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The Siege of Terra Book 1

After years of devastating war, Horus and his forces have arrived at Terra. But before they can set foot on the Throneworld, they must first break the defences of the Sol System. 

Powerful fleets and cunning defences bar their path - but can anything hope to halt the advance of the Traitor armada?  

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The final act of the long-running, best-selling series starts here, with a brutal and uncompromising look at the first stage of the Siege of Terra, the war to conquer the solar system. Armies will fall, heroes will rise and legends will be written....

The Story

After seven years of bitter war, the end has come at last for the conflict known infamously as the Horus Heresy. Terra now lies within the Warmaster’s sights, the Throneworld and the seat of his father’s rule. Horus’ desire is nothing less than the death of the Emperor of Mankind and the utter subjugation of the Imperium. He has become the ascendant vessel of Chaos and amassed a terrible army with which to enact his will and vengeance. 

But the way to the Throne will be hard as the primarch Rogal Dorn, the Praetorian and protector of Terra, marshals the defences. First and foremost, Horus must challenge the might of the Sol System itself and the many fleets and bulwarks arrayed there. 

To gain even a foothold on Terran soil, he must first contend the Solar War. Thus the first stage of the greatest conflict in the history of all mankind begins. 

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

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Too Much of Too Much

This is a deep, thorough, and breathtaking book and Keeble does his usual superb job. That says, the narration contains many more mistakes than I usually expect from Keeble and the whole book feels rushed. It has three serious narrative problems and one significant flavor problem.

***minor spoilers***

First, it feels like two books in one. There are two very clear halves to the narrative and it would have been more effective to cut it in half and give each equal weight. Since there are already going to be 8 books in the series, one more would not have killed it. As this book stands, the second half, which is really the money half, feels very rushed. It’s power is hamstrung because it happens too fast.

Second, this book is the set-up for the siege of Terra, and we all know how that ends. The problem with this is the second half of Solar War is so rushed and the whole book is so one-sided that I can’t believe that this will even be a close fight. Instead of a close fight that leads to a final, desperate gambit, this looks like an absolute runaway. I want to see how the siege grinds on, but there’s a significant part of me that will have a very hard time believing that the sort of armada described can actually be stopped.

That leads to the third issue: there is no sense of scale. The Heresy has struggled with this throughout and most (most) of the time it hasn’t been too problematic. Horus sends four fleets, each of which seems to be thousands of ships strong. This is a scale the Imperium cannot match, even with Guilleman coming - earlier books don’t give the sense his fleet is *that* large. After all these years of war, with the set up this has, I find it hard to suspend my disbelief that there are just that many ships intact and astartes alive. Perhaps the one exception to this in the opposite direct is the number of Imperial Fists librarians. In a legion of c. 100,000 at the time of Nicea, how are there only 3 librarians? The only post-Heresy chapter I can think of that has a lower absolute number is the Black Templars because they will not suffer any librarians in their ranks. French needs to look at his numbers again.

Finally, the flavor problem. We know some things and people will survive. The Phalanx makes it through, as do Abbadon, Sigismund, etc. That said, there are still a lot of bodies left to hit the floor. For all the significant Imperial characters we had to say goodby to in this book (Jubal Khan in particular deserved a better death), Horus’s side lost no significant characters. This has been a running issue for me since early in the series. Imperial named characters die at a much higher rate than their opposite numbers. This tendency leaves a very bitter taste in the mouth and makes a lot of the set piece fights that are meant to ramp up the tension instead predictable and boring.

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WOW! Warhammer 40K is nuts!

So this was the first Warhammer 40K novel I’ve read, and I’ll admit, the cover caught my eye. But honestly, how have I not read these before?! (Especially after owning a number of them)
Ridiculous amounts of action with a sense of scope and scale that can rival any epic space opera. And what legitimately might be the most extensive work of in-depth lore ever conceived, bar-none.

The downside is that the 40K universe is so vast and offers little to no ease of entry, often scaring away would-be fans and hindering its chances of appealing to a wider audience. It definitely caters more to its longtime fans.

But The Solar War has caught my interest and encouraged me to at least dive into The Horus Heresy. Now I have to go all the way back to the beginning of this 50+ book series and experience it in its full glory.

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Insane, Epic, Telling and Allegorical

James Casbolt of the SSP introduced me to the series back in 2010. Truly the Siege of Terra brings to life the fact that high level free masons have composed this series to disclose some of the lesser known facts in history. The interstellar and very violent angel star wars are shown vividly in this highly imaginative series. So glad to be reading the climax.

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Setting the Stage

This book sets the stage for a truly epic battle. With traitor forces entering the solar system, you see how bad the imperium really was for the invasion.

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The Solar War had so much potential to be EPIC. After 50-something displays of pomp, power, and brutality by such God-like beings — especially in books 1-4 — one would assume Horus and his merry band of warped monster’s grande entrance into the sol system would be an exceptionally maleficent event. But it isn’t. I’m not throwing the towel in just yet, but I am doing so with the hope book two is better. Brilliant narration, as usual.

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a good start to the end it could have been better.

it jumps around a bit and is hard to follow sometimes. the characters you want to see you dont get to see.

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Beginning of the Beginning of the End

John French kicks off the start of the greatest battle ever fought with epic prose and verse. Keeble provides another stellar performance as he has shown in many varied BL audio titles. I'm looking forward to his next HH title with much anticipation!

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not bad

An extraordinarily fine is fine book. Nothing incredible and nothing we haven't seen before.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-26-20

Such a great start to the siege of terra!

The Avengers of Warhammer 40,000! See all your favourite characters come together for a big aul scrap!

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  • D Lbenb
  • 05-23-19

Worth The Wait!

Been looking forward to this book since it's release was first announced and I was not disappointed. Look forward to the next part of this epic tale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-20

Another weak one...

Great narration (I feel that I could listen to Jonathan Keeble plosively say the word 'BOOMED' all day). Clunky and confused narrative. Characters felt shallow. Not sure how the culmination of such an epic saga can be so devoid of excitement or momentum. It seems that anything not written by Dembski Bowden or Abnett (bar a couple of exceptions) is likley to be a bit uninspiring - such a shame given the richness of the source material.

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  • C D Lowe
  • 05-21-19

Immersion spoiled by production

I’m enjoying the story, as with most WH30/40, but the sound artifacts which seem to result from echoes within the recording studio are driving me up the wall. There is a hissy background noise which makes it sound like either the narrator is in a small, hard walled, room; or that the treble filtering needs playing with. I’m about a third of the way through and going to stick with it but it really puts my teeth on edge and rather spoils my immersion in the story!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-15-19

the siege finally starts

in all a bit long winded but a good setting to lead the siege to its conclusion, gives just enough action to give a pleasant listen but then leaves all the important events to come . only downfall was that waiting for horus to show up took what seemed like forever . solid 4stars

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  • W. Littler
  • 05-21-19

A great start to the climax of the Horus Heresy

An engaging story, well read. The fighting was not the strongest in the Black Library but the epic fleet combat was easy to follow for me at least!

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  • Arch Unit
  • 09-08-21

Good but drags in places

very good story but towards the end it seems to drag and waste time. sets up nicely for next book.

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  • isaac lee heys
  • 09-01-21

a lot that leads to little.

ok I'd like to make it clear that I like what the writer has tried to do with this book, however the book is hit hard by the fact that there is so much going on soo quickly that it can be hard to process. but the writing was excellent and the small little references to prior books and the development of background really brought the story to life for me. but this is just the first time I've listened to this, so I may start writing another after my next listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-01-21

How to make a collosal space battle boring

So many times ive found myself bored to tears. Very disappointing as I was looking forward to a long fierce battle filled with heroics. Instead, long, winding passages describing dreams, forced conversations, hopes and memories that aren't made interesting.

I enjoyed the attempt to vary the pace: long pauses between bursts of intense battles. It's just the pauses were too long, and too uninteresting. There's a whole passage there about refugees stranded and murdered on a ship. This is Warhammer. It's dark, gritty and terrible. You can't make my heart bleed for refugees.

Where are the heroes? Where are primarchs doing everything thry can to win? Halfway through you'll find they're mentioned 3 times without lifting a finger. The emperor? Barely a mention.

Narrator does a sterling job to attempt to bring this to life, but I'm sure he had to do many takes after drifting off to sleep.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-05-21

a great place to start

if you have an interest in the lore of 40k this book is a great place to start. I had a general knowledge of the lore from watching YouTube videos but the details found in this book are just what I wanted.

the reading is great. some of the voices for the characters are a little strange but I feel it adds to the mood and atmosphere very well.

be warned it does jump around a fair amount but it's not too hard to fallow. the excellent reading minimises this however.

all in all I would definitely recommend this to any 40k fans or even just fans of Grim dark sci-fi.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-18-21

Does what it says on the box

It’s more of the Horus Heresy, what’s not to love? It’s particularly nice to see Rogal Dorn and his Imperial Fists in the setting since they’re often absent from other Horus Heresy books being on Terra and all. I highly recommend listening to this while you’re painting or if you just want to hear about ludicrously big space battles.

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  • Typhus.
  • 02-22-21

first of many

enjoyed the beginning of the horus heresy and will be looking forward to the next.

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  • Matthew Burgess
  • 06-18-19

Simply amazing

This book is by far the best book in the Horus Heresy series to date

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  • Zacq768
  • 08-19-21

boring and confusing

I loved HellsReach and The Betrayor but this was a mess to me. No idea what was going on or who I was meant to be following.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-02-21

Abysmal

This audiobook was an absoloute chore to get through! There was the occasional section that I found enjoyable, the rest however was beyond tedious. I would have given up on it entirely if it wasn't for my interest in listining to the next books in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-20

Mediocre

The first entry to the finale of the legendary Horus Heresy novels is a mediocre entry saved only by an enjoyable 3rd act once the stage is set.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-31-20

The beginning of the end

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The voice acting was on point, and the story kept me engaged for the whole 12 + hrs. A great start to the sege of Terra.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-27-20

titbits of expanding legends

more and more pieces of the background of the 40K universe is revealed. like squeezing blood from a stone. narration as always makes these stories live.

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  • Phillip Kadaoui
  • 06-22-20

One for the fans

Playing when I was younger I always loved the fluff about the primarchs, it was only ever told as legends though. Seeing them close up in this pivotal conflict really brings them to life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-18-20

Incredible!

The voice work in this book was phenomenal and the story had me craving more by the time it was over.