-20

Not a murder mystery series

The murder mystery plot which the novel begins with is very much not suited to the genre or the writer. Fortunately, however, the plot picks up later on.

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  • Michael
  • 08-05-18

Another great instalment

Yet again I’m surprised at how I’m 10+ titles in and the quality does not fluctuate much at all. The change in perspective and increased focus on the micro actions of a group of assassins is a fantastic change of pace and it is written and performed brilliantly. Yet again at the pinnacle of the story I was so engrossed. Brilliant.

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  • owain riseborough
  • 09-18-20

Realy enjoyed this one...

OK so the Narrator took a bit of getting used to but then there are alot of charicters to voice and when you get your head round them your away... The storys start was pretty standard stuff (no spoilers) but by the end Wow the last 6or so chapters where awsome.... I realy did enjoy this one...

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  • Terry
  • 08-21-20

Heresy in safe hands

This book continues the breath taking Horus Heresy and doesn't disappoint. The view of opposition to Horus makes you question who is the enemy... as with all things its a matter of perspective... some nicely handled story threads you through to an exciting last few chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-30-20

Nemesis

Glance into the world of assassins and the hidden voices of the empire, and beyond. A milestone in the Horus saga, and a dark one at that. A perfect sprinkle of civilians as well and the melting of the two into these events unfolding as forces from both sides fight in a race against time itself. No matter what, Horus must be stopped.

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  • A. Trevor
  • 06-15-21

one of the best

ok so black library don't produce great works of literature but this is definitely one of the better examples of fiction from the GW universe. had me paying attention the whole way through. the fight with the black pariah at the star port is a bit weak and the voice for the Eversor was a bit of a cartoon choice from the otherwise excellent narrator but it was a thoroughly enjoyable story. highly recommended

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-21

Definitely worth a listen

The Assassins are awesome and the story gritty and gripping. sometimes predictable yet highly entertaining.

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  • Nelson
  • 03-04-21

Murderous Sci-fi Ocean's Eleven

This was surprisingly good, like a murderous ocean's eleven where the goal is murder instead of stealing. Would make a great film, it's all going on around the edges of the Horus heresy stuff which I haven't read yet but now want to. Pretty much all the main characters are disposable pawns and pretty fleshed out characters for the most part. Was interesting seeing what role the different assassination guilds held in the Warhammer 40k world. Solid 8/10