The Buried Dagger

The Horus Heresy, Book 54
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 54
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (734 ratings)

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The Horus Heresy Book 54

For long years, the Horus Heresy has ground on. Now, the Death Guard have been sent to begin the final battle. But Mortarion and his sons must face their gravest challenge first - for Nurgle has claimed them as his own, and he will not be denied....

After 54 books, the best-selling series is finally drawing to a close with a long-awaited story - the fall of the Death Guard into Nurgle's embrace as they make their way to start the Siege of Terra.

The skies darken over Terra as the final battle for the Throne looms ever closer.... As the Traitor primarchs muster to the Warmaster’s banner, it is Mortarion who is sent ahead as the vanguard of the Traitor forces. But as he and his warriors make way, they become lost in the warp and stricken by a terrible plague. Once thought of as unbreakable, the legendary Death Guard are brought to their knees. To save his Legion, Mortarion must strike a most terrible bargain that will damn his sons for eternity. Meanwhile, in the cloisters of Holy Terra, a plot is afoot to create sedition and carnage in advance of the Horus’ armies. Taking matters into his own hands, Malcador the Sigillite seeks to put a stop to any insurrection but discovers a plot that he will need all of his cunning and battle-craft to overcome.

©2019 Games Workshop Limited (P)2019 Games Workshop Limited

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Conflicted in a good way.

I honestly am conflicted. the first 3 books of the entire serious are and always will be amazing. But I almost want to say this one was better then all others thus far.

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Loved it

Wish it focused a bit more on the carnage the Chimeric plague inflicted on the death guard but other than that it's a fantastic book!

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Great book

It was everything that I hoped it would. be, and more. Great book. Loved it!

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Great Book

I'm not a fan of the death guard but this book about there fall was a great book to listen to. You do feel for Mortarion and his fall to Nurgle.

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Great listen

A great read for anyone even remotely interested in Chaos. Mortarion is really fleshed out in a satisfying way and I really want to hear more stories involving him after finishing this. There's a side plot primarily involving Malcador that drags at points, but it ends in a very nice way. Overall, I'd highly recommend this to any Warhammer 40k fans.

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worth it, you will not be disappointed

By far one of my favorite 40k stories. Origin story of Mortarion and Typhus, ongoing heroism by Nathaniel Garro and other notable characters, Malcador plays a major role and the Emperor speaks. Also, the best narration I've ever heard from the Black Library. Excellent! Definitely recommend.

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Exciting build up for the end of the series

The reader has a great voice and can act several voices which pulls you into the story even more. Story is a bit hard to follow and you need to concentrate from time to time while jumping in time. Not as bad as some other books but still at some points of the book I found myself thinking it doing something else while listening and I needed to go back to listen again because it was a switch on timeline of one of the main characters that I didn't follow. Otherwise great book which gives you an in depth view of the life of Mortarion and his role in the heresy series. Also, be able to learn how the inquisition started is very intriguing as well!

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The perfect companion for book for 2020.

Praise be to Grand Papa Nurgle! A very good audiobook which adds a fair amount of depth to mortarion as a character. If you're new to 40K you will probably be confused as all hell, this is not a good place for you to start. The narration, voice acting and sound design are all excellent. Equivalent to any of the graphic audio books. END During these times of pandemic I pray that all of you are blessed with the gift of grandpapa nergal's newest delights. Nurgle is the reason your itching right now.

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More Mortarion

Extremely well written and performed. Offered rare insight into Mortarion, esp. his motivations for turning from Emperor. Highly recommend!

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Answers questions

This book is perfect for someone collecting a deathgaurd army. Some good chunky bits of lore concerning the origins of Mortarian, Typhus and even concerning Malcador and Garro. Sets up for the siege of Terra very well.

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  • 06-21-19

A must have

Exciting, captivating and brilliantly voiced. Great story telling and great insight into how the death guard and grey knights began their joinery.

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  • G B Forrest
  • 03-13-19

simply amazing

The story , the narration , the pace everything is perfectly aligned for the final book of the hours heresy, the story revolves around Mortarion and Typhus along side a great side plot of malcador and his knights errant, we learn about the reapers past and why he hates the emperor and the complex relationship between him Typhus before the emperor came to barbarus and how the whole legion falls to chaos, worth the token and any serious GW fan or reader of HH needs this book

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  • IT
  • 06-08-19

Great!

Surprisingly sympathetic take on a traditionally unsympathetic faction. Great Nurgle voices too by the narrator!

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  • Sean
  • 06-07-19

Great

A great story, goes a long way to explain the origins of the Death Guards dark fate.

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  • 451
  • 05-28-19

My my, what an ending

The end of the Heresy series is somewhat slow, cautious at first, dealing with Mortarion's history as much as his current role in preparing for the Siege of Terra. Its a long read but worthwhile, and after years of waiting we're finally given the coda to Flight of the Eisenstein. Don't go in expecting a series of battles and clever set-ups: this book is a fitting reward for those who've invested the years reading one of the greatest sci-fi series ever written. Slow burn, but worth savouring.

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  • Magic Inc.
  • 05-27-19

Death Guard are cool.

I been looking forward to a book about the fall of the Death Guard for years. Was a little let down by it. Most of it was good but i cant help but feel the Garro storey line was shoehorned in because they didn't want to have to do another separate book. The stories were good but i was expecting them to merge at some point but they separate all the way through. Loved to hear about Mortarion and his past but would have liked more than a few chapters here or there.

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  • Wicked Wolfie
  • 05-26-19

Poor quality recording

The first few chapters spend like they were recorded in the kitchen. there's an annoying tinny echo. The story and performance, however, are awesome.

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  • Robert-Mark Gear
  • 05-15-19

awesome

very good start to the Solar war , fully recommend, brings a great insight into the DG

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-18-19

Mr Keeble plus Heavy Entertainment is needed

Excellently and expertly narrated by Mr Keeble. SFX, would make this novel superlative. Thank you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-17-19

One of the best

Really enjoyed this one , highly recommend. The book was well paced and very entertaining. Narrator was exellent again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-13-20

Completely Enraptured

one of the most memorable Horus heresy books, amazingly compelling narration. loved it. all throughout the voice performance gave life to characters, and the story itself answered many questions I'd asked about mortarion, the death guard and Malcador the Sigillite. This book is a must read for any fans of Warhammer and the heresy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-20

Loved it

Fantastic book that told the story of corruption and also new growths (and pustules) , also a plot line that’s concurrently running of Garro and the knights

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-19

James swallow..da man

James swallow, delivers again! Make sure you are up to date on all your lore and books because this book takes you for a ride you don’t want to get off at!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-19

very good

very good however a little annoying every time something interesting starts happening with the death guard it stopped and jumps to another story but still a very good story

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  • Joel
  • 04-17-19

Awsome

Loved it. If you want to know where all the knights errant are and what they are up to this is for you.

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  • Joshua
  • 04-04-19

Swallow returns at his best

Seamlessly sliding between two of the best story lines in the Horus Heresy, Swallow and Keeble unite to provide a disgustingly resilient chapter in the final stages of this epic genre!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-19

Against death!

Phenomenal performance as always by Johnathan Keeble who brings to life many difficult characters. Expertly paced by John French, this story is inately human and a wonderful conclusion to several threads started many years ago!