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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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Good book with some flaws

My only gripe with the book is that the protagonist is always described as winning his battles the same way: by psychically unmaking his enemies. Otherwise it's a worthwhile read, but be prepared to get bored during most battle scenes

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Amazing story and amazingly immerse.

I don't listen to many audio books because I generally end up having it as background noise by accident. This book had me fully immersed in the story and invested in all the characters. The different voices and sound effects were amazing. Like watching a movie without video. Truly great.

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Absolute masterpiece

First and foremost I just want to say that Jonathan Keeble is an absolute artist when he does these voices. Never before have I heard a voice actor nail the demons in this book, because it absolutely can’t be easy. Nonetheless, keeble puts serious effort into these voices. Anyway, this book is absolutely awesome, it takes the imperium you know and love and puts it into a moral gray area. This book really makes you think about who are the good guys!!! Anyway, this book does a great job of exploring the chaos marines as more than just mindless worshippers of the chaos gods. It would be helpful for you to understand at least some of the lore before you sink your teeth into this one. Fabulous book, probably my favorite! Already listened through the sequel and absolutely can’t wait for the final book of the trilogy!

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very good

The insight given to chaos and the 9 legions is very interesting. if you play chaos you should definitely read/listen to this.

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incredible

One of the greatest works of science fiction ever written. Every character in the story has an incredible amount of depth and purpose. The story arc is entertaining and deep. If you love science fiction and fantasy, pick up this book.

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Finally, 3 dimensional bad guys.

ADB is in my opinion, the best writer at Black Library right now and this book is no surprise. After listening to this book, it’s very difficult to look at the bad guys as just plain old bad guys. It’s books like this one and his night Lords series that make the bad guys seem so good. Why can’t ADB write for the Blood Angels?!

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Chaos

Aaron is amazing!!! He has done it once again. Perfect story telling in the warhammer universe.

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Grasping audio drama

The Talon of Horus is the perfect merger of a captivating and masterfully wrought tale and the voice giving life to the personas within. It’s as if it was intended to be presented by these two skillful creative talents. It doesn’t matter if the setting is one of dark high science fiction fantasy. The main protagonist is so believable, it could take place in any era or universe. When familiar with the Warhammer 40,000 background and lore, it presents an unprecedented insight into the motivations of its primary villains. These are not one sided cartoony bad guys, hellbent on wanton destruction. These are deep and rich characters provoking curiosity and even sympathy.

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Simply Amazing

so I just got through finishing all the Horus heresy books and I'm caught up into the most recent and this book is so amazing because it it has that essence of the Horus heresy but expands upon it this is maybe one of the best no I take it back this is definitely top three of my favorite books done for Warhammer the author is amazing everything that he writes is definitely on my top 3 he's just an amazing author and this was an amazing story and made me respect and like Abaddon so much more than I did

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-15-18

The best 40k publication I've ever read!

Absolutely loved it. It gives new insight and perspective into my favoured faction! Simply brilliant!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-18

Fantastic author, great book.

ADB really does justice to the entire feel of Warhammer. He is descriptive but not OVERLY descriptive to the point of tedium like some Black Library authors and conveys a sense of violence and blood in a way that would make Khorne smile. Overall a very good book that makes you unconsciously side with the Black Legion for once, I've already downloaded the next in the series!