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As the flames of treachery spread throughout the Imperium, Horus plots to subvert or destroy all those who would stand against him.

On Mars, home world of the Mechanicum priesthood, the great manufactory-cities have long produced much of the weaponry required for the expeditionary fleets across the galaxy - making the world invaluable to whoever controls it in the coming war.

Now, the Warmaster's agents begin to stoke the fires of rebellion, turning the loyalist forges and the mighty Titan Legions against one another. And, with whispers spreading of an ancient terror lurking beneath the Red Planet's surface, the Dark Mechanicum rises....

©2008 Games Workshop Limited (P)2015 Games Workshop Limited

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great book, essential as well

This book is a pleasure to listen too, and its essential for understanding the nature of the Mechanicus, and its role in The Horus Heresy

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Not bad!

It not best HH book (it is no Betrayer, Know No Fear, Master of Mankind or The First Heretic) but it is also not the worst either (which IMHO is Vulkan Lives...a truely dreadful book). But still...worth a listen! Toby Longworth is a great narrator as always.

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Starts off slowly, ends with a bang!

There really wasn't a single characters POV that I was not invested in. There is a short lull right before the ending that is a little tedius, but man does it set up the best ending in the HH so far. "Ends with a bang" is an understatement.

The narrator; Toby Longworth, initially seemed out of place as his style is so very different to the previous narrators in this series, but he quickly became my favourite so far.

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Best book in the series!!

This is a must listen! Good from beginning to end. Some HH books take a while to warm up, but this one keeps the fires of Mars hot the whole way through! Go for it, you won’t be disappointed.

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As always interesting but

This was the only book so far that seemed to drag out and having boring lulls, but I mean that’s probably to be expected of the Mechanicum. But it was still worth to for the lore and to better understand the Mechanicum and their relationship with the imperium.

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Awesome voiceover

The way this guy is able to manipulate his voice really makes you think there’s more than one narrator. The story continues to build and is great as always

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Thank the God Emperor GW put this on Audiable!

I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. Definitely one of the stronger books in the series, even though I am not much of a Mechanicum fan. Correction, I wasn't much of a Mechanicum fan.

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Good...but kinda slow...but good

This story jumps around alot trying to tie up every lose end. It was a good story but was kinda slow going for most of the book.

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Loved it Toby was great. I would like to hear more

I hope Graham Mcneil can write more Sigmar. books. Please release God King if you can. Sincerely Katnip65

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Superb Characters, Plot, and World Development

If you care at all about the Mechanicum, this amazing book is a must read.

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  • Adam
  • 12-05-17

Favourite heresy book so far

Probably due to my love of Titans, this was my favourite book thus far in the series

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  • John M.
  • 03-27-18

enjoyable dark fantasy

this is an enjoyable dark fantasy story that could be listened to on its own as its characters are new to the warhammer 40k universe.

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  • David C.
  • 02-26-18

Not the best...not the worst.

Book was well performed but i found the story lacking any real depths. There was very generic combat and 'suspence' but i just found that there wasnt anythine reslly exciting or intriguing which is a real shame because its the first book in the series to focus completly on the mechanicum anf in particular the Red Planet.....The whole dragon fiasco seemed pretty pointless too.

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  • James Odin
  • 01-05-18

A facinating and exciting look into the Mechanicum

The best book in the series so far.

It delves deep into the individual thoughts and more broadly the culture of the Adepts of the red planet.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-18

this book kept me literally entranced. seriously

i loved the book, story and characters. liked some, disliked others. a worthy buy!! if you like the Horus Heresy do not miss this