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The Solar War

The Horus Heresy
Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 55
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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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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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An Excellent Start to the Siege

After something like 13 years and 54 books in the Horus Heresy series that have brought us to this point, it would have been so easy to get it wrong. However, The Solar War manages to deliver on all fronts; perfectly capturing not only the massive scale of this final conflict of the Heresy, but also doing an excellent job portraying the human cost of the war. At times transitioning from massive fleet engagements to the point of view of a civilian caught in the middle of the storm. French weaves a compelling and believable depiction of conflict on a scale hard to imagine.

This audiobook is made undeniably better by the excellent voice performance of Jonathan Keeble. His rich and commanding voice is able to lend the events of the story an amazing degree of gravity. Listening to this audiobook it is clear that Keeble put his heart into narrating this tale.

The Siege of Terra is perhaps the most significant single event in Warhammer 40,000 lore. This epic final battle pulls together the fates of so many important characters both Demi-god and mortal alike; and it’s outcome echoes through the history of the Imperium and shapes the grim dark future of the 41st millennium. I can only hope that the rest of the entries in this series can meet the high bar set for them by The Solar War.

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Great

I loved the book the narration is excellent and leaves you wanting more! this is another gem in the Horus Heresy series.

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Most excellent quality

Seriously some of the best voice acting I’ve heard in an audiobook. As a huge fan of 40k I got chills as I listened to the voice actors portray the warp demons. So creepy, but it left me with a feeling of disgust and dread as I listened. A fine addition to the Horus Heresy.

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amazing story, so close to the finale I cant wait.

this book is an amazing lead in to the finale that we have all waited years to get. truly amazing work by a collective of amazing authors

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a beautifully sad story

I loved every second of this book. I just wish the second came out sooner.

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good stuff

my only compliant is I wish the narrator would pronounce uranus, yuruhnuhs not the other way. but aside from that it's a great start to the series.

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Best Horus Heresy novel yet!!

everything about this is edge of your seat top-tier. An absolute must have. they just keep ratcheting up the tension and epicness of the battle.

voice performance is incredible as usual.

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Book jumps around

The action is good but the overall story jumps back and forth and does not flow very well

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meh

too back and forth. it breaks interest when it starts too tell a story then stops to tell another story for a hundred pages.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-16-19

Very strong opening.

The Horus Heresy series has meandered for a few years now dragging events out with a few good novels and an increasing number of bad ones - but this is a strong opening revitalizing a much-beloved series with new energy

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  • Paul Ford
  • 06-13-19

This is one of the best in the series .

could not stop listening to this one . story and performance both excellent . was not disappointed at all

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-19

Magnificent<br />

A complete gift from the mind of a true patron of science fiction. wonderful.
and compelling

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-08-19

Great story with hidden surprises for HH veterans

Absolutely great start to the siege. Was a little worried it was just going to be a big void battle book, but the story is fantastic. Definitely worth a listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-19

Epic and truly beautiful

This book lives in my dreams. A true masterpiece of writing. I can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • MICHAEL
  • 06-06-19

Incredible

This story itself is an amazing start to the series. Full of notable characters and the details bring t to life.

The voice acting is incredible will look out for more of Jonathan Keebles work.

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  • Owen Thomas
  • 06-04-19

fantastic event.

As we approach the end, you know it's in good hands. Rejoice, Samus is with you always.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-19

simply amazing

props too Jonathan keeble for the best daemon voices in ever heard. well written story

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-02-19

Great book, well worth your creds!

*My Inner Child laughs constantly when Keeble has Uranus bants.*

Solar war is easily a standout in the HH series, I've read and listened to about 30 of the stories now and this feels like it goes back to the good old days of Horus Rising.

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  • Matthew Nagle
  • 05-27-19

Solid addition to the Horus Heresy Series

John French has really developed his story telling with this novel. Story is skillfully threaded from the rest of the series and characters are tested in meaningful ways.
Narration by Johnathan Keeble is charged with life and every stop is pulled out to deliver an excellent rendition and bring the story to the minds eye.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-19

It was so fun to listen to.

A great starting point for those who haven't listened to all the Horus Heresy Novels.