Tallarn

The Horus Heresy, Book 45
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 45
Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
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Publisher's Summary

As the Warmaster's campaign of galactic domination continues, his generals seek out fresh battlefields to conquer. After leaving the Crone World of Iydris behind, Perturabo strikes for Tallarn. A bitter, vengeful primarch, the lord of the Iron Warriors unleashes a deadly bombardment against the world, killing millions but entrenching the survivors.

A brutal, all-consuming armoured conflict ensues, the greatest of the war and one that grinds down all combatants over more than a year of relentless battles. But Perturabo's reasons for the attack are about more than unleashing punitive destruction against the Imperium - he has an entirely darker purpose in mind.

©2016 Games Workshop Limited (P)2017 Games Workshop Limited

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Tigers in the mud with plot.

When this book gets to the tank fighting, it reads like Otto Carius' Tigers in the Mud. It is a terrifying projection of the grim dark war of the Horus Heresy, well researched and painted in grissly realism. Unfortunately, the grandeur of the horus heresy is also its greatest weakness. You are torn from the viseral writing of combat into the murky politics and connivings of demi-gods and assassins. To me, the need to explain why cheapens the book from great to merely good.

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Right Up There With The Best In The Series

Excellent listen. Loved the story. The narration was good but had some room for improvement. My major sticking point was the performance in relation to the female characters and the dreadnought. Still very good but could have been spiced up with either some more sound effects/voice modulation for the dreadnought and a female narrator for at least some of the female parts.

I was a little worried when it looked, initially, like it would be a anthology but it has a single major storyline told through a number of different viewpoints. Overall it comes together nicely. The story is not as contemplative as some the early entires in the series but miles above the bad ones. It has a feel of gravitas and epic scale that is sometimes lacking in the large scale novels. None of the characters are really super touching but each has their own points. I recommend.

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troubles to follow

I didn't particularly like the narrator in the first few stories. Because of this, I found myself getting annoyed by his pronounciations and expressions.

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wea

some black library books are worth it. This one is not one of them. Iron Warriors are lame

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Audible app is quite a con artist. It's always trying to sneak one more star than what I pushed. About the book, it seems that I'm different. I've read that many like the first part a lot and dislike the latter. It was the opposite for me.

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  • 451
  • 11-29-17

Iron within. Boredom without

Tallarn is a decent enough book, collecting the Tallarn novel and short stories in one volume. Of these Executioner is the best though it ends abruptly and the series never really recovers. Like Damnation of Pythos it's a serviceable book but doesn't do much at all to forward the Heresy story, and can be safely ignored if you want to save your credits for the meatier novels.

Admittedly its not an offensive novel - Battle for the Abyss and Outcast Dead remain the series low points - but it doesn't introduce any interesting characters or even lore. There's precious little story and it's credit to John French he sustains interest in such a slight meal. After the events of Angel Exterminatus this would have been a fantastic opportunity to study Perturabo and give him the same depth of character as Lorgar or Fulgrim.

Instead its almost a standalone - with no new revelation about the Primarch, a guest appearance by the Alpha Legion and some other equally forgettable events. It's a shame, as Perturabo is one of the more fascinating of the Traitor Nine and Tallarn could easily have been a breakout novel for him (Angel Exterminatus belonged to Sharrowkyn).

The gold standard for Iron Warriors remains Rob Sanders 'Iron Within' and this is what you should be spending your credit on. Tallarn is only recommended for completists

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-19

another great Heresy Book

Cracking group of stories, how ever it only starts to get really interesting at IronClad.

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  • rich
  • 01-10-19

why change the fulff.

great listen, but those who have a history with gw and wd know that they have taken this battle, and changed it to fit some thing else. why change the fluff, were they short of original ideas????

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  • Chloe C.
  • 10-24-18

Not bad

Well read and we'll written. Though I can't help but feel overall it didn't add much to the series really

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  • Mr. Alexander J. Day
  • 07-31-18

one of the best in the Horus Heresy series.

Such great storytelling which describes the reasons behind the Iron Warriors committing so thoroughly to the war on Tallarn and why the loyalists fought so hard to keep it. Doesn't just talk about the Iron Warriors and the human forces however...
A must read in the series.

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  • alan
  • 11-09-17

Great Book

It is a great book about the Iron Warriors, I would recommend to anyone looking into them.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-30-18

Mixed bag of Mixed books.

In general, not a bad listen. Only the last book really held my attention though, the first few fell a little flat for me honestly. Im not a huge fan of the collection of short stories the HH series does, and this feels like 3 shorts and a half a book.

I did enjoy it, though. A few interesting characters in the last half book. Worth a listen.