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When Horus fell, his Sons fell with him. A broken Legion, beset by rivalries and hunted by their erstwhile allies, the former Luna Wolves have scattered across the tortured realm of the Eye of Terror. And of Abaddon, greatest of the Warmaster's followers, nothing has been heard for many years. Until now....

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  • ATX
  • 11-29-17

Superb story, superb performance

So very happy to see Black Library Books on Audible. I have read a number of the books but this was my first listen. Very satisfied.

Many regard Aaron Dembski-Bowden (ADB) as among if not the best author currently writing in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. He is especially good at writing chaos - the villains. He is able to find the right balance between keeping them evil, yet still giving them relatable purpose. His characters generally have much more depth than you will see in other Black Library books. Talon of Horus excels at this - we have an interesting stable of characters and, even more unusual for a Black Library book, there is character development. ADB accomplishes this by having the book effectively set in three different time periods: the main character (a chaos sorcerer) is recounting a tale to the Inquisition in the 40,000 "present," the bulk of the story is about the early formation of the Black Legion after the Horus Heresy, yet he also peppers the narrative with the main character's memories of his homeworld (Tizca) at the start of the Heresy. The story itself rises well above the normal "bolter porn" of Black Library novels and is made compelling by leaving plenty of mystery surrounding the whereabouts and actions of Abaddon. Even the World Eater character is interesting and these fellows are usually utterly two-dimensional in these stories. With this story he basically takes what I always felt was the most boring of the chaos space marine legions and makes them among the most interesting.

As audiobook the performance is superb - probably the best I have heard for the fantasy/sci-fi genre. The narrator really understands the characters and manages to give them each distinctive voices. So often I find the narration on these types of novels actually hurts the story. Not so here - I am very happy I listened to this as opposed to reading it.

In short, a must have for any fan of the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Even if you are not, its a good listen. I'd recommend doing a bit of background reading on the universe, the Horus Heresy, the original space marine legions, and the key characters that exist outside of this book - namely Horus and Abaddon. With that groundwork you should be able to follow along easy enough.

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Best Black Library audio book I've had yet!

Listen to a number of black library audiobooks and this was by far the best one yet . The reader was excellent and put a emottion and feeling into each voice throughout the entire book . The story itself was much better than I thought it would be and was in fact excellent.

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My first Warhammer book

All I can say is my goodness what a great narrator and story. The narrator brought these characters to glorious life. the chapter when the Son of a Demi God was revealed was replaced by my at least 4 times. I can not wait for the next book.

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Amazing

This was an awesome book! I love the 40k universe and I think he did a great job portraying the Black legion side in the lore. The voice acting was on point. There were a few parts were he went on a tangent while explaining something but it still pictured the world well. I recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of 40k!

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Dude can read

the reading brought the story to life and the story was better than expected. Probably gonna play black legion now

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Great book!

A great story in the 40k universe. Excellent performance by the narrator. Get this book!

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Extremely well Read History Book.

While the narrator gives all to bring this book to life only so much can be done with it's endless chattering on and descriptions... Only the narration brings the reader back to the abominable endless story that never reaches a suitable outcome hours of setting the stage for what one can only hope will be a great followup book... If not this will only qualify as it's own form of agonizing torture, truly a waste of hours of your life.

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Amazing!

Aaron Dembski-Bowden is proving himself to be a powerhouse author. If you are a fan of Chaos Space Marines and or just a 40k fan in general this book is amazing.

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Great Warhammer 40k Story.

More Warhammer 40k please. This was an awesome find here on Audible. Please please please more.

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one of the best performances

brilliant story with an amazing performance. the volume is very low though a busy road could drown it out. couldn't recommend it enough though.

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  • Mark Phillips
  • 10-08-17

Yet another classic by Aaron Dembski-Bowden

Aaron Dembski-Bowden is the foremost better writer of gripping stories from the Black Library. Everytime i listen to a something written by Aaron, i find myself immersed in his story and as a bonus the story is also read by my personal favorite narrator Jonathan Keeble. I cannot recommend this audio book enough 10/10

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-17

Absolutely excellent!

I fell in love with chaos after listening to this. For 40k fans. Prepare to start a new army.

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  • 10-05-17

An engaging tale of Warhammer 40,000 history

The origin of the Black Legion was always a part of the lore of Warhammer 40k, but never more then a couple of paragraphs.

Aaron Dembski-Bowden has crafted a wonderful story developing this important part of the universe, creating and developing the characters of Chaos beyond raving mad men. They have goals, relationships and ideals.

Jonathan Keeble is the perfect narrator for this book, his measured tones, remind me of everyones favorite teacher, telling a story and weaving the lessons into his tale.

I highly recommend this story to anyone wanting to delve into the 41st Millennium

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  • MDevlia
  • 10-03-17

A good listen

I enjoyed this book, and have continued the series for myself as it delves into the beginnings of the Crusades of Abaddon from the perspective of one of his commanders.
The story is interesting and captivating at times, however at times there is a lot of detail to the minor details which pulls away from the story at times, a minor issue, that is my own problem with the writing than actually with the content of the book.
The performance is thoroughly enthralling, however he mispronounces a few words, despite this his voice is excellent and does not pull away from the book and its content.

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  • Ian James Cannon
  • 10-04-17

Surprisingly well written.

Great voice actor/performance.
Not sure it's for me though, I'm not left wanting more, as it's not the kind of story I'd normally be interested in. Still, I give the story 4 stars as it was good enough to make me listen to the end.
I describe it as surprisingly well written, as I typically find most that try to write from the point of view of 'evil' either write what reads as petty childish characters, or fetishize the acts. This does neither, which seems rare enough as to be commendable.
Still even well written, my interest in following what are effectively villains just isn't strong enough to make me continue the series personally. Hopefully those that enjoy such stories/perspectives may find this review helpful and enjoy the series in full.

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  • Jordan Matysiak
  • 12-01-17

Enthralling, this book got me into audiobooks

This book is responsible for getting me into audiobooks, I redeemed my free trial for it then canceled. Now I plan to continue the subscription.

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  • mick
  • 11-20-17

Wow

An excellent read. superbly written with outstanding narration. Can't wait to start the next book.

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  • Mrs Gail Williscroft
  • 11-20-17

Thrilling

Brilliant book. Truly gripping. It's great to see things from the view of the fallen sons

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  • Jonathan Alarcon Fuentes
  • 11-19-17

A marvellous story

Love the book and the voice fits perfectly, can't wait till I start the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-06-17

So good.

5gis book was fantastic. Brilliantly written and outstandingly performed in its reading. John Keeble is magnificent.

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