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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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Absolutely phenomenal.

An extraordinary and enthralling listen from begining to end, it holds a special place in my library.

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Enjoyed the story.

I enjoyed the story. Jonathon Keeble brought great depth to the characters. Really enjoyed the production.

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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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Perfection

The combination of James Swallows excellent story telling and Jonathan Keebles endless voice range, perfection.

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Very enjoyeble BUT!

A cool story focused on the officio assassinorum and the strain the heresy is putting on the Imperium.
The narration is great and the look at alle the different parts of the assassinorum is cool, i have however one major bugbear with the book and how it is told.
Pariahs (AKA Blanks/Nulls/Untouchables) as Psykers, 2 of the important are Pariahs, and the er continuely refered to as Psykers, and both are described use powers that are very psyker like....
Now for the Culexus assassin, one might be able to explain it away as their rather speciel war gear, but the other one.....

And a very minor spoiler here

The other Pariah has a DEMON BOUND TO HIS SKIN!!!....
Now he is a very cool antagonist, and if he had been some kind of speciel psyker i would have had no problem with him being able to enter another Psyker's mind and kill her, but again he is a Pariah, the just claim he is a speciel Pariah, which well i personaly see as horse****

But other then that i did enjoy my time with the book

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A great HH entry

Nemesis has a lot going for it. Continuing a deeper look into the two factions of the stories as similar to Tales of Heresy. James Swallow is a favorite of mine and Jonathan Keeble's performance is another high note.

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One of the best yet in the series!!!

Loved this book from start to finish. It fills in a lot of the picture with the imperium and its inner workings especially in regards to the assassins.

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amazingly narrated

not the best book in the bunch, but the narrator tells a great story and really brings the characters to life. loved it.

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Good side story for the heresy

Good side story. Does not advance the main plot. Can be skipped, but worth the listen if you like stories that do no focus on Space marines.

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Spear!!!

Started slow but was awesome! The narrator made it feel like I was there in the story!

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  • Mr 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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  • 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
  • 09-21-18

decent book voice acting is very good differing

loved it good story and acting and a nice long book with some cool plot points

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-17-18

awesome

It was an awesome book, brilliantly read by Jonathan Keeble. I was really sad when it ended.

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  • Vincent jolly
  • 08-25-18

A very poor entry dont bother

The book is expertly narrated and that i cannot fault. The major issue with this is the almost careless way Swallow disposes with characters that he spent chapters building up. Worse still he seems to make sure that there is no satisfaction in a single moment in the book. The Flight of the Eisenstein was an excellent entry to the series but clearly the author has failed in the attempt to write on non astartes.

A mediocre novel that lacks the impressive characters and gripping betrayal of the rest of the series, for those working your way through this entry can be missed without any loss as it has no impact on other stories and makes no references to other entries.

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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.