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The Buried Dagger

The Horus Heresy
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 54
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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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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grandfather nurgle wants you

great book I enjoyed how it was like dantes book where it kept going back to the past and talking about mortarions origin.

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Poor Morty needs therapy

If you're a fan of Death Guard, then this book will help you understand how, and why Mortarion was going to fall from grace no matter what the Emperor did.

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Great Story

After listening to about 20 warhammer books so far, I have to say this book in the top quarter. This book flushed out so much about the death guard. It also explained the nature of the part of the warp that is Nurgle. Really interesting to see their legions true warping into a diseased legion.

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Great Heresey Novel!

Great book! Loved Mortarion! Loved the backstory. Knights errant and Malcador were also compelling. Amazing narrator! Well done.

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Completely Enthralled

I enjoyed this story completely and totally. The story was well written and had me immersed from beginning to end. Of course Jonathon was a gem telling this story of the Death Guard. It was a absolute treat to finally hear the story of the DG fall. I completely recommend to anyone read or listen to this story.

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Great Addition to the Series

Love the death guard in the 40K lore? then this book is for you. great performance and outstanding writing.

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way better than expected!

I am familiar with the author and his other books I'm also familiar with a Warhammer 40K universe.

this does not mean that all of their offerings are good. some of their books are mid-range or even not very good.

the books within the sub-series, The Horus Heresy, are generally of a higher quality.

this book is not only within the Horus heresy but also is one of the books close to its culmination.

although the cover character and his faction are not my favorites, the book unveils so much really useful information about the Horus Heresy that it is nearly invaluable.

the reader is excellent. Jonathan Keeble has repeatedly made himself one of the top possible black Library readers for their audiobooks.

although the author John French is usually known for his work with the 9th Legion, his work in this book was very good.

although this book very obviously deals with the Death Guard, the book less obviously deals with Malcador and his knights, this takes up nearly half of the novel.

I expected very little from this book, but derived a very great deal from it. I am very happy with the read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 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
  • 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!