The Damnation of Pythos

The Horus Heresy, Book 30
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 30
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
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In the aftermath of the Dropsite Massacre at Isstvan V, a battered and bloodied force of Iron Hands, Raven Guard and Salamanders regroups on a seemingly insignificant death world.

Fending off attacks from all manner of monstrous creatures, the fractious allies find hope in the form of human refugees fleeing from the growing war and cast adrift upon the tides of the warp. But even as the Space Marines carve out a sanctuary for them in the jungles of Pythos, a darkness gathers that threatens to consume them all.

©2014 Games Workshop Limited (P)2014 Games Workshop Limited

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Iron hands represent!

Really great story! Really loved Atticus's character development throughout and it ended in an unexpected way

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A decent Lovecraftian horror in the 40k universe

This is a pretty poor Horus Heresy book, because its entirely a setup for The Pilgrim and some backstory on Pandorax and focuses almost nothing on the main plot at large. What Damnation of Pythos does do well though is offer a very pessimistic and hardlined eldritch horror story. Characters are flat but serve their purpose, the actual planet is the best character in the book as Chaos influences warp this death world into something far worse. The authors angles of description for the creatures and daemons is very well done and vivid. The ending was particularly satisfying in its grimdark setup.

Good book if your looking for a horror novel, if you want more Horus Heresy intrigues you will be found wanting despite some of the bigger connections to the future and Ruinstorm.

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Just skip this one

You could take every GW license out of this story and you have a horror/thriller set during wartime. It has no bearing on the overall narrative, the characters are gullible and bland seemingly just to advance the story to it obvious conclusion. Sry. Just skip it, I wish I did.

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A pointless waste

This is a pointless side story that ignores the rules of the universe and speeds along to pointless ending that renders then entire story pointless. This is made worse by the fact that the story starts off well with an exception into the mindset of the Iron hands after the Drop Site Massacre of Isstvan 5, with them moving closer to the machine and a simple logic that reject interpretation of orders. After all interpretation is the realm of the Emperors children. After the point where the civilians show up however it loses all of that in favor of a story about daemons and how they mess with everyone and everything on the planet.

Plot lines and threads just start and stop with no real pay off to any of them, even the main plot thread of the book feels under cooked and could have done with several re-drafts. the end takes the cake though as it's not really clear how their 'plan', if you could even call it that could work as daemons require constant warp energy to survive and they can't get that if they leave the planet. the ending also ruins any sense of progression as it's unclear if this mentality that was so fascinating in the early book in bound to a single chapter or the legion at large.

TLDR: all in a shit book that goes nowhere that's undermined by inconsistency in the writing. You miss nothing if you skip it

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Powerful

You can fell the dread and hopelessness of the situation. One of the better stories.

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Don't listen to the bad reviews

Great book for fans of the Hands.
Prequel to certain events in the book Ruinstorm.

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An alright story. Neither great, nor terrible.

A hum-drum story well performed. There are worse 40k novels, and there are better. Like an OK action movie on TNT on a Saturday afternoon.

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Fighting.... Happens....

A skirmish out in the middel of nowhere... Well written but inconsiqential... Would like to see what David Annandale could have produced given a more importent part of the heresy

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All good

narrator was great. great interpretation of the story the desperate ending was sublime indeed. ten out of ten.

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In Praise of the Unsung Heroes

Damnation of Pythos is a straight-up Film Noir for the 40K universe. Its not all happy endings and glamorous victories in the era of the Horus heresy. Good does not always defeat evil, heroes are not always remembered, and Innocents are not always spared. David Annandale gives surprising depth to a simple tactical scenario, and delves into the psyche of a damaged Legion struggling to survive. We gain more insights into the fabled stoicism of the Iron Hands, and confirmation of the Salamanders eternal compassion for the weak. The ending is haunting, and accentuates that the Horus Heresy was a conflict of many many casualties. And yet...the Astartes fight on. Jonathan Keeble's vocals & characterizations are awesome as always, and he is the best in biz with narrating scenes of action and gravitas.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-19

Irrelevant and uniteresting

A complete sideshow, uninspiring. However beautifully read by Keeble. I Wish i had Skipped this book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-18-18

Get brilliantly lost in this

Jonathan Keeble is the best narrator of the series. everyone else pales in comparison.

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  • c tucker
  • 12-24-19

never listening to it again

JK is always a great narrator, this was just a bad book, worst in HH series, adds nothing, skip it and enjoy not wasting hours on it

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  • Stephen Wood
  • 10-26-19

What a disposable book

I’m at a lose to where this book actually fits into the HH. It doesn’t further the plot, or bring any new ideas.

Pacing was sloppy and i finished this book because I paid for it, certainly not to enjoy it.

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  • Aðalsteinn
  • 06-12-19

My least favorite so far!

Trying to get through the massive collection that is the Horus Heresy, I find that this is one of those books that would have not mattered if I read/listened to it at all.

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  • Jacob Hamood
  • 02-20-19

Well written, but lacking in apparent progress

I enjoyed the writing and characters, but I feel the events of the book feel like a self contained story. That said, I have been wrong about just that in the past.

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  • Cerus
  • 08-06-18

An OK book but wouldn't be recommending it

As the title says this book was OK and had some interesting ideas that it ultimately didn't deliver on for me. I felt that no worthwhile conclusions were reached and that the characters and their motivations could have been further explored.

Overall the book didn't add anything to the Heresy storyline and left no interesting reveals or hooks to be picked up by later books. The characters were a bit too cliche for my liking although think elements could have been further explored like two Iron Hands having very different outlooks and opinions instead of the sergeant just giving up and deciding his captain must be right.

I was left feeling that there was no suitable conclusion to the story, as the struggle the characters went through and challenges they faced ultimately resulted in no notable change or worthwhile outcome. If your a fan of the Iron Hands you may still like this closer look at them and the action scenes are decent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-18

read the summary save your time.

well enough written if your into Iron Hands go for it. otherwise really does not add to the series... skip to another of the +50 books of the series

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-03-18

Could be better

One of the weaker books in the series. Keeble does a great job as always.