Vengeful Spirit

The Horus Heresy, Book 29
Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
Series: The Horus Heresy, Book 29
Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (635 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Once the brightest star in the Imperium and always first among his primarch brothers, Horus has dragged the Space Marine Legions into the bloodiest conflict that the galaxy has ever seen. While their allies wage war on a thousand different fronts, the XVIth Legion descend upon the Knight world of Molech - home to the ruling House Devine, and a principle stronghold of the Imperial Army.

The forces loyal to the Emperor stand ready to defy the Warmaster, but just what could have drawn Horus to attack such a well defended planet, and what might he be willing to sacrifice to fulfill his own dark destiny?

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

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Like Father like Son

Great look into the journey of Horus going from manipulated rebel to full on Chaos Primarch.

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Definitely a favorite

I loved this book and all the characters in it. It does a good job of showing how far the Sons of Horus have fallen and how far some will go to achieve their goals. Also, awesome ending.

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Repeative battles, does not advance timeline

spoiler alert This book is a repeat of all the prior books no new content aside from Horus got God like powers. They don't explain anything about what he did to get it. He just went to the planet went through the portal and got like God like powers literally the most important part of this book is a few minutes. The rest is just the same tired battles and surprise surprise something terrible happens to the Good guys which makes Horus defeat overwhelming odds again.

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great story

really felt like a great follow up in the story to bring you back to where it all started with Loken and the Horus

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Splendid story.

Really great book, and a core to the plotline of the heresy. Must read for sure.

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wow what a story!

absolutely loved this book! Garviel Loken is back in this story! so good! read now!

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All encompassing story.

This book gives a lot of details about how the war is going. With essential 3-4 separate stories it really helps to fill in the storyline.

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All over the place but major grand scheme reveals.

All over the place but major grand scheme reveals. i was hooked early. but there were a looot of characters.

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Not my favorite HH Book

The book is neither good nor bad it's just alright. You have a lot of information/factions/characters who play larger roles in the HH series and this book does explain some of the missing links in the HH... however, compared to other books I felt that this one was just overshadowed by them. Still a good book to read/listen to but not up there with the first 4 in the series.

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Awesome!

This is my favorite book out of the whole series. It sheds some light on certain topics and it has its own twists 10/10 would recommend especially if you like Horus

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  • Philip W.
  • 10-16-19

disappointing

One of my favourite authors and his previous work is gold, but I feel hes let this one down and concentrates more on theatrics and over the top dramatic gimmicks to explain situation rather than getting teeth into the story. I also didnt enjoy the narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-04-20

Not bad but not great

While advancing the Hours Heresy story, this book feels like it was rushed, or it was meant as a trilogy like the first three books. There are so many characters and character arcs that I had a hard time caring for any one of them. And by the time the story returned to an arc I was previously interested in, I had already lost interest in that arc (like for example Horus's journey to the endgame). Also I feel that too much attention was given to the description of warfare and battles, so much so that by the time any battles finish I had a hard time remembering what was the battle fought for. This also means less time for character dialogue and development. One last gripe I have with this book is that it's climax was a bit disappointing in the way it was constructed, despite its major significance to the Heresy. It felt as if it was glanced over and then the story moved on. All in all it's a good Heresy story but with a mediocre execution.

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  • paul sparks
  • 04-20-20

Astartes beginnings!

Lots of great lore and mystery unlocked by the war master, I have to say the more I read of the heresy the more I sympathise with the so called traitors Great narration and superb tale

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-26-19

Great book

As i think some of the other reviews mention, there is almost constant fighting in this book. But i thought it was great all the way through as it holds some great characters and also brings a lot of heavy story revelations for the bigger picture. The fighting isn’t just mindless slaughter either and brings a great focus on to tactics and such. All and all, great book!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-19

I was looking forward to the ending.

Another miss from Graham. How did he write such a great book with the thousand sons but this bloated mess and some other meagre offerings in this series? Too many events and ideas with pointless characters who are not built up in any way that inspires the listener to care for them pass through from chapter to chapter. Great characters from previous books are not done justice in this one. Loken is by far the worst treated character. He comes across not as PTSD victim who has lost everything he has ever known and loved, on the verge of a breakdown. But as an idiot who's dialogue does not make sense. There much more I could go on to complain about but I will finish with: was looking forward to the book ending to see what the crescendo would be like. It was pointless, this book can be skipped and if absolutely necessary, read the synopsis online.

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  • Rohan S.
  • 04-18-19

Disappointing.

Not a fan of Gareth Armstrong, sorry. Pronunciations of established characters aren't great, and action scenes don't seem particularly engaging. Seem to enjoy the stories more after reading the novels directly.

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  • James Hewitt
  • 03-01-19

Fitting follow-on for Galaxy in Flames.

Few HH books leave such a lasting impact as the first 3. Vengeful Spirit is a good carry on for characters you know and love with just enough fresh faces to work. It starts off feeling a little disjointed as it builds the big picture but once all the pieces are layed out everything fits. My only critique is that it feels like 2 different stories, one with the battle for Molech and a second following the Pathfinder team. How the two stories interject makes the timeline skew slightly as one minute a character is on Moloch the next they are aboard the Vengeful Spirit with very little happening between. To fully appreciate this novel, a little prior reading is recommended. The first 3 HH novels are a given aswell as Flight of the Eisenstein and some of the Garro novels (Oath of Moment and Legion of One) to properly understand each character and where they have come from up to now. Despite the pre reading it is definitely a good journey for each chacter from across several novels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-18

Good story with plot progression

Ok, please agree on How to pronounce the names of the primarchs at least. Russ... really. Good story despite

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-18

Masterful!

A tour de force by McNeill and Armstrong both; one of the most epic and riveting descriptions of legion warfare in the series and a captivating description of heroes & villains, tragic and noble in their own ways. It made me question the motives for rebellion among the lower cadres, why follow Horus instead of the Emperor. It made me realise the bravery among the traitors, the insurmountable odds that they knowingly face and the willingness to face them head on, regardless. The martial pride of the Sons of Horus and their desire to master their own fate, even if it means facing oblivion, is inspiring!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-18

One of the best yet!

Solid story, continues on Loken's story and how Horus gains his god powers, A must listen!!!

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  • Todd
  • 06-28-18

An awesome story and a return of fan favourites

The XVI legion is back and in prime focus for this story that centres on Horus and his Sons attacking Molech; a Knight World that guards a secret so powerful that the Emperor erased the memory of it from his Primarchs. It is this gap in his memory that motivates Horus to descend upon Molech. He believes that the Emperor gained his godly powers from the planet and plans to reap the same power for himself. At the same time, Malcador dispatches an elite squad of Knights-Errant to infiltrate the Vengeful Spirit in a potentially suicidal attempt to subvert Horus' march towards Terra. Anyone who loved the first three books in the Heresy series because of the focus on Horus and his legion will love this book. Old characters return: Abaddon, Aximand, Loken, Qruze. And more, including a Death Guard warrior thought to be dead. There is plenty of dialogue between Horus and Mortarion, who has joined Horus' attack on the planet. But the best part is that we see the inner workings of the Sons of Horus now that a number of years have passed since the Heresy began. They have changed, but still retain similar personalities to what we remember, although they're far more uncaged. The interaction between Horus and his Mournival is also a welcome return.