Your audiobook is waiting…

Slaves to Darkness

The Horus Heresy, Book 51
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 51
Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (346 ratings)

$14.95/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime.

OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

After a long and gruelling conflict, the traitors at last close upon Terra. But time is dwindling for an attack.

Both Guilliman and the Lion are returning with all haste, and their armies could turn the tide. The hosts of the Warmaster must unite, for only then can they attack the Throneworld itself. While Mortarion is sent on ahead as the fleet’s vanguard, it falls to Lorgar and Perturabo to marshal Fulgrim and Angron, both now elevated to daemonhood and perhaps beyond even the will of the Warmaster to command. But Horus lies wounded, and, as the greatest battle the galaxy has ever know looms, it is up to Maloghurst to hold his fractious Legion together and to wrench Horus himself from the edge of oblivion.

©2018 Games Workshop Limited (P)2018 Games Workshop Limited

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    255
  • 4 Stars
    72
  • 3 Stars
    17
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    280
  • 4 Stars
    38
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    219
  • 4 Stars
    70
  • 3 Stars
    32
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    2
Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent Novel and Audio Presentation

Excellent character development...great said to understanding the prelude to the final Solar War. Very enjoyable novel.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

One of the Heresy's best.

One of The Heresy's best.

Filling in the word count to thr fifteen word minimum.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

we get the point, but the book lags a bit.

John French has a number of good Horus heresy books. Fear To Tread is a very good horse heresy book that I enjoyed a great deal. This book is not that good.

Jonathan Keeble reading of the book was excellent, is his work always is. I don't think that there has been an audio production featuring John Keeble that has not been excellent. the range of acted voices which he can provide is impressive.

the challenge that John French faced with this book is to take a lot of characters which are not very likeable and make a story with them that makes a person want to actually follow it.

by the end of the story, the tempo and events certainly roll to an impressive climax, but in the meantime there are serious legs and massive interest displacement when the different threads of the story are picked up and put down.

each story thread in and of itself is pretty compelling and interesting, despite characters that are generally unlikable normally.

my chief criticism is the complete disconnect between different story threads.

It is very difficult to make characters such as Angron or Perturabo interesting or likable, but French succeeds.

French succeeds in making the most unagreeable Primark in do a hero that you pull for throughout the story. for veterans of Warhammer 40K, that is a massive achievement.

the real main success of the book is the Gathering of the traitor Legions on Ullanor.

how did it happen? by what means were these disparate forces brought together and galvanized?

this really is what the book achieves.

I felt that the tempo could have used help.

the ranking of four out of five stars is because of the challenge of the task.

French made all of the disparate threads a single novel and all of the unlovable, irritating villains interesting and compelling characters.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Good with the bad.

I loved the story on bringing back Angron and Fulgrim, but didn’t like how the told it. The book jumps between characters... too much, and it was quite a few characters. Also I couldn’t get past some of the voices; the voice actor used the same voice for quite a few. Idk maybe I’m nit picking on that one. Solid story but a little all over on telling it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Loved It

Fantastic from the beginning to end. I had high expectations and they were well met.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

poor Lorgar

I really don't like what they did to Lorgar's character. they made him out to be a scheming fool.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

John French Does It Again

A masterful look at the traitor legions on the eve of the Battle of Terra!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

One of my new favorite books

It's really hard to write this review because this book was so fantastic. I can't cover just one subject but I will try I think the character development with some of lead best I've ever heard or read or listen to any type of literature the author really goes above and beyond showing who these characters are what their motivations are and how they stand and where they stand it's beautifully done.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Chaotically Good!

powerful entry to the series that takes a deep look at Chaos and it's legions. Perturabo vindicated!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

excellent

enjoyed the corralling of the demon primarch in preparation for the push on terra. good listen

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for mr m a french
  • mr m a french
  • 08-11-18

Not sure about this one.

it progressed the story well enough but it wasn't one if those that I couldn't put away until it was finished. there are some bits that we're very good but overall I was left feeling "meh".

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-19

Excellent

having read many of the preceding books I thoroughly enjoyed this continuation of the storyline. Although it was weird to hear the voices of so many characters come to life. Fulgrims was my favourite as it fitted the chaos prince so well.


  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-19

Bringing the band back together

A good in-depth look on how Horus prepped the siege and gathering his brothers for the final battle in spite of their differences. Although reliant on a tad many deus-ex-machinas to achieve it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Peter Davies
  • Peter Davies
  • 06-21-19

amazing performance by Jonathan Keeble

well written journey to the other side as darkness and chaos envelop the traitors and truly chaos

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon-Kunde
  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 03-26-19

Slaves after all

A well narrated book, the story gives an idea as to what is the status of the traitor legions before they move to attack the solar system.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Craig D
  • Craig D
  • 03-03-19

Not the best

Pretty dull to be honest, but I suppose it is as advertised, just a book about the traitor primarchs gathering before the final push. But wow some of the voices the narrator put on almost made me switch off! Yes I appreciate his gusto trying to bring to life the voices of Chaos marines and daemons, but most of them just sounded like if you asked a kid to make a silly voice!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 01-20-19

loved the dark side

great to see the bad guys assemble to make there final move. we have been waiting 25 years to hear this story!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Phillip Ashton
  • Phillip Ashton
  • 01-18-19

Amazing story slightly tarnished but voice acting

I just don’t know what they were thinking when they gave the direction for some of these characters they are awful but the story is solid and a real romp with lots of Bolter porn

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for jonathan henderson
  • jonathan henderson
  • 12-18-18

Good but weird twists.

A good book but not sure on a few of the plot points. Why did Lorgar randomly turn against Horus? Seamed a bit forced. And why did the Word Bearers join after the plot was reviled? This is a Legion that had loyalty bred into them and they just bow to the Warmaster like that? Strange.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-18

A fantastic insight into the traitor Primarchs

A book that shows the fragility of the sons of Horus wirhout the warmaster and the traitor alliances as a whole. Also gives a great insight into the differences between the ascended and non-daemon Primarchs and their allegiances. A story that shows just how much of a knife edge the traitors were on just prior to the final assault on Terra. A must reas for heresy fans.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-19

Brilliant

One of the very best. Always enjoy the imagination when these authors speak of the warp and it’s deity’s! Worth a listen or read!

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-20-18

A sense of movement, finally!

This was a pretty good listen, the book is split into three stories which follow three sets of characters. Some cool new lore for Chaos fans, good characters, id probably have given it a 5 but the story arcs felt a little dragged out in places.

Sets the scene for the invasion of Terra, finally. Enjoyed this book.